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 ...


          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
          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...
           U.S. appeals court throws out lawsuit over drone strike deaths    
By Andrew ChungWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly...
          Chai Pendant For Him, For Here, 925 Sterling Silver, Filigree, Artisan - Judaica Gift - ID188 by adiaart   

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          2340 Acer HP Fujitsu PDA autós töltő 5V 2A - Jelenlegi ára: 1 299 Ft   

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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.


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

In what sense Saudis are corrupt? They did not match your expectations. It should be stressed out that SA did not oppress any country including Yemen. It is a peaceful intervention for the sake of stability.


          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.
          Gallup poll: The happiest and unhappiest nations in the world   
It's a tough world out there, a new report on the emotional well-being of people worldwide shows. In the survey, pollsters asked nearly 150,000 people in 142 countries to rate their levels of emotional positivity and negativity. They found that people's reports of their positive emotions have stayed relatively constant over the past 10 years, but reports of negative emotions have slowly crept up, reaching an all-time high in 2016, according to the Gallup Global Emotions Report. The report also revealed that the world's happiest country is Paraguay, which placed first for the second year in a row. The least happy country was Yemen. Comment: No surprise considering the atrocities committed on the Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia and the U.S. 'Yemen on brink of abyss': 19 months of hell, 7,000+ killed, 37K injured, 2.1M displacedAs Saudi-led, US backed war on Yemen rages on, children continue to starve and die Researchers conducted the survey over the phone or by face-to-face interviews with people ages 15 or older. Syria, the least happy country in 2015, was not included this year because its ongoing civil war was a security issue, Gallup reported. To learn about participants' positive experiences, pollsters asked people questions including whether they felt well-rested, respected and enjoyed themselves the day before. For negative experiences, they asked about feeling physical pain, worry, sadness, stress and anger the day before. Gallup used these results to formulate an index score for each country.
          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.”


          LibVibe - 20 December 2007   
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  • Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!
Stories reported:
Gates Foundation awards ALA $950,000 to improve access to Internet resources in public libraries (interview, release); Ex-librarian leaves $300,000 for library; Verizon, Maier giving $500,000 each to library; Library cuts book budget by $200K; Two million people, only two libraries; Student finds surprise in library book; Columbia joins Google Book project; Library branch will move to former Barnes & Noble.

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          Swedish, Dutch FMs worried about cholera in Yemen   

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          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 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.


          Türkiye, izlenecek 10 çatışma listesinde 2. sırada   

Myamar, Ukrayna, Güney Sudan, Sahra, Yemen, Kongo, Afganistan gibi sorunlu bölgeleri geride bırakmayı başarmışız.

Umarım listenin 1. sırasındaki Irak&Suriye'yi de geride bırakarak zirveye ulaşmayız.

Bu başarıyı ilmek ilmek ören, başta Hükümetimiz, Başbakanımız ve elbette sayın Cumhurbaşkanımız'a sonsuz teşekkürler. Elbette istikrar ve stratejik derinlik, bu başarıda büyük rol oynadı.

Şüphesiz ki bizi kıskanan hain batı, bu tablo karşısında çatır çatır çatlamıştır.


          Fox in the Hen House: Allowing Terrorists to Re-enter Prisons   

Recent articles by the IPT and other news organizations have addressed the growing concerns regarding the upcoming release of over a hundred inmates convicted of terrorism related crimes. Experts have spoken on the lack of a bona fide strategy that will address the unique security issues presented when a terrorist is released. The need for post release specialized supervision programs is clear.

The one idea that should not be on the table is to allow them to re-enter prisons to speak with inmates as a religious volunteer. Yet this is exactly what has happened in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) for the last two years.

Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam, is an employee of the Muslim Chaplain Services of Virginia. He is licensed in the state as an Islamic clergyman authorized to perform marriages and other religious ceremonies. He has been issued a statewide pass to enter any VADOC facility and speak with inmates. He is currently teaching a class in Arabic for inmates. He is also an ex-offender. While that in itself is not unusual, many ex-offenders, in a desire to give back and help others in similar situations, have successfully done so. This particular ex-offender, Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, (FBI # 939113RA3), is quite unique.

Lemmons' criminal history began in a small rural community in upstate New York. His parents had sent him there from Chicago in hopes of protecting him from the scourge of gang violence and drugs. His first arrest occurred when he was a teenager, and for the next two years he amassed charges ranging from DUI to Burglary, Assault, and finally, Robbery. The last charge resulted in his being sentenced to a term of 2-4 years in a New York State prison. Upon his entrance to a Reception and Classification facility in April of 1996, he declared his religion as Christian. A few months later, after meeting with several inmates of Middle Eastern descent, one, a former Colonel in the Yemeni army and the other, a member of Hamas, Mr. Lemmons informed his counselor that he was changing his religious affiliation to Islam. Following that development, he began to attend Arabic classes taught by another inmate in the Cayuga Correctional Facility. The inmate teacher's name was Abdel Nasser Zaben.

Abdel Zaben, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1969. He illegally entered the United States in 1990, arrested by the NYPD in 1993 for Kidnapping and Robbery, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Zaben was also the target of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force who had received confidential information that he had sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden and was recruiting disenfranchised inmates to his group for training and to fight in the Jihad. At the time he first met with Edwin Lemmons, Zaben worked as a clerk for the prison's Islamic Chaplain . For the next two years he tutored Lemmons in both Arabic and the Koran. When the time for Lemmons' release from prison drew near, inmate Zaben provided him with names and contact information of individuals in the Middle East who would assist Lemmons in his travel and studies.

Following his release, in the fall of 1998, Lemmons had his parole supervision transferred to Florida, and enrolled in the Islamic Center of Gainesville. In March 2000, Lemmons made his first trip overseas to the Middle East. Upon his return from Jordan through New York's JFK Airport and then on to Gainesville, Florida, he approached the president of the Islamic center and asked about fighting in the jihad overseas. The then-president, Mohamed Bahmaid, in an interview with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, stated that he tried to discourage Lemmons from any future overseas travel. Lemmons did not heed his advice. Four months later Lemmons made another trip overseas, this time to Egypt. He stayed for three months and while there, according to a reliable source who knew both Lemmons and Zaben, he received "underground tactical training."

Later, while under surveillance by the JTTF, Lemmons was observed at a firing range in Melbourne, Florida with two other individuals, firing AK 47's and SKS assault rifles. They were practicing tactical maneuvers known as "cover & concealment." In addition, authorities received credible information from a reliable source that described Lemmons as someone with extremist Islamic views similar to that of the Taliban. Lemmons himself admitted to extremist views in a recorded conversation with inmate Abdel Zaben. The majority of Lemmon's conversations with Zaben were in Arabic and required the use of government translators. The translators often remarked as to the skill and scholarly approach to the language that Lemmons had acquired. That development caused concern with investigators in June 2003 when monitoring a conversation between Lemmons and Zaben. Lemmons kept saying over and over to Zaben that he needed to learn how to say "Big Truck" in Arabic. He was fluent in Arabic and knew precisely how to say those words. Why was he repeating the phrase, "Big Truck"? Investigators believed this was a coded message about a possible future attack that Lemmons was to be involved with.

That is why on September 6, 2003, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Lemmons in the Orlando airport as he returned from yet another trip to the Middle East. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But this was no ordinary gun case. This was the result of a joint investigation dubbed "Operation Hades" which included investigators from my Office, the NYPD, the NYSP, and the JTTF. The goal of the investigation was to determine the level of Islamic radicalization in the prison system both here and abroad and also to identify and neutralize any radicalizing influences.

Lemmons was only one of the many radicals we uncovered.

As a result of his plea arrangement, he received a sentence of twenty seven months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was released from prison on May 12, 2006. He continued to have contact with Abdel Zaben and other individuals in the Middle East whom he met during his travels. He has never recanted his extremist views.

The question arises as to why the Muslim Chaplains Services of Virginia would hire someone holding such extremist views. Perhaps they were unaware of Lemmons' background, or perhaps they share the same beliefs as Mr. Lemmons. The MCSVA is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 whose stated mission is "to serve incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, and their families." To accomplish that goal, MCSVA has received funding from various organizations including the Islamic Relief (IRUSA), an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Its former global affiliate and current partner organization Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) was banned from operating in Israel on allegations the charity funneled funds to Hamas. Later the same year, the United Arab Emirates declared IRW to be a terrorist group.

One of the MCSVA board members, Sa'ad El-Amin, pled guilty to Tax Fraud and sentenced to 37 months in a federal prison. Adding to this, MCSVA is now employing an individual who was radicalized in prison and has spoken of fighting and dying for jihad, namely Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam

Allowing an individual with such radical Islamic views to meet, teach, and influence a particularly vulnerable group of society, incarcerated men and women, is in direct opposition to the FBI's Correctional Intelligence Initiative which seeks to detect, deter, and disrupt the level of violent extremism and radicalization in correctional institutions. It specifically speaks of preventing un-vetted religious clergy and volunteers with extremist views from any interaction with inmates. The DOJ Inspector General's Office has also spoken of this security concern. That inmates could be radicalized while incarcerated and then carry out terrorist attacks after release is a very real concern both here and in abroad.

It seems incredulous to me that, in light of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK and other European countries, carried out in part by individuals radicalized in prison, someone with Mr. Lemmons' background would be allowed to reenter a prison, let alone teach inmates.

When notified of Lemmons' well documented criminal activity since his release from a New York State prison, Melissa Welch, the Operations Support Manager for VADOC, whose office oversees religious volunteers, stated that the approval to allow Mr. Lemmons to visit and teach inmates in Virginia was granted by her predecessor in 2015. She went on to say that the agency is in the process of reviewing how Edwin Lemmons slipped through the cracks and what action VADOC will need to take to correct the security error.

Three crucial steps will be necessary to effectively neutralize this egregious security breach. First, Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke should immediately suspend Mr. Lemmons' authorization to enter any correctional facility. Second, an audit/investigation into how religious volunteers are vetted should be conducted, and changes made, to prevent individuals with prior convictions for terror related crimes to gain access to any correctional facility. And thirdly, a list of the names of all the inmates, both in custody or released, who attended any classes or services conducted by Mr. Lemmons should be forwarded to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force that has oversight for the Correctional Intelligence Initiative Program.

Failing to implement these steps will only increase the level of radicalizing influences in the U.S. prison system.

Allowing a fox into the hen house does irreparable harm to all. Allowing a terrorist back into prison will only do the same.

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          With Iran's Profile Rising, Saudi Arabia Must Unite with U.S. on Terror   

In a Middle East country where terrorist attacks by suicide bombers are rare, Saudi Arabia suffered such an attack on June 23rd. Both target and timing were significant.

The target was Islam's holiest site - the Grand Mosque in Makkah; the timing was the last day of Ramadan, when attendance was unusually high as hundreds of thousands of worshipers gathered for afternoon prayers.

The good news was Saudi security, learning in advance of the planned attack, arrested five suspects. Closing in on the bomber forced him to detonate his explosives prematurely. The bad news was six foreign pilgrims were wounded.

As Riyadh launches an investigation into the attack, a betting man would take odds one country in particular-Iran-is involved, either directly or indirectly, to it. Investigators and legal authorities have linked Tehran to multiple attacks against the U.S., including the 1983 Beirut bombing of the Marine Barracks and the 9/11 attacks.

News of this attack undoubtedly causes some to think Saudi Arabia is finally getting its due for having exported Islamism for so long. Just like the U.S. made some bad decisions in the Middle East - President Jimmy Carter's support of Iran's Islamic revolution rather than the Shah, our long-time ally, and President Barack Obama's decision to provide Tehran with a path to nuclear weapons with his 2015 agreement are but two decisions quickly coming to mind - Riyadh too made a bad decision in exporting Islamism.

But while mutually bad past judgments have created a dangerous Middle East today, Saudi critics need understand now, more than ever, U.S. and Saudi interests must be aligned to confront the same threat. Failure to do so will only enhance Iranian efforts to establish a "Shia Crescent."

Ever since the mullahs came to power in 1979, they have been motivated by the goal to establish a Middle East caliphate that would enable them to expand globally.

For eight years, Obama gave Tehran a free pass to do just that, outrageously claiming it was important Saudi Arabia learn to "share the neighborhood."

For those doubting Iran's expansionist goals and evil intentions, two provisions of its own constitution make them clear.

The first mandates the Islamic revolution be exported outside Iran's borders. No other nation's constitution claims the right of such extra-territoriality.

We have borne witness of this mandate during the mullahs' 38-year reign, demonstrating that no country is safe from it. Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela - all these countries and others share an Iranian or Iranian proxy presence focused on expanding Tehran's ideological empire. Some seek to do it aggressively, others subtly.

But what should concern us even more than its extra-territorial application is the constitution's leadership succession provision. Why? Because it sheds light on the mullahs' real motivation for acquiring nuclear weapons.

Any well-conceived constitution provides a clear provision for a serving leader's succession should the unexpected occur, such as death or incapacity. In the case of Iran's highest office holder, the Supreme Leader, its constitution does that. But it also adds a third "otherworldly" contingency.

The Iranians believe that the "Twelfth Imam" or "Mahdi" disappeared in the tenth century at the age of five, entering into a state of occultation. They believe he will remain there until returning to Earth to lead Shia-Islam to global domination in an end-of-world prophecy.

The catch, however, is that the Mahdi's return must be triggered by world chaos. Unlike most believers in Mahdi's return, the mullahs believe mankind can be a catalyst in triggering that chaos. This should cause us serious concern about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons - concerns further reinforced by the constitutional requirement that upon his return, the Mahdi ("Wali al-Asr") will immediately replace the Supreme Leader.

A united and focused U.S.-Saudi alliance to check Iranian aggression has never been more timely. Both countries have been distracted from the Iran problem due to the Islamic State. But it appears the fall of ISIS is now "imminent" and the maneuvering of all parties involved in fighting ISIS in order to secure their goals in a post-ISIS world is already underway.

For the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, however, there is little ideological difference between confronting ISIS or confronting Iran. Both are Islamists seeking to create and control a caliphate. The only difference is, while ISIS did so as a terrorist Islamic movement, Iran seeks to do so under the protected status of a nation-state. Ironically, while Obama would never have considered negotiating a deal with ISIS for it to acquire nuclear weapons, he unwittingly willingly negotiated just such a deal with Tehran.

The post-ISIS battleground for the powers now involved there is Syria. Aligned on one side with Syrian President Bashar Assad are Iran, its Hezbollah proxy, and Russia. Confronting them is a less organized group consisting of the U.S., Saudi Arabia and its GCC coalition, pro-Western Kurdish and Arab anti-Assad rebels and, interestingly, Hamas, which lends its tunnel-digging expertise to the anti-Assad rebels they support. Also involved in a balancing act is Turkey which, while anti-ISIS, is also anti-Kurd.

Iran recognizes that how goes Syria, goes its Crescent, and is determined that nothing deter it from that goal. This undoubtedly is why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently acknowledged something Obama would not: Middle East stability can only be achieved by regime change in Iran.

And last month, Trump dared go where Obama would not. When an Iranian mechanized convoy entered a 34-mile deconfliction zone around the Syria-Iraq border nearing a U.S. garrison, U.S. aircraft attacked and destroyed it. It was a bold step but one that had become increasingly necessary in the face of repeated aggressive acts against U.S. forces at sea. Days later an Iranian drone was shot down.

There should be little doubt that defeating ISIS is merely the end of a phase, not the end of war in Syria. The only way that can happen on terms favorable to the U.S. is through a united U.S.-Saudi effort dedicated to countering each and every aggressive act by Iran with a firm response on the battlefield-wherever that battlefield is situated.

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          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.

 


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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,...


          Türkiye’den Yemen’e sahra hastanesi   
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          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.

          Cholera Treatment Kits Provide Inexpensive, Yet Life-saving, Medical Aid to Those in Crisis   

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          Al-Quds Day protest and iftar in New York shows vigorous opposition to Zionism   
A loud and festive protest against the Israeli occupation of al-Quds, also known as Jerusalem, convened in Times Square on Friday, June 23, 2017. The protest was organized by the Free Al-Quds network and Muslim Congress and co-sponsored, by a number of New York-area community organizations, including the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, NY 4 Palestine, and the NYC Students for Justice in Palestine. More than 100 demonstrators commemorated Al-Quds Day by reaffirming the right of New Yorkers to boycott institutions complicit in Zionism and calling for the end of Israel’s violent, decades-long occupation of Jerusalem. The demonstrators also called for an end to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing bombardment of Yemen, which has killed thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
          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  
          CARICOM deals a blow to US plans for regime change in Venezuela    

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, recently tweeted that the “US State Department deployed its ambassadors in the region to attack Venezuela. We come with renewed vigor to defeat them at the OAS.”

So said, so done. The US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, spewed the US false narrative regarding Venezuela in our local newspapers. US ambassadors in a number of other Caribbean countries did the same. It was a coordinated attempt to mislead the people of Guyana and the region about what is really happening in Venezuela, and to apply pressure on members of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and the OAS (Organization of American States) to succumb to US calls for intervention, with the aim of overthrowing the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.

US diplomats in Guyana, and for that matter throughout the Global South, are not diplomats in the strict sense of the word, and can be better described as political activists. They are constantly meddling in the internal affairs of the country they are stationed in, giving directives to the compliant neo-colonial regimes and actively undermining and destabilizing independent and anti-imperialist governments, such as the government in Venezuela.

This latest US psych-ops came just after the May 31st meeting of the OAS in Washington DC and just prior to the June 19th OAS meeting in Cancun, Mexico, where CARICOM member states took a firm and united anti-interventionist position in relation to the current situation in Venezuela, delivering a resounding defeat to the interventionist approach advocated by the US, Mexico, Peru and Panama,

Following the June 19th OAS meeting, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, said: “Today we come with the strength of our people who took to the streets to denounce the interventionism of the Organization of American States, we come with the force of the rain of our commander Hugo Chavez. Independence and sovereignty triumphed today over the United States of America, with its brutal pressure, with its gross extortion, with its maneuvers…”

She added that the call for intervention encourages the “most violent, anti-democratic factions in our country,” and she thanked the Caribbean nations for their “deeply principled stand.”
In his letter and articles, US ambassador, Perry Holloway, had the temerity to lecture Guyana and other member-states of the OAS about their obligation to democracy and human rights. He stated that: “The diverse family of nations in the Americas recognizes democracy is a part of our collective DNA. Sixteen years ago in Peru, we underscored this principle with the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, affirming the right of the peoples of the Americas to democracy and obligating our governments to defend that right.”

I suggest that before US diplomats in the Caribbean and the Americas offer any criticism or advice to Venezuela or any member-state of the OAS on issues of democracy and human rights, they should first examine the behavior of their own government in relation to their undemocratic practices and policies, both internally and around the world, and their endless list of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Trump lays bare sham democracy

The only positive aspect of Trump’s presidency is that it is exposing, once and for all, the sham that parades as US democracy and concern for human rights. The entirely undemocratic nature of US internal and foreign policy is clear to all in 2017. Even that minority of citizens on this planet who still held out some hope that the US resembled anything close to a democracy, have now seen through the façade. American political philosopher, Sheldon S. Wolin, in his brilliant work, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, renders a devastating critique of US democracy and is a vital read for anyone who wishes to understand the latent fascism that underpins the politics of this Empire.

Former US Attorney-General, Ramsay Clark, had this to say: “We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy, a government by the wealthy.” He compared President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler, and is on record as saying at the outset of the US invasion of Iraq, that it “will be genocide again,” adding that “the greatest crime since World War Two has been US foreign policy.”

As I watch the hue and cry over Trump’s actions, it reminds me of Adolph Hitler’s response to Europe’s criticism of his policies. He told them: “I am only doing out in the open what you have been doing behind closed doors for centuries.”

A meme that was circulated at the end of Obama’s presidency said it best: “Only in shallow, self-absorbed, privileged America could a leader drop 26,000 bombs on seven countries in a single year, and have citizens mourn the end of his term because he looked and sounded classy while doing it.”

The illusion highlighted in this meme picks up on the public relations stunt that has become a hallmark of the US establishment, and which Sheldon Wolin identifies as a major feature of the “inverted totalitarianism” that exists in the US today. He describes “inverted totalitarianism” as a state of affairs where a small ruling elite (the 1%) have established an authoritarian society which benefits them exclusively. In this society, corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy, and natural resources and labor are seen as mere commodities to be exploited for huge profits.

This status quo is maintained by a sophisticated propaganda machine that lulls the majority of people into apathy. Central to reinforcing this hegemon is a tightly controlled corporatized media, a mouthpiece for the establishment, that is constantly spinning fake news and false narratives, and emphasizing rabid consumerism, individualism and the politics of personality and sensationalism. Wolin, like Clark, compares modern day USA to Nazi Germany, pointing out that the form is different but the essence, that is, fascism, is the same.

Friendly fascism

Tirty-seven years ago, political scientist, Bertram Gross, coined the term “friendly fascism” and predicted the Orwellian reality we are witnessing today in the US. His thesis converges with the conclusions reached by Wolin, Clark and others.

