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Will Trump Set Off the Middle East Powder Keg? 17.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A Syrian government soldier flashes the sign for victory as people walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018. (Photo: LOUAI BESHARA / AFP / Getty Images) "Freedom of the press" doesn't mean much if the news is sponsored by corporate advertisers. Nonprofit, noncommercial media needs your support: Click here to make a one-time or monthly gift to Truthout. After a weeklong Twitter storm of threats from Donald Trump, the US government, in alliance with Britain and France, launched air strikes against Syria late on April 13. This mainly symbolic display of military might will intensify geopolitical conflicts in the region and internationally, bringing the world closer to a wider war -- and it sets the stage for Trump and his war cabinet to ramp up hostilities with Iran and North Korea in the weeks and months to come. The US-led attack reportedly targeted three sites in Damascus and Homs where the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is accused of developing, ...
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As Trump and May Claim Concern for Syrian Civilians, Critics Slam Leaders for Anti-Refugee Stance 14.4.2018 Truthout.com
(Photo: Pixabay) While President Donald Trump's address to the nation suggested that he and his counterparts in France and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes out of concern for Syrian civilians, a number of critics pointed out that the leaders have shown little compassion for those same innocent people as nations have debated taking in Syrian refugees in recent months. It is disgusting that our government will likely drop more bombs on Syria than the number of Syrian refugees it has allowed to enter the US this year. https://t.co/FRnTdWMMfn — Angel Padilla (@AngelRafPadilla) April 13, 2018 Under Trump, the number of Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum and resettled by the U.S. has plummeted, dropping from more than 12,000 in 2016 to half that number last year. Less than 100 of the war-torn nation's 5.5 million refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year in September. "If the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of Syrian civilians, it ...
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Sending Troops to the Border Will Cause More Migrant Deaths 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Late Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the deployment of up to 4,000 troops to the US-Mexico border. The order, which came after Trump called for an increase in troops in response to a caravan of refugees seeking asylum, is not the first time the National Guard has been sent to the border. However, many people living in the borderlands believe the action escalates an already-weaponized war zone, and at a time when the US is seeing the lowest border crossing numbers since 1971. Crosses memoralize those killed at a section of fence along the US / Mexico border. (Photo: Daniel Lobo ; Edited: LW / TO) This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. Late Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the deployment of  up to 4,000 troops  to the US-Mexico border. The order, which came after President Donald Trump called for an increase in troops in response to a caravan of refugees making their way north to seek asylum, is not the first time the National Guard has been  sent to the ...
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Trump Will Deploy Military to the Border Amid Immigration Crackdown 4.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
On Tuesday, President Trump said that he would deploy the military to the border with Mexico -- following several hardline tweets on immigration meant to appease his nativist base. The White House is pushing a number of policies that could harm vulnerable women and children arriving at the border. Meanwhile, activists say they have been targeted by immigration police for speaking out against the crackdown. Immigrants wait to be transported to a central processing center shortly after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on Monday, March 26, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near McAllen, Texas. (Photo: Loren Elliott / AFP / Getty Images) President Trump said on Tuesday that he would deploy the military to the southern border with Mexico until the government agrees to build his proposed border wall for keeping out undocumented immigrants. "We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That's a big step," Trump said. The comments come as the Trump administration rolls ...
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Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding as Many as 1,700 2.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel. As many as 1,700 Palestinians were wounded. The deaths and injuries came as 30,000 Gaza residents gathered near the wall, as part of a planned 6-week-long nonviolent protest against the blockade of Gaza and to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The protests began on Friday, March 30, known as "Land Day," marking the anniversary of the 1976 killing of six Palestinians protesting the Israeli confiscation of Arab land. Video posted online shows unarmed Palestinians being shot in the back while taking part in Friday's protest. Another 49 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces on Saturday. Israel's actions have been condemned around the world, but Israel is rejecting calls to investigate the killings. At the United Nations, the US blocked a move by the UN Security Council to open an investigation. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today's ...
