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Comparisons between US immigration policy and the Nazi period may not be helpful, but they are hard to avoid

The renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt recently rejected comparisons between the Holocaust and the Trump administration’s separation of families at the southern border of the United States. David Tollerton The Conversation “Equating the two,” she wrote in the Atlantic Monthly, “is not only historically wrong, it is also strategically wrong.” Lipstadt argues that it is historically wrong because of the difference between mass killing and the separation of children from parents deemed illegal immigrants to the US. And it is ... Read More »

The United States Cannot Afford to Pick a Side in the Shia-Sunni Fight

America is going all in with the pro-confrontation camp led by Saudi Arabia. Pavam Mohseni and Ammar Nakhjavani The National Interest The President of the United States has decided that the best approach to Iran is to speak loudly and carry a big stick—in the hopes that relentless pressure on Iran will either lead to regime change or the country abandoning its contentious foreign… Such saber-rattling will more likely enfeeble American power within the region and set U.S. policy on ... Read More »

Australia Needs to Teach Western Civ

“Australian schools and universities are good at teaching students to master the disciplinary expertise of their chosen subject areas—they are less good at tolerating the independence of mind that people develop by… Salvatore Babones The National Interest Australian universities have rebuffed Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for wanting to endow programs that are actively pro-… Yet, America’s top schools and universities have been doing that for one-hundred years. Universities don’t often turn ... Read More »

Refugee crisis: the immediate and lasting impacts of powerful images

Recent images and footage of migrant children housed in wire cages near the United States’ southern border have fuelled global outrage. Authors: The Conversation President Donald Trump has now signed an executive order to end the separation of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border. Trump apparently bent to public pressure from many sides, including the feelings of his wife Melania Trump. But apart from driving policy in the short term, do confronting images create change in public perception and willingness ... Read More »

Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress

A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are threatening to block Turkey from obtaining its promised fleet of 100 F-35 fighter jets over Ankara’s human rights violations and planned purchase of a… By Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer FP But it’s not clear that President Donald Trump’s administration will back them up. Turkey, the third-largest planned operator of the F-35 after the United States and United Kingdom, just received its first aircraft during ... Read More »

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said on June 21. WASHINGTON – The Associated Press Hurriyet The request for temporary shelter – amid a growing political battle over detained migrants – was made by the Department of Health and Human Services and accepted by the Defense Department, said the… A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by The Associated Press, said it has been asked to have ... Read More »

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It’s not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

South Fulton, Georgia (CNN) – When LaDawn “LBJ” Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of “black girl magic.” Doug Criss Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city’s municipal court staff. As she entered the room, she realized she was looking at something she’d never before seen in her legal career. Everyone in the room looked like her. “I ... Read More »

Donald Trump makes Time cover again, this time over US-Mexico border immigration crisis

Donald Trump has got himself another Time magazine cover, but it’s probably not one he’ll be rushing to get his hands on. ABC The iconic American weekly news magazine published its latest front page and it was quickly being shared across the internet. It draws on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border and features the President looking down over a crying toddler. That crying toddler is a two-year-old Honduran, who was captured in a photo with her mother that ... Read More »

New Yorker cover shows migrant children hiding at Statue of Liberty’s feet

The latest cover of The New Yorker takes on President Trump‘s immigration policies, showing migrant children hiding at the feet of the Statue of Liberty. Aris Folley The Hill The issue, which is slated to hit shelves on July 2, features artwork showing five migrant children hiding underneath the robe of Lady Liberty, gripping her legs… “I can’t watch TV news anymore; it’s always people yelling at each other or… There’s always a background drone of outrage, it seems. Stories ... Read More »

Friday essay: Australia’s dangerous obsession with the Anglosphere

Over the past three weeks the ABC program Four Corners has presented special reports on American politics, which involved one of our best journalists, Sarah Ferguson, travelling to the US on special assignment. Dennis Altman The Conversation I watched these programs and I enjoyed them. But in part I enjoyed them because they covered ground that is already familiar. If the same effort had gone into bringing us in-depth special reports from, say, Jakarta or Mumbai they would have been ... Read More »

How refugee children make American education stronger

In recent years, there has been a great deal of public angst about refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. Shawna Shapiro The Conversation Americans are deeply divided on the issue. For instance, a Pew Research Center study published in May of this year found that only a quarter of Republicans and right-leaning independents say the U.S. “has a responsibility to accept more refugees,” compared with almost three-quarters of Democrats and… Policies under the Trump administration reflect this division: The ... Read More »

Keeping the Calm in Southern Syria

As the Syrian regime masses its forces to recapture the country’s south west from the opposition, another humanitarian disaster looms. ICG The U.S., Russia and Jordan, which brokered a south-western ceasefire in 2017, should urgently extend that truce in preparation for a broader settlement. What’s new? Having retaken the last rebel-held areas in Syria’s western interior, the Syrian regime is turning southward. Regime forces are massing in preparation for a reconquest of the “de… Why does it matter? The south ... Read More »

Turkey to get F-35 jets Thursday despite opposition from Congress

Washington (CNN) – Despite opposition from the US Congress, Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Thursday during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Ryan Browne “Lockheed Martin will hold a rollout ceremony for Turkey this Thursday in Fort Worth, and the two jets will follow-on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona at a later date,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews told CNN. “Turkish F-35 pilots and maintainers have arrived ... Read More »

Trump Retreats on Separating Families, but Thousands May Remain Apart

WASHINGTON — President Trump caved to enormous political pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and… By Michael D. Shear, Abby Goodnough and Maggie Haberman The New York Times “We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Mr. Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or ... Read More »

Israeli unmanned boats deliver firepower on the high seas

African states are increasingly confronted by maritime crime and insecurity. One way to address the security of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) could be unmanned surface vessels, which are being developed at a… Arie Egozi – defenceWeb To protect the natural resources in the EEZ, which stretch 200 nautical miles from a country’s coastline, countries need almost constant presence in the open seas. One option is unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Israel recently discovered huge reservoirs of natural gas in the ... Read More »

Where steel tariffs will hit hard: your gas tank

President Trump’s decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel from multiple countries will raise consumer prices for lots of products. And one of them is gasoline. Merrill Matthews The Hill The fracking boom has allowed energy companies to drill in places that had never been considered viable or profitable. Once production begins, the crude oil and natural gas have to be transported from the well to the refinery, a phase referred to as “midstream.” That’s where the ... Read More »