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The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth

The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth By David M. Ewalt (Forbes) — There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 20 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million […]

In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearings

In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearings (ACLU) — The United States has pulled its participation from hearings planned for today by a regional human rights body that has enjoyed the support of every U.S. administration since its founding. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is meeting in Washington, […]

Laptops, tablets to be banned on Middle East-US flights

Laptops, tablets to be banned on Middle East-US flights Devices larger than cell phones to be banned from carry-on luggage on flights from eight Muslim-majority countries (Aljazeera) –The US is barring passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim-majority countries from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said. […]

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

Without a ‘world government’ technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking ‘This aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason’ (The Independent) — Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the […]

AIDS

Confession: I Created AIDS to Deliberately Depopulate Humanity

Confession: I Created AIDS to Deliberately Depopulate Humanity (Whatzp) — The scientist credited with ‘discovering’ the HIV virus, has admitted that he created AIDS in order to reduce the world’s population. Director of the Institute of Human Virology, Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, poses in the Medical Biotechnology Center in Baltimore, on […]

Toxic political agenda is dehumanising entire groups, Amnesty warns

Toxic political agenda is dehumanising entire groups, Amnesty warns NGO’s annual report warns that aggressive political rhetoric is creating a ‘hostile climate for refugees and migrants’ (The Guardian) — Toxic political rhetoric with echoes of 1930s hate speech is stirring up violence worldwide – including in the UK and US, Amnesty International has warned. Kerry […]

Losing Hope in United States, Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada

Losing Hope in United States, Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada Losing Hope in U.S., Migrants Make Icy Crossing to Canada By CATHERINE PORTER, DAN LEVIN and IAN AUSTEN WINNIPEG, Manitoba (The New York Times) — Almost three months after Bashir Yussuf watched Donald J. Trump win the presidential election, he made his way to Noyes, […]

President Donald Trump illegal immigration enforcement plan outlined

President Donald Trump illegal immigration enforcement plan outlined NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued two memos on Tuesday outlining how the agency would implement the Trump administration’s recent executive orders on illegal immigration and border security. Among the actions to be taken immediately, according to […]

Order

‘100 U.S Visas per Year for Ethiopia’ – Trump Signs Executive Order

‘100 U.S Visas per Year for Ethiopia’ – Donald Trump Signs Executive Order (USA Television) — The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an executive order placing a quota on the number of visas to be issued by the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa to Ethiopians. The executive order, which bans […]

Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as US Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as US Secretary of State By GARDINER HARRIS  FEB. 1, 2017 WASHINGTON — Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56 to 43 vote to become the nation’s 69th secretary of state just as serious strains have emerged […]

Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions

Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs By Abigail Hauslohner and Janell Ross (The Washington Post) — The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the […]

Hundreds of U.S. Diplomats Protest Trump Immigration Ban

Hundreds of U.S. Diplomats Protest Trump Immigration Ban in Internal Memos The surge of signatures sows early tension between Trump and Foggy Bottom, while the White House tells them to get with the program “or go.” (Foreign Policy) — The number of State Department officials signing memos protesting President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee ban […]

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Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions

Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions (The Washington Post) — The seven nations targeted for new visitation restrictions by President Trump on Friday all have something in common: They are places he does not appear to have any business interests. President Trump signed an executive order halting all refugees […]

Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of UN

Donald Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of United Nations The upcoming order would dramatically reduce the US’ role in the UN and other international organisations (The Independent) — Donald Trump is preparing executive orders that would dramatically reduce US funding of the United Nations, as well as other international organisations that do […]

Management

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned By Josh Rogin Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, had a rocky first day facing members of the Senate during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 11 at the Capitol. (Video: Peter Stevenson/Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post/The Washington Post) (kichuu.com) — Secretary of State […]

Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built

Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built

rump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built WASHINGTON (The New York Times) — President Trump on Wednesday began a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration, ordering the immediate construction of a border wall with Mexico and aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. He planned additional actions to cut back […]

US President Barack Obama Was a Foreign Policy Failure

US President Barack Obama Was a ForeignPolicy Failure The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch. BY STEPHEN M. WALT (Foreign Policy) — I began writing this column (originally in the form of a blog) in 2009, at the very beginning of Barack […]

US: The Fight Over a Trump-Putin Détente Begins

Events this past week make clear that Trump was serious about changing US policy toward Russia, and the enemies of détente know it. Lessons from the past. By Stephen F. Cohen The John Batchelor Show, January 17.  (The Nation) ––Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions, now in their […]

Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world – AP

Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world – AP news agency “Obscene” for so much wealth to be in hands of so few, says charity director Winnie Byanyima. (Aljazeera) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the world’s population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, […]

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