In his farewell address at the end of his presidency in 1961, Republican Dwight Eisenhower, warned the American people about the dangers of the “Military Industrial Complex”, the control it exerted and its ability to, in his words, “weaken or destroy the very institutions and principles it was designed to protect.” This has surely come to pass.

So, before US diplomats such as Perry Holloway attempt to discredit the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, initiated by one of the most revered freedom fighters in the Americas, the late Hugo Chavez, and led today by President Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela with the support of the majority of the people of Venezuela, they would do well to take a long and hard look at the crisis of democracy in their own country.

Let Mr. Holloway explain to Guyanese and the citizenry of all member-states of the OAS why, in 2017, Africans in the US continue to be gunned down in the streets on a regular basis.
Let him explain to us why the US has the largest number of persons imprisoned per capita in the world, and why the prisoners are disproportionately made up of Africans, Indigenous and other people of color, before he points the finger at a revolution that has lifted African and Indigenous Venezuelans out of debilitating discrimination and poverty.

Let Mr. Holloway address the situation of US political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jamil Al-Amin (formerly Rap Brown), Leonard Peltier and so many others who are languishing in US prisons before he speaks of Venezuela’s human rights record.

Let the US Ambassador focus on the shocking poverty and illiteracy statistics emerging from his own country, before he points the finger at the Bolivarian revolution which has made unprecedented gains in eradicating poverty and illiteracy amongst the masses of Venezuela’s poor. Anyone who visited oil rich Venezuela prior to the Bolivarian revolution can testify to the abhorrent conditions and the repressive measures used to subjugate the majority of Venezuelans, and in particular, African and Indigenous Venezuelans.

Does the Ambassador truly believe that his letters and articles, full of the usual delusional and empty rhetoric, would convince any of us that his government is concerned about democracy and human rights in Venezuela, or anywhere in the world for that matter, after we have witnessed the apocalyptic events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and the list goes on?

Does Mr. Holloway think we have forgotten our own history in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the US orchestrated coups that overthrew the democratically elected governments of President Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, President Salvador Allende in Chile, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in Grenada, President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras and the constitutional coup against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil? What about the removal at gunpoint of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by US military personnel in Haiti?

There is not the space in a single article to even list the US crimes in our region. Just to chronicle them warrants a book. If we were to list US crimes against the whole of humanity, we are looking at a library of books. The US Empire and the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Empires that preceded it, have been without doubt the worst examples of terrorism in all of human history.

In his letter and article, Mr. Holloway advises that “when a government breaks with democracy, we must act in solidarity with its people, not through intervention or interference, but with diplomacy and mediation among all parties to help find a peaceful, democratic, and comprehensive solution.” Tell us Mr. Holloway: Are the examples listed above your idea of diplomacy and mediation?

These governments were not removed because of their lack of democracy or abuse of human rights. They were removed, like countless others throughout the Global South, because they were attempting to free their country from the clutches of the Empire, and liberate their wealth and resources so that they might benefit the masses of their people. Our own founding fathers in Guyana, Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham, were subjected to the same destabilization tactics at the hands of the US government and its CIA.

Empire loses its grip

The US and its diplomats need to understand that with the advent of the internet and the availability of information in this day and age, the Empire has lost all credibility. There is no one left on earth who can be misled by their hollow and hypocritical rhetoric. Do not be fooled by those who dare not speak openly -- they are afraid of losing their visas and even worse reprisals. Regardless of their cowardice and silence, everyone knows that the Emperor is naked. Behind closed doors, even those satraps who publicly profess their allegiance, such as the Saudis, snigger and jeer at the hideous state of affairs in the United States of America.

As the US Empire crumbles, its vampires, who have sucked the blood of the sufferers for so long, are in panic mode because, despite their descent into blatant authoritarianism and fascism, they continue to lose their grip on the terrifying world they have created, as it spins more and more out of control. The ugly death squads such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, the very Frankensteins of their own making, are turning right back on them. As Malcom X observed so long ago, the chickens must come home to roost. One cannot keep up with the number of attacks in the US and Europe.

One of the vampires, largely credited with creating Al Qaeda, a former US National Security Advisor, and founder of the Rockefeller-controlled Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a speech to British elites at Chatham House in 2008, spoke volumes when he said:

“…new and old major powers face still yet another novel reality, in some respects unprecedented, and it is that while the lethality of their power is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at an historical low…I once put it rather pungently, and I was flattered that the British Foreign Secretary repeated this… namely, in earlier times, it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill a million people. Today, it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.”

The majority of CARICOM countries are governed by neo-colonial political outfits and even they voted against US plans for regime change in Venezuela.”
The current US administration, like its predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican, is involved in just that, killing millions of people all over the world in its bid to control, and trying desperately to convince us of the absurd notion that that they are doing this in the name of democracy and human rights. Trouble is, no one is buying it? The majority of CARICOM countries are governed by neo-colonial political outfits and even they voted against US plans for regime change in Venezuela. The playbook is old and tired. Donald Trump just tied up an arms deal worth 350 billion US dollars with the corrupt and entirely undemocratic regime of Saudi Arabia, a regime that is without doubt the main proliferator of the ideology of Wahhabism and the movements intent on imposing this ideology worldwide, such as Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Nusra Front and ISIS. All these weapons to a government that is funding terrorism worldwide and committing genocide in Yemen.

And, when the power struggle between the Saudis and the Qataris surfaced, Trump paid lip service to the manufactured war on terror by publicly condemning Qatar’s support for terrorism, and days later sold the Qataris US military hardware worth 12 billion dollars. In light of this hypocrisy and blatant disregard for the victims of these rogue states and their global terrorist network, can you really expect us to believe that your concern with Venezuela is about lack of democracy and human rights?

No shame
Finally, to Mr. Holloway and his cohorts throughout the region, your expressed shock and horror about the so-called spillover from Venezuela’s current predicament was perhaps the most shameful part of your missive: “The spillover effects from Venezuela’s crisis are serious and growing, whether it is irregular migrant flows to countries in our region or the increasing flow of arms and criminal activity that affect the Caribbean in particular.”

This is rich coming from the people who illegally invaded Libya, murdered the Libyan leader and freedom fighter, Muammar Qaddafi in the street, and in so doing, destroyed the most prosperous and democratic nation on the African continent, causing a migration crisis of a magnitude never seen before. Your government handed over the nation of Libya to a conglomerate of thugs, criminals, terrorists and reactionary warlords, and this spillover continues to wreak havoc throughout Africa and the Arab Region six years on. Before you concern yourself with any spillover in the Caribbean, please deal with the spillover from your criminal invasion of Libya, a spillover that only this month reached Manchester, England.

In Guyana, the Americas and throughout the Global South, the masses of people are sick and tired of the same old playbook -- the one that is in fact the cause of the current situation in Venezuela. But then, that is part of the devil’s own script, cause the problem and then come to us as savior, with a solution. It plays like this: the US, through its infamous web of security agencies, NGOs, Aid Agencies, think-tanks and other Trojan horses, destabilize, sow confusion and do everything in their power to overthrow any government and subjugate any people that refuse to obey Empire. Recently, more than 300,000 Venezuelans took to the streets in support of President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

The opposition held a demonstration that attracted 50,000. Of course, in your United States, the corporate media is reporting just the opposite. By the admission of your own president they are the purveyors of fake news and this is just another example of your country’s lack of democracy. The bottom line is this Mr. Holloway: your country and its government is no way fit to point the finger at anyone when it comes to infringement of democracy, democratic values and human rights.

In your letters and articles you ask: “If these things were happening in our own countries, would we not want the rest of our American family of nations to speak out, and reach out, to help restore fundamental democratic freedoms and respect for constitutional institutions?”

In your own words you proclaim that: “The Organization of American States has for decades provided a forum to discuss our greatest challenges and take action together to address them. The challenge before us today is the death spiral of democracy in Venezuela.”

What you say in the two quotes above is correct except for one thing, the challenge before us today is not the death spiral of democracy in Venezuela, it is the death spiral of democracy in the United States and an evil Empire spinning out of control.

You are right -- the OAS should take immediate action to prevent further terrorism and turmoil because the spillover worldwide from the crisis in the United States is serious and growing.

* GERALD A. PERREIRA is chairperson of the Guyanese organizations Black Consciousness Movement Guyana (BCMG) and Organization for the Victory of the People (OVP) and an executive member of the Caribbean Chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity. He lived in Libya for many years, served in the Green March, an international battalion for the defense of the Al Fatah Revolution, and was an executive member of the World Mathaba based in Libya. This article previously appeared in Black Agenda Report.

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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.
          Nuovo attacco missilistico yemenita colpisce base saudita nella Provincia di Najran!   
L'artiglieria missilistica yemenita continua a imporre la sua supremazia contro le superequipaggiate forze armate dell'Arabia Saudita, che si confermano la più inefficiente accozzaglia di mercenari e dilettanti dell'intero Medio Oriente.

Questa volta i vettori di Sanaa sono volati a bersaglio contro la base militare "Al-Shabakah", nella provincia meridionale di Najran.

I missili sono stati lanciati da unità speciali della Guardia Repubblicana, che sono state accompagnate e scortate nella missione da forze dei Comitati Popolari di Ansarullah.

In conseguenza dell'attacco molti danni materiali sono stati inflitti all'installazione militare; contenute invece le perdite umane che, secondo il canale Al-Masirah, ammonterebbero a circa sei morti e un numero imprecisato di feriti.

La base saudita di Al-Farizah, invece, sarebbe stata attaccata da altri missili che l'avrebbero completamente distrutta e incendiata.

Pochi giorni fa una nave trasporto saudita che cercava di sbarcare mercenari africani vicino al porto yemenita di Mocha era stata colpita e danneggiata da una nuova arma antinave delle forze di Sanaa.
          A Cold War Turning Hot in the Middle East   
Mohammed Ayoob, The Strategist
The Cold War in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran is coming to a head. So far carried out with the help of proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, it's in danger of turning into a military confrontation between the two regional powers.
          US federal court tosses out lawsuit over Yemeni men killed in drone strike   

In unanimous ruling, three-judge panel says court lacks authority to question government decision-making in strike that allegedly killed innocent bystanders

A US federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly killed as innocent bystanders in a US drone strike in 2012.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit in Washington upheld a lower court’s finding that it lacked the authority to question decision-making by the government over the missile strike.

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          U.S. likely to bar Japan investigators from interviewing warship crew, official says   

U.S. likely to bar Japan investigators from interviewing warship crew, official saysBy Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will likely bar Japanese investigators from interviewing USS Fitzgerald crew manning the guided missile destroyer when it was struck by a cargo ship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors, a U.S. navy official said. The U.S. deaths were the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed by militants in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.



          Yemen Is Suffering from the World’s Worst Cholera Epidemic   
Despite the fact that it is experiencing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen remains shockingly neglected by the outside world.
          Authentic Models Campaign Tripod Lamp, Black   

The mud and sandstone walls hid the multistory palace of Imam Yahya, built in the 1930s. From one of the terraces where we were invited to dine in the evening we could look down some 1000 feet into the valley and the lights of the village. The floor was covered with bright carpets, pots with plants were everywhere, and the light came from candles set on tripods. Over chicken and lamb with lentils, followed by cake and cardamom tea, the Imam explained that the tripods were left by a British surveying expedition in the twenties, mapping the deserts and hills of Yemen. We were impressed by the fact that the metal and wood, combined with saddler’s leather straps, still looked fresh and new, obviously a combination of quality and form follows function.

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          How To Stop The World's Worst Cholera Outbreak   
There are more than 200,000 cases in Yemen, a war-ravaged country whose health system is collapsing. We asked specialists what needs to happen to bring the disease under control.
          Ron Paul asks: Is Civil War Coming to Saudi Arabia?   
What does Saudi King Salman’s surprising succession shake-up earlier this month tell us about stability in the kingdom? Perhaps more than we might think. The new crown prince, bin Salman, is the warhawk architect of the genocidal war on Yemen and the strange blockade of Qatar. The young crown prince is very close to the … Continue reading "Ron Paul asks: Is Civil War Coming to Saudi Arabia?"
          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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          Stephen Grand - Press Conference USA - June 30, 2017   
Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council, presents a blueprint on how the Middle East can break the current cycle of conflict, whether in Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen. He tells host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior Middle East reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi, that a combination of grassroots efforts by civil society as well as diplomatic, economic and political leadership by Western and regional leaders can bring stability and unlock the region’s vast potential.
           Yemen: Revolution, Civil War and Unification By U zi R abi    
Yemen: Revolution, Civil War and Unification By RabiUzi (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2015), xviii + 275 pp. Price HB £69.00. EAN 978–1780769462.
          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. 

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All War All the Time, or War American-Style
At 36% to 37% in the latest polls, Donald Trump’s approval rating is in a ditch in what should still be the “honeymoon” period of his presidency. And yet, compared to Congress (25%), he’s a maestro of popularity. In fact, there’s just one institution in American society that gets uniformly staggeringly positive votes of “confidence” from Americans in polls and that’s the U.S. military (83%).  And this should be the greatest mystery of them all.
That military, keep in mind, hasn’t won a significant conflict since World War II. (In retrospect, the First Gulf War, which once seemed like a triumph beyond compare for the globe’s highest-tech force, turned out to be just the first step into the never-ending quagmire of Iraq.) In this century, the U.S. military has, in fact, stumbled from one “successful” invasion to another, one terror-spreading conflict to the next, without ever coming up for air. Meanwhile, the American taxpayer has poured money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state in amounts that should boggle the mind. And yet, the U.S. hasn’t been able to truly extricate itself from a single country it's gotten involved in across the Greater Middle East for decades.  In the wake of its ministrations, nations have crumbled, allies have been crippled, and tens of millions of people across a vast region of the planet have been uprooted from their homes and swept into the maelstrom. In other words, Washington’s version of imperial war fighting should be seen as the record from hell for a force regularly hailed here as the “finest” in history.  The question is: finest at what?
All of this is on the record. All of this should be reasonably apparent to anyone half-paying attention and yet the American public’s confidence in the force fighting what Rebecca Gordon has termed “forever wars” is almost off the charts. For that, you can undoubtedly blame, in part, the urge of the military high command never again to experience a citizen’s army roiled by antiwar protests and in near revolt as in the Vietnam era. As a result, in 1973, the draft was ended and in the decades that followed the public was successfully demobilizedwhen it came to American war. George W. Bush’s classic post-9/11 suggestion that Americans respond to the horror of those falling towers by visiting Disney World and enjoying “life the way we want it to be enjoyed” caught that mood exactly. But the explanation undoubtedly goes deeper yet, as TomDispatch regular Gordon, author of American Nuremberg, suggests today. Tom
America at War Since 9/11 
Reality or Reality TV? 
By Rebecca Gordon
The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving our country these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to reality TV than it is to reality.

