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  • Even with a green card, an immigrant can be deported under new guidelines

    09/23/2018 12:24:12 AM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 22sep18 | By Daniel Shoer Roth
    A green card is no longer an immigrant’s insurance policy against deportation in the Donald Trump era. Documented immigrants can now be deported from the United States if they break the rules of federal and state programs that offer public benefits to immigrants. New guidelines implemented last week by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say that immigrants who abuse “any program related to the reception of public benefits” will be summoned to appear before an immigration court. Immigrants will be subjected to removal procedures if there’s evidence of “fraud or willful misrepresentation” in connection “with any official matter or application...
  • US seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid

    09/22/2018 11:20:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 11:20 PM EDT | Elliot Spagat
    The Trump administration on Saturday proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department of Homeland Security said current and past receipt of certain public benefits above thresholds would be considered “a heavily weighed negative factor” in granting green cards as well as temporary stays. […] Coming less...
  • Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

    09/22/2018 10:56:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/23/2018 | Órla Ryan
    Leo Varadkar is set to travel to New York today ahead of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The Taoiseach will visit the UN headquarters in New York tomorrow to attend the summit, which is being held in honor of the centenary of Mandela’s birth. […] The Taoiseach will address the plenary and will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with heads of state during which he will raise Ireland’s campaign for an elected seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. …
  • Police batter Saturday Mothers in 704th week demonstration (Turkey)

    09/22/2018 7:49:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    ANF News ^ | 22 Sep 2018, 13:45 (Saturday) | ANF ISTANBUL
    Relatives of the disappeared protested the arbitrary practice and started marching towards the Galatasaray Square, upon which they were attacked by the police. The Saturday Mothers, who have been fighting for 23 years to have the fate of their relatives disappeared in custody brought to light and perpetrators punished, have been attacked by the police once again. Relatives of the disappeared including HDP MPs have been battered. The Saturday Mothers, whose demonstrations have been banned by the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu since the demonstration of the 700th week, were subjected to another police attack on the 704th week’s demonstration. The...
  • MQ-9 Gets First Air-to-Air Kill in Training Exercise, Air Force Official Says

    09/22/2018 6:32:14 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | Oriana Pawlyk
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- An MQ-9 Reaper drone has bagged its first air-to-air kill of another small, aerial vehicle in a controlled simulation, an official revealed to Military.com this week. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, commander of the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. "Something that's unclassified but not well known, we recently in November … launched an air-to-air...
  • World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

    09/22/2018 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 5:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General António Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United...
  • Chinese navy hospital ship docks in Venezuela amid crisis

    09/22/2018 2:44:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Interest in the goodwill visit has been building since the Pentagon announced in August it was sending its own hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, to neighboring Colombia to provide free medical treatment for thousands of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their homes amid widespread food and medicine shortages. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a visit to Colombia last month, called the ship's deployment a humanitarian mission to deal with the fallout of President Nicolas Maduro's mismanagement of the economy. The United Nations estimates that 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country in recent years, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and...
  • Detention warrants issued for 110 Turkish Air Forces officers over alleged Gulen links

    09/22/2018 12:30:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | September 21, 2018 | TM
    The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for 110 members of the Turkish Air Forces including six pilots over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. According to the report, 100 of the 110 officers who were accused of communicating with people from the Gülen movement have been detained in operations in 16 provinces. The Turkish government has dismissed over 40,000 military personnel including gendarmerie and military cadets over alleged links to the movement since a failed coup attempt in July 2016, the tr724 new website reported on Aug. 4....
  • France: Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marechal opens 'Far Right' Training School for Future Leaders

    09/22/2018 12:10:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | Sep 2018 | Maia De La Bume
    This month, the doors will open at the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences (ISSEP) in Lyon, France’s third-biggest city. It will, its high-profile backers hope, become a breeding ground for the country’s next generation of conservative thinkers and leaders. It also marks the return to public life of Marion Maréchal, once the great hope of the French far right, who is the college’s director. She said the idea was to train a new crop of politicians and officials to replace the “visionless” Parisian elite. She was the youngest member of France’s parliament before stepping away from politics in...
  • Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees [barf]

    09/22/2018 10:25:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/22/2018 | Gráinne Ní Aodha and AFP
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney today. Coveney had invited Abbas to come to Ireland at their meeting in Ramallah in January. To coincide with the visit, the Tánaiste announced additional funding of €1 million to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). “Ireland is a longstanding supporter of UNRWA’s vital work in delivering healthcare, education and food to 5.3 million Palestine refugees. The ongoing conflict in the Middle East region has meant an increased demand for UNRWA’s services but funding has not kept pace...
  • China backs out of trade talks as U.S. imposes new tariffs: ‘This is like the 1930s’

