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  • After US cuts, Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations

    01/17/2018 5:04:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2018 1:43 PM EST
    The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants said Wednesday it would launch a global fundraising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States. The Trump administration on Tuesday suspended $65 million for UNRWA, demanding it undertake a “fundamental re-examination.” The U.S. provides roughly one-third of UNRWA’s budget, and the agency has warned that it now faces the “most dramatic financial crisis” in its nearly 70-year history. The agency provides health care, education and social services to 5 million Palestinians across the Middle East. UNRWA’s secretary-general, Pierre Krähenbühl, said the fundraising appeal...
  • Hotovely: 'UNWRA perpetuates Israeli-Palestinian conflict'

    01/17/2018 3:37:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/18
    Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely blasted UNRWA in an interview with the BBC. "UNWRA should do its job and cease being an agency which perpetuates fake refugees"...
  • US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey

    01/17/2018 2:50:35 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Joshua Landis ^ | January 15, 2018 | Joshua Landis
    The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara as a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this. Washington expects more anti-US actions from Erdogan. Many in DC believe that Turkey’s rising Islamism, hardening dictatorship, and worsening anti-Israel rhetoric will only increase in the future. They do not hold out hope that Washington can reverse this trend.The US is increasingly falling back on support for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump has clearly set his course and reversed Obama’s effort to...
  • Fusion GPS Founder Admits He Didn’t Believe Trump Was ‘Suitable’ to be President (trunc)

    01/17/2018 2:49:11 PM PST · by smileyface · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV — In testimony released publicly last week, Glenn R. Simpson, the co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS conceded that he opposed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and that his negative opinions of the politician may have “entered” into his “thinking.” Fusion GPS compiled the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier accusing Trump and his presidential campaign of ties with Russia. In August 22 testimony released last week and reviewed in full by Breitbart News, Simpson made the following admission: I think it’s safe to say that, you know, at some point probably early in 2016 I had...
  • Trump accuses Russia of violating sanctions to aid North Korea

    01/17/2018 1:23:36 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/17/2018
    Donald Trump has said that Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”
  • ‘A death sentence’: Palestinians slam U.S. decision to cut aid as U.N. pleads for new donors

    01/17/2018 12:39:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Hazem Balousha
    Gaza - The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main body providing aid to millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants across the Middle East, made an urgent appeal for international support Wednesday, one day after the State Department announced it will withhold more than half its annual funding. “After decades of generous support, dramatic reduction of US funding to UNRWA results in most critical financial situation in history of Agency,” the agency’s commissioner general, Pierre Krähenbühl, wrote on Twitter. “I call on member states of the United Nations to take a stand & demonstrate to Palestine Refugees that their...
  • Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects 'horrible' bipartisan plan

    01/17/2018 12:28:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2018 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as “horrible” on border security and “very, very weak” on reforms for the legal immigration system. The Senate proposal -- aimed at addressing Democrats’ demands for protections for young adults dubbed “Dreamers” brought to the United States illegally as children -- fell far short of what most Republicans believe needs to happen, Trump told Reuters in an interview. “It’s the opposite of what I campaigned for,” Trump said.
  • Apple announces plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash, ... it will 'contribute' $350 billion

    01/17/2018 10:56:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 01/17/2018 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Apple said it will "contribute" $350 billion in the US economy over the next 5 years. It will include the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus. Apple expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion. Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) and Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive (L) look at the new Apple iPhone X during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Apple to create 20,000 jobs over the next 5 years 36 Mins Ago | 01:21 Apple on Wednesday made a...
  • Ex-gang members in El Salvador fear more crime if TPS ends

    01/17/2018 10:46:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Patrick Oppmann
    San Salvador, El Salvador - It's not every church service that includes homilies about Pablo Escobar and Al Capone. But at a church in El Salvador, the message of sin and redemption is tailored to a different kind of parishioner: reformed members of the notorious gangs in the Central American nation. All the men are former members of Barrio 18 or the 18th Street gang, which, along with MS-13, began in Los Angeles but is now responsible for much of El Salvador's widespread violence. The Trump administration announced last week that in 18 months it will revoke Temporary Protected Status...
  • Mark Zuckerberg is urging people to call their local congressperson in support of Dreamers

    01/17/2018 10:31:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Recode ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Kurt Wagner
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is fighting for changes to U.S. immigration policy - and encouraging those on Facebook to call their congressional leaders to do the same. Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page Wednesday in support of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday. “This is a basic question of whether our government works. Can Congress come together and find a path forward, or will we default to forcing almost one million people out of their jobs and country?” Zuckerberg...
  • Democrats Block 2018 Budget, Gain Another Month to Push Amnesty