On a June day, you could, for instance, open the New York Times and read that “airstrikes by the American-led coalition against Islamic State targets have killed hundreds of civilians around Raqqa, the militant group’s last Syrian stronghold, and left 160,000 people displaced.” Or you could come across statistics two orders of magnitude larger in learning from a variety of sources that famine is stalking 17 million people in Yemen. That is the predictable result of a Saudi Arabian proxy war against Iran, a campaign supported by the U.S. with weaponry and logistical assistance, in which, according to Human Rights Watch, the U.S. may well be complicit in torture. You could contemplate the fact that in Iraq, a country the United States destabilized with its 2003 invasion and occupation, there are still at least three million internally displaced people, according to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees; or that more than 411,000 Iraqis remain displaced from their homes in Mosul alone since the Iraqi army launched a U.S.-backed offensive to drive ISIS out of that city last October.
Yes, it’s possible to click on those links or to catch so many other Internet or TV news reports about how such American or American-backed wars are damaging infrastructure, destroying entire health care systems, uprootingmillions, and putting at risk the education of whole generations thousands of miles away. But none of it is real for most of us in this country.
How could it be real? Most of us no longer have any idea what war is like for the people who live through it. No major war has been fought on U.S. territory since the Civil War ended in 1865, and the last people who remembered that terrible time died decades before the turn of this century. There is no one around to give us a taste of that reality -- except of course for the refugees that the Trump administration is now doing its best to keep out.
In addition, Americans who once were mobilized to support their country’s wars in distant lands (remember Victory Gardens or war bond drives?) are simply told to carry on with their lives as if it were peacetime. And the possibility of going to war in an army of citizen draftees has long been put to rest by America’s “all-volunteer” military.
As the U.S. battlefield expands, the need becomes ever greater for people in this country to understand the reality of war, especially now that we have a president from the world of “reality” TV. During the second half of the twentieth century, Congress repeatedly ceded its constitutional power to declare war to successive executive administrations. At the moment, however, we have in Donald Trump a president who appears to be bored with those purloined powers (and with the very idea of civilian control over the military). In fact, our feckless commander-in-chief seems to be handing overdirectly to that military all power to decide when and where this country sends its troops or launches its missiles from drones.
Now that our democratic connection to the wars fought in our name has receded yet one more step from our real lives and any civilian role in war (except praising and thanking “the warriors”) is fading into the history books, isn’t it about time to ask some questions about the very nature of reality and of those wars?
War From the Civilian Point of View
We think of wars, reasonably enough, as primarily affecting the soldiers engaged in them. The young men and women who fight -- some as volunteers and some who choose military service over unemployment and poverty -- do sometimes die in “our” wars. And even if they survive, as we now know, their bodies and psyches often bear the lifelong scars of the experience.
Indeed, I’ve met some of these former soldiers in the college philosophy classes I teach. There was the erstwhile Army sniper who sat in the very back of the classroom, his left leg constantly bouncing up and down. The explosion of a roadside bomb had broken his back and left him in constant pain, but the greatest source of his suffering, as he told me, was the constant anxiety that forced him on many days to walk out halfway through the class. Then there was the young man who’d served in Baghdad and assured me, “If anyone fought in Afghanistan or Iraq, and they say they came back whole, they’re either lying or they just haven’t realized yet what happened to them.”
And there were the young women who told the class that, in fear, they’d had to move out of their homes because their boyfriends came back from the wars as dangerous young men they no longer recognized. If we in this country know anything real about war, it’s from people like these -- from members of the military or those close to them.
But we only get the most partial understanding of war from veterans and their families. In fact, most people affected by modern wars are not soldiers at all. Somewhere between 60 and 80 million people died during World War II, and more than 60% of them were civilians. They died as victims of the usual horrific acts of war, or outright war crimes, or crimes against humanity. A similar number succumbed to war-related disease and famine, including millions in places most Americans don’t even think of as major sites of that war’s horrors: China, India, French Indochina, and the Dutch East Indies. And, of course, close to six million Poles, most of them Jews, along with at least 16 million Soviet civilians died in the brutal Nazi invasion and attempted occupation of major parts of the Soviet Union.
And that hardly ends the tally of civilians devastated by that war. Another 60 million people became displaced or refugees in its wake, many forever torn from their homes.
So what is war like for the people who live where it happens? We can find out a reasonable amount about that if we want to. It’s not hard to dig up personal accounts of such experiences in past wars. But what can we know about the civilians living through our country’s current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen?  There, too, personal accounts are available, but you have to go searching. 
Certainly, it’s possible, for instance, to learn something about the deaths of 200 people in a school hit by a single U.S. airstrike in the Syrian city of Raqqa. But that can’t make us feel the unendurable, inescapable pain of a human body being crushed in the collapse of that one school. It can’t make us hear the screams at that moment or later smell the stench of the decomposing dead. You have to be there to know that reality.
Still, daily life in a country at war isn’t all screams and stench. A lot of the time it’s just ordinary existence, but experienced with a kind of double awareness.  On the one hand, you send your children to school, walk to the market to do your shopping, go out to your fields to plow or plant. On the other, you know that at any moment your ordinary life can be interrupted -- ended, in fact -- by forces over which you have no control.
That’s what it was like for me during the months I spent, as my partner likes to say, trying to get myself killed in somebody else’s country. In 1984, I worked for six months in the war zones of Nicaragua as a volunteer for Witness for Peace (WFP). In 1979, the Sandinista movement had led a national insurrection, overthrowing the U.S.-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza. In response, the U.S. had funded counterrevolutionaries, or “contras,” who, by the time I arrived, had launched a major military campaign against the Sandinistas. Under CIA direction, they had adopted a military strategy of sabotaging government services, including rural health clinics, schools, and phone lines, and terrorizing the civilian population with murders, kidnappings, torture, and mutilation.
My job was simple: to visit the towns and villages that they had attacked and record the testimony of the survivors. In the process, for instance, I talked to a man whose son had been hacked into so many pieces he had to bury him in the field where he had been left. I met the children of a 70-year-old man a week after the contras flayed him alive, slicing the skin off his face. I talked to the mayor of a town in northern Nicaragua, whose parents were kidnapped and tortured to death by the contras.  
The original dream of WFP was somewhat more grandiose than collecting horror stories. American volunteers were to provide a “shield of love” for Nicaraguans threatened by the U.S.-supported contras. The theory was that they might be less inclined to attack a town if they knew that U.S. citizens were in the area, lest they bite the hand that was (however clandestinely) feeding them. In reality, the Sandinistas were unwilling to put guests like me at risk that way, and -- far from being a shield -- in times of danger we were sometimes an extra liability. In fact, the night the contras surrounded Jalapa, where I was staying for a few weeks, the town’s mayor sent a couple of soldiers with guns to guard the house of “the American pacifists.”  So much for who was shielding whom. (On that particular night, the Nicaraguan army confronted the contras before they made it to Jalapa. We could hear a battle in the distance, but it never threatened the town itself.)
All that day, we’d been digging to help build Jalapa’s refugio, an underground shelter to protect children and old people in case of an aerial attack. Other town residents had been planting trees on the denuded hillsides where Somoza had allowed U.S. and Canadian lumber companies to clear-cut old-growth forest. This was dangerous work; tree planters were favorite contra targets. But most people in town were simply going about their ordinary lives -- working in the market, washing clothes, fixing cars -- while the loudspeakers on the edge of town blared news about the latest contra kidnappings.  
This is what living in a war zone can be like: you plant trees that might take 20 years to mature, knowing at the same time that you might not survive the night.
Keep in mind that my experience was limited. I wasn’t a Nicaraguan. I could leave whenever I chose. And after those six months, I did go home. The Nicaraguans were home. In addition, the scale of that war was modest compared to the present U.S. wars across the Greater Middle East. And Nicaraguans were fortunate to escape some of the worst effects of a conflict fought in an agricultural society. So often, war makes planting and harvesting too dangerous to undertake and when the agricultural cycle is interrupted people begin to starve. In addition, it was short enough that, although the contras intentionally targeted schools and teachers, an entire generation did not lose their educations, as is happening now in parts of the Greater Middle East.
Many rural Nicaraguans lacked electricity and running water, so there was no great harm done when “se fue la luz” -- the electricity was cut off, as often happened when the contras attacked a power generator. Worse was when “se fue el agua -- the water in people’s homes or at communal pumps stopped running, often as a result of a contra attack on a pumping station or their destruction of water pipes. Still, for the most part, these were unpleasant inconveniences in a rural society where electricity and running water were not yet all that common, and where people knew how to make do without.
Imagine instead that you live (or lived) in a major Middle Eastern city -- say, Ramadi, Fallujah, Mosul, or Aleppo (all now partially or nearly totally reduced to rubble), or even a city like Baghdad that, despite constant suicide bombings, is still functioning.  Your life, of course, is organized around the modern infrastructure that brings light, power, and water into your home. In the United States, unless you live in Flint, Michigan, it’s hard to grasp what it might be like not to have potable water dependably spilling out of the faucet.
Suppose you got up one morning and your phone hadn’t charged overnight, the light switches had all stopped working, you couldn’t toast your Pop-Tarts, and there was no hope of a cup of coffee, because there was no water. No water all that day, or the next day, or the one after. What would you do after the bottled water was gone from the stores? What would you do as you watched your kids grow weak from thirst? Where would you go, when you knew you would die if you remained in the familiar place that had so long been your home?  What, in fact, would you do if opposing armed forces (as in most of the cities mentioned above) fought it out in your very neighborhood?
Reality or Reality TV?
I’ve been teaching college students for over a decade. I now face students who have lived their entire conscious lives in a country we are told is “at war.” They’ve never known anything else, since the moment in 2001 when George W. Bush declared a Global War on Terror. But their experience of this war, like my own, is less reality, and more reality TV. Their iPhones work; the water and light in their homes are fine; their screens are on day and night. No one bombs their neighborhoods. They have no citizenly duty to go into the military. Their lives are no different due to the “war” (or rather wars) their country is fighting in their name in distant lands.
Theirs, then, is the strangest of “wars,” one without sacrifice. It lacks the ration books, the blackouts, the shortages my parents’ generation experienced during World War II. It lacks the fear that an enemy army will land on our coasts or descend from our skies. None of us fears that war will take away our food, electricity, water, or most precious of all, our Wi-Fi. For us, if we think about them at all, that set of distant conflicts is only an endless make-believe war, one that might as well be taking place on another planet in another universe.
Of course, in a sense, it’s inaccurate to say we’ve sacrificed nothing. The poorest among us have, in fact, sacrificed the most, living in a country willing to put almost any sum into the Pentagon and its wars, but “unable” to afford to provide the basic entitlements enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: life, food, clothing, housing, education, not to speak, these days, of infrastructure. What could a U.S. government do for the health, education, and general wellbeing of its people, if it weren’t devoting more than half the country’s discretionary spending to the military?
There’s something else we haven’t had to sacrifice, though: peace of mind. We don’t have to carry in our consciousness the effects of those wars on our soldiers, on our military adversaries, or on the millions of civilians whose bodies or lives have been mangled in them. Those effects have been largely airbrushed out of our mental portrait of a Pax Americana world. Our understanding of our country’s endless wars has been sanitized, manipulated, and packaged for our consumption the way producers manipulate and package the relationships of participants on reality TV shows like The Bachelor.
If Vietnam was the first televised war, then the 1991 Gulf War against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was the first video-game-style war. Who could forget the haunting green images of explosions over Baghdad on that first night (even if they've forgotten the 50 “decapitation” strikes against the Iraqi leadership that killed not one of them but dozens of civilians)? Who could forget the live broadcasts streamed from video cameras attached to “smart” bombs -- or the time two of them demolished what turned out to be a civilian air raid shelter, killing more than 200 people hiding inside? Who could forget those live reports from CNN that gave us the illusion that we were almost there ourselves and understood just what was seemingly unfolding before our eyes?
In fact, a University of Massachusetts study later found that “the more people watched TV during the Gulf crisis, the less they knew about the underlying issues, and the more likely they were to support the war.” And even if we did understand the “underlying issues,” did we understand what it’s like to find yourself trapped under the rubble of your own house?
During almost 16 years of war since the attacks of 9/11, the mystification on the “home front” has only grown, as attention has wandered and some of our ongoing wars (as in Afghanistan) have been largely forgotten. Our enemies change regularly. Who even remembers al-Qaeda in Iraq or that it became the Islamic State? Who remembers when we were fighting the al-Qaeda-inspired al-Nusra Front (or even that we were ever fighting them) instead of welcoming its militants into an alliance against Bashir al-Assad in Syria? The enemies may rotate, but the wars only continue and spread like so many metastasizing cancer cells.
Even as the number of our wars expands, however, they seem to grow less real to us here in the United States. So it becomes ever more important that we, in whose name those wars are being pursued, make the effort to grasp their grim reality. It’s important to remind ourselves that war is the worst possible way of settling human disagreements, focused as it is upon injuring human flesh (and ravaging the basics of human life) until one side can no longer withstand the pain. Worse yet, as those almost 16 years since 9/11 show, our wars have caused endless pain and settled no disagreements at all.
In this country, we don’t have to know that in American wars real people’s bodies are torn apart, real people die, and real cities are turned to rubble. We can watch interviews with survivors of the latest airstrikes on the nightly news and then catch the latest episode of ersatz suffering on Survivor. After a while, it becomes hard for many of us to tell (or even to care) which is real, and which is only reality TV.
Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua.
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     Considering his boorish behavior in pushing aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro to be front and center for the photo op, I'm frankly surprised Trump didn't insist on being in front again in his little golf cart like a NASCAR pace car. That's right.
     As the leaders of England, Italy, France, Germany, Japan & Canada briskly walked through the quaint little streets of Taormina, Sicily, Donald Trump was humble enough to putter considerably behind them in a golf cart.
      It was a perfectly symbolic way to end the G7 summit that was largely concerned with the Paris Climate Accord that was created to lower global greenhouse emissions. The United States, leading from the rear as always in matters of pollution, lagged behind the other six world leaders, including arch conservative Theresa May. Great Britain and the other five nations renewed their commitment to the Paris Accord. Trump frustrated the other six leaders by saying he needed more time to think about it. I guess he's yet to read the Wikipedia article on the Paris Climate Accord.
     It's also perfectly symbolic of a fat, lazy son of a bitch who in his first four months as "president" has already put in more golfing than Obama probably had in his first term in office. Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton were too "low energy" to be president, eh?
     Lastly, Trump's lackluster close to what was an unmitigated disaster on his first overseas trip was flawlessly symbolic of his lack of interaction and commitment to the international community whether it be our honoring Article V or signing on with the other member nations in the Paris Accord, it underscored, at best, an unhealthily isolationist attitude in international affairs (except where Yemen is concerned).
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     Any dead-end Trumper hoping against hope, reason and basic sanity that our Chief Executive would go on his first Big Boy Trip and not embarrass us should be bitterly disappointed. And if they're not, then they deserve to have their mental health care taken from them if Sauron gets his way and passes the AHCA, It all started, not so innocently enough, in Saudi Arabia.
     The tone for dysfunction was set when Trump reached for Melania's hand as they were leaving Air Force One and she rejected it by putting her left hand to her hair. Needing a consolation, Trump then patted the First Lady's ass. (Melania would do it again a couple days later in Israel.) Then, after agreeing, through a Jared Kushner-brokered deal to sell $110 billion in arms to the Saudis (in exchange for a $100,000,000 bribe to Ivanka's proposed foundation), Trump, the King of Saudi Arabia and Egypt's dictator held a glowing orb ceremony that looked as if it came out of a bad Roger Corman movie.

     Whether they were attempting to reach the blubbery spirit of Roger Ailes, the Dark Prince or Sauron himself, they reached someone- The very next day a 4x4 sinkhole opened up right in front of Mar-a-Lago (aka the Panhandle Kremlin). Then co-First Ladies Ivanka and Melania decided to opt out of wearing head scarves, something for which Trump himself raked Michelle Obama over the coals when she'd done the same (something for which even Ted Cruz had cheered her).
     Then after three of the world's biggest dictators and perpetrators of state-sponsored terrorism had their creepy seance pledging to end non state-sponsored terrorism, it was off to Israel, then the Vatican. And in the theological trifecta, Trump managed to thoroughly humiliate us in all three religions.

The Stupidest Person on the Face of the Earth

No, the Israelis didn't shoot Trump, even though he'd given away their secrets to the Russians, but they must've surely thought about it. As usual, it all started right out of the gate, literally, when Melania again swatted away Trump's hand on the red carpet in Tel Aviv. Then, as if the world's media wasn't already giving his itinerary and every detail within it enough press, he then announced to Israeli officials, in Israel, "I've just left the Middle East."
     
     It kinda went downhill from that point on.
     The Israeli visit at least held the faintest hope for Trump to acquit himself as something more than the mentally-challenged misfit he's proved to be on the world stage. After all, since Trump was on the campaign trail in 2015-6, he's been calling consistently for a two state solution between Israel and Palestine. Alas, it was not to be.
     When he left 28 hours later, he had not given one shred of evidence he'd thought this peace thingie through despite all the time he'd had to develop a peace plan during his campaign, his transition, and during the 120+ days he's been in the White House (aka Kremlin-on-the-Potomac). But there was one bright takeaway from Trump's visit- He'd told Netanyahu that when he was talking to the Russians in the Oval Office, he "never mentioned Israel."
     Which I'm sure came as a great relief to the Israelis even though their code-word protected intelligence about ISIS was given to a nation with whom they'd pointedly not shared said intelligence. And speaking of which, after Trump's visit, Israel has also decided not to share some of their classified intelligence with us. Yeah, maybe that's for the best.
     For any American President making an official state visit to Israel, a stop at the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem is a must. There's a guestbook for heads of state to sign. And Donald Trump's bizarre note in the Yad Vashem guestbook reads like something someone would write of their Disneyland vacation on Yelp.com. To say the least, it stands in stark contrast to the much lengthier, more comprehensive note left by President Obama. It essentially was all about him and what a great tourist stop was the memorial erected to remember the 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust who were never mentioned in Trump's jaunty tourist memorandum. One can only wonder if Trump left an invoice to Mexico inside the Wailing Wall.
     Then it was on to the Vatican and beyond...

No Weddings But a Funeral For Democracxy
Pope Francis is certainly the most popular pontiff since at least Pope John XXIII. He seems to genuinely love his role as the Vicar of Christ as much as he relishes ministering to the poor. He seems like a nice, folksy head of state who has a ready smile for anyone he may meet... uh, with certain exceptions.
     It can't be said the two First Ladies didn't play their part. In stark contrast to their refusal to wear head scarves in Saudi Arabia, Ivanka and Melania, in keeping with papal tradition, wore black dresses and veils (and giving the photo op something of a creepy Diane Arbus ambiance to the whole thing.).
     I'll just gloss over the creepiness, the countless embarrassments Trump caused us in Vatican City and the two leader's prior barbs at each other over Trump's wall and just let the awkward pictures do the talking.

     Trump left the Vatican, saying he was more determined than ever to pursue peace in the world. Meanwhile, before he even got to the Vatican, this little tidbit about a certain Navy SEAL raid in Yemen somehow got pushed off the MSM's radar. I'm sure Trump felt real bad about it afterwards once he met with the Pope. Sure.

National Lampoon's Belgian Vacation
If anyone had any illusions that President Griswold wouldn't embarrass the United States at the dedication of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, they were sadly misinformed. If there's anything else that Trump shares with the establishment GOP besides killing the poor and middle class, tax cuts for his billionaire buddies and deregulating every industry under the sun, it's his ignorant hatred of the United Nations and NATO's mission.
     At this point, it's difficult if not outright impossible to determine if Trump even knows what Article 5 in Chapter II of the UN charter is, much less remember that it was invoked only once by the UN- For our benefit right after the 9/11 attacks. But Trump today mentioned Article 5 in vague terms, preferring, instead, to focus on his moth-eaten lie of 23 of 28 NATO member nations not kicking in their fair share to fight terrorism (in reality, they'd paid more than mere money to that end- To date, over 1000 non-American NATO troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan alone). Ironically, standing next to Trump was a sculpture made of twisted metal found at Ground Zero.
     What Trump either doesn't remember or care to learn is that each nation pledges their support and pays for it out of their respective defense budgets. It's difficult to believe that one of Trump's more pragmatic and knowledgeable aides hasn't taken him aside and informed him of this simple fact.
     Perhaps it's that rampant ignorance that accounted for the faces and body language of the world leaders who had to listen to this drivel. Afterwards, Trump pushed Montenegro's Prime Minister aside so he could be front and center for the photo op, then refused to shake the hand of the lady who'd offered hers.
     It's that arrogant, right wing ignorance and hostility toward NATO (As well as the United Nations) that makes observers who actually have a functional cerebrum to wonder if he'll just as impetuously pull out of the 195 nation Paris Climate Accord. In light of his rolling back all the Obama regulations on polluting industries, a reasonable person would have cause to suspect it.
     So, let's sum up our Big Boy's First Big Boy Trip:
     He'd cozied up to dictators from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, had a creepy glowing orb ceremony, thought he was out of the Middle East once he landed in Israel and made an Israeli diplomat publicly face palm himself, left no evidence he has a peace plan for Israel and Palestine to follow, screwed the pooch as far as Israeli intelligence-sharing goes, left a chipper Yelp review of Yad Vashem, successfully wrestled the perpetual smile off Pope Francis's face, praised dictators while insulting our NATO allies, and managed to kill some Yemeni elders while preaching vapidly about peace.
     And if that doesn't sufficiently scare you, he found time to submit to Congress while abroad a budget with a two trillion dollar error.

          Creepiest Picture o' the Day   
     While Donnie Dumbo was touring Arabia and selling $100+ billion worth of war machines so Saudi Arabia can defend itself against widowed and orphaned Yemeni women and children in exchange for $100 million to Ivanka's proposed "foundation", this picture leaked out. Oh no, it doesn't at all scream New World Order to liberal moonbats who might optimistically see in this Trump and his fellow dictators making an accidental summoning of the real landlords of Earth who are the aliens watching this blatant orgy of corruption on full, flagrant display. But one can hope they do summon them so they can finally 86 their fucking Prime Directive and set our sore asses straight.


     Meanwhile, as every dictator's favorite BFF was staggering around collecting gaudy medals and complimenting al-Sisi's shoes, this came out at the same time.

     Oops. Those Yemenis just can't catch a break, can they? Al Qaeda, if you need reminding, is largely Saudi-based and being entirely Sunni... like Saudi Arabia.
     Нет, нет, здесь нечего смотреть, товарищи.
          After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, US Media Insists ‘US Not the Problem’   
After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, US Media Insists ‘US Not the Problem’
          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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          Congress is as close as it’s been in a while to reconsidering U.S. war policy   

With little fanfare and even less warning, Congress on Thursday took a step forward in tackling something it has failed to touch over the last 16 years: the legal basis for ongoing U.S. military action abroad.

The House of Representatives’ Defense Appropriations committee, which oversees funding for the U.S. military, surprised Capitol Hill by advancing language in its spending bill that would end the current authorization of military force, or AUMF, which has been used to justify U.S. military actions in several countries in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

That move would force Congress to debate and consider a new legal foundation for U.S. military efforts, from drone strikes on terrorist compounds in Yemen to missile strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria — whether that’s a new authorization of military force, or even a declaration of war.

Dissatisfaction has long simmered on both sides of the aisle over using the post-9/11 AUMF to justify ongoing U.S. military activity — especially without any open congressional debate on it.

The fate of the provision is uncertain, and there’s more than one way that GOP leadership could strike it. Whatever happens, it represents a new frontier in Congress’ debates about presidential authority to wage war, and Minnesota members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are broadly supportive of the measure.

A long-standing justification for war

The language in the amendment, introduced by California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, is straightforward. It repeals the current AUMF, and the authorization would be void 240 days after the amendment is enacted into law.

That would give Congress the better part of a year to debate, consider, and adopt a new legal framework for U.S. military action overseas.

For most of its history, when it wanted to take military action, Congress would pass a declaration of war, which it has done 11 times against nine countries in U.S. history. Since World War II, Congress has not passed a full declaration of war; instead, it has enacted AUMFs, which provided the basis for the Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.

In Korea, Bosnia, and Panama, U.S. presidents used legislation giving them authority to intervene militarily on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The most recent AUMF was passed in the aftermath of September 11, and it has justified all U.S. military activity overseas ever since, with the exception of the Iraq War, which Congress authorized with a separate resolution.

The text of the document is simple: it authorizes the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determined planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred in September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

The text states that this authority is granted in order to prevent future acts of terrorism in the U.S. by these entities, and the document specifies out no expiration date for this justification for military action.

Most immediately, the AUMF authorized the beginning of the War on Terror, as the U.S. took military action against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in several countries. (Lee, the sponsor of the amendment, is famous as being the House’s lone vote against that AUMF, which passed three days after 9/11.)

But the 9/11 AUMF’s flexibility continued to be of use to commanders-in-chief: it has been used to justify strikes against targets in a group of countries, including Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It has also been used as a justification for action against the Islamic State, a current rival and former ally of al Qaeda, though ISIS itself came into existence long after 9/11.

In 2013, Barack Obama did make some effort to seek authorization for military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. A resolution advanced out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, but it failed to gain broader support in Congress, and Obama declined to take action against Syria without it.

Bipartisan support for a new basis for war

When Lee’s amendment was approved by voice vote in the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, some members were so happy that they reportedly clapped and cheered. It represents the first time since the 9/11 AUMF passage that this kind of language has advanced in a meaningful way in the legislative process.

Democratic and Republican members of Congress have gradually grown dissatisfied with the past three presidential administrations, from George W. Bush to Obama and now Donald Trump, using the 9/11 AUMF as justification for new military action.

Historically, the enthusiasm for a new AUMF or a declaration of war has been with anti-war progressives and constitutional conservatives, both wary of executive overreach. But recently, as U.S. targets have shifted to include ISIS and now the Syrian military, more voices on both sides have expressed a desire for at least a debate on a new set of parameters for U.S. military action.

Lee has been a tough and persistent advocate for this position for years; Politico reports that this work ultimately won over some of her colleagues, including the Appropriations Chair, New Jersey GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, to her side in the unexpected vote to advance the measure. Democratic and Republican aides alike expressed real surprise that Thursday’s news happened at all.

Fourth District Rep. Betty McCollum, who sits on this committee, said in a statement that she supported it “because it is long past time for Congress to have a debate on this critical issue. After 16 years, we owe it to the men and women serving in the military, and to all Americans, to have a full and complete discussion and a floor vote on a new authorization.”

First District Rep. Tim Walz, the top Democrat on the House Veterans’ panel, agreed, saying in a statement he fully supports the amendment to “force congressional debate on our most solemn constitutional duty,” adding that a debate and vote on a new AUMF should occur “as soon as possible.”

Minnesota’s Republicans all joined Democrats in hailing Thursday’s developments. Second District Rep. Jason Lewis praised it most strongly. “It’s the role of Congress to give the executive authorization to use military force,” he said, arguing the current AUMF “should not be considered a perpetual grant of war powers.”

“America’s sons and daughters should not be sent into harm’s way without serious debate by those chosen to represent them,” Lewis said.

Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen said the AUMF discussion is “definitely warranted” and that he looks forward to the debate.

Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer has taken action on this topic before: in 2015, after ISIS terror attacks in Paris, he introduced legislation to declare war on the terrorist state. Generally, he believes that a war declaration, not an AUMF, is the proper way to pursue military action.

