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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • Stuck in limbo, DACA recipients are consumed with fear and anxiety

    03/18/2018 6:07:47 PM PDT · by libertylover · 8 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tatiana Sanchez
    The anxiety keeps coming in waves. And right now, for Fernando Hernandez and the hundreds of thousands of young DACA recipients whose fate lies in the hands of a polarized Congress and a mercurial president, the despair is crashing in. “It’s been weighing down on me,” said Hernandez, 28, of Santa Clara, whose mother crossed the border illegally with him when he was 5 and who now works as a lab technician at an LED company. “It feels like I don’t have an identity anymore, like I’m somebody’s plaything, somebody’s bargaining chip.”
  • 'Army of Islam' : Turkey talks of forming 5-million-strong alliance against Israel.

    03/18/2018 5:41:09 PM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON – When Turkey’s semi-official newspaper Yeni Safak called for urgent action in forming a 57-nation “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack Israel, a suggestion undoubtedly approved with at least a wink and nod by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it would signal the possible intent to create the largest military force on the planet – one nearly as large as the total population of the Jewish state. More at link:
  • Putin Wins Another Six-Year Term in the Kremlin

    03/18/2018 12:48:05 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 62 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | Reuters
    Putin's thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards. None of the seven candidates who ran against him posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running. Critics alleged that officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that voter boredom at the one-sided contest did not lead...
  • (Russian) Sub K-317 "Panther" sets the record of tracking the potential enemy.

    03/18/2018 12:25:46 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    Zvezda (Armed Forces of Russia) ^ | 03/16/2018 | Konstantin Fedorov
    "The first contact with a foreign submarine lasted for several days, and at that time it was a record for the Navy for the duration of tracking," Alexander Brazgun, a technician of the hydro-acoustic group of the PANATA "Panther", said. Sergei Starshinov, the commander of the Shchuk(a) Division...Earlier told about how during the unique operation "Pike" reached the American bases and left their area, left undetected. â– 
  • Trump’s State Dept., CIA picks will be confirmed despite Rand Paul’s objections, Lindsey Graham says

    03/18/2018 9:13:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he thinks President Trump’s picks to lead the State Department and CIA will make it through the Senate, despite Sen. Rand Paul’s pledge to try and block the nominees. Mr. Graham said CIA Director Mike Pompeo will make a suitable replacement for Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, since he shares Mr. Trump’s world view — including a tough line against North Korea. “He will get confirmed,” Mr. Graham told CNN’s State of the Union. Mr. Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican from Kentucky, said he fears. Mr. Pompeo is a throwback to Republicans who...
  • US 'will fail if it tries to split Europe': Germany

    03/18/2018 9:48:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies ^ | 18 March 2018 17:11 CET+01:00 | AFP
    US President Donald Trump “will not succeed” in dividing European nations against one another over trade, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned on Sunday ahead of a visit to Washington. In the European Union “we are a customs union and act collectively. It cannot be in the interest of the US government to divide Europe, nor will it succeed,” Altmaier told German business daily Handelsblatt. […] “Companies and consumers on both sides would foot the bill if the US and Europe tumble into a trade war,” Altmaier said. Meanwhile, countries like China that stand accused of flooding global markets with...
  • China warns Donald Trump against Taiwan military ties

    03/18/2018 9:36:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.18.2018 | shs/jlw (AFP, Reuters)
    US President Donald Trump’s “Taiwan Travel Act” continues to draw ire from Chinese authorities. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Saturday the bill “severely violates” the “one China” principle and sends “very wrong signals to the ‘pro-independence’ separatist forces in Taiwan.” “China is strongly opposed to [the bill],” Lu said in a statement. “We urge the US side to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way,” he added. In a separate statement, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the act “interferes in China’s internal...
  • Turkish ID found on Jerusalem terrorist

    03/18/2018 8:46:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/9/18
    Turkish identification papers have been found on the terrorist who was reportedly eliminated by security forces after he stabbed a security guard on Hagai Street in Jerusalem's Old City. .....
  • YPG says war in Afrin has reached new stage, vows to expel Turkey through guerrilla warfare

    03/18/2018 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-18-18) 18/03/2018 13:44 | The Region
    In a joint statement from the YPG and the Autonomous Administration in Afrin, it was promised that ‘the resistance in Afrin will continue until every inch of Afrin is liberated, and the people of Afrin will return their villages’. The Kurdish led administration also claimed that they have asked civilians to leave in order to avoid atrocities now that the conflict has reached a new stage. “We would like to declare that our war against the Turkish occupation and the Takfiri forces calling themselves the Free Army has entered a new stage, the transition from direct confrontation war to hit-and-run...
  • North Korea, US representatives to meet in Finland

    03/18/2018 7:06:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2018 | David McKenzie, Jungeun Kim and Yuli Yang,
    The North Korea talks in Finland will include American representatives who are not government officials, said Kimmo Lahdevirta, an official at the Finland foreign ministry. The US does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea. South Korea's Foreign Ministry told CNN that former officials and private experts from South Korea would be at the "second-tier" talks on denuclearization. The ministry suggested the US would also be represented in some way, without giving details. Lahdevirta described the meeting as a "track 1.5 academic meeting ... involving representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the US." So-called "track 1.5 talks" bring...
  • Our Veterans Deserve Due Process

