Friday, February 9, 2018

Israel begins telling African migrants to leave

Israel began warning thousands of African migrants Sunday that they must leave by the end of March, officials said, under a plan that could see them jailed if they refuse.
On January 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced implementation of a plan to deport about 38,000 migrants who had entered the country illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese.
The controversial plan gives them until the end of next month to leave voluntarily or face jail and eventual expulsion.
Immigration authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP that officials began issuing migrants letters on Sunday advising them that they had 60 days in which to leave the country voluntarily.
For now, the notices are being given only to men without families, officials said.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz said "anyone recognised as a victim of slavery or human trafficking, and those who had requested asylum by the end of 2017 but haven't gotten a response" would also be exempt for now.
It added that this left the number subject to near-term deportation at "between 15,000 and 20,000 people".
The authority is offering those who agree to leave a grant of $3,500, a flight ticket and help with obtaining travel documents.
Should they not leave by the deadline, the grant would be reduced and "enforcement measures" would be taken against them and anyone employing them, the authority says.
Israel refers to the tens of thousands of African migrants who entered the country illegally from neighbouring Egypt as "infiltrators".
Israeli officials tacitly recognise that it is too dangerous to return Sudanese and Eritreans to their troubled homelands, but local media say the notices do not specify where departing migrants would be sent.
Aid workers and media have named Uganda and Rwanda, although both countries deny being a destination for migrants being expelled involuntarily.
Public opposition to the plan has been slow to build, but some Israeli airline pilots have reportedly said they will not fly forced deportees.
Academics have published a petition and Israeli Holocaust survivors wrote an open letter to Netanyahu last month pleading with him to reconsider.
The UN refugee agency has called on Israel to scrap the plan, calling it incoherent and unsafe.
A 2016 UN commission of inquiry into Eritrea's regime found "widespread and systematic" crimes against humanity, and said an estimated 5,000 people flee the country each month.
The International Criminal Court has indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide linked to his regime's counter-insurgency tactics in the Darfur conflict.

Friday, December 1, 2017

The controversy about athletes kneeling is a red herring. While we’re entitled to opinion this the way it is written. I cannot say I would have Colin Kaepernick on my team but give credit where credit is due. Men kneeled when they propose to future wives. When they gather with other players after games to pray. Kneeling is reverence and humility.

Their actions are about injustice committed on Americans by people who protect and serve. Individuals who use the weapon of authorities under the weapon of authorities under the auspices of authority right down to their clothes to commit murder. They’re allowed to walk free by cover up. Some of these athletes have been in the military are kneeling to the flag they defended. No country is perfect therefore the need to protest.

Considering CEO’s have said they wouldn’t put money back into their companies under Trump Tax cuts I’m not sure most team owners are trying to win but compare their players to inmates. Soon the networks won’t show the singing of the National Anthem silencing non violent protest. Whether or not you agree they represent your city.

The President has twittered about it and other things which only seems to cause further fury and make owners come out with trite support for their players action though we know they are more concerned with the players who are signed to long term deals rather than some short timer.

Athletes have held like reverence for other causes. Certainly sexual assault and harassment will be moving to the fore front. Why not ride it that kneeling is so out front. Get it over in Europe and the rest of the world stage. Quieting of division. A man take a knee in submission a country decide not to go to war. People are not displaced and borders remain sovereign

Through time the world has allowed to go on regardless the acts of man. By now we have created ways that could erase generations quicker than to create. Ways to make it unsustainable flora and fauna sea and sky. Consider our leaders in the light and the dark. While one would upset the status quo it should be in the frame work of the law. Make for civilized people. Favored states speak up for their neighbors. The great leaders and the great libraries of the world. Like wise reverence of the arts. Should unite peoples live long. But there is war and more. Need only cross foreign space. Domestic policy is maddening. Bad tax and health plans. Bombastic and racist the absolute face of the party that goose step behind him. They believe same. Maverick get their name on the side of ships. Symbol of American might. In this hour when everyone is on edge whether they can trust the Americans  as long as wars are 0n other people’s lands. This is our lifetime.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One of the most divisive Presidents in modern history could end up being one of the most uniting of our time. Simply that the more he tweets it causes the states to react. Out of self preservation than anything else. I could say it until I’m blue in the face: it isn’t the message they are against it is the messenger.

How many times did Barack Obama call out the Republicans for their obstructionism and their lack of will to pass any of his legislation. The lone Republican votes for the Affordable Care Act came from the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump starts calling people out and suddenly Congress are deer in headlights. So far the only person that hasn’t incurred the Donald’s wrath is the Vice President Mike Pence. Somehow he’s learned to stay in his place and goose step with the President.

Trump ends Daca right after Hurricane Harvey and dumps it into the lap of Congress. Again deer in headlights. Understood that Trump doesn’t trust them anymore than Obama did but Obama didn’t have them shaking in their boots they way Trump does. I question how many of these men have the Donalds money in their coffers. I can imagine he’s already measuring his bust on Mount Rushmore.

