Since 2001, when then US President George Bush announced his “War on Terror,” presidents and politicians both in the United States and among America’s allies, have repeated this phrase and have done their utmost to convince the public that indeed, the West was fighting a “War on Terror.” Yet there is something disturbingly ambiguous about what exactly the “War on Terror” consists of, who it’s being waged against and how it could ever possibly be brought to a successful conclusion.
I didn’t really understand what it meant to kill at first. It was horrible. The first time was horrible, the second time was horrible, the third time was numbing, the fourth time was numbing, but of course the first time sticks with you the longest.
Guadalupe García de Rayos, a decades-long resident of Phoenix, Arizona and mother of two, was unceremoniously arrested and hauled away in a deportation van late Wednesday, one of the first deportations of an undocumented immigrant with no violent record to occur under President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order. Rayos’ sudden arrest provoked outrage from local community members and rights advocates.
A statement issued by the White House reads, in part: “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace,the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”
Instead of the financial drain of building a wall, federal government should end the drug war – which obviously does not reduce demand or supply – and allow the economy to thrive from a free market. Colorado is demonstrating how legalizing cannabis can bring a massive economic boost. The legal market also brings reputable providers to the table who deliver safe, quality products. And, contrary to drug war propagandists, teen cannabis use is actually declining.
In uncertain times such as these, people are turning to the political and social figures they admire most and one of those figures is Malala Yousafzai, a teenager who has strongly advocated for education for girls in her native country, Pakistan. She has turned her voice into a global movement and supported education for women in all countries, and as a result was shot in the face by the Taliban when she was just 15 years old.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard: “My visit to Syria has made it abundantly clear: Our counterproductive regime change war does not serve America’s interest, and it certainly isn’t in the interest of the Syrian people. As I visited with people from across the country, and heard heartbreaking stories of how this war has devastated their lives, I was asked, ‘Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.’ I had no answer.”
While Trump uses refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations as a scapegoat for the inner turmoil facing the United States and other Western nations, his policies will only help exacerbate the refugee crisis – a crisis at least partly caused by the U.S.
As the first week of Donald Trump’s time as president draws to a close, many are trying to fathom how one man can generate so much attention and controversy in such a small space of time. From executive orders to personal tweets, the world has watched President Trump carry out many plans that he had previously promised, and others that he hadn’t. Here is a list of all of the important decisions that Trump has put in place during his first week as US President.
According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon had a plan to topple seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. Citizens of six of these seven countries have been blocked from entering the United States for 90 days. Notable omissions from Trump’s refugee ban list include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, and Afghanistan.
This is why we have a democracy with 3 branches — judge stops Trump (at least temporarily) from banning immigrants.
Trump’s memorandum calls for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider conducting a full environmental assessment of the pipeline. The assessment is already underway after being ordered by President Barack Obama. Withdrawing from the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is “arbitrary and without justification,” Standing Rock Sioux chairman David Archambault III wrote. “[T]he law requires that changes in agency positions be backed by new circumstances or new evidence, not simply by the president’s whim.”
If you’re from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya or Yemen, you soon may not be able to visit the US – if President Trump has it his way. Read this!
“Trump clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve. “Indigenous peoples, landowners, and climate activists did everything in our power to stop Keystone XL and Dakota Access, and we’ll do it again. These orders will only reignite the widespread grassroots opposition to these pipelines and other dirty energy projects. Trump is about to meet the fossil fuel resistance head on.”