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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends beyond Texas to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona collected by government case managers and obtained by NBC News. A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy held in Yuma, Arizona, said he and others in his cell complained about the taste of the water and food they were given. The Customs and Border Protection agents took the mats out of their cell in retaliation, forcing them to sleep on hard concrete. A 15-year-old girl from Honduras described a large, bearded officer putting his hands inside her bra, pulling down her underwear and groping her as part of what was meant to be a routine pat down in front of other immigrants and officers.


Monday, July 01, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea -- From a seemingly fanciful tweet to a historic step into North Korean territory, President Trump's largely improvised third meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was a masterpiece of drama, the kind of made-for-TV spectacle that Mr. Trump treasures. But for weeks before the meeting, which started as a Twitter offer by the president for Mr. Kim to drop by at the Demilitarized Zone and "say hello," a real idea has been taking shape inside the Trump administration that officials hope might create a foundation for a new round of negotiations. The concept would amount to a nuclear freeze, one that essentially enshrines the status quo, and tacitly accepts the North as a nuclear power, something administration officials have often said they would never stand for.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

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If Trump told an Irishman to go back to his country, would that be racism too?
Just wondering.

#242 | POSTED BY RAY AT 2019-07-15 06:59 PM | REPLY | FLAG

Yes it would be.

www.irishtimes.com

Life & Style /Generation Emigration
Ciara Kenny
The Irish Times forum by and for Irish citizens living overseas,
When the Irish became white: immigrants in mid-19th century US
Inspired by Black History Month, Patrick McKenna shares what he has learned of the history of Irish immigrants and Abolition in the US in the mid-19th century

Patrick McKenna

Ciara Kenny

Ciara Kenny

Tue, Feb 12, 2013, 01:00



Patrick McKenna

Emigration changes people, in many different ways. For example, in a previous Generation Emigration post I explained how, after more than 35 years as an immigrant in Canada I had lost my Irishness.

When Irish (poor, and Catholic) immigrants landed in the mid-19th century US they changed. They jettisoned the core of their identity – the long struggle for freedom. They joined in the oppression of African-Americans. Since I understand that this may seem controversial please allow me to explain.

In those days, the Irish immigrants had much in common with African-Americans; they might be nicknamed "Negroes turned inside out" while African-Americans would be "smoked Irish". A quip, attributed to an African-American, went something like this: "My master is a great tyrant, he treats me like a common Irishman." In the census of 1850, the term "mulatto" appears for the first time, due primarily to inter-marriage between Irish and African-Americans.

McConnell brought the GND to the Senate floor for a vote and not a single Democrat voted for it.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-14 12:49 PM | Reply

www.axios.com

The Green New Deal failed to pass a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats denouncing the motion as a "sham" and largely voting "present" as a show of unity.

Between the lines: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the vote in a political effort to get Democrats on the record and highlight intra-party divisions over the ambitious proposal. Democrats have argued McConnell held the vote in order to eliminate any debate, hearings or public testimony about the resolution, which many see as a starting point for addressing the threats posed by climate change.

43 Democrats voted "present." Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Doug Jones (Ala.) and Angus King (Maine) -- who is an independent but caucuses with Democrats -- voted "no."

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