Emmer told MinnPost that he hadn’t studied the amendment in full yet, but welcomed the discussion. “There shouldn’t be a carte blanche… there’s a reason why we have Congress,” he said.

Plenty of obstacles ahead

Though the bipartisan progress on the AUMF amendment is clear, there are still plenty of ways that it could fail.

There are important holdouts who could exercise their power to kill the amendment. Rep. Kay Granger, a Texas Republican, chairs the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and she opposes it on the grounds that it would cripple U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

The House Rules Committee could strike the amendment before the defense spending bill gets to the floor for a vote by deeming it “out of order,” if the GOP majority, which wields the rules panel’s power, decides to.

If the language does make it to the House floor, a lawmaker could file an amendment to strike Lee’s amendment, and members could vote in favor of that, or against the entire spending bill if there was enough support to maintain the current AUMF without any debate.

If the bill does pass with the AUMF language, the Senate would need to agree to it, too — another potential way it could fail, though bipartisan support exists in the upper chamber for a new AUMF. President Donald Trump could also veto the bill on those grounds, though the stakes would be high, since the amendment is attached to legislation that funds the entire U.S. military and Department of Defense.

According to Emmer, the will to have the AUMF debate is growing within the GOP. “It’s a discussion that has actually started within the general conference about what is the right way to do this,” he said. “It’s time to have the discussion.”

Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison was more cynical. In a statement, he ventured that Republicans might be allowing the debate now because “they’re finally coming to terms with the fact that their president is an immature, disinterested, petulant child… even the most ideological among the GOP realize that giving a man like that the authority to make war when and where he pleases without congressional oversight is a bad idea.”

At any rate, with Lee’s amendment part of must-pass defense spending legislation, someone will have to take action to strip it. Even if that happens, it’ll be further than the proponents for a new basis for U.S. war have gotten in over a decade.


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          Comment on Ramparts? What are Ramparts? by Linda Muralidharan   
Mugwump, I'm not entirely sure of your point. Do you mean we can never have a war again if we expect the public to support the Congress declaring war which the Constitutional way to fight? If so, you must have missed how much warfare we have been conducting in the last three decades. Yemen and Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan and, yes, we have troops in the Phillippines at the present time. There has been a fig leaf of authorization that is very hard to justify and also does not really apply to much of what we are doing at present. So....if these are actual necessary wars for the immediate defense of the United States of America, it is still necessary to ask the American public to approve....or not. Meanwhile real people get killed and maimed....Americans and millions of others while we pretend it isn't so. I think 1984 arrived long before President Donald Trump. Please note that the Department of War was changed to the euphemism "Department of Defense" (or is that actually accurate in that it is there to defend oil companies and Israel?). I believe we need to be more honest and also to set up a Department of Peace. (A bit hard on the war profiteers, I know, such as the arms manufacturers, career military, and shop keepers near military bases.)
          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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          Under Zionist Saudi Arabia’s Bombs, Millions Of Heroic Yemenis Mobilize In Sanaa For International Al-Quds Day   
by Jonathan Azaziah Said it last year and it shall be said again now with twice the vigor: NOBODY ROCKS INTERNATIONAL AL-QUDS DAY LIKE YEMEN! Millions… Yes indeed… MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of Yemenis are on the streets of Sanaa right now marching for the liberation of Palestine from the clutches of Zion. Gigantic Palestinian flags … Continue reading Under Zionist Saudi Arabia’s Bombs, Millions Of Heroic Yemenis Mobilize In Sanaa For International Al-Quds Day
          US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Dismisses Suit Over US Drone Strike   
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today handed down an opinion dismissing a suit filed by the family members of individuals reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2012, which the plaintiffs allege was conducted in violation of domestic and international law. Though the court dismissed the case as presenting a non-justiciable political question, Judge Janice Rogers Brown's concurrence presents a strong criticism of the existing oversight regime for targeted killing. The opinion is available in full below.   16 5093 1682112 (PDF)16 5093 1682112 (Text)
          Reeve Carney and More Set for Lab of Sleepy Hollow Rock Opera HEADLESS at The Wallis   

HEADLESS - a modern gothic rock-opera ghost story that revisits author Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from co-writers Bradley Bredeweg (Freeform's "The Fosters," Showtime's "Intersection," Bill Condon's Side Show on Broadway) and Brad Hooks (Freeform's "The Fosters") - will be the focus of a new work development lab that will explore the score, story and new stage technology over the course of two and a half weeks at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis) in Beverly Hills. The lab will launch on Thursday, July 6 and will culminate with closed presentations on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 (presentations by private invitation only).

Headless' development lab cast features Ashley Argota (Freeform's "The Fosters," Broadway's The Lion King); Reeve Carney (FOX's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark); Rob Evans (Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde), Tamyra Gray (FOX's "American Idol" and "Boston Public"); Jon Robert Hall (FOX's "Grease: Live" and "Glee," Las Vegas' Rock of Ages); Emma Hunton (Broadway's Spring Awakening, first National Tour of Wicked as Elphaba); and Scott Porter (NBC's "Friday Night Lights," CBS' "Scorpion"). Through a collaboration with Google, the development lab will also focus on the exploration of storytelling that utilizes next generation technology on stage.

"Brad and I consider ourselves so fortunate to be in such great hands at The Wallis," said Bredeweg. "The Wallis is extremely supportive and at the forefront in nurturing forward-thinking musical theater. Along with Google's generous support in developing new technologies for live theatre and this first class Broadway bound cast that we have assembled-we're kids in a theatrical candy store. We just can't wait to get into a room with such incredible talent."

"With our commitment to support LA-based artists in the three genres of theater, music and dance, we are thrilled to host Bradley, Brad and the Headless lab cast during the early stages of this exciting project," said Paul Crewes, The Wallis' Artistic Director.

Generations after the original event in Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane III, a writer digging up his family's story, returns to the Hollow to find a town controlled by a tyrannical Mayor who exploits the legend of the headless Horseman to control the townspeople with fear. Ichabod's big, beating heart and his desire to uncover the truth leads him to a gorgeous young woman who might just help Ichabod on his journey to uncover what really happened to his ancestor.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Co-writers Bradley Bredeweg and his producing partner Peter Paige, collectively known as Blazing Elm Entertainment, are the Creators, Executive Producers and Showrunners of the critically-acclaimed Walt Disney Company/Freeform series "The Fosters," alongside Executive Producing partners Jennifer Lopez and JoAnna Johnson. The series, now entering its fifth season, has garnered many accolades and awards including Outstanding Drama Series at the GLAAD Awards, Emmy's Television Academy Honors Award for excellence in Television, The Television Critics Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Teen Choice Awards Best Drama Series. Bradley recently directed "The Fosters" epic Romeo & Juliet musical episode, which went on to become a #1 selling episode on iTunes and Amazon. The soundtrack, which featured ten original songs by composer Brad Hooks, also topped the Soundtrack charts on iTunes. Bradley also recently directed "The Long Haul" episode starring television and film icons Annie Potts and Rob Morrow. Bredeweg is the co-writer of Tut starring Sir Ben Kingsley for Muse Entertainment, which premiered on Paramount/Viacom's SpikeTV in summer 2015. It has gone on to become one of the most successful mini-series in recent history. Bradley is also currently working on new drama series for Showtime, a half-hour coming of age series for Lionsgate, as well as a new animated series for DreamWorks. In the theater world, Bredeweg produced the critically acclaimed revival of Side Show on Broadway, directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon. Bradley also produced the massively successful hit Green Day's American Idiot on London's West End. Bradley is also one of the major investors in the multi-Tony Award winning Broadway Box Office smash hit, Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre.

Brad Hooks, recording artist and lead singer of the band The Young Romans, is the on-set music composer for the Freeform series "The Fosters." A classically trained pianist and world-touring performer, Hooks brought his piano-rock sensibilities as music director to Romeo and Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield (2015-16), a musical created by writing partner Bradley Bredeweg, which played to sold out shows for three runs in Los Angeles. Hooks is also a music producer and actor with songs and cameos in shows ranging from "American Idol," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Animal Kingdom," to movies such as Mother's Day and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Ashley Argota (Katrina) is best known for her television roles in show such as "True Jackson, VP," "Lab Rats," "How To Build A Better Boy" and "The Fosters." She starred in Disney's hit Broadway musical The Lion King as Young Nala at only 11 years old, and also became the youngest performer to ever win five times in a row at "Amateur Night at The Apollo." Over the last few years, she has balanced her time between shooting multiple films and television shows with performing on stage all around Los Angeles, most notably in Bradley Bredeweg/Rockwell Table & Stage's production of Romeo & Juliet: Love Is A Battlefield where she played Juliet. Ashley just finished filming a series regular role on "Liberty Crossing," set to premiere later this year.

Reeve Carney (Ichabod) was most recently seen as Riff Raff in the remake of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on FOX. Before that, he appeared in Showtime's series "Penny Dreadful" as DorIan Gray. Reeve originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Handpicked by director Julie Taymor, with the chance to perform music by U2's Bono and The Edge, Reeve found himself with a mentorship any young singer would cut a deal with the devil to get. "Reeve was everything we could have hoped for: an amazing voice and a truly charismatic presence," says Bono. Other film credits include: Gemini, The Tempest and Snow Falling on Cedars. Reeve fronts the rock band Carney, whose album Mr. Green Vol. 1 is out on DAS Label/Interscope. His debut solo album, Youth is Wasted, was released last October.

Rob Evan (Mayor) has performed in seven leading roles on the New York Stage including the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, playing the title roles for three years and over 1,000 performances worldwide. As a vocalist and recording artist, Rob is a member of the multi-platinum-selling rock band, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He can be heard on TSO's The Lost Christmas Eve (Certified Double Platinum) and Nightcastle, which debuted at #5 on Billboard's Top 100 (certified Platinum). He has opened for and performed with Sir Elton John, Trisha Yearwood, Phil Collins, REM, Bonnie Tyler, Joe Walsh and Usher. He was lead vocalist for Jim Steinman's The Dream Engine and has been featured with over 50 major symphonies around the world. Rob co-created, produced and starred in his Classical Rock Fusion project, ROCKTOPIA, which filmed its national PBS special at the State Hungarian Opera House in Budapest last summer. He is currently co-creating and producing a residency for NBC's "The Voice" which will open at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas next February.

Tamyra Gray (Woman in White), powerhouse singer, successful songwriter and acclaimed actress of stage and screen, is a multi-hyphenate force of nature. Whether it was debuting in the inaugural season of "American Idol," taking Broadway by storm as Mimi in RENT or writing the #1 selling single of 2004, "I Believe" for Fantasia, Tamyra has always pursued her art with passion and dedication. In 2011, she was thrilled to receive the "Best Lead Female (equity)" for the Beverly Hills / Hollywood NAACP 22nd Annual Theatre Awards (for appearing in Debbie Allen's Twist). She recently played Kate in the If/Then National Tour in 2016. Tamyra credits her family for her joie de vivre and reminding her everyday what life's about: having fun and bringing your best self to every aspect of your life.

Jon Robert Hall (Brom) began his entertainment career as a session singer. Growing up in the LA area, he sang on records for Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, P.O.D, Celine Dion, Childish Gambino, and many more. His voice can also be heard in tentpole films like Armageddon, Deep Impact, Amistad, Rock of Ages, and recently in Sing, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, La La Land, and the new Transformers. He has also written songs for Disney and can be heard on many of their tracks. Background singing helped him segue into a successful acting career when he booked "Glee" and ended up recurring on the series for the next three years. He went on to play Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (Vegas), followed by leading roles in west coast productions, a guest star role opposite Julianne Hough in Fox's "Grease Live," and many other roles on popular television shows. Jon has been collaborating with Nashville songwriters, along with Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts, to release an EP sometime this later year.

Emma Hunton (Liz) recently finished the world premiere of Disney's Freaky Friday as Ellie/Katherine Blake at Signature Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse. Previous credits include the first national tour of Wicked (Elphaba), the National Tour and Broadway companies of Next To Normal (Natalie), RENT Off- Broadway at New World Stages (Maureen), and the Broadway company of Spring Awakening (Ilse) as well as numerous musical parodies at Rockwell Table & Stage.

Scott Porter (Headless) is perhaps best known for his critically-acclaimed performance on the Emmy-winning NBC drama "Friday Night Lights," on which he starred as the fallen quarterback, Jason Street. He also charmed audiences for four seasons starring as George Tucker, resident lawyer and southern gentleman, on the CW series "Hart of Dixie." Most recently, he recurred as Tim Armstrong in the popular CBS drama series, "Scorpion." Porter also had recurring roles on the CBS hit drama "The Good Wife," opposite Julianna Margulies, and on "Caprica," the prequel series to the SyFy smash hit "Battlestar Galactica." Porter can be heard as the voice of Luke in Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead: Season 2," as well as numerous other animated shows and video games. On the big screen, Porter appeared in Maggie Carey's The To Do List, alongside Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader. He also starred in Jamie Linden's romantic comedy Ten Year, alongside Channing Tatum, Kate Mara and Rosario Dawson. Additional film credits include Dear John, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; The Good Guy, an independent drama starring Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg and Aaron Yoo; Bandslam, directed by Todd Graff also starring Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Hudgens; Andy and Larry Wachowski's live-action Speed Racer; Prom Night; Music and Lyrics, starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. After moving to New York City in 2005, Porter starred in two off-Broadway productions: Altar Boyz as Matthew (Drama League Ensemble Cast Nominee) and the award-winning Toxic Audio (Drama Desk Award, Most Unique Theatrical Experience). Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he considers that city, Austin and Orlando, as his homes.

For more information about Headless, like the musical on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about The Wallis, visit TheWallis.org.


          Türk Kızılayından Yemen'e yardım   
Türk Kızılayı, Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan'ın başlattığı "Umudu Ol" kampanyası kapsamında Yemen'e sahra hastanesi, kolera ilaçları ve 15 bin ton insani yardım malzemesi götürecek.
          Who's Allowed Into the US Under the Revised Travel Ban   

On Monday, the 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…

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          LaHood Introduces Legislation to Rename Chillicothe Post Office in Honor of Fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens   

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Darin LaHood introduced H.R. 3109 in the U.S. House of Representatives to rename the Chillicothe, Illinois U.S. post office in honor of U.S. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens. 

“We are forever indebted to Chief Owens and we will never fully repay him, or his family, for his dedication to our nation,” stated LaHood. “The naming of the Chillicothe post office is a small way to honor and pay tribute to the service of Ryan Owens, and will be a humble reminder of his sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. It is an honor and a privilege to introduce this legislation with the support of Ryan’s family, as they hold a special place in our hearts here in Central Illinois. He will forever be in our thoughts.”

Owens died on January 29, 2017, at the age of 36, from wounds received during a raid conducted in Yemen. He is survived by his wife and three young children. His grandmother remains a resident of Chillicothe to this day. In February, his wife was invited by President Trump to attend his speech before a joint session of Congress. During the speech, the President recognized Ryan’s sacrifice to sustained applause of support for his widow, Carryn, and family.

If signed into law, the bill would formally rename the post office the “Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building” in recognition of his heroism and service to our nation. This bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by the entire Illinois delegation, has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and will continue through the legislative process. Congressman LaHood was pleased to consult with the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Navy Congressional Liaisons Office, Central Illinois Gold Star Families, and Owens’s widow on this effort.

“Even as a high school boy here in Chillicothe, Ryan knew he want to serve in the military,” said Chillicothe Mayor Don White. “Ryan was a very respectful kid.  He respected his teachers and coaches, he respected his elders and all veterans, he respected the armed forces and the flag.  Ryan was destined to be a hero.”

“Ryan Owens reflected the embodiment of patriotism that is alive and well in the city of Chillicothe. His life and deeds are a testament to his upbringing and family. It is fitting that his name will be permanently etched in the city,” stated David Hirtz, Retired FBI Special Agent.

“We are so proud of our hometown hero Senior Chief Petty Officer Ryan Owens and grateful to all those who have supported renaming the Chillicothe post office in his honor. It is a fitting tribute to Ryan's legacy of service to our country and will serve as a reminder to us all that freedom isn't free. May his memory be kept alive and inspire generations to come by this new designation Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building,” said Patti Smith, President of America’s Gold Star Families.

“The United States Postal Service employs many veterans. We at the National Association of Letter Carriers believe it is just and proper to honor a fallen hero who sacrificed all of his tomorrows, for our today,” said Vic Murrie, National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Owens grew up in Edelstein, Illinois, aspiring to be a Navy SEAL from an early age. Upon graduating from Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe in 1998, Owens enlisted in the Navy. After initially training as a cryptologic technician, he served his first tour of duty at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Maryland. He then attended basic and advanced SEAL training in Coronado, California, completing training in December 2002. He was selected for chief petty officer in 2009. His first tour as a SEAL was at a West Coast unit, followed by three consecutive East Coast unit tours. He was on his fifth team tour for just over two years when he was killed on an intelligence-gathering operation on al-Qaeda in Yemen.


Along with his SEAL Trident and Basic Parachutist wings, he is qualified to wear the following awards:
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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."

             
Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sat. June 24, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sat. June 24, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this program just click on the website below:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/06/25/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast-1

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on a response by the Movement for Black Lives to an article questioning their presence in recent protest actions; the Syrian government has celebrated the Day of Al-Quds amid an escalation of fighting inside the country; there has been a sharp response in Ghana to statements by a former conservative president on the role of the nation's founder Dr. Kwame Nkrumah; and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has spoken to young people inside the country emphasizing the need for national unity.

In the second hour we continue our monthlong focus on Black Music Month with a segment on Duke Ellington.

Finally we look at the situation in Yemen through a rebroadcast of a Global Research News Hour program on Yemen.

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          Al Sayyed took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem السيّد حامل أمانة القدس   

Al Sayyed took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem

Written by Nasser Kandil,
When Al-Imam Khomeini announced thirty –seven years ago to turn the last Friday in Ramadan in every year to a day for Jerusalem he was putting the foundation stone for a memory that would be able to confront anyone who tries to abandon Palestine. Throughout the years many generations which do not know him and may belong to camps that oppose the Iranian policies have celebrated and still celebrate in millions a day that many people of those who participate in it do not know that it is a day of Iran, and a day from the days of Khomeini which will last for years to come by the force of this day. More than one hundred major cities across the world commemorated this day in which tens of millions participated.
Al Sayyed Al Khamenei continued the commemoration of Jerusalem Day with the same awareness of the position of that day in the strategy which aims to show that the historic and the geographic task of Iran based on giving the priority to restore Palestine and to dismantle the occupation entity, so according to this compass Iran draws its policies and alliances, moreover, it builds its capacities moving forward to demonstrate the knowledge of the resistance. Iran proved with the successes of the forces of the resistance in Lebanon, Palestine, and the historic dilemma which Israel entered according to the confession of its leaders, and which led to the US direct presence in the region and its falling into the swamps which Iran succeeded in running it, towards exhausting all the reserves on which Washington depend in managing its interests, mixing the matters in the region, and involving the systems affiliated to Washington in wars and crises, that it is able to manage its consequences not getting involved in them on one hand, and preventing it from obliterating the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem on the other hand. So the Jerusalem Day is one of the tools of these successes.
From the beginnings Al-Imam Khomeini was aware, he declared that Syria and Lebanon are the lungs of Palestine and their holly day is for Jerusalem, he was making efforts in order to send his message to Lebanon and Syria where the first commemorations of that day were in them. After the emergence of the resistance in Lebanon, the revival of that day has moved to it with the support of Syria and Iran. So the Jerusalem Day turned to be politics, fighting, martyrs, liberation, and wars, and its symbol became Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah who has carried the torch of Jerusalem which was lit by Al-Imam Khomeini, and was adopted by Al Sayyed Khamenei. Jerusalem Day became in a direct relation with the fighting of the occupation, so it is interpreted practically where the blood, champions, sacrifices, and victories.
Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah meets his regional opponents from the position of Jerusalem, the conflict between them is revealed as a conflict between two opposite parties around the issue which is Jerusalem, it is easy for Al Sayyed Nasrollah to ask his opponents what did you offer to Jerusalem and what we offered, everything in the region revolves around it from the war on Syria to the war on Yemen, the emergence of ISIS and the Gulf-Israeli normalization, and most importantly targeting Iran. Jerusalem explains all of that. Al Sayyed Nasrollah says confidently according to the recognition of the opponents before the friends that the Jerusalem Day which was intended in order to prevent the forgetting of Jerusalem has achieved its goals. Today Jerusalem Day is for mobilizing the necessary force to liberate it. The problem of the occupation is that its silence and fear of war gives more time for mobilizing the capabilities and accumulating the power, if it hastens to war then it will be faced with hundreds of thousands of fighters in the world.
The people pf Palestine whom Jerusalem is their capital are the first ones who follow -up what Al Sayeed who took upon himself the loyalty to Jerusalem says and they follow his plan which they trust its password “We will be where we should be”.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,
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السيّد حامل أمانة القدس

يونيو 24, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– عندما أعلن الإمام الخميني قبل سبعة وثلاثين عاماً تحويل آخر جمعة من رمضان كل عام إلى يوم للقدس كان يضع الحجر الأساس لذاكرة ستتكفّل بقتال كل من يحاول التخلي عن فلسطين، بأجيال لا تعرف الخميني وربما تنتمي لمعسكرات تخالف السياسات الإيرانية، لكنها نزلت ولا تزال تنزل كل عام إلى الساحات والشوارع بالملايين لتحتفل بيوم، ربما لا يعرف الكثير من المشاركين فيه، أنه يوم من أيام إيران في العالم ويوم من أيام الخمينية التي ستبقى حاضرة لسنوات مقبلة بقوة حضور هذا  اليوم، الذي أحيته هذا العام أكثر من مئة مدينة كبرى عبر العالم وشارك فيه عشرات الملايين.