    09/22/2018 8:55:44 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/22/18 | USA Features
    While the Chinese make good on a pledge to refuse negotiations while under threat, President Trump is making good on his campaign pledge to improve trade conditions for the United States with countries he believes have long taken advantage of the American market, the largest in the world. It’s hard to fault the president. China’s trade imbalances with the U.S. have been massive — in the hundreds of billions — for years. Now, much of that is due to the fact that U.S. manufacturing capacity had fallen off over the past few decades (not altogether caused by, but accelerated after,...
  • German politics fragment as support for big parties erodes

    09/22/2018 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    For most of Germany’s postwar history, the conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) were the undisputed twin poles of German politics. Known as Volksparteien, literally “popular parties,” these big-tent associations of interests have led every government since 1949. They were the German equivalents of the Republicans and Democrats in the United States or Tories and Labour in the United Kingdom. But their popularity is eroding alarmingly. In the words of venerable German political scientist Herfried Münkler, the Volksparteien look increasingly like “last year’s models.” The most recent Deutschlandtrend survey, published on September 20, put support for the CDU/CSU at...
  • Largest Trade Deficit By Country

    09/22/2018 7:55:02 AM PDT · by central_va · 16 replies
    worldsrichestcountries.com ^ | as of July 2015 | Unk
    As of July 2015, the USA's annual trade deficit of $803B was more then the next 14 largest debtor nations combined!
  • Gunmen kill at least 24 in attack on military parade in Iran, reports say

    09/22/2018 4:30:04 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 14 replies
    Associated Press via Stars and Stripes ^ | September 22, 2018, | NASSER KARIMI
    TEHRAN, Iran — Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 24 people, including eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard, and wounding 53 others, local media reported. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency cited "knowledgeable sources" without elaborating. It said gunmen were dressed in Guard uniforms and targeted a riser where military and police commanders were sitting. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser. However, Iran faced a bloody...
  • Chaos or not, Trump racking up record of foreign policy success

    09/22/2018 4:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegram ^ | September 22, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Let’s f------ ing kill him!” Trump told Mattis, according to the book. “Let’s go in. Let’s kill the f---ing lot of them.” Mattis, Woodward writes, assured the president that “he would get right on it.” But as soon as Mattis hung up the phone, he told...
  • The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate

    09/22/2018 2:38:43 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 36 replies
    breitbart.com/big-government ^ | 9/21/18 | Neil Munro
    The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate of 11 million, say three professors from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The shocking estimate will force establishment politicians and pro-migration advocates to recalculate the estimated impact of the huge illegal population on wages and salaries, on crime rates, welfare consumption, rental and real-estate prices, productivity rates, and the distribution of job-creating investment funds to coastal vs. heartland states. The higher illegal population estimate helps explain why Americans’ wages and salaries have risen so little amid apparently record-low unemployment rates, and it also...
  • Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul in December

    09/22/2018 1:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New Straits Times ^ | September 22, 2018 | Bernama
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to visit Seoul in December, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the chief of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group Sohn Kyung- shik as saying. Kyung-shik was a member of the South Korean delegation that accompanied President Moon Jae-in this week for his three-day trip to North Korea. He joined the delegation as the head of the Korea Employers Federation, a major business lobby. During a joint press conference after the third summit, Kim said he made a promise to visit Seoul “in the near future.” Moon later added that what Kim meant by the...
  • Is the Korea denuclearization process for real?

    09/22/2018 12:24:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Quad-City Times ^ | September 22, 2018 | David Ignatius, Associate Editor & Columist, The Washington Post
    After the big bang of the Singapore summit in June, with its showy but vague North Korean commitment to denuclearization, many analysts doubted that the deal had any real substance. But we're beginning to see the first signs of what a serious accord would look like. This week's North-South summit meeting in Pyongyang produced accord on some basic essentials of a real denuclearization process. North Korea agreed to accept internal inspectors to monitor destruction of one of its test sites, a first step toward the broader inspection process that will be essential for any verifiable pact. North Korea also agreed...
  • Zarif: Trump administration is a threat to the world [Iranian foreign minster]

    09/21/2018 8:47:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 09/21/18 23:31 | Elad Benari
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of being a threat to the Middle East and to the international community. “It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: That threat is the Trump Administration’s sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along with rogue accomplices in our region,” Zarif wrote on Twitter. “The US must start acting like a normal state,” he added. …
  • France's Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric tests over IS tweets

    09/21/2018 3:33:47 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 17 replies
    msn news ^ | September 20, 2018 | Anne Renault Anne Lec'hvien
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group. Le Pen shared the images... after IS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, ... The leader of the National Rally ... was stripped of her parliamentary immunity over the pictures and charged with circulating violent messages.... a court order requiring her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. it calls for the tests to be carried out "as soon as possible" to establish whether Le Pen "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions"....