Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Trump Ends DACA, But Congress Has A Window To Save It

On 5th September, 2017, the Trump administration formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by Barack Obama. So far, DACA has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.

After announcing the rescission, Trump went on to blame former President Barack Obama for creating the program through executive authority and urged Congress to come up with a solution.

Apparently 10 conservative state attorneys general were planning to challenge the program in court and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Sessions was of the opinion that DACA was likely to be struck down.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Angela Merkel Delivers The Coup De Grace To Turkey's EU Hopes

It's definitely time someone told the Turks, in case they hadn't figured it out themselves. Dear Turks, you've been kidding yourself for so long. Some of us have been kidding ourselves too. You see, there's no way we can let you folks in, even though you are not very different from the Greeks and many of you are much more European (in terms of values) than the Poles, the Hungarians and the Romanians.

Who better to deliver the truth than Angela Merkel, one of the most honest politicians the world has ever seen?

Friday, 1 September 2017

More US troops for Afghanistan

A day after disclosing that the US had 11,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, instead of 8,600 as was widely believed, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis signed orders for deployment of new troops in Afghanistan as part of a new South Asia strategy announced recently by US President Donald Trump.

In the meantime, the Trump administration is holding up $255 million in military assistance for Pakistan until it cracks down on extremist groups, such as the Haqqani network, that destabilize Afghanistan.

Russia and USA - A New Cold War?

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close down its consulate in San Francisco and two diplomatic annexes, in New York and Washington, as retaliation for Russia’s recent order for the reduction United States' embassy staff in Moscow by 755 people.

This tit-for-tat originally began when Barack Obama expelled 30 suspected Russian spies and ordered the closure of Russian diplomatic compounds in December 2016 over Russia's election meddling. Putin's expulsion of 755 embassy staffers came in July 2017, after Congress passed sanctions against Russia.

Now I am trying to remember why I thought that under Putin and Trump, the USA and Russia would become bum-chums.