    01/17/2018 10:08:36 AM PST · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jan 2018 | Neil Munro
    Democrats have successfully blocked the government’s 2018 budget for another month, giving them more time to exhaust and frustrate President Donald Trump and GOP leaders into accepting the Democrats’ game-winning amnesty for millions of illegals. Late Tuesday, the GOP gave up on budget talks and drafted a new temporary budget plan, dubbed a Continuing Resolution, which would keep the government open for another month until February 16. That date will mark almost five months after the 2018 budget was slated to begin October 1. If the CR passes the House and Senate, the GOP and the Democrats will get another...
  • Syrian Kurds appeal to UN as Turkey prepares to attack

    01/17/2018 9:59:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    AP News ^ | 1-17-18 | SARAH EL DEEB and SUZAN FRASER
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's dominant Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country's north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will launch a military offensive in the coming days against territories controlled by the dominant Syrian Kurdish militia in northwestern and eastern Syria, and in particular the enclave of Afrin, where an estimated 1 million people live.
  • Yale Psychiatry Prof Has Second Meeting With Dems, Claims She’s Getting Death Threats

    01/17/2018 9:34:49 AM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 26 replies
    legal insurrection ^ | 1/17/18 | mike lachance
    In this latest effort, they recruited Yale psychiatry professor Bandy Lee to declare Trump unfit. We’ve been following the story closely: Unable to Defeat Trump at the Polls, Dems Enlist Yale Psych Prof to Diagnose Him Mentally Unfit Psychiatrists Who Targeted Trump Face Backlash White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson just gave Trump a clean bill of physical and mental health but Democrats are not letting go of the mental health attack because they’ve got nothing else.
  • Canadian PM is known abroad as the Trump whisperer (the CBC's laughable take.)

    01/17/2018 9:27:14 AM PST · by jerod · 8 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Nov 8, 2017 | Rosemary Barton
    ANALYSIS - It's no bromance, but Trudeau has found a way to charm Trump: Rosemary Barton Canadian PM is known abroad as the Trump whisperer One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted with an unexpected challenge: A U.S. president more familiar to Canadians as a reality-TV star than for his public policy. A president so vastly different in his approach to politics that it was perhaps impossible to overcome. And so began a long courtship that now seems to be an actual relationship. It may be counterintuitive, given the state of the current free trade negotiations, but there...
  • Trump’s targeting of Iran comes as Islamic leaders torture and kill 8,000 protesters

    01/17/2018 8:59:17 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames "Americans and Zionists" for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from "one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf." (Associated Press/File) Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday. The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The...
  • ‘Might as Well Roll It Straight Into the Trash Can’: Tom Cotton Shoots Down Expansive ‘Gang of Six’

    01/17/2018 8:32:43 AM PST · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | John Binder
    FULL TITLE:‘Might as Well Roll It Straight Into the Trash Can’: Tom Cotton Shoots Down Expansive ‘Gang of Six’ DACA Amnesty The “Gang of Six” amnesty for millions of illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be rolled “straight into the trash can,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) says. On Wednesday, a group of six pro-amnesty Senators will roll out their expansive immigration amnesty plan that would not only give a pathway to U.S. citizenship beginning with 3.5 million DACA and DACA-eligible illegal aliens but also give amnesty to the parents...
  • The Syrian Refugee Imam Who Wants Jews Dead (Should he receive political asylum in America?)

    01/17/2018 7:50:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/17/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Last winter, the local media was touting Imam Abdullah Khadra as a victim of President Trump’s travel ban. Khadra, a Syrian, was here on a religious worker visa and was applying for political asylum. The refugee Imam living in North Carolina called Trump's move, "absolutely inhumane and ridiculous." Jewish leftists agreed. Lucy Dinner, the clergywoman from Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, denounced "singling out an entire group of people based on their faith." Lucy Dinner had previously signed a letter in support of anti-Israel activism by Eric and Jennifer Solomon. Eric Solomon was affiliated with the anti-Israel hate group, T’ruah,...
  • US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

    01/17/2018 7:36:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Larry Elliott, Economic Editor
    The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. In the run-up to the US president’s speech to its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week, the WEF avoided mentioning Trump by name but said “nation-state unilateralism” would make it harder to tackle global warming and ecological damage. The WEF’s global risks perception survey showed Trump’s arrival in the White House in 2017 had coincided with a marked increase in concern about...
  • Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia

    01/17/2018 6:48:42 AM PST · by NorseViking · 32 replies
    Sweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for...
  • What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa

    01/17/2018 12:25:10 AM PST · by lowbuck · 43 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 17 January 2018 | Karin McQuillan
    Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment." . . . snip For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever. I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.