    03/18/2018 5:36:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 18, 2018 | Sen Mike Lee and Mark Geist
    The men and women of our armed forces put themselves at risk around the world every day so that we at home can enjoy the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. At a bare minimum we should honor their service by making sure they have the same rights we do when they return home. Unfortunately some in Congress are working to pass legislation that would undermine our veterans’ due process rights. The Fix NICS Act of 2017 has a laudable goal: to decrease gun violence by increasing state and federal agency participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check...
  • Mueller Wants Trump’s Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

    03/18/2018 5:32:53 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 33 replies
    The investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has expanded to include President Trump’s family business, with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, subpoenaing the Trump Organization for documents related to Russia. For more than 30 years, Mr. Trump has repeatedly sought to conduct business in Russia. He traveled to Moscow in 1987 to explore building a hotel. He applied for his trademark in the country as early as 1996. And his children and associates have met with Russian developers and government officials on multiple occasions in search of joint ventures.
  • Ivanka Trump to meet South Korean minister in light of Tillerson firing

    03/18/2018 4:08:26 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/18/18 | Christina Gregg
    Senior White House adviser and first family member Ivanka Trump is scheduled to meet South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha when she visits the U.S. following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's abrupt Trump administration ouster. The personnel changes for this meeting come after Ivanka Trump attended the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in February. Kang Kyung-wha and President Trump's eldest daughter were photographed together at the games while observing the competition and snapping photos with athletes.
  • Afrin witnesses the displacement of more than 150 thousand citizens from it with ongoing aerial and

    03/17/2018 9:47:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Aleppo Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Afrin area is witnessing Turkish aerial, artillery and rocket shelling, which did not calm down all last night, where the shelling targeted areas in Afrin city, its outskirts and its vicinity, in conjunction with ongoing displacement of citizens towards the towns of Nubl and Al-Zahraa, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the number of people displaced from Afrin city exceeded 150 thousand citizens who has been displaced since Wednesday night, the 14th of March 2018, towards the towns of Nubl and Al-Zahraa in the northern countryside of...
  • Kenny Everett Causes Controversy At The Conservative Party Conference ("Lets Bomb Russia"-1983)

    03/17/2018 8:55:44 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/12/2011 | MsKennyEverett
    (Kenny Everett holding giant fingers at :46) ....Lets bomb Russia....
  • The Cambridge Analytica Files

    03/17/2018 6:52:31 PM PDT · by tarpit · 15 replies
    The guardian ^ | Carole Cadwalladr
    I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
  • When Serbian flag flew above the White House

    03/17/2018 3:28:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies ^ | (6-21-16) 21/06/2016 | none stated
    On July 28th 1918, the 4th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, Serbian flag flew above the White House and all public buildings in American capital by the order of President Woodrow Wilson. This unique event, a Serbian flag flying above the White House in Washington, took place over 9 decades ago but remained a memorable act of the US President Woodrow Wilson towards Serbia that submitted the ultimate sacrifice in “The Great War” – it lost 26% of its population and had a precedent in the war history when almost its entire population had to withdraw from their homeland.One of...
  • German interior minister undercuts Merkel, says 'Islam does not belong to Germany'

    03/17/2018 2:28:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | March 17, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was undercut by her interior minister on Friday, when he said in an interview that “Islam does not belong to Germany.” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, whose Bavarian Christian Social Union is a right-wing coalition ally of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), made the remarks in an interview with Bild, although he did add that Muslims who live in the country are part of Germany. “Germany is shaped by Christianity. That means not working on Sundays and celebrating religious holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas," he said. “My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not...
  • Turkey doubles down in pastor row with US

    03/17/2018 10:41:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 16, 2018 | Sibel Hurtas
    American pastor Andrew Brunson, behind bars in Turkey on terrorism-related charges, risks up to 35 years in jail in a politically loaded case that critics describe as “an eclipse of reason.” (held in Turkey since October 2016 on terror-related charges, he is seen in an undated picture.) A Turkish prosecutor is seeking up to 35 years in jail for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor at the heart of a bitter diplomatic spat between Ankara and Washington. Held on terror-related charges since October 2016, Brunson has seemingly become a bargaining chip, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting last year that...
  • Amid massacres perpetrated by Turkish occupation, Afrin people are forced to flee their homes

    03/17/2018 10:18:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | (3-17-18) 17.03.2018 13:35 | none stated
    AFRIN – Afrin ‘s people have been forced to leave their homes due to shelling of the Turkish occupation army by warplanes and heavy artillery thousends of the people are still in Afin city . Amid continuing shelling .The aircraft and artillery of the Turkish occupation army  has been continuing  to target civilians and public facilities, especially  Afrin ‘s hospitals on the 57th day of Resistance to the Age , so the people who are subjected to massacres and genocide to flee their homes.Today, thousands of  Afrin ‘s residents headed to al-Shabba canton in order to preserve their lives...