Protesters throw bottles at French CRS riot police after a memorial for 56-year-old Shaoyao Liu, shot dead by police at his Paris home last Sunday, in Paris, France.Source: Al-Alam News NetworkRead More
Legal & Judicial
| Apr 3, 2017
The United States, South Korea, and Japan have reportedly started a three-day joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula to simulate countering a North Korean submarine-launched missile attack.The exercise began off South Korea’s southern coast ne…Read More
| Apr 1, 2017
Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan, calling it a grave mistake.
(It) should alarm us all, Clinton said of Trump’s budget plan in a speech about the importance of women in politics at Georgetown University on Friday.
We are seeing signals of a shift that should alarm us all. This administration’s proposed cuts to international health, development and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake for our country, She said. Turning our backs on diplomacy won’t make our country safer.
The blueprint, which was unveiled earlier this month, introduces cuts to contributions to the United Nations and dozens of its affiliated agencies.
Trump’s proposal also included a $54 billion cut to education, healthcare and housing, as well as the State Department’s funds to make up for an increase of the same amount in military expenses.
Clinton, who served as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, said the cuts would only make America less secure and undermine its standing in the world.
The Trump White House has also proposed similar cuts to fund his wall on the border with Mexico. During the presidential campaign, Trump vowed that Mexico would pay for the wall designed to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States. The Mexican government has strongly rejected the claim.
Both Democrats and Republicans have already rejected parts of the blueprint, making it difficult Trump to win Congress’ approval.
I don’t think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective � and certainly cheaper � than military engagement, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
To show how divided Republicans were on the budget, Clinton quoted Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis, who once said cutting funds for the State Department means he has to buy more ammunition.
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| Mar 31, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has expressed concern over Russia’s activities in Afghanistan and its interaction with the Taliban militant group.”We have seen Russian activity vis-a-vis the Taliban,” Mattis said during a news conference in London on…Read More
| Mar 30, 2017
HONOLULU � A U.S. federal judge has extended his suspension of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to people from six majority-Muslim countries and halting refugee admissions.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson had temporarily prohibited the government from enforcing the order in a March 15 decision. His new ruling Wednesday went further, placing a preliminary injunction against Trump’s order at the request of the state of Hawaii, which applies nationwide.
Watson wrote that the circumstances that led to his initial decision have not changed, including Hawaii’s argument that remarks by Trump and his associates have singled out Muslims. The judge said the state has sufficiently established a likelihood it would succeed in challenging the ban on the grounds it violates a constitutional clause that requires government actions to have a primarily secular purpose.
Muslim ban to extreme vetting
Trump’s campaign for president once included a call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, a policy that was later changed to advocating extreme vetting for people from countries with a link to terrorism.
The Trump administration has insisted the executive order is not a Muslim ban, and the president has argued the executive order is necessary to protect national security. It includes barring the issuance of new visas to people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan for 90 days, and suspending the refugee program for 120 days. During those periods, reviews of vetting procedures and how to strengthen the screenings are supposed to take place.
Watson said in his order that the government has argued the courts should ignore the context surrounding the order.
The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has, Watson wrote.
The government also argued that any injunction should apply only to the visa ban and not affect suspending refugee admissions, but the judge said, It makes little sense to do so.
President vows to fight challenges
Trump has vowed to continue fighting legal challenges to his order, taking them up to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Hawaii’s Department of the Attorney General expressed confidence that higher courts will continue to side with its position.
While we understand that the president may appeal, we believe the court’s well-reasoned decision will be affirmed, it said on Twitter.
The travel ban is also being challenged in a federal case originating from the state of Maryland. That case is only limited to the suspension of visas to the six countries, and a District Court judge issued a similar prohibition against the government enforcing it.
But the Justice Department has appealed that decision to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has scheduled arguments for May 8.
A group of attorneys general from 12 states have filed briefs with the 4th Circuit in support of Trump’s executive order, arguing it does not amount to a Muslim ban. The states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia.
An appeal of the Hawaii case would go to a different court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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| Mar 28, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rohani, have held wide-ranging talks in Moscow.The two presidents on March 28 praised their countries’ roles in the Syrian conflict and expressed satisfaction with the Astana talks be…Read More
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