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America, Russia and Israel Are in Sync About Objectives in the Aftermath of the Syrian Civil War

3yrs ago from Washington Times
The Trump-Putin summit came at a highly propitious time, with respect to the Syrian civil war that is now in its final stage. Statements by both leaders reflect not only a common understanding of the problems in Syria that lie ahead but the reality that this is an area where both leaders have been engaged with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the need to ensure Israeli security as well as the refugee problem and a need to eliminate ISIS and other radical terrorists in the area.
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Mexico’s President-Elect Announces 'Specialized' Border Police Force to Combat Illegal Immigration

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to establish a border police force to combat illegal immigration and the problems associated with it, such as drug and weapons smuggling and human trafficking. The announcement comes at a time when President Donald Trump is facing intense criticism for his policies addressing illegal immigration. What are the details? For years, Mexico has been plagued with high levels of illegal immigration on its southern border. Migrants traveling north from war-torn Central America have at times overwhelmed Mexican authorities. And while most of the migrants use the border as a gateway toward a better life, others use it to smuggle drugs and weapons, which amounts to a major problem for cartel-controlled Mexico. But that's all allegedly going to change with the upcoming administration. Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador's future chief of public security, said in an interview with Bloomberg published Monday that the border police force is part of a larger …
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Mexico’s President-Elect Announces ‘specialized’ Border Police Force to Combat Illegal Immigration

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to establish a border police force to combat illegal immigration and the problems associated with it, such as drug and weapons smuggling and human trafficking. The announcement comes at a time when President Donald Trump is facing intense criticism for his policies addressing illegal immigration. What are the details? For years, Mexico has been plagued with high levels of illegal immigration on its southern border. Migrants traveling north from war-torn Central America have at times overwhelmed Mexican authorities. And while most of the migrants use the border as a gateway toward a better life, others use it to smuggle drugs and weapons, which amounts to a major problem for cartel-controlled Mexico. But that's all allegedly going to change with the upcoming administration. Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador's future chief of public security, said in an interview with Bloomberg published Monday that the border police force is part of a larger …
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Pregnant Woman Left to Bleed for 8 Days in Detention Facility Without Medical Help Suffers Miscarriage: Report

3yrs ago from Raw Story
The Southwest border crisis continues, thanks to the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy towards migrants risking the long, dangerous trek from Latin America, where many face violence from the drug cartels. Some Latin American migrants are so desperate that even pregnant women have undertaken the dangerous trip. As Buzzfeed News reports, their treatment by US immigration authorities has been far from humane. One woman told Buzzfeed that she’d decided to come to the United States …
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[Monday Gallery ] | Drawing of Kos Island, Greece, by Olivier Kugler

3yrs ago from Harpers
Drawing of Kos island, Greece, by Olivier Kugler, from his book Escaping Wars and Waves, published in June by Penn State University Press. An exhibition of drawings from the book, which document the circumstances of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan, Greece, England, and Germany, is on view at the Print House Gallery, in London. Excerpts from the book were published in the March 2014, February 2016, and August 2017 issues of Harper’s Magazine.
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Syria’s Civil War, the Final Stage

3yrs ago from Washington Times
After seven years of horrible death and refugee displacement the Syrian civil war is entering a final stage with little doubt as to the outcome. Bashar Assad is certain to remain in power and the only open questions are what foreign forces will remain in Syria and what parts of Syrian territory will be lost. As the war winds down, the U.S. as well as Israel and Russia all have key roles to play that need to be based on national interest and reality.
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Mexico Votes With Corruption, Violence, and Trump in Mind

3yrs ago from The Week
Mexico goes to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president — the office is limited to a single, six-year term, so President Enrique Peña Nieto cannot run again — plus some 18,000 lower offices, including all congressional seats. Advance polling suggests left-wing populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known by his initials, AMLO) holds a strong lead for the presidency. More broadly, the election is focused on issues of corruption, drug-related violence, and President Trump's immigration policies, with candidates from across the political spectrum slamming Trump's approach. Mexico "will never be the piñata of any foreign government," López Obrador said on the campaign trail. "A door opens for opportunity with Andrés Manuel," Marcos Fastlicht, who has known AMLO for two decades, told Politico. "He's willing to speak with [Trump], willing to sit and negotiate, but part of this requires we wait and see." Bonnie Kristian
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For the First Time Since 1951, an American Won’t Lead the United Nations’ Migration Agency

3yrs ago from The Week
The Trump administration's candidate to head the United Nations' migration agency has been rejected in a blow to the United States, which has held the post since 1951. "The American is out," Senegalese diplomat Youssoupha Ndiaye told The Associated Press after voting in Geneva. The American candidate, Ken Isaacs, is the vice president of an evangelical charity, with his only relevant experience being a short stint as a political appointee in charge of overseas disaster relief under former President George W. Bush. Isaacs' candidacy was called into question after his old tweets surfaced, containing messages calling Muslims violent and insisting that "Christians" be the "first priority" when it came to the Syrian refugee crisis. The race to lead the migration agency is now between Portuguese Socialist Party member Antonio Vitorino and Costa Rica's Laura Thompson, the deputy director-general of the International Organization for Migration. "The person who leads this needs to be a symbol of the international community's support for humanity," the president of Refugees International, Eric Schwartz, told The Washington Post. "And that means that dark-skin people and Muslim people have the same inherent worth as any other people." Jeva Lange
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