– واصل السيد الخامنئئي الاهتمام الذي أولاه الخميني بيوم القدس بالإدراك ذاته لمكانته في الاستراتيجية الهادفة لوضع مهمة إيران التاريخية والجغرافية، القائمة على منح الأولوية الأولى لاستعادة فلسطين وتفكيك كيان الاحتلال، ووفقاً لهذه البوصلة ترسم إيران سياساتها وتحالفاتها، وتبني مقدراتها وتسير قدماً في إرساء ثقافة المقاومة. وقد أثبتت إيران مع نجاحات قوى المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين والمأزق التاريخي الذي دخلته «إسرائيل» باعتراف قادتها، وما ترتب عليه من استدراج الحضور الأميركي المباشر  إلى المنطقة، ووقوعه في مستنقعات نجحت إيران في إدارة غرقه فيها، وصولاً لاستنفار كل الاحتياطي الذي تستند إليه واشنطن في إدارة شبكات مصالحها، وخلط أوراق المنطقة وانزلاق الأنظمة التابعة لواشنطن إلى حروب وأزمات أظهرت إيران أنها قادرة على إدارة نتائجها وعدم التورّط فيها من جهة،ومنعها من طمس قضية فلسطين والقدس من جهة مقابلة. وكان يوم القدس كل عام واحدة من أدوات هذه  النجاحات.

– منذ البدايات كان الإمام الخميني يدرك ويصرّح أن سورية ولبنان هما رئتا فلسطين وجناحا يومه المقدّس للقدس، وكان يبذل الجهد لتصل رسالته هذه إلى لبنان وسورية. وكانت الإحياءات الأولى لهذا اليوم فيهما. ومع انطلاقة المقاومة في لبنان انتقلت إليها راية هذه الأمانة بدعم من سورية وإيران، وتحوّل يوم القدس إلى سياسة وقتال وشهداء وتحرير وحروب، وصار ليوم القدس رمز هو السيد حسن نصرالله حامل مشعل القدس الذي أضاءه الإمام الخميني ويستسقي زيته السيد الخامنئي، وصارت ليوم القدس علاقة التماس المباشرة بالقتال مع الاحتلال، ليترجّل من الذاكرة والإحياء إلى الحياة الواقعية حيث الدماء والبطولات والتضحيات والانتصارات.

– يقابل السيد نصرالله خصومه الإقليميين من موقع القدس عنده وعندهم، فتنكشف حقائق الصراع بينه وبينهم بصفته صراعاً بين ضفتين متقابلتين تفصل القدس بينهما، ويسهل على السيد نصرالله أن يسائل خصومه ماذا قدّمتم للقدس وماذا قدّمنا؟ فكل ما يدور في المنطقة يدور من حولها، من الحرب على سورية إلى حرب اليمن، وما بينهما ولادة داعش والتطبيع الخليجي «الإسرائيلي»، وأولاً وأخيراً الاستهداف لإيران، فالقدس تفسّر كل ذلك،

وحامل الأمانة يقول بالثقة التي يعترف بصدقية حساباتها الأعداء قبل الأصدقاء، أن يوم القدس الذي أراد صيانة القدس من النسيان قد حقق أهدافه. ويوم القدس الآن لحشد القوة اللازمة لتحريرها. ومشكلة  الاحتلال أن صمته وخوفه من الحرب يمنحان المزيد من الوقت لحشد المقدرات ومراكمة القوة، وإن سارع للحرب فسيُواجِه هذه المرة مئات آلاف المقاتلين من العالم.

– أهل فلسطين الذين تشكل القدس عاصمتهم، هم أول مَن يتابعون ما يقول السيد حامل أمانة القدس، ويتبعون معه خطته التي يثقون أن كلمة السر فيها قد وصلتهم، «سنكون حيث يجب أن نكون».


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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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          Paul Craig Roberts Asks "Why Has Washington Been At War For 16 Years?"   

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health service like every civilized country has.

Considering the enormous social needs that cannot be met because of the massive cost of these orchestrated wars, one would think that the American people would be asking questions about the purpose of these wars. What is being achieved at such enormous costs? Domestic needs are neglected so that the military/security complex can grow fat on war profits.

The lack of curiousity on the part of the American people, the media, and Congress about the purpose of these wars, which have been proven to be based entirely on lies, is extraordinary. What explains this conspiracy of silence, this amazing disinterest in the squandering of money and lives?

Most Americans seem to vaguely accept these orchestrated wars as the government’s response to 9/11. This adds to the mystery as it is a fact that Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iran (Iran not yet attacked except with threats and sanctions) had nothing to do with 9/11. But these countries have Muslim populations, and the Bush regime and presstitute media succeeded in associating 9/11 with Muslims in general.

Perhaps if Americans and their “representatives” in Congress understood what the wars are about, they would rouse themselves to make objections. So, I will tell you what Washington’s war on Syria and Washington’s intended war on Iran are about. Ready?

There are three reasons for Washington’s war, not America’s war as Washington is not America, on Syria.

The first reason has to do with the profits of the military/security complex. The military/security complex is a combination of powerful private and governmental interests that need a threat to justify an annual budget that exceeds the GDP of many countries. War gives this combination of private and governmental interests a justification for its massive budget, a budget whose burden falls on American taxpayers whose real median family income has not risen for a couple of decades while their debt burden to support their living standard has risen.

 

The second reason has to do with the Neoconservative ideology of American world hegemony. According to the Neoconservatives, who most certainly are not conservative of any description, the collapse of communism and socialism means that History has chosen “Democratic Capitalism,” which is neither democratic nor capitalist, as the World’s Socio-Economic-Political system and it is Washington’s responsibility to impose Americanism on the entire world. Countries such as Russia, China, Syria, and Iran, who reject American hegemony must be destabilized and desroyed as they stand in the way of American unilateralism.

 

The Third reason has to do with Israel’s need for the water resources of Southern Lebanon. Twice Israel has sent the vaunted Israeli Army to occupy Southern Lebanon, and twice the vaunted Israeli Army was driven out by Hezbollah, a militia supported by Syria and Iran. To be frank, Israel is using America to eliminate the Syrian and Iranian governments that provide military and economic support to Hezbollah. If Hezbollah’s suppliers can be eliminated by the Americans, Israel’s army can steal Southern Lebanon, just as it has stolen Palestine and parts of Syria.

Here are the facts: For 16 years the insouciant American population has permitted a corrupt government in Washington to squander trillions of dollars needed domestically but instead allocated to the profits of the military/security complex, to the service of the Neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony, and to the service of Israel.

Clearly, Amerian democracy is a fraud. It serves everyone but Americans.

What is the likely consequence of the US government serving non-American interests?

The best positive outcome is poverty for the 99 percent. The worst outcome is nuclear armageddon.

Washington’s service to the military/security complex, to the Neoconservative ideology, and to Israel completely neglects over-powering facts.

Israel’s interest to overthrow Syria and Iran is totally inconsistant with Russia’s interest to prevent the import of jihadism into the Russian Federation and Central Asia. Therefore, Israel has put the US into direct military conflict with Russia.

The US military/security complex’s financial interests to surround Russia with missile sites is inconsistent with Russian sovereignty as is the Neoconservatives’ emphasis on US world hegemony.

President Trump does not control Washington. Washington is controlled by the military/security complex (watch on youtube President Eisenhower’s description of the military/security complex as a threat to American democracy), by the Israel Lobby, and by the Neoconservatives. These three organized interest groups have pre-empted the Amercan people, who are powerless and are uninvolved in the decisions about their future.

Every US Representative and US Senator who stood up to Israel was defeated by Israel in their re-election campaign. This is the reason that when Israel wants something it passes both houses of Congress unanimously. As Admiral Tom Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said publicly, “No American President can stand up to Israel.” Israel gets what it wants no matter what the consequences are for America.

Adm. Moorer was right. The US gives Israel every year enough money to purchase our government. And Israel does purchase our government. The US government is far more accountable to Israel than to the American people. The votes of the House and Senate prove this.

Unable to stand up to tiny Israel, Washington thinks it can buffalo Russia and China. For Washington to continue to provoke Russia and China is a sign of insantity. In the place of intelligence we see hubris and arrogance, the hallmarks of fools.

What Planet Earth, and the creatures thereon, need more than anything is leaders in the West who are intelligent, who have a moral conscience, who respect truth, and who are are capable of understanding the limits to their power.

But the Western World has no such people.


          

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.


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

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Firstly, we loved how you guys appreciated current affairs at a glance(formerly) since its inception. Way back in 1st January, 2016, we launched this and it was highly appreciated. 


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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           UN World Food Programme Welcomes Japanese Contribution To Address Food Insecurity In Yemen   
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$4.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan, to help WFP fight the devastating food crisis in Yemen, building on the US$12.99 million grant contributed by Japan earlier this year.
          Muslim ban, Nasce l’Alleanza del pacifico, G20 Amburgo, May ottiene la fiducia, Italia-Ue e il problema dei migranti   

Usa, torna in vigore tra le polemiche il bando temporaneo agli ingressi 30 giu 10:56 – (Agenzia Nova) – E’ tornato in vigore ieri negli Usa il bando temporaneo imposto dall’amministrazione presidenziale Trump agli ingressi da sei paesi a maggioranza musulmana – Siria, Sudan, Somalia, Libia, Iran e Yemen – ritenuti un rischio per la […]

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          The Path to a New Saudi Arabia   
(New York Daily News) Dennis Ross - Saudi Arabia's new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, is clearly now slated to succeed his father, King Salman. He has been given very wide responsibilities as defense minister and overseer of the Saudi economy and its transformation. He believes Saudi Arabia must diversify its economy and modernize. Yet Saudi Arabia is a deeply conservative country where social change will not come easily. The religious establishment will resist change and a diminution of its role. Significant parts of the royal family may also resist as the crown prince cuts off the moneys that have always been available to them. The crown prince sees Iran as an existential threat and is determined to counter it. Saudi Arabia drew a line in Yemen when it saw the Iranian hand in the Houthi overthrow of the Yemeni government. The writer, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, served in senior national security positions in the Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations.
          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…
          The Week with IPS 6/30/2017   
2017/6/30 Click here for the online version of this IPS newsletter  

Ending Child Marriage Could Add Trillions to World Economy
Roshni Majumdar
The benefits of ending child marriage are many—boosting a young girl’s morale and increasing her chances of education and work, and by that virtue, curbing high population rates in developing economies and boosting growth. Still, more than 15 million children, under 18 years of age, are ... MORE > >

Southeast Asia: From Miracle To Debacle
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
The World Bank and other influential international financial institutions and development agencies have been touting Southeast Asian (SEA) newly industrializing countries as models for emulation, especially by African developing countries seeking to accelerate their development transformations. But ... MORE > >

Insurance: A Valuable Incentive for Small Farmers’ Climate Resilience
Friday Phiri
Frequent extreme weather and climate shifts pose a challenge to already vulnerable groups such as smallholder farmers in the developing world. Between 2004 and 2014, farmers are said to have endured the brunt of the 100-billion-dollar cost of climate-related disasters. With traditional insurance ... MORE > >

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
Millions lack access to quality education around the world—but how can the international community change this? Two years into the adoption of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which includes a goal to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong ... MORE > >

Chilean President’s Apology to the Mapuche People Considered “Insufficient”
Orlando Milesi
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s formal apology to the country’s Mapuche Indians, for the “mistakes and atrocities” committed against them by the Chilean state, is seen by indigenous and social activists in the central region of Araucanía – the heartland of the Mapuche people - as falling ... MORE > >

Did Arab Coalition Threaten to Pull Out of UN in Protest?
Thalif Deen
When Saudi Arabia – which has been spearheading a coalition of Arab states in a devastating war against Yemen since 2015 – was accused of bombing civilians, and particularly children caught up in the conflict, the government in Riyadh threatened to cut off humanitarian funding to the world ... MORE > >

China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached
Daniel Gutman
Two new nuclear power plants, to cost 14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance 85 per cent of the works. But besides the fact ... MORE > >

Any Way to Help Slow Down Climate Change... Individually?
IPS World Desk
It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus ... MORE > >

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding
Desmond Brown
A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. Underlining the challenges posed by climate change, Head of the European Union ... MORE > >

Putting the Spotlight on Women Migrant Workers
Roshni Majumdar
Migrant workers, and their economic contribution to the development of both the country of origin and the host country, have caught the eye of governments and policymakers worldwide. But the hardships faced by women migrants, who disproportionately bear the brunt of discrimination at work, are ... MORE > >

Global Devaluation of Work Drives Up Unemployment in Brazil
Mario Osava
In addition to driving up the number of unemployed people to 14.2 million, the severe recession of the last two years led Brazil to join the global trend of flexibilisation of labour laws in order to further reduce labour costs. Creating more jobs without affecting rights is the basic argument ... MORE > >

The World Is Burning
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          US court dismisses Jaber lawsuit for Yemen drone strike   
US court says it has no say over president's drone programme but Judge Brown says 'congressional oversight is a joke'.
          How To Stop The World's Worst Cholera Outbreak   
Yemen is struggling to control a cholera outbreak that the U.N. is calling "the worst ... in the world." As of June 26, the World Health Organization estimates that there have been nearly 219,000 cases and 1,400 deaths since the start of the outbreak in late April. The outbreak is adding to a humanitarian crisis brought on by a civil war that's lasted more than two years. WHO has approved use of a vaccine in Yemen, but it works best if given before an outbreak starts. The organization is considering whether provinces neighboring those with rampant cholera would make good targets for a vaccine campaign. Some areas may not be safe or accessible for vaccine workers because of fighting. The rate of new infections seems to be slowing, although it's not entirely clear why, according to Ahmed Zouiten, WHO's senior emergency adviser for Yemen. The case fatality rate — the proportion of deaths among cases — has also been low so far, about a half a percent, or one death for every 200 cases. WHO
          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

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          Theresa May Should Come Clean on UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia   

The admission by the UK government that the Saudi-led coalition used UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions during the armed conflict in Yemen, comes months after Amnesty International and British media outlets reported that these weapons had been used in the country.

Unexploded remnants of cluster munitions have proved deadly for Yemenis, killing or injuring at least 85 civilians, including children. After 20 months of war, the British government has finally raised the issue with Saudi Arabia, which responded by vowing to stop using this particular weapon in its ongoing Yemen campaign. But the UK's mea culpa doesn't go far enough, especially as UK officials deny another, much larger accusation - the sale of other weapons, including precision-guided munitions, which the Saudis and their allies have used in unlawful strikes against civilians and civilian structures in Yemen.

A UK-manufactured bomb struck storage hangars in Hodaida on January 6, 2016. The hangars stored school furniture, car parts, dry and canned food. Two of them contained production workshops for zinc sheeting and metal fencing grates.

© 2016 Priyanka Motaparthy/Human Rights Watch

Since March 2015, the UK has approved £3.3 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, according to the London-based Campaign Against Arms Trade. Yet in November, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office concluded, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, that there was no "clear risk" of serious Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

The US government has recently halted a sale of precision munition guidance systems to Saudi Arabia because it saw "systemic, endemic problems in Saudi Arabia's targeting." Why are UK officials not prepared to do the same?

Over the course of the war, Human Rights Watch has documented numerous coalition strikes that destroyed homes, markets, schools, civilian factories, and hospitals. During my own most recent trip, I visited a village water drilling site and a prison, both targeted with US-made precision-guided weapons. 

Human Rights Watch has also documented how the coalition used US-supplied weapons in some of the war's deadliest strikes, including the horrific October bombing of a funeral hall that killed more than 99 civilians, and a midday strike on a market in Mastaba that killed at least 97 civilians.    

Last week, the SNP's leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, questioned Theresa May on Saudi arms sales and the Yemen conflict, asking her: "What will it take for the UK to adopt an ethical foreign policy when it comes to Yemen?" May responded by saying that when breaches of international humanitarian law are alleged, "we require those to be properly investigated." But Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and numerous media outlets have not only provided evidence of such violations, in some cases personally delivering information to key ministers, but also linked some of these attacks to UK weapons. Cluster munitions are important, but only a small part of the alleged violations.

So where do the other "required" investigations stand? May and her government will have an increasingly tough time deflecting such questions and avoiding serious scrutiny.

Earlier this month, two Parliamentary committees wrote to foreign secretary Boris Johnson requesting an urgent review of the government's position on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and an immediate suspension of arms sales, pending a fully independent investigation of possible war crimes. This cannot come soon enough for the Yemeni civilians who have already suffered so much.


          We Need an Immediate Suspension of British Military Sales to Saudi Arabia   

For over a year now, the British government has flatly rejected claims that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition has violated the laws of war during its conflict in Yemen, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Although the British government supplied nearly £3 billion worth of weapons and equipment to the Saudis in 2015 alone, ministers insist that Britain's arms export licensing procedures are amongst the most stringent in the world and that there's no serious risk of British supplied equipment being used unlawfully. But these claims - already disingenuous and misleading – were further discredited this week by fresh evidence from Amnesty International that banned British-made cluster bombs have been used by coalition forces in Yemen.

People stand around a crater caused by a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of Yemen's capital Sanaa, December 29, 2015. 

© 2015 Reuters

Since March 2015, there have been a number of well-documented attacks by the coalition using cluster munitions in populated areas. Human Rights Watch has researched 16 such attacks, in which at least 19 civilians were killed and at least 66 wounded. But this is the first identified case involving a British-made cluster bomb.

Amnesty researchers found one partially unexploded BL-755 bomb, manufactured by Hunting Engineering Ltd., in the 1970s, which was evidently used by the coalition in Yemen's Hajjah Governorate, six miles from the Saudi border. Cluster munitions, which are designed to release smaller bomblets that scatter over a wide area, pose a particular danger to civilians, especially children who pick up unexploded ordnance without realising what they are. Each BL-755 contains 147 submunitions.

It's true that these British-made bombs were sold to a coalition member before the existence of an international convention banning cluster munitions, which Britain ratified in 2010 and has since championed. Nonetheless, the fact that such weapons are still being used by a coalition which we support and arm would normally prompt an investigation and a serious review of British policy. But these are not normal times. In recent months, British policy on Yemen appears to have hardened, becoming more supportive of the coalition in Yemen and more dismissive of the human rights groups that expose their violations.

Just last month, for example, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a series of claims about coalition actions in Yemen that don't withstand scrutiny. Four are particularly worth highlighting.

Firstly, he said that "the Saudi-led coalition is not targeting civilians". But Human Rights Watch and others have identified multiple cases in which the Saudi-led coalition has launched airstrikes against markets, hospitals, clinics, schools, civilian factories and wedding parties, as well as private homes. Similar cases were extensively documented by the UN Panel of Experts, which identified 119 separate coalition sorties which it judged were unlawful. In many of the cases we investigated, the attacks failed to discriminate between civilians and combatants, caused disproportionate harm to civilians, or we found no clear military objective in the area. Many of the attacks amounted to serious violations of the laws of war. And some cases may be war crimes.

Secondly, Hammond said that Saudi Arabia has put in place procedures "to ensure respect for the principles of international humanitarian law". It's true that in January the coalition did finally announce the creation of a committee to assess the rules of engagement in the context of the conflict. But even the coalition's military spokesman said that the objective of the committee was not to carry out specific investigations.

Thirdly, the Foreign Secretary claimed that Saudi has "engaged in constructive dialogue" with the UK about incidents of concern. But this view was contradicted by Hammond's own ministerial colleague at the Foreign Office, Tobias Ellwood. Ellwood told a parliamentary committee in April that he phoned the Saudi Ambassador to the UK to complain that Riyadh was taking too long to investigate incidents, the process was "frustratingly slow", and that the Saudi response had "been found wanting".

Finally, Hammond says Saudi Arabia "remains genuinely committed" to complying with the laws of war. This is an extraordinary claim given the reality of ongoing and large-scale violations of the laws of war by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that have continued for over a year, and Riyadh's refusal to acknowledge or properly investigate them.

As the British government has become more entrenched in its position on Yemen, it has been sharply criticised by the main opposition parties and some of its own backbenchers. Given the scale of the violations, and the documented use of British-supplied equipment, parliamentarians should demand an immediate suspension of British military sales to Saudi Arabia and a full and independent investigation. Anything less will make Britain complicit in further abuses and the ongoing intolerable suffering of the Yemeni people.


          US, Gulf Allies, Must Own Up to Their Role in Yemen’s Human Rights Abuses   

Hadrami elite forces guard Mukalla from Al-Qaeda by creating check-points. 

