Category Archives: Foreign Affairs

Child migration and the conscience of a nation

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas.

 

 

 

Tens of thousands of children are risking their lives on a journey from Central America to the US-Mexico border. Their hope is asylum, or mercy, which would allow them to root themselves on American soil. From Oct. 1 to June 15, more than 52,000 unaccompanied youth were detained, and thousands of others have arrived with family . . .

Click here to read the writer’s thoughts on humane treatment of child migrants, a reflection of a healthy national conscience.

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White House reveals new plan to speed up deportation of immigrants

 

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

After Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Central American leaders from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador Friday, the White House announced it will be swiftly deporting illegal immigrants who cross the US-Mexico border. But a detention center for housing mothers with young children will be opened in response to the stream of child migrants . . .

Click here to read about the Obama administration’s response to the Central American child migrants.

 

 

 

As children flood US-Mexico border, immigration reform stands still

Child migrants sleep in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cell in Brownsville, Texas.

Child migrants sleep in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cell in Brownsville, Texas.

 

 

 

As Vice President Joe Biden met with Central American leaders Friday, children, sans parents, and families flooded into the United States through the US-Mexico border. From Oct. 1 to June 15, 62,000 unaccompanied children were detained, and another 39,000 adults with children were stopped from October to the end of May. The numbers reflect a nearly 100 percent increase from the previous fiscal year . . .

Click here to reading about unaccompanied children flooding the US-Mexico border.

Dick and Liz Cheney blast ‘Obama doctrine;’ sound off on Iraq crisis

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney on the "Alliance for a Stronger America" promotional video.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney on the “Alliance for a Stronger America” promotional video.

 

 

 

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz have blasted President Barack Obama on what the father-daughter duo have coined as the “collapsing Obama doctrine.” Apparently, both are dissatisfied with the president’s foreign affairs policy especially in Iraq as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria threatens Baghdad and blood continues spilling . . .

Click here to read Dick and Liz Cheney’s take on Obama’s foreign policy.

Drone limits put American ‘lives at risk,’ House Intelligence Chairman says

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

Mike Rogers (R – Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stated Tuesday that drone limits put American “lives at risk.”

At a hearing that met to discuss global threats to US security, Rogers said, “The President’s May 2013 policy changes for U.S. targeted strikes are an utter and complete failure and they leave Americans’ lives at risk” . . .

Click here to read House Intelligence Chairman’s thoughts on drone limits.

Michael Bloomberg appointed UN special envoy city, climate change

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday as special envoy for cities and climate change.

Bloomberg retired at the end of December after three terms as mayor, and the special envoy appointment is for two years . . .

Click here to read about the new U.N. special envoy for climate change, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

Afghans to release 37 detainees; US objects

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are national security threats has been condemned by the Pentagon Monday.

A special government panel, Afghan Review Board (ARB), ordered that the prisoners be released from the now Afghan supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield, in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, north of Kabul. In March, the US transferred the prison over to Afghan control…

Click here for news on the pending release of Afghan detainees.

Okinawa approves relocation of US military base after nearly 20 years

A Japanese man protests against US Marine Corps Base Futenma in Ginowan, Nov. 8, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A Japanese man protests against US Marine Corps Base Futenma in Ginowan, Nov. 8, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

Okinawa prefecture Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima announced approval for the US Marine Corps Base Futenma to construct a new site, on the Henoko coast near the town of Nago, while hundreds of Okinawan residents protested Friday.

At a live news broadcast, Nakaima stated that although he gave his approval, the relocation will not be feasible or easy. He added that moving the base outside Okinawa is a “better plan.” Protesters brand Nakaima a traitor as he reversed previous opposition to the move…

Click here for more on Okinawa approval of US military base relocation.

 

France warns tourists to avoid south, west sides of Chicago

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site warns potential Chicago visitors against visiting the South and West sides of Chicago with this caveat: “éviter le West Side et le sud de la ville après la 59ème rue.” Roughly translated this means, “Stay away from the West side and any where south of 59th Street” . . .

Click here to read about the French Ministry’s tourist warning to steer clear of South, West sides of Chicago.

House members from both parties urge Senate to pass new sanctions against Iran

 Secretary of State John Kerry asks Senate for "temporary pause" on punitive sanctions against Iran, pending resumed Geneva negotiations on Nov. 20. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Secretary of State John Kerry asks Senate for “temporary pause” on punitive sanctions against Iran, pending resumed Geneva negotiations on Nov. 20. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

House members from both parties Wednesday urged the Senate to pass new sanctions on Iran, while the White House warns that new, punitive sanctions could lead the United States “to war.”

Jay Carney told White House reporters, “The American people, justifiably and understandably, prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon . . . The American people do not want a march to war” . . .

Click here for more on Geneva negotiations with Iran on nuclear weapons.