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Talking Sense About Immigration: Rejecting the "Good Guy" vs. "Bad Guy" Narrative 13.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the cabinet room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) President Obama's widely popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offered some 750,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children a temporary reprieve from deportation, is ending ... except it isn't... except it is... President Trump claims to support it but ordered its halt, while both Republicans and Democrats insist that they want to preserve it and blame each other for its impending demise. (Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recently stepped in to allow DACA recipients to renew their status at least for now.) On a single day in mid-February, the Senate rejected no less than four immigration bills. These ranged from a narrow proposal to punish sanctuary cities that placed limits on local police collaboration with Immigration and Customs ...
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Trump's Mar-a-Lago Visa Hypocrisy 7.3.2018 Truthout.com
David Cay Johnston offers voluminous information that Donald Trump is a hypocrite, among many other nefarious and treacherous characteristics. In this excerpt from his new book, It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, Johnston reveals how Trump violated visa laws he denounces to help staff Mar-a-Lago. Trump's immigration policies have run counter to the ideals of the poem on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. (Photo: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / Shutterstock) David Cay Johnston, who has followed Donald Trump as a journalist since the '80s, doesn't mince words about his opinion of the billionaire in the conclusion to his new book: "That he is a clear and present danger to the whole world should be obvious by now." Obtain a copy of It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America with a donation to Truthout. Click here now. Johnston offers voluminous information that Donald Trump is a hypocrite, among many other nefarious and ...
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Trump Creates, Then Exacerbates, Crisis for Palestinian Refugees 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
After Trump's declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians pulled out of the so-called peace talks. In retaliation, Trump halted more than half of US aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which provides basic humanitarian services to 1.3 million Palestinians. Now the European Parliament is moving in to help the Palestinian refugees. Palestinian demonstrators are confronted Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Hazem Bader / AFP / Getty Images) One of the most consequential actions Donald Trump took during the first year of his presidency was to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. When the Palestinians predictably responded by pulling out of the US-led " peace process ," Trump retaliated by cutting US financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by more than 50 percent. "A Death Sentence" for ...
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US Resettles More Christian Refugees Than Muslims as Overall Numbers Plummet 12.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images) The Trump administration appears to be making good on its promise to ban Muslims from the US, despite court orders prohibiting such a policy. As of February 7, only 281 Muslim refugees have been admitted in 2018, compared to 1,200 Christian refugees. By drastically slowing down the resettlement process, especially for Muslim-majority countries, the administration is implementing its ban in an underhanded way. Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images) The Trump administration has drastically reduced the number of refugees allowed into the United States, but even as overall levels fall, the country is resettling more Christians than Muslims. According to official  State Department data , numbers are down across the board for refugee resettlement, but the drop appears to be ...
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I Visited the Rohingya Refugee Camps and Here Is What Bangladesh Is Doing Right 28.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since September 2017. The Bangladeshi government's plan to start repatriating them beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 22, has been postponed due to concerns about their safety . That the Bangladesh government agreed to the delay, speaks to its benevolent attitude toward the Rohingya refugees. In a recent trip to Bangladesh I witnessed this benevolence firsthand. I saw roads adorned with pro-refugee banners. Even those with opposing political views have come together to support the Rohingyas. The Bangladesh case stands in stark contrast to what happened in Europe in 2015 , which faced an influx of a similar number of refugees, where many European countries saw rising anti-refugee sentiment among its political parties and a lack of a cohesive refugee management plan in the ...
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Montana’s first black mayor is here to listen 25.1.2018 Writers on the Range
How might the toxic tenor of national politics change if more of us practiced forbearance and gratitude?
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Gaza Residents Fear Impact of US Cuts to UN Aid 23.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Trump administration is withholding $65 million in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and reneging on a pledge of $45 million in emergency food aid. This puts millions of Palestinian in peril, as many depend on the agency for access to food, medicine, education and jobs. Adham al-Ghora is among millions of Palestinians that depend on the UN Relief and Works Agency. (Photo: Fadi O. Al-Naji) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. Gaza -- Adham al-Ghora fears for his ill wife if President Trump does not reverse his deep cut in funding for the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees. She suffers from diabetes and hypertension, and depends on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for her medicine. ''I can't imagine life without receiving aid from UNRWA. I'm not even able to afford taking her to ...