© 2016 Getty Images

A Yemeni man recently phoned me about two relatives who have been secretly detained for more than a year in southern Yemen. He hoped that international attention—notably in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States—could help him find out where his loved ones were being held and why.

When we met in the port city of Aden, the man revealed that he, too, had been detained by UAE-backed Yemeni forces. He said he was imprisoned for several months without knowing why he was being held. His captors beat him repeatedly and gave him electric shocks. His focus now was split between worry for his missing relatives and for the men and boys who had been detained with him.

Over the last six months, my organization, Human Rights Watch, has documented dozens of cases of abuse in informal detention facilities and secret prisons in parts of Yemen controlled by the internationally recognized government. These include prolonged arbitrary detention, torture, and forced disappearances, the vast majority carried out by UAE-backed Yemeni forces, purportedly in the name of countering terror.

One man who had taken part in protests over the disappearances in his region explained to me the fear many families felt after their brothers, sons or fathers were taken away in the middle of the night, families who often then sought and failed to find answers as to where their relatives were being held, why or if they would be released. At one protest, he told me: “There were small kids saying, ‘Release our dads.’ We were writing on the posters that we are against terrorism, but terrorism is also taking people in this way.”

On June 22, Yemen’s president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, took a tentative step toward providing Yemenis whose loved ones have been forcibly disappeared or arbitrarily detained the answers and accountability they seek. He issued Decree No. 115, which establishes a committee to investigate reports of abuse, make recommendations, and develop means to address similar issues in the future.

Yemen has been engulfed by a devastating war for more than two years. In late 2014, the Houthi armed group and forces loyal to former longtime president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the capital, Sanaa. President Hadi eventually fled to Saudi Arabia.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition that included the UAE, and is militarily supported by the United States, began an aerial and ground campaign in support of President Hadi. The coalition has carried out scores of unlawful airstrikes, hitting schools, markets, homes, and hospitals, often with U.S.-made weapons.

The war has driven Yemen, already the poorest nation in the Middle East, toward humanitarian catastrophe, with both parties impeding aid delivery. Millions of people are on the brink of famine and an unprecedented cholera outbreak is ravaging the country.

Civilians in these areas have been subjected to a parade of horrors including disappearances and torture. We have documented such abuses by Houthi-Saleh forces, which control large parts of Yemen’s north. The UAE, which leads coalition efforts in southern and eastern Yemen, along with UAE-backed forces and forces aligned with the Hadi government, has disappeared dozens, used secret prisons, and abused people including children in areas they control.

The United States has closely supported the UAE’s military. According to a recent report by the Associated Press, it has interrogated UAE-held prisoners in Yemen, shared questions with UAE officials, and read transcripts from their interrogations. As UAE’s ally, the United States should have immediately called upon it to cooperate with the new Yemeni committee and grant access to all detention facilities.

The Yemeni committee could be an important starting point for curbing rampant abuses by UAE and UAE-backed forces, as well as forces aligned with the Hadi government, during security operations. It could also be an important sign from the Hadi government that it is beginning to take allegations of abuse against its own citizens seriously—even when those abuses are committed by its own forces or by its allies in the Saudi-led coalition.

Unfortunately, the Hadi government has given the committee a 15-day deadline and failed to include representatives of local organizations among the committee’s members. The government has not made clear whether the committee will be given the space to operate independently, to access formal and informal detention facilities, or to recommend prosecutions against the people responsible for abuses.

Bottom line: The committee will only be able to provide helpful answers to worried Yemeni families if the UAE and the United States cooperatively investigate alleged abuses.

That’s a tall order. The UAE has flatly denied responsibility for abuses, blaming the Yemeni government for detaining people and mistreating them. These denials fly in the face of our research.

Over and over, we heard that UAE officials ordered the continued detention of people despite release orders from parts of the country’s justice system that still functions; ran detention facilities where former detainees were allegedly tortured; provided intel, including lists of names of people to arrest, to Yemeni forces involved in abuses; and allegedly moved high-profile detainees out of the country.

U.S. officials, including Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, have billed the UAE as a “model” counterterrorism partner. Since evidence of UAE abuses and potential U.S. complicity came to light, the Trump Administration has not indicated whether it will investigate the role of U.S. personnel or press the UAE and its allies to desist from torture.

The ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee—Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island—have written Defense Secretary James Mattis calling for an “immediate review of the facts.” Lawmakers should also work to exercise more effective oversight over U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict—by holding investigatory hearings, for example. This is, after all, only the latest revelation regarding possible U.S. complicity in war crimes in Yemen.

Compelling governments to help investigate their own abuses is a hard sell. But the Yemeni committee can at least begin the long process of holding abusers responsible, and demanding concrete action to provide freedom, compensation, and justice for the many Yemenis mistreated in detention. Disappearing dozens of people, ripping families apart, and torturing detainees is neither a lawful nor an effective way to counter an armed opposition.


          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.


          Saudi Arabia Prepares for World War 3   

Saudi Arabia Prepares for World War 3 In a lightening reshuffle Saudi Arabia has made Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the country’s aggressive defense minister the new heir to the throne, he believed to be the mastermind behind the war in Yemen that has brought the country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. He […]

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          A race against time: how Oxfam is fighting cholera in Yemen   

Two years of war have plunged Yemen into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and put the country at risk of famine. Now it is at the mercy of a deadly and rapidly spreading cholera epidemic that if not contained will threaten the lives of thousands of people in the coming months. Help us stop the spread now.

A race against time: how Oxfam is fighting cholera in Yemen

A woman and children gather safe drinking water from the tap Oxfam has installed in Huth IDP camp. Photo: Kate Wiggans/Oxfam

          Oxfam calls for Yemen ceasefire to allow for bigger humanitarian response, warning cholera likely to worsen with the rains    

Oxfam calls for Yemen ceasefire to allow for bigger humanitarian response, warning cholera likely to worsen with the rains

Yemen’s cholera outbreak could spread quickly to thousands more people with the new rainy season likely to begin in the coming days.


          Trump's Qatar Crisis   
Tiny Qatar, the mouse that roared, has now managed to enrage the larger part of the Arab world and defy the newly-minted Mideast expert, Donald Trump. This month, an angry alliance of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, with some background support from the puppet regimes of war-torn Libya and Yemen, declared...
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          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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From Ian:

PMW: PA libel: Israel uses drugs in war against Palestinians
Discussing the war on drugs in Jerusalem, a Palestinian Authority TV host stated that Israel is deliberately targeting young Palestinians with drugs. The Palestinian coordinator of a UNDP-sponsored campaign against drugs, Isaam Jweihan, endorsed this PA libel, stating that Israel uses drugs as "an unconventional weapon" to "empty Jerusalem of Arabs:"
PA TV host: “Jerusalem is probably the Palestinian district that suffers the most from drugs, [because] the occupation mainly targets young age groups in Jerusalem...”
Coordinator of the Project of the War on Drugs in Jerusalem, Issam Jweihan: “A war is being waged [by Israel] against Jerusalem. This is an unconventional war in which unconventional weapons are being used. The goal of the war is clear - to Judaize the city and empty it of its [Arab] residents. They are using unconventional weapons. The weapon that brings the best results for the Israelis is drugs.”
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, June 21, 2017]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented this drug libel numerous times, and it is even being voiced by close associates of PA Chairman Abbas. Imad Hamato, who Abbas recently appointed to head a system of Islamic schools and who is also the host of a weekly PA TV program teaching Islam, has similarly taught that “Israel’s... war against the Arabs and Muslims is through sex mania... drugs... to destroy... our children’s values”:
PA TV spreads libel accusing Israel of spreading drugs among young Palestinians


IsraellyCool: WATCH: Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh: Palestine Was Really Just Part of Syria
Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh was no friend of Israel, but in the documentary Pillar of Fire (which I posted about yesterday here), he admitted that right after World War I, there was no separate “palestinian” identity – they were just part of Syria.
Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh: Palestine Was Really Just Part of Syria





UK Government Coalition Partner Urges Parliamentary Vote to Congratulate Israel on 1967 War Victory
The parliamentary partner of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has submitted a resolution to the House of Commons congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of its victory in the 1967 war.
Members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) submitted an “Early Day Motion” — a device which rarely leads to a parliamentary debate, but allows members of parliament to highlight their support for a particular cause — encouraging British legislators to celebrate Israel’s victory.
“This House commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War when Israel stood against unprovoked attacks and won a stunning victory in just six days; congratulates the Israeli Defence Force and its ability to defeat its enemies and to safeguard peace; and urges all to keep the peace in the Middle East,” the motion reads.
A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: May 2017
"The whole system failed and that is what has been happening for the last 30 years. And it is PC. People are just too, too afraid to, you know, just too, too afraid to speak the truth." — Mohan Singh, founder of the Sikh Awareness Society.
MI5, Britain's domestic security agency, revealed that it has identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country.
Manchester bomber Salman Abedi used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, according to the Telegraph. Abedi is believed to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run-up to the attack even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. It also emerged that the chief imam of Abedi's mosque fought with militants in Libya. The mosque was also reported to have hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and non-believers to be stoned to death.
"It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hardline Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root." — Tom Brake, Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman.
What Might be Missing in the Muslim World?
Recently, Chinese, Japanese and other educators have found that rote learning and endless drills produce high achievers without creativity, originality, or the ability to think for themselves. Western academic standards of rationality and objectivity have been behind most of the West's achievements.
"The campus has three mosques with a fourth one planned, but no bookstore. No Pakistani university, including QAU, allowed Abdus Salam to set foot on its campus, although he had received the Nobel Prize in 1979 for his role in formulating the standard model of particle physics." — Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, commenting on Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, the second-best university among the 57 Muslim states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The very thought that "Islamic science" has to be different from "Western science" suggests the need for a radically different way of thinking. Scientific method is scientific method and rationality is rationality, regardless of the religion practiced by individual scientists.
Sexism and Disorder at Al Quds Day rally
Last weekend, the anti-Israel Al Quds Day rallies were held across the world. I attended one in Toronto so I could learn more about the terrorist sympathizers who attend these anti-semitic demonstrations.
What I saw wasn't surprising at all:
Women and girls were segregated from the rest of the protesters, while ignorant white leftists promoting terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.


‘Israel has legal right to freeze Palestinian taxes that go to terrorists’
Israel can legally withhold tax fees from the Palestinian Authority to offset the money that it pays to Palestinian terrorists and their families, legal experts from the Justice and Defense Ministry told the Knesset.
“We don’t see any legal impediment,” Justice Ministry attorney Anat Assif told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee which on Wednesday debated a bill that would prohibit the passage of such fees.
The legislation authored by MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) is in the preparatory stage for its second and third reading, after which it would be passed into law.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken about the importance of halting such funding and the security cabinet last summer agreed to halt such payments, but in practice, Stern’s office said, the money is still being transferred.
It’s official: Israelis love Trump
Israelis have never hidden their love and admiration for President Trump, but now it's official — or at least proved scientifically.
An international survey carried out over the past few months by the Pew Research Center found that regard for the United States, its new leader and its policies has tumbled drastically around the world since Barack Obama left the presidency five months ago, except in two countries: Russia and Israel.
In Israel, there was little surprise at the poll’s results.
Trump, his family and his senior advisers visited here a month ago as part of his first international trip. During his 28-hour stay, he received a five-star welcome from Israeli leaders. And images of him; his wife, Melania; daughter Ivanka; and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, warmed Israeli and Jewish hearts.
There are other areas, too, where the Israelis seemed to view Trump favorably, according to Pew’s research.
When it comes to world affairs and some of his more prominent policy proposals, such as building a wall between the United States and Mexico and withdrawing from trade and climate agreements, more than half of Israelis (56 percent) said they had confidence in Trump to do the right thing.
His suggestion that the United States could withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement reached under Obama was welcomed by a majority of the public (67 percent) in Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials consistently opposed the deal Obama signed with Iran, seeing it as a betrayal of the Jewish state.
Under Trump, Israeli Victims of Terror at Least Get Genuine Condolences
Although US President Donald Trump made a host of widely-publicized pledges to strengthen the US-Israeli relationship during his presidential campaign, his five-month old administration has shown few tangible signs of movement on any of them. It has passed on opportunities to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and to scrap the Iran nuclear deal. And it certainly doesn’t appear to be undertaking a major rethink about how to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace.
But credit the White House with making one critically important, lower-profile change, evident in the reaction of Trump’s peace envoy to the June 16 killing of Border Police officer Hadas Malka by Palestinian terrorists outside of Jerusalem’s Old City.
“The United States stands with our ally Israel and condemns the savage terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” tweeted Trump’s lead international negotiator Jason Greenblatt as he was leaving on a trip to Israel. After visiting the family of the deceased on June 19, he released a prepared statement saying “[St.-] Sgt. Major [Hadas] Malka was murdered by terrorists,” with a bit at the end about Trump’s vision for a Middle East free from “threats of terrorism and extremism.”
If all that seems pretty typical of how an American envoy would react to a deadly terrorist attack against a longstanding US ally, that’s precisely the point. Under previous administrations, it had become standard practice in reacting to terrorist attacks against Israelis to urge Israel (or both sides) to “exercise restraint,” “not escalate tensions any further,” “avoid any kind of innocent civilian casualties,” “avoid... making provocative statements that can further inflame tensions,” and various other equivalents.
Haley on Trump’s Warning to Syria: It Saved Many Innocent Lives
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she believes President Donald Trump's warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two days earlier not to use chemical weapons saved many innocent lives.
Haley was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee when Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), the committee's chairman, asked if there has been any reaction to Trump's warning. Haley told Royce that the Trump administration has not observed an incident yet but said the president's statement was still necessary because the U.S. had seen similar preparations to what occurred before the Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians on April 4.
After the April 4 chemical weapons attack, which killed dozens of people including children, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles at a Syrian government airfield.
Haley said Trump's message was also a warning to Iran and Russia, both of which support Assad in the Syrian conflcit, "that this was something we were not going to put up with."
"So I would like to think that the president saved many innocent men, women, and children," Haley said.
UN HEADQUARTERS TO HOLD 2-DAY CONFERENCE TO JUSTIFY KILLING ISRAELIS
On June 29 and 30, 2017, a U.N. committee will hold a "Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation" aimed at demonizing Israel, encouraging violence and the hatred of Jews, and rewriting history. The forum has been organized by the U.N. "Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" (CEIRPP), which was created on the same day as the infamous "Zionism is racism" resolution in 1975. Although the resolution was ultimately rescinded in 1991, the committee created to implement its antisemitic message was left in place and continues to operate.
Among the invited speakers are a host individuals hand-picked by the U.N. Committee because of their known support for Palestinian terrorism, involvement in incitement to violence, and promotion of antisemitism. They include:
Saeb Erekat (Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization): "We are protecting ourselves with the bodies of our sons and daughters, because Israel does not protect itself, but rather its crimes, occupation and settlement... Whoever wants to fight ISIS and terror in the region, must understand that this can't be done without drying up the quagmire of Israeli occupation in the region.'"
Mouin Rabbani (Institute for Palestine Studies): "...Netanyahu is the heir to that faction of the pre-state Zionist movement eventually known as revisionism, which was in fact inspired by fascism, albeit an Italian variant led by Mussolini. Um, and during World War II, in 1941, one faction of that movement, which was eventually led by Yitzhak Shamir, made an approach to Nazi Germany, during the Holocaust I should add, proposing an alliance with Berlin against the British, who then ruled Palestine. So, there's a long history here. Netanyahu today is the heir and the leader of that wing of the Zionist movement."
'The UN is colluding with terror supporters'
An anti-Israel event scheduled to be held at the United Nations this week will feature organizations allied with the Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror groups.
The United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation, which is set to be held at the UN’s headquarters in New York this Thursday and Friday, is being organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and is unapologetic in its anti-Israel bent, with the first day being dedicated to talks under the headline of “Ending the Occupation: The Path to Independence, Justice, and Peace for Palestine”.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that a representative of the radical left-wing NGO B’Tselem was invited to address the event. The group’s participation in the event drew criticism from Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon.
“It's a complete disgrace that an Israeli group is helping the Palestinians harm Israel at the podium of the UN,” said Danon.
“B’Tselem is continuing its obsessive attempts to defame Israel in front of the world, and are taking advantage of their status as an Israeli organization in order to legitimize incitement against us.”
UN chief distances himself from Palestinian summit on 50 years of occupation
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres indicated that a summit organized by a pro-Palestinian UN group to mark five decades of Israeli control of the West Bank did not have the blessing of his office.
Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon had earlier protested to Guterres against the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation” because, he said, some of the billed participants were from organizations with ties to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The two-day meeting, beginning Thursday at UN headquarters in New York, was organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Answering questions about the forum, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Guterres, said Wednesday that his office was “aware of the position of the Israeli Government.”
“They’ve communicated with the Secretary‑General’s Office,” he said. “This is a meeting that is being organized by a committee of the membership. It is not something that is being sponsored by the Secretariat. I think any questions as to the invitees and the way the meeting is organized should be directed to the members of the committee.”
Israel seeks secret ballot on Hebron inscription on World Heritage List
Israel hopes to sway the World Heritage Committee to vote by secret ballot when it decides on July 7 whether to inscribe Hebron’s Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the List of World Heritage in Danger under the “State of Palestine.”
“There is no doubt that if there is a public ballot, we will lose,” Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Carmel Shama-Hacohen told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
With only 10 days left until the committee’s 21 member states cast their votes, Israel is seeking every edge possible to ensure that the necessary twothirds majority of those present oppose the move.
It’s so close, Shama-Hacohen said, that one vote could make the difference.
Israel and India: A new strategic partnership
It seems as though not a single week goes by without some head of state visiting us. The past several years have seen a sharp increase in the number of visits made by high-ranking foreign dignitaries to Israel, to the point that they are no longer considered special.
Having said that, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next week is special, because it underscores the 180-degree turn the bilateral ties have undergone. For many decades, India was led by a staunchly anti-Israel socialist party that supported every diplomatic effort to attack the Jewish state. This was based on an ideological platform dating back to the founders of independent India, who saw the Zionist movement as an organ of Western colonialism. This twisted worldview had India stand by the Arabs as the victims of colonialism who experienced an ordeal similar to that of Indians.
India also thought it could reap benefits from its alliance with the Arabs and be able to tap the economic potential of Islamic states. India further hoped this affinity would give it prestige on the world stage and prevent unrest among its large Muslim minority. But these years of hostility are over. The old guard in India is no longer in power, and the ideological blindness is gone too. Modi and his party don't consider Zionism an imperialist power but as a positive national movement representing a people living in their homeland.
Terror-Tied Qatari Think Tank Has Anti-Israel, Pro-BDS Stance
Earlier this month, major Arab nations — led by Saudi Arabia — severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of financing and sheltering terrorists and maintaining cordial relations with Iran. Yet Doha’s pro-terror policies have not just made the Middle East more unstable; they also directly threaten Israel’s security.
For the past decade, Qatar has provided financial and diplomatic support to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, by hosting its leaders and pledging millions of dollars to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Qatar has also sponsored the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which is aimed at economically isolating Israel to end its alleged “oppression” of the Palestinians.
A new Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) investigation has found that senior academics tied to a Doha-based think tank believed to be financed by the Qatari government — and its Washington, DC, affiliate — routinely engage in anti-Israel rhetoric and are strong BDS supporters.
Osama Abu-Irshaid, a non-resident scholar at the Doha-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) was a featured speaker at a three-day international conference in Tunis in August, which was hosted by ACRPS to discuss using boycotts to combat “Israeli occupation.”
Shin Bet Chief: Israel Has Thwarted 2,000 Terror Attacks Since 2016 Due to Cyber Efforts
The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency revealed on Tuesday the Jewish state has prevented about 2,000 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016 due to cybersecurity efforts.
“The Shin Bet is dealing with considerable threats, from terrorist organizations to individual hackers,” Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman said at the 2017 Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv. “In order to foil these threats, we have carried out dozens of sophisticated and successful operations. With the help of high-quality intelligence received through our cyber network, many terrorist attacks have been thwarted.”
“The Shin Bet, alongside its partners, has succeeded — through technological, intelligence and operational adjustments — in locating more than 2,000 potential lone terrorists since the beginning of 2016,” he continued.
According to Argaman, Israel has prevented these attacks thanks to coordination among the country’s top agencies, in what he described as a “cyber coalition.”
“In cyber, the name of the game is ‘jointness’ and it is the only way to go,” he said. “We counter our adversaries through a ‘cyber coalition’ that includes cooperation with the IDF, the Mossad, the Cyber Bureau, the Defense Ministry…as well as with intelligence organizations around the world.”
Palestinian gunman opens fire on Israeli troops in Hebron, is shot dead
A Palestinian gunman opened fired on Israeli troops during a raid to uncover an arms cache in the West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday night, the Israeli military said.
In response to the immediate threat, the forces fired towards the suspect resulting in his death, the military stated.
The IDF released a photo of a makeshift automatic weapon lying on the ground that it said belonged to the gunman.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the death of the man but did not immediately release details of his identity.
There were no casualties to the IDF soldiers.
Errant shell from Syria lands in Golan Heights as Netanyahu tours area
A shell from fighting in Syria landed in the Golan Heights on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was touring the strategic plateau. There were no injuries or damage caused and the PM was not in any danger.
The IDF immediately struck a Syrian military position from which the mortar shell was fired, fulfilling Netanyahu’s vow that Israel “will not accept stray fire” from the Syrian civil war landing in its territory.
The incident came as Netanyahu spoke at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Katzrin, some 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the Quneitra area where the mortar struck.
“We are here celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Katzrin, the capital of the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said. “I said that we will not tolerate spillover and that we will respond to every firing. During my speech shells from the Syrian side landed in our territory and the IDF has already struck back. Whoever attacks us – we will attack him. This is our policy and we will continue with it.”
Earlier, in the speech, Netanyahu referred to the uptick in incidents over the past week of stray fire from fighting in Syria landing in Israel, saying that Israel would “respond with decisiveness and strength” to any spillover from the civil war.
UN PEACEKEEPERS ARE COVERING UP HEZBOLLAH ACTIVITY NEAR ISRAELI BORDER
"More and more voices in Israel are saying that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has become a burden and its mission is no longer needed.
'UNIFIL was supposed to be the enforcement apparatus for Security Council Resolution 1701,' a high-placed Israeli military source said on condition of anonymity. 'But in actual fact, it has become only a fig leaf for that resolution. UNIFIL whitewashes Hezbollah activity on the 'Blue Line' [border], and serves as an excuse for Hezbollah and the Lebanese government to violate the UN resolution and ratchet up tensions along the border. We no longer need this force here any longer. Better to remain with only the coordination and liaison units, and that's all,' he added...
The confrontation between Israel and UNIFIL erupted at the beginning of the month, in the course of the June 7-9 visit of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to Israel. Haley, who enjoys tremendous popularity in Israel, was taken for a patrol of the northern border line between Israel and Lebanon...
Security Council Resolution 1701 ... states that Hezbollah militants are not to be south of the Litani River. Then Haley was given intelligence information that Israel had collected in the recent year. In addition, via the special observation instruments brought there, Haley was able to discern observation points erected by Hezbollah along the length of the Lebanese border, camouflaged as a green environmental organization for nature protection. At exactly this stage, the UNIFIL commander, Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary, arrived. Haley asked the general for his response to the information she received, and explained to him that she saw with her own eyes how Hezbollah militants are clearly present south of the Litani - areas where the Security Council resolution forbids them to have a presence. And UNIFIL is the body that is supposed to enforce this resolution. The general denied the information...
Israel freezes visits to Hamas prisoners amid talks over troops’ remains
Hamas on Thursday said that Israel had stopped allowing Gazan members of the terror group serving time in Israeli prisons to receive visits from family members, in a move intended to ramp up pressure amid negotiations for the return of three Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers being held in the Strip.
Hamas leaders condemned the move as “the beginning of a war against the prisoners.”
“We will not allow this decision to stand, whatever the price may be,” they said in a statement.
An Israeli prison official refused to confirm the policy change.
Israel is holding some 150 Hamas security prisoners from Gaza. In the past, families of Palestinian inmates have been granted permits to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel to visit them.
The families of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two soldiers killed in Gaza during fighting in 2014, have urged Israel to disallow the visits as a means of pressuring Hamas to return the troops’ bodies and praised the reported move.
Hamas' Catch-22
The voices rising from Gaza are not of war and certainly not of triumph, but of distress. It has been 10 years since its people took Gaza by force, and Hamas is not only looking at a dead end, but a Catch-22. Even as Qatar, its primary benefactor, is under a diplomatic barrage from its neighbors; the cries of despair are still emanating from Gaza, where residents are paying the price for Hamas' isolation in the Arab world.
These are no longer the days of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, when Turkey and Qatar did as they pleased across the Arab world, and when Hamas leaders freely globe-trotted from capital to capital. Now, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is caged in; forced to wait until his Egyptian guard feels like letting him out.
Cairo has its own grudge against Hamas. It wants to see action first and foremost, such as the buffer zone being built along Gaza's border with Egypt, intended to prevent terrorists from Islamic State's Sinai branch from finding shelter inside Gaza under Hamas' blind eye.
Thus, bereft of outside support and facing boiling distress at home, the Strip is convulsing from one crisis to the next. With so many people struggling to keep their heads barely above water (in the dark no less), Hamas is now even willing to consider waiving a white flag and handing over the keys to Mohammed Dahlan -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' detested political rival -- who could very well be the only one capable of turning things around in Gaza.
Hamas leader stuck in Gaza after Qatar slams doors shut
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who in early May was elected to replace Khaled Mashaal as the terrorist organization's political chief, is stuck in Gaza. Israel Hayom has learned that officials from Hamas' political bureau, and mainly Haniyeh himself, cannot find a single Arab country to host them.
The role of political chief requires a great deal of travel. In the past, Hamas' political bureau was based in Syria. However, with the outbreak of the civil war there in 2011, Hamas sided with the rebels, and Syrian President Bashar Assad banished Mashaal from the country.
After being expelled from Syria, the Hamas political bureau relocated to Qatar, with Mashaal operating from Doha.
When Haniyeh was chosen to succeed Mashaal and head the political bureau, Hamas began making preparations for his transfer from Gaza to Qatar, where he would have enjoyed an exclusive lifestyle and the ability to travel freely, as his position requires. But in a stroke of bad luck for Haniyeh, a few days before his relocation, the Qatari government told senior Hamas officials to leave the country immediately.
The Qatari decision came on the heels of an emerging diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, other Persian Gulf states, and Egypt over Qatar's support of Islamic terrorist groups and its warm relations with Iran. Now, the Hamas leadership is worried that Haniyeh will be targeted for assassination.
Hamas begins work on buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties
Hamas on Wednesday said they had begun constructing a security buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, as it attempts to improve ties with Cairo.
The new area will be a closed-off military zone, and will stretch 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) along the southern border of the coastal Strip with the Sinai Peninsula, and will reach 100 meters (330 feet) into Gaza, the Hamas-run interior ministry said. It will include observation towers, cameras and lighting.
Tawfiq Abu Naim, a security chief of the Gaza-based terror group, said the new security zone was being constructed as part of a recent agreement between Cairo and Hamas.
“These continuing measures are for the sake of achieving control of the southern border and to completely prevent infiltration and smuggling,” Abu Naim said in the statement.
He added that the construction of the buffer zone “is a reassuring message directed at the Egyptian side that the national security of Egypt is the national security of Gaza.”
How Trita Parsi and NIAC Used the White House to Advance Iran’s Agenda
Yet contrary to NIAC’s claims, the Iranian regime has intensified its holocaust-denying and anti-Jewish hatred. In January 2016, as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Khamenei published a video titled “Are the Dark Ages Over” on his official website which included one of his speeches from two years ago in which he questions the reality of the Holocaust. In May 2016, Iran held another Holocaust cartoon festival inviting the usual despicable cast of characters from Europe and around the world with the supreme leader sending a message to the organizers of the event thanking and congratulating them.
Regarding NIAC’s claim that the nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions would moderate Iranian foreign policy, there is some consensus that Iran feels emboldened to pursue its radical and hegemonic policies in the region. As CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L. Votel testified before the House Armed Service Committee in March 2017, “We have not seen any improvement in Iran’s behavior since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), addressing Iran’s nuclear program, was finalized in July 2015. Iran aspires to be a regional hegemon and its forces and proxies oppose U.S. interests in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria, and seek to hinder achievement of U.S. objectives in Afghanistan and some Central Asian States.”
What is unquestionable here is that NIAC’s activities since 2002 and particularly during the Obama administration eased pressure on the Iranian regime and helped Tehran to advance its strategic goals.
One woman fights Iran's modesty police with a hashtag
Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest.
To campaign against the Iran's obligatory headscarf (hijab) policy for women, Alinejad last month encouraged women to take videos or photos of themselves wearing white and upload them on social media with the hashtag #whitewednesdays.
"My goal is just empowering women and giving them a voice. If the government and the rest of the world hear the voice of these brave women then they have to recognize them," Alinejad told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
Under Iran's Islamic law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes for the sake of modesty. Violators are publicly admonished, fined or arrested.
Although no official records have been collected, a report by campaign group Justice for Iran in 2014 found over 10 years nearly half a million women were cautioned and more than 30,000 women arrested in cities across Iran over the hijab law.
MEMRI: Syrian Opposition Website: Assad Visited New Long-Range Missile Facility Near Baniyas
The Syrian opposition website zamanalwsl.net reported on June 28, 2017 that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad recently visited a new facility for developing and manufacturing long-range missiles that is under direct Iranian supervision, and met there with Iranian and Syrian experts. According to the report, the construction of the facility, which is located in Wadi Jahannam near the coastal city of Baniyas, began about a year ago, and it will begin operating at the end of this year. The report was accompanied by an aerial photograph of the area (see below).
It should be mentioned that, since the report appeared in an opposition website, its authenticity is uncertain.
The following are excerpts from it:
"Reliable sources knowledgeable about the regime's 'scientific research' activities reveal that Assad's open and documented visit to the homes of some of his supporters in the Hama area was merely a cover for a secret visit to one of the most sensitive military facilities of the regime and its ally Iran. According to the sources [he] visited a new secret research facility whose construction began last year in a fortified area east of Baniyas, in a rugged valley called Wadi Jahannam. This deep valley is in the Tartous governorate, close to several villages belonging to the Baniyas administrative district: Al-Annaza, Nahl, Al-Alayqa and Al-Ghansala.
Video Games ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Call of Duty’ Spread Islamophobia, Says Turkey’s Government
Video games like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero provide entertainment to millions around the world.
But Turkey’s Youth and Sports Ministry says that many popular foreign-made games are responsible for intentionally spreading fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims—or Islamophobia—and desecrating Islamic symbols.
The head of the ministry’s Education, Culture and Research Commission, Huzeyfe Yilmaz, told the Turkish parliament that some 25 million people play videogames for a total of 39 million hours per day in the country, Turkish paper Hurriyet Daily News reported on Monday.
But Yilmaz said that many games included “harmful material”—such as explicit sexual content or violence—as well as Islamophobic themes and suggested there should be tougher restrictions on selling them in Turkey.
“The goal [of many games] is to give people a negative perception about Islam. Digital games are used as a tool to spread Islamophobia,” said Yilmaz, according to Hurriyet. “Often the player is put in the role of a soldier and they gain points by killing Muslims, who are shown to them as terrorists. The main goal is creating enmity towards Islam.”
On the government-run website, 19 games are already listed as containing content that is potentially Islamophobic. Several games in the Call of Duty franchise—which have sold over 250 million copies in total, making it one of the most popular franchises of all time—are blacklisted by the ministry.



