Articles from Juan Cole

Trump Gov’t Separated ‘Thousands’ More Immigrant Children Than Originally Reported

The administration of President Trump implemented a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to criminally prosecute and jail all illegal border crossers even those traveling with their children.

The U.S. government may have separated “thousands” more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Wednesday.

Helping Hamas? Trump’s USAID to End all Projects for Palestinians on Jan. 31st

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.

80% of Workers live Paycheck to Paycheck, and Federal ones are no Different

(Otherwords.org) – Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.

As the government shutdown drags on, the image of federal workers lining up at food pantries has dramatized just how many workers live financially close to the edge.

By one estimate, almost 80 percent of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck. Miss one check and you’re taking a second look at what’s in the back of the pantry cupboard.

What can the People of Nagasaki still Teach us about the Dangers of Nuclear War?

( Tomdispatch.com) – Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear annihilation of this city 73 years ago — within, that is, their own lifetimes or those of their parents or grandparents.

Top 6 Things Wrong with Trump denying Pelosi Gov’t Transport

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump’s petty cancellation of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s trip on military transport to Brussels and Afghanistan was clearly his revenge for her cancellation of his State of the Union message until he ends the shutdown of the government.

Here are the top 5 things wrong with this step:

Syria Kurds Reject proposed “safe zone” under Turkey Control

The Kurds in Syria yesterday rejected a US proposal to establish a 20 mile safe zone on the Syrian-Turkish border under Turkey’s control.

Kurdish leader Aldar Khalil instead proposed that the UN deploy peacekeeping troops along the separation line between Turkish and Kurdish fighters, saying:

Trump’s EPA to Kill 11,000 a Year with Mercury Nerve Poison

( Otherwords) – Mercury regulations save 11,000 lives each year. Now, the EPA wants to weaken them.

While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong.

On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would effectively weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which protect American families from mercury and other harmful air pollutants emitted by power plants.

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