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I Am American, Jewish and Banned From Israel for My Activism 22.1.2018 Truthout.com
This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including CODEPINK, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of their support for the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. Despite this, activists will strengthen their work in support of justice for all people in Israel/Palestine. CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin speaks at at an Occupy Wall Street rally in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2011. (Photo: Mark Taylor ) This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization CODEPINK, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for the nonviolent  boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement  for Palestinian rights. As a Jew, this causes me tremendous sadness because I have a lifetime attachment to  Israel  and Palestine. It also deepens my commitment to ...
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As Shutdown Looms Over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect 19.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
As Senate Democrats say they'll vote against a government spending bill that fails to protect DACA recipients, setting up a potential government shutdown, we look at the worldwide refugee crisis. The United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes. As the humanitarian crisis grows, the United States and many other nations are limiting immigration and closing their borders. During his first year in office, President Trump sought to ban all refugees and citizens of many majority-Muslim nations. When federal judges struck down multiple versions of the so-called Muslim travel bans, Trump then slashed the number of refugees who could be resettled in the United States this year, capping the number at 45,000 -- the lowest level in three decades. We speak with David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, former British MP and author of the new book, Rescue: Refugees and ...
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As International Criminal Court Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, US Moves to Defund UN Palestine Refugee Agency 10.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Israel is facing a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza and the ongoing expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank. Despite the threat, the Israeli defense minister announced on Tuesday Israel would approve the construction of hundreds of new settlement homes in the West Bank. This comes as Sweden criticized the Trump administration for threatening to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars of annual aid to the UN's relief agency for Palestinian refugees. Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi compared President Trump's threat to cut off aid money to blackmail. For more, we speak with author and scholar Norman Finkelstein. His new book is titled Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom. Norman Finkelstein is the son of Holocaust survivors. He is the author of many other books, including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Human Suffering and Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End. Please ...
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UN urges Israel to find solutions for African migrants 9.1.2018 World – The Indian Express
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90% Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh under-nourished: UN 6.1.2018 World – The Indian Express
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Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded Rohingya camps 5.1.2018 World – The Indian Express
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A Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families 27.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Also see:  Selective Compassion: The US Approach to Haitians Hasn't Changed in Hundreds of Years Two months after experiencing the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, my dad finally made it back home to Boston. What had started as a holiday vacation turned into weeks of sleeping outside the family home in Haiti, fearful that it would collapse on anyone sleeping inside. My family members lived that way for weeks, as daily aftershocks kept them reliving the traumatic experience that rattled the country's capital. They never knew whether the next aftershock wouldn't kill them as the quake had killed their neighbors nearby. This devastating natural disaster took nearly  316,000 lives and displaced 1.5 million Haitians . Many of these victims sought refuge in the United States -- legally, under a classification called Temporary Protective Status (TPS). Now again, in this holiday season -- eight years after the quake -- they're reliving this fear and uncertainty. The Trump ...
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"Slave Ship Conditions" for Somalis as Deportation Flight Sheds Light on Horrific Practices Under Trump 22.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Megitu Argo and her daughter Ebany Turn cry as a family of Somali refugees speaks to the audience about their cousin's deportation back to Somalia at a rally for immigrants and refugees in Seattle, Washington, on January 29, 2017. (Photo: JASON REDMOND / AFP / Getty Images) Support from readers allows Truthout to produce the authority-challenging journalism that's going to be imperative in the years to come. Click here now to support this work! Attorneys for 92 Somali nationals who were held in "slave ship conditions" for nearly 48 hours during a deportation flight, say that the group's harrowing experience is indicative of immigration officials' procedures under the Trump administration. The passengers were denied food, water, and access to a bathroom, according to a class-action lawsuit, filed by the Somalis with the help of four immigrant rights groups including Americans for Immigrant Justice and the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami. Their hands and feet were shackled during the first ...
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