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Arizona Daily StarSome of the facilities are in strip malls, while others, in stereotypical Las Vegas fashion, are in neighborhoods shared by strip clubs. Some, including Yemenidjian’s Essence location on the Strip, have scheduled grand opening events at 12:01 a.m. and …Nevada dispensaries prepare for legal pot salesABC NewsGoing ‘green’ in Sin City: Las Vegas […]
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          [29 June 2017] S Arabia attacks Yemen on third day of Eid al-Fitr - English   


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          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
          Paul Craig Roberts Asks "Why Has Washington Been At War For 16 Years?"   

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health service like every civilized country has.

Considering the enormous social needs that cannot be met because of the massive cost of these orchestrated wars, one would think that the American people would be asking questions about the purpose of these wars. What is being achieved at such enormous costs? Domestic needs are neglected so that the military/security complex can grow fat on war profits.

The lack of curiousity on the part of the American people, the media, and Congress about the purpose of these wars, which have been proven to be based entirely on lies, is extraordinary. What explains this conspiracy of silence, this amazing disinterest in the squandering of money and lives?

Most Americans seem to vaguely accept these orchestrated wars as the government’s response to 9/11. This adds to the mystery as it is a fact that Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iran (Iran not yet attacked except with threats and sanctions) had nothing to do with 9/11. But these countries have Muslim populations, and the Bush regime and presstitute media succeeded in associating 9/11 with Muslims in general.

Perhaps if Americans and their “representatives” in Congress understood what the wars are about, they would rouse themselves to make objections. So, I will tell you what Washington’s war on Syria and Washington’s intended war on Iran are about. Ready?

There are three reasons for Washington’s war, not America’s war as Washington is not America, on Syria.

The first reason has to do with the profits of the military/security complex. The military/security complex is a combination of powerful private and governmental interests that need a threat to justify an annual budget that exceeds the GDP of many countries. War gives this combination of private and governmental interests a justification for its massive budget, a budget whose burden falls on American taxpayers whose real median family income has not risen for a couple of decades while their debt burden to support their living standard has risen.

 

The second reason has to do with the Neoconservative ideology of American world hegemony. According to the Neoconservatives, who most certainly are not conservative of any description, the collapse of communism and socialism means that History has chosen “Democratic Capitalism,” which is neither democratic nor capitalist, as the World’s Socio-Economic-Political system and it is Washington’s responsibility to impose Americanism on the entire world. Countries such as Russia, China, Syria, and Iran, who reject American hegemony must be destabilized and desroyed as they stand in the way of American unilateralism.

 

The Third reason has to do with Israel’s need for the water resources of Southern Lebanon. Twice Israel has sent the vaunted Israeli Army to occupy Southern Lebanon, and twice the vaunted Israeli Army was driven out by Hezbollah, a militia supported by Syria and Iran. To be frank, Israel is using America to eliminate the Syrian and Iranian governments that provide military and economic support to Hezbollah. If Hezbollah’s suppliers can be eliminated by the Americans, Israel’s army can steal Southern Lebanon, just as it has stolen Palestine and parts of Syria.

Here are the facts: For 16 years the insouciant American population has permitted a corrupt government in Washington to squander trillions of dollars needed domestically but instead allocated to the profits of the military/security complex, to the service of the Neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony, and to the service of Israel.

Clearly, Amerian democracy is a fraud. It serves everyone but Americans.

What is the likely consequence of the US government serving non-American interests?

The best positive outcome is poverty for the 99 percent. The worst outcome is nuclear armageddon.

Washington’s service to the military/security complex, to the Neoconservative ideology, and to Israel completely neglects over-powering facts.

Israel’s interest to overthrow Syria and Iran is totally inconsistant with Russia’s interest to prevent the import of jihadism into the Russian Federation and Central Asia. Therefore, Israel has put the US into direct military conflict with Russia.

The US military/security complex’s financial interests to surround Russia with missile sites is inconsistent with Russian sovereignty as is the Neoconservatives’ emphasis on US world hegemony.

President Trump does not control Washington. Washington is controlled by the military/security complex (watch on youtube President Eisenhower’s description of the military/security complex as a threat to American democracy), by the Israel Lobby, and by the Neoconservatives. These three organized interest groups have pre-empted the Amercan people, who are powerless and are uninvolved in the decisions about their future.

Every US Representative and US Senator who stood up to Israel was defeated by Israel in their re-election campaign. This is the reason that when Israel wants something it passes both houses of Congress unanimously. As Admiral Tom Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said publicly, “No American President can stand up to Israel.” Israel gets what it wants no matter what the consequences are for America.

Adm. Moorer was right. The US gives Israel every year enough money to purchase our government. And Israel does purchase our government. The US government is far more accountable to Israel than to the American people. The votes of the House and Senate prove this.

Unable to stand up to tiny Israel, Washington thinks it can buffalo Russia and China. For Washington to continue to provoke Russia and China is a sign of insantity. In the place of intelligence we see hubris and arrogance, the hallmarks of fools.

What Planet Earth, and the creatures thereon, need more than anything is leaders in the West who are intelligent, who have a moral conscience, who respect truth, and who are are capable of understanding the limits to their power.

But the Western World has no such people.


          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.
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          Cholera Treatment Kits Provide Inexpensive, Yet Life-saving, Medical Aid to Those in Crisis   

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Direct Relief is shipping cholera treatment kits to Yemen, where over 200,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported across the country. That […]

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          الأحمر: الانقلابيون يخططون لإنشاء جيش موالٍ لإيران - البيان   

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كشف نائب الرئيس اليمني،علي محسن صالح الأحمر عن مخطط للانقلابيين لإنشاء جيش طائفي في بلاده يدين بالولاء لإيران ويفقد هويته الوطنية والقومية. وأشار خلال اجتماع في مدينة مأرب بالقادة العسكريين والمسؤولين المحليين إلى مخاطر الانقلابيين ومساعيهم الخبيثة في تهديد الملاحة الدولية وإرهابهم المنظم في مختلف المجالات واستهدافهم للهوية اليمنية، وطمس معالم اليمن العسكرية والثقافية واستيراد أفكار ومفاهيم إيران لغرسها في عقول الأجيال. ودعا نائب الرئيس اليمني، وفقاً لما ذكرته وكالة الأنباء اليمنية الرسمية الشعب في ...
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          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.
          7/1/2017: Front Page: Yemeni’s secret wish to meet Amitabh or SRK   
Her dream is to become a medical doctor and help her countrymen. But she also has a secret wish to meet any one of her favourite Bollywood actors — Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK as he is popularly known) or Abhishek Bachchan while she is in...
          7/1/2017: Gulf: At Al Mukalla port, business is booming like never before   

The busy container terminals at Al Mukalla port indicate that this peaceful port city, the capital of Yemen’s south-eastern province of Hadramout, is experiencing an unprecedented boom in trade and business. Everyday, long lines of trucks enter or...
          Caught Between Saudi Coalition and Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Journalists Face Challenges on All Sides   
Press freedom in Yemen is facing "eradication".
          WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’   
Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
          Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World   
Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.
          News and Search Websites Blocked in Yemen as Conflict Escalates   
Several websites, some of which include content critical of the Houthi takeover in Yemen, have been blocked by Yemen's largest ISP.
          Yemen: Editor of an opposition website kidnapped   
On the night of Friday, September 18th, 2009, the Yemeni Editor of the opposition Socialist Party's website, Al Eshteraki, Mohammed al Maqaleh has been kidnapped in the capital Sana'a by security forces. According to eyewitness reports cited by the International Federation of Journalists : five gun wielding masked men in...
          MENA: Introducing, “The Circumventer”   
Alexandra Sandels, from MENASSAT, writes her interview with Walid Al-Saqaf, a Sweden-based Yemeni Internet expert, regarding the launch of his new program Al-Kasir (means the circumventer in Arabic) – during a summit on blogging in Cairo which was entitled “Blogging for the Future“. Al-Kasir, which is currently available in its...
          Yemeni authorities prevents 6 newspapers from distribution   
Yemeni government ordered the confiscation of six national newspapers, whose copies were pulled from the news stands and markets across the country yesterday alleging their role in promoting secessionism and anti-unity rhetoric. The move, according to observers, is unprecedented in recent Yemeni history and marks a serious downturn in the country's level of press freedom, which had already suffered several blows in the recent past.
          Yemeni online journalist sends urgent appeal after death threats and hacking of his website   
Mohamed Al-Jabali, the editor of Akhbaralasr news website is the latest casualty in a wave of intimidations targeting bloggers and online journalists in Yemen. In a statement made yesterday, Al-Jabali appealed for protection after receiving death threats in the capital Sanaa from the regime’s security apparatus. This comes just after his website was also hacked. The hackers, whom Al-Jabali said are elements of the regime, published a sarcastic entry on the front page with a picture of a monkey and an insult on the owner of the website Al-Jabali.
          Yemeni blogger appeals to prevent possible assassination   
In a rather emotional entry posted on his blog, Nashwan Abdu Ali Ghanim, a Yemeni blogger with blogs on maktoobblogs.com and kitab.com called upon international advocacy groups and the Arab Bloggers Union to come for his rescue upon escaping 'three failed assassination attempts'. Ghanim believes that his latest blog entry noting the involvement of senior Yemeni officials in the plotting of the attack carried out against the U.S. embassy in Sana'a on September 17, 2008 triggered a new wave of harassments and life-threatening acts.
          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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          Akçakoca'da 16 günde 30 kişi boğulmaktan kurtarıldı   
- Akçakoca Belediye Başkanı Cüneyt Yemenici : - "Yaklaşık 2 haftalık periyotta 30 boğulma olayına müdahale edildi"
          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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          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. 

          Officials Praise Crown Prince’s Donation to Contain Cholera Epidemic in Yemen   

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          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.
          Yemen: 6 soldati e 14 ribelli sciiti uccisi nella battaglia per la provincia centrale di Marib » Guerre nel Mondo   
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Sei soldati sono stati uccisi in Yemen questo giovedi, ha detto una fonte militare, mentre le forze governative cercano di affermare il loro controllo sulla provincia di Marib, ad est della capitale controllata dai ribelli. La fonte ha detto che anche 14 ribelli sciiti sono stati uccisi nelle ultime 24 ore in intensi combattimenti per Sarwah, l’ultimo distretto nella principale provincia sunnita ancora in mano ai ribelli.

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          Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000   
The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
          Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100 000 in Yemen   
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017.
          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.
          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.
          Us Federal Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Over Yemeni Men Killed In Drone Strike   

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          Judge in drone case: Congressional oversight of the military is 'a joke'   
An appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit from a Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in a U.S. drone strike he alleges was unlawful.A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed...
          Stop Endless Wars   

I began to seriously question the government's lies while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.  I went to the base exchange one day while stationed at Wheeler AFB, Hawaii and picked a copy of the Pentagon Papers off the book rack.  I started reading the book at my job site and would now and then read aloud one of the more egregious lies uncovered by the governments own 'secret history' of how the war in Vietnam came about.