I’d imagine he’s feeling himself after the failure of another health care bill. Admittedly getting himself involved in the race to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate from Alabama was a failure. Next he weighs in on the protests in the NFL. And they say bad press is better than no press at all. In one moment the Donald has quadrupled the number of athletes kneeling down at games of all sports. There is a level of tone deafness is all of this. Considering the voters of  Donald Trump are not just battle flag waving white supremacists. They’re in generally rural or suburban areas. The say many of his base are uneducated white men. The cave man element.

I believe it is not so. Of course their number are overwhelmingly white it is a number that are tired of being blamed for everything in history. What started out as a protest of police brutality has turned into a question of Patriotism, the flag and the constitution. Clearly these people have forgotten the job of the police are to arrest and apprehend.

Once again not knowing how many people voted for Trump and how many of them are team owners and even players. Many of them served their country. While many veterans might appreciate standing for the National Anthem and the Flag they know these athletes are doing nothing wrong but honoring the another American tradition of peaceful protest.

Professional sports an entity to go throwing shade at considering college players want to get paid and that time is coming. Trump bringing up the issue is exposes the hypocrisy of the sport. Colin Kaepernick was not on any of the thirty plus sidelines after Trump spoke out and he is still unemployed. If the ownership of the NFL wanted to be unified with the players then we would have heard Kaepernick’s name somewhere. He is the one who started it and it reached all the way to London.
This topic is hardly new and weighing in on it now is bad timing. Bad timing lead us into war.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.
The law is a first installment in replenishing depleted federal emergency coffers. Trump signed it Friday as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and as Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of Harvey. All 90 votes in opposition were cast by Republicans, some of whom hissed and booed administration officials who went to Capitol Hill to defend the package.
Conservative Republicans were upset that Trump cut the disaster-and-debt deal with Democratic leaders with no offsetting budget cuts.
"You can't just keep borrowing money," said GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina. "We're going to be $22 trillion in debt."

The aid measure, which passed the House on a vote of 316-90, was the first injection of emergency money that could rival or exceed the $110 billion federal response after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, though future aid packages may be more difficult to pass. The legislation also finances the government through Dec. 8.
In a closed-door meeting before the vote, more than a dozen Republicans stood up and complained about Trump cutting a deal with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi instead of GOP leaders trying to deliver on the president's agenda.
Budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a former tea party congressman from South Carolina who took a hard line against debt increases during his House tenure, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin faced a rough time in pleading for votes.

Mnuchin elicited hisses when he told the meeting of House Republicans "vote for the debt ceiling for me," said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C.
Republicans were in disbelief after Mnuchin argued that the debt ceiling shouldn't be a political issue in the future, said Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.
Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., described a surreal scene with Mnuchin, a former Democratic donor, and Mulvaney, who almost certainly would have opposed the very measure he was sent to pitch, pressing Republicans to rally around the legislation.
"It's kind of like 'Where am I? What's going on here?'" Costello said. "If it wasn't so serious it kind of would have been funny."
Mulvaney was booed when he stepped to the microphone, though lawmakers said it was good-natured. He defended the deal and Trump.
"It was absolutely the right thing to do," Mulvaney told reporters after the meeting. "The president is a results-driven person, and right now he wants to see results on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and tax reform. He saw an opportunity to work with Democrats on this particular issue at this particular time."
But Mulvaney further upset Republicans when he wouldn't promise spending cuts as part of a future debt limit vote.

Trump on Wednesday had cut a deal with Sen. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi to increase the debt limit for three months, rather than the long-term approach preferred by the GOP leaders that would have resolved the issue through next year's midterms.
Conservatives disliked both options. Voting on the debt limit is politically toxic for Republicans, and the deal will make the GOP vote twice before next year's midterm elections.
Fiscal conservatives have clamored for deep cuts in spending in exchange for any increase in the government's borrowing authority. The storm relief measure had widespread support, but the linkage with the debt ceiling left many Republicans frustrated.
"Are we doing anything on fiscal sanity? No," said tea party Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. "And so Mick (Mulvaney) came over today, the treasury secretary came over today, and we said, 'Do you have a plan for fiscal sanity going forward?' No. Crickets. So that's the frustration."
Democratic votes are invariably needed to increase the debt limit — and avert a potential market-quaking default on government obligations — and Schumer and Pelosi successfully pressed to waive the debt limit through Dec. 8. Democrats are cautious about working with Trump, but hold out hope for legislation on the budget, health care, and shielding young immigrants brought to this country illegally from deportation.
Moderate GOP Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said he's been encouraging Trump to find ways to work with Democrats. King attended a meeting in the White House on Thursday with lawmakers when the president asked him "how did I feel the bipartisan deal was going. Did I think it was good?" I said, "'Absolutely, we need more of it.' I said, 'You and Chuck. The two of you in the room. We can make some good deals.'"
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press