Years before I had come to appreciate the phrase modus operandi (MO) while taking a pre-FBI agent correspondence course through the mail.  Every criminal has an MO - a way of repeating their crimes over and over again.  That is the perfect description of how the corporate criminal syndicate, that runs the US, acts at home and around the world - they keep doing the same bad shit and selling it to the public in the same way.

As a teenager I dreamed of fighting organized crime as my career.  Reading the Pentagon papers helped me see one prime example of Washington's MO happening right before my eyes.  So I feel like I achieved my goal of being a fighter of the mob but thankfully learned that the FBI was part of the problem.

When Washington started attacks (verbal and physical) on Panama, Granada, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Iran, Russia, Congo, China and North Korea I saw the MO in action.

It is hard for many people to admit we are being played like a violin - they want to believe in the system because if they move to rejecting it then they have to act - and most folks don't want to act.  They want someone else to do the heavy lifting for them.

So it gets real interesting that in recent days the 'RussiaGate' story is losing oxygen - like a balloon deflating in your hand.  CNN and now the New York Times are slowly creeping toward back tracking on their earlier claims about Russian interference in US elections.

Award winning reporter Robert Parry at Consortium News today writes:

The New York Times has finally admitted that one of the favorite Russia-gate canards – that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred on the assessment of Russian hacking of Democratic emails – is false.

The reality of a more narrowly based Russia-gate assessment was admitted in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan in sworn congressional testimony.

.... as any intelligence expert will tell you, if you “hand-pick” the analysts, you are really hand-picking the conclusion. For instance, if the analysts were known to be hard-liners on Russia or supporters of Hillary Clinton, they could be expected to deliver the one-sided report that they did.

In the history of U.S. intelligence, we have seen how this selective approach has worked, such as the phony determination of the Reagan administration pinning the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and other acts of terror on the Soviet Union.

CIA Director William Casey and Deputy Director Robert Gates shepherded the desired findings through the process by putting the assessment under the control of pliable analysts and sidelining those who objected to this politicization of intelligence.

Since Clapper’s and Brennan’s testimony in May, the Times and other mainstream news outlets have avoided a direct contradiction of their earlier acceptance of the 17-intelligence-agencies canard by simply referring to a judgment by “the intelligence community.”

Most of us have learned to smell a rat and this cycle we are in of 'endless wars' is stinking up a storm.  Trusting the ruling elites is a foolhardy thing to do.  Trusting their media is even more foolhardy.  Sadly it is simply amazing how many 'progressives' still read and believe the New York Times and the Washington Post along with CNN and MSNBC.

The puzzle pieces are falling into place on the wall and a clearer picture has emerged for us to see if we are willing to look.  Democracy is gone - corporate oligarchic control is here and neo-feudalism is backed up with a militarized police.

They must lie to us about everything.  It's the only way Mr. Big can keep us distracted and under control.  We win the day we stop falling for their MO and begin to act against it.

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          Yemen: Hadi Dismisses Three Governors   

From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.

Aden- Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi dismissed on Thursday three governors of the liberated provinces for supporting the secession of …

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          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
          Gulf crisis set to escalate   

By James M. Dorsey

The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at a time that he is riding high on a wave of Qatari nationalism sparked by the Gulf crisis.

Four weeks into the crisis, the demands appear to have been crafted for what is becoming a longer battle that the two Gulf states hope will end with Qatar, with or without Sheikh Tamim, adopting policies crafted in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have declared the demands to be non-negotiable, offered Qatar no face-saving way out of the crisis, and appear to have designed them to be deliberately insulting.

The Saudi-UAE-led coalition against Qatar is likely to further tighten the boycott of Qatar once the Monday deadline passes. However, UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash’s prediction of a parting of ways, which ultimately could include Qatar leaving the six- nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that groups the Gulf’s monarchies, would neither reduce tensions or end the crisis. Neither would an effort to suspend Qatar’s membership of the Arab League.

Saudi and UAE perceptions of Qatari policies as a threat to the survival of their regimes would not be allayed by a divorce that would allow Qatar to continue to chart its own course. It is those perceptions that drove the two countries to launch their zero-sum game. Moreover, a Qatar capable of defying its more powerful neighbours would put on public display limits to Saudi and UAE power.

The lesson of the past weeks is that Qatar can survive the boycott as long as countries like Turkey and Iran help it meet its food and water requirements, retains access to international shipping lanes, maintains its oil and gas exports; and has uninterrupted, normal dealings with the international financial system.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar have so far exempted oil and gas from their fight. Qatar continues to pump natural gas to the UAE through a partially Emirati-owned pipeline. Dubai is dependent on Qatar for 40 percent of its gas.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia has been careful not to disrupt the tanker market and complicate Qatar’s energy exports by blocking shared vessel loadings. Such a move would create logistical challenges not only for Qatar but also for the kingdom’s own clients who would be forced to reorganize dozens of cargoes. It could also reduce the number of available vessels and drive up shipping costs.

Qatar hopes that its ability to defy the boycott will force Saudi Arabia and the UAE to tighten the boycott in ways that could backfire. Potentially, that could happen if Saudi Arabia and the UAE act on a threatto take a you-are-with-us-or-against-us approach towards their trading and commercial partners.  That would put to the test, Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s ability to impose their will on others.

So far, it’s not been easy going for Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Qatar refuses to bend, most Muslim countries are unwilling to follow the Saudi-UAE lead, and many in the international community are irritated by the two countries’ approach that threatens to complicate the fight against the Islamic State, risks volatility in energy markets, and increases instability in what is already the world’s most unstable region.

Despite denials, Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s take-it-or-leave-it approach appears to include the option of fostering an environment conducive to regime change if Qatar proves capable of circumventing the boycott for an extended period of time.

State-controlled media in the kingdom and the Emirates contributed to efforts to undermine Sheikh Tamim’s position with for the Gulf almost unprecedented attacks on Qatar’s ruling Al Thani clan and interviews with little known dissident family members as well as former military officers opposed to the emir’s policies.

The Saudi and UAE strategy risks painting the two countries into a corner with Qatari support for Sheikh Tamim complicating suggestionsvoiced by a prominent Saudi journalist with close ties to the government and a Washington-based Saudi lobbyist that the brutal 2013 Egyptian coup that brought general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to power could be repeated in Qatar in some form or fashion.

Saudi and UAE tactics as well as some of the demands that include halting support for militants and Islamists, closing a Turkish military base in the Gulf state, reducing relations with Iran, and shuttering Qatar-sponsored media, including the controversial Al Jazeera television network, could however prove to be a double-edged sword.

In a move that likely contributed to turning Qatari public opinion against them, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, citing unsubstantiated allegations that the Gulf state supported Houthi rebels, expelled their nemesis from the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the insurgents in Yemen a day after six Qatari soldiers were wounded defending the kingdom’s southern flank.

The two Gulf states implicitly included Houthi rebels in Yemen in their demand that Qatar break off its relations with militants and Islamists. While there is little doubt that Qatar at times went too far in nurturing those relationships, it is equally clear that some of them enjoyed tacit Western and Saudi backing.

In the case of the Houthis, Qatar likely maintained clandestine contacts while joining the Saudi-led fight against them given Qatar’s repeated efforts over a period of more than a decade to mediate between the rebels, the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the kingdom. Qatar negotiated since 2004 various ceasefires in intermittent wars between the government and the Houthis only to see them thwarted with the support of Saudi Arabia.

Former US diplomats in cables to the State Department while serving in Yemen and more recently in interviewssuggested that Saudi Arabia’s obsession with the Houthis predates the rebels closer relationship with Iran since the invasion began in 2015. If anything, Saudi obsession drove them further into the hands of the Iranians.

Moreover, closer analysis of the Saudi and UAE demands creates the impression that certainly in the case of the kingdom the pot at times is blaming the kettle. Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Al-Humayqani, the only Yemeni on the Saudi-UAE list of alleged terrorists associated with the two Gulf states’ demands, is a US Treasury designated terrorist linked to Al Qaeda who, reportedly lives at least part-time in the Saudi capital.

The Treasury designation in 2013 did not prevent the Saudis from including Mr. Al-Humayqani in the delegation of the Saudi-backed government to failed peace talks in 2015 or from serving as an advisor to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is resident in the kingdom.

All of this makes hopes for a negotiated solution of the Gulf crisis all but an illusion. Maintaining the status quo is not an option for Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Escalation of the crisis is risky not only for the Gulf states themselves but also for the international community. Yet, pulling the protagonists back from the brink without loss of face is a non-starter as long as both sides of the divide target absolute victory at whatever cost.


Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and three forthcoming books, Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism and China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom.

          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.

30 Jun. 2017

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
          New banking institute at Fort Hays State names Alan Deines as its first director   
New banking institute at Fort Hays State names Alan Deines as its first director Alan Deines 06/29/17
HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State University has announced that Alan Deines will serve as the first director of the Robbins Banking Institute in the W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University.

“Alan brings more than 37 years of banking experience to the position with a unique perspective on the banking industry and its needs for the future,” said Dr. Mark Bannister, dean of the Robbins College.

“In the course of his career in the industry, Alan has worked with hundreds of banks, providing management, counsel and advice,” said Bannister. “Alan is exactly the type of person Fort Hays State University was looking for. We want a leader who has substantial experience with the banking industry as well as vision for the future of this vital business sector.”

Fort Hays State offers the most extensive banking curriculum in Kansas and is one of the few universities in the country to offer banking classes both on campus and through distance learning. Deines will bring his expertise to the classroom and will add to existing faculty expertise.

“This is an opportunity for me to give back to an industry and a state that has treated me very well over the years,” said Deines. “I hope to leave a legacy of good people leading strong institutions throughout Kansas and beyond.”

He said the institute’s mission has three parts: one, to produce high-quality, highly sought-after graduates who will be able to meet the needs of financial institutions; two, to serve as an education and training resource for people already at work in the financial industry; and, three, to be an information resource for management and boards of directors.

Deines practiced law in Russell before becoming a trust officer and house counsel for First National Bank, Goodland, in 1980. Since then, he has worked in a variety of banking roles. From 1987 to 2008, Deines was president of Stout & Deines Inc., a consulting company that specialized in working with the boards and management of troubled banks. From 1990 to 2007, he was also president and trust officer of Citizens State Bank and Trust, Woodbine.

Deines has worked with more than 200 banks from Wyoming to Illinois and from South Dakota to Oklahoma, dealing with regulatory problems, management issues, mergers and acquisitions. His work included time in Siberia and eastern Russia advising on issues related to Russia’s economic collapse in the 1990s, and later as an adviser in the Republic of Georgia, in Yemen and Iraq.

He was CEO of Tri-Valley Bank, Randolph, Iowa, from 2008 to 2015, when he returned to Kansas to work with CBW Bank. He is still a member of CBW’s board of directors.

The Robbins Banking Institute, located in McCartney Hall on the FHSU campus, will recruit students, help them understand the substantial career opportunities the banking industry in Kansas offers, and prepare them for those opportunities, said Bannister.

Deines will also reach out to bankers to make them aware of the value that the Robbins Banking Institute can offer their organizations as they hire new employees and seek to upgrade the skills of current staff members. He will work with the banking community to establish additional resources and develop an internship program and career path for the benefit of the university’s students and banks.

The Robbins Banking Institute was formed in 2016 with the generous assistance of W.R. and Yvonne Robbins of Farmers Bank and Trust, Great Bend. The vision of the institute is to provide education, training opportunities and resources for both traditional students and those individuals currently working in the industry who want to improve their skills

Since the announcement of the formation of the Robbins Banking Institute, a number of banks have committed to help with scholarships for students and provide technical expertise. The institute is currently working to establish an advisory council of banking industry leaders to provide insight and advice on curriculum and student career development.

For more information on the Robbins Banking Institute, contact Deines at 785-639-2297 or by email to kadeines@fhsu.edu.

The institute’s website is www.fhsu.edu/efa/Robbins-Banking-Institute/. The Robbins College website is www.fhsu.edu/rcobe/.

          US court dismisses Yemen drone strike wrongful death suit   

This post was originally published on this siteA US appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man whose family was killed by a US drone strike. The plaintiff alleges that his family members were innocent bystanders when they were struck by the missile. The US Court of Appeals for […]

The post US court dismisses Yemen drone strike wrongful death suit appeared first on Newsline.


          Saudi donation to fight cholera in Yemen lauded   
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JEDDAH: International officials praised the recent directive of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide $66.7 million to fight the cholera epidemic in Yemen in response to two appeals from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

British Ambassador to Yemen Simon Shercliff said on his Twitter account that the Saudi crown prince’s generous donation is a great gesture that would provide the necessary funding needed by UNICEF and WHO in Yemen to overcome this miserable situation.
UN Undersecretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien welcomed this important announcement of the Kingdom’s contribution to fight cholera in Yemen, explaining that this donation can produce a great positive impact.
WHO Regional Director Mahmoud Fikri, expressed his thanks to the crown prince for his noble gesture in the field of humanitarian action and his cooperation with the WHO to combat the spread of cholera and reduce its complications in Yemen.
The funding will be put to immediate use, according to the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), which will work with UNICEF, WHO and its partners to activate the new initiative.

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          KSRelief starts treatment of Yemeni child   
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JEDDAH: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) began a long process to treat a Yemeni child whose two legs and one hand were amputated, and his eye seriously damaged when a bomb fell on him in the Yemeni city of Taiz.
In the first of a series of steps to treat him, the child was rushed to an Aden-based hospital before continuing medical, psychiatric, and prosthetic amputee rehabilitation under the supervision of the Riyadh-based center upon directives of the King Salman.
The child was trying to provide potable water to his home when the incident took place.

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          New video nashīd from al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula: “These Are The Lions Of God”   
____________ Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8mYQmxJVSE To inquire about a translation for this nashīd for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.netFiled under: al-Bashā'ir Foundation for Audio Production, al-Qā’idah, AQAP, Nashīd, Yemen
          New video message from al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula’s Shaykh Khālid bin ‘Umar Bāṭarfī (Abū al-Miqdād al-Kindī): “Stances From the Stories of the Prophets #7: The Consequence for Rejecting the Qur’anic Verses”   
For prior parts in this video series see: #6, #5, #4, #3, #2, and #1. — ______________ Source: https://justpaste.it/18cf2 To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.netFiled under: al-Malāḥim Media, al-Qā’idah, AQAP, Shaykh Khālid bin 'Umar Bāṭarfī (Abū al-Miqdād al-Kanadī), Yemen
          New video nashīd from al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula: “Do Not Descend From The Mountain Of Archers”   
_____________ Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVbGUrXriWk To inquire about a translation for this nashīd for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.netFiled under: al-Bashā'ir Foundation for Audio Production, al-Qā’idah, AQAP, Nashīd, Yemen
          How war-torn Yemen gets ice cream   

CHOLERA spreads, with over 200,000 new cases reported. Malnutrition is rife. Government salaries were last paid a year ago. But the customers keep coming at the local franchise of Baskin-Robbins, an American ice cream brand, in Sana’a, Yemen’s rebel-held capital. Since the war erupted, the company has added a new branch to the five it already has in the capital. “Our best-seller is pralines,” says one of the managers, who last month served more than 16,000 customers.

When Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates first began bombing in March 2015, getting supplies quickly became a problem. The tubs are shipped from America, but bombing knocked out the refrigeration units in Aden, the southern port, and the road north was treacherous. So Baskin-Robbins rerouted their orders through Salala, a port in neighbouring Oman. Each month a freezer truck brings its fresh stock of 20 flavours 1,500km (900 miles) through the desert. The journey is expensive and tiresome but mostly safe, so long...


          Appeals court throws out lawsuit over drone strike deaths   

Appeals court throws out lawsuit over drone strike deathsA U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly killed as innocent bystanders in a U.S. drone strike in 2012. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington upheld a lower court's finding that it lacked the authority to question decision-making by the government over the missile strike. The case began in 2015 when the families of Salem bin Ali Jaber, an imam, and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, a police officer, filed a "wrongful death" suit against the U.S. government, then President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials.



          STEWART, FRANK E.   
STEWART FRANK E. Of Brookline, on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Beloved husband of Frances "Fran"; father of Andrew E. (Amanda); brother of Robert Yemen...
          Comment on Please Read My New Article for Al-Jazeera About the Five Men Still Held at Guantánamo Who Were Approved for Release Under Obama by Andy Worthington   
When I posted this on Facebook, I wrote: Here's my latest, a shout out for my new Al-Jazeera article, about the five men still held at Guantanamo who were approved for release under President Obama, but have been left to languish at the prison by Donald Trump. I focus in particular on Abdul Latif Nasser, a Moroccan represented by Reprieve, who missed being released by just eight days. I also look at the cases of Sufyian Barhoumi, an Algerian, and Tawfiq al-Bihani, a Yemeni. Sadly, the other two men, approved for release since 2010, don't want any media attention.
          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.


          Congress Will Make Sure Taxpayers Keep Sending Money to Terrorists    
By: Alice Salles
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One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation through both the House and the Senate that would bar federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also bar the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support (directly or indirectly) terrorists such as Saudi Arabia.

To our surprise — or should we say shame? — only 13 other lawmakers out of hundreds have co-sponsored Gabbard’s House bill. Paul’s Senate version of the bill, on the other hand, has zero co-sponsors.

While both pieces of legislation were introduced in early 2017, no real action has been taken as of yet. This proves that Washington refuses to support bills that would actually provoke positive chain reactions not only abroad but also at home. Why? Well, let’s look at the groups that would lose a great deal in case this bill is signed into law.

An Army of Lobbyists 

With trillions of tax dollars flowing to companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and even IBM, among others, companies that invest heavily in weapons, cyber security systems, and other technologies that are widely used in times of war would stand to lose a lot — if not everything — if all of a sudden, the United States chose to become a nation that stands for peace and free market principles.

For one, these companies have a heavy lobbying presence, ensuring that lawmakers sympathetic to their plight are elected every two years. When the possibility of a new conflict appears on the horizon, these companies are the first to lobby heavily for action.

But this dynamic isn’t a secret. We all know that the crony capitalist system that thrives in Washington, D.C., is the very bread and butter of politics in America. After all, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation in his farewell address in 1961 that “an immense military establishment and a large arms industry” were becoming the great powers behind U.S. politics, and that if we weren’t weary of this influence, we would risk living in a perpetual state of war.

Still, we allowed it to take over. And there isn’t one industry powerful enough to counter this destructive authority. With the support of an army of well-established and connected millionaire lobbyists, the war machine operating in Washington is so powerful that anything can be turned into an existential threat.

Any conflict abroad that has absolutely no importance or that poses literally no threat to the common American is inflated to become a threat to the American way of life. They hate us “for our freedom.” Therefore, we must show them what democracy looks like.

The Pro-War "Social Justice" Angle

Without the same kind of powerful and wealthy team behind the cause for sanity and peace, this army of big money and big lobbyists has single-handedly put us and many generations to come in debt over Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and now Syria. And as the marketing machine behind this kind of lobbying effort taps into the social justice trend that has infiltrated every aspect of our culture in recent years, these organizations have learned that they will get even broader support from the public if they add feminist, anti-poverty, and pro-equality messages to their pro-war efforts.

Take the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, for instance, which, as NBC has reported, originated with “Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former vice president of the World Bank for the Africa region and a senior advisor on Africa Economic Development Policy for the Open Society Foundations”  — a George Soros-backed foundation. In no time, the social media “effort” had become the most effective lobbying force behind the expansion of the never-ending war on terror. And whether it was meant to promote this outcome or not, it helped the United States easily invest more tax dollars into an unwinnable war.

As you can see, even if Gabbard and Paul managed to use all of their time to force the Stop Arming Terrorists Act through Congress so it could get to President Donald Trump’s desk, the powers at play in Washington would do their best to sweep this effort under the rug. Not because individuals involved in pro-war lobbying are, perhaps, thirsty for war per se, but because the system under which they operate allows for bad incentives to produce a great deal of wealth and influence, tilting the balance toward evil.

Without a state that can be bribed, companies would be left to fend for themselves and stay afloat by making customers… happy. And you can’t make customers happy if all you have to offer is war.

First published at theantimedia.org. 




          Yemen krizine yeni çözüm girişimi   
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Birleşmiş Milletler (BM) Yemen Özel Temsilcisi İsmail Vild eş-Şeyh Ahmed, Yemen'de iki yılı aşkın süredir devam eden krize yeni bir çözüm girişimi olduğunu bildirdi.

          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,
          La guerra de Yemen en tiempos de Trump   
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          TURİZMİ UÇURACAK PROJE BAŞLADI   
Akçakoca’yı turizmde uçuracak önemli projelerden olan Yat Limanı için çalışmalar hızlandı. Proje hakkında konuşan Başkan Cüneyt Yemenici, "Yürütülen etüt faaliyetlerinin ardından, hayal denilen bir projeyi daha Akçakoca’ya kazandıracağız." dedi.
          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.