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20 Jan

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

 

Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

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Spiegel>>

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Outcry after Kentucky students in Maga hats mock Native American veteran

Teenagers from Covington Catholic High School filmed jeering at Nathan Phillips and chanting ‘build that wall’

Native American mocked by students in Maga hats – video report

A group of Kentucky students in Washington DC for an anti-abortion rally have been filmed harassing a Native American who was singing and drumming. The group were filmed surrounding Nathan Phillips, and one teenager wearing a Maga hat can be seen standing in front of Phillips and staring into his face while smiling

A Catholic school in Kentucky has condemned a group of its students after they were recorded harassing a Native American Vietnam veteran in a video that went viral on Saturday.

The students, many of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” caps, from private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills were in Washington for an anti-abortion rally on Friday when they were filmed surrounding Nathan Phillips and mocking the Native American’s singing and drumming.

One teen in particular is seen standing in front of Phillips, staring into his face with a smile. Fellow students, many in hats and sweatshirts with President Donald Trump’s “MAGA” slogan, cheered him on and chanted, “build the wall, build the wall”, Phillips said.

The footage was shared online by organizers of an indigenous peoples’ march that also took place on Friday.

The video prompted a torrent of outrage online. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that the footage “brought me to tears”, while actor Chris Evans tweeted that the students’ actions were “appalling” and “shameful”.

In a joint statement, the high school and Diocese of Covington condemned the actions of the students “towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general”.

“We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips,” the statement read. “This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

“The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to an including expulsion.”

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer, a Democrat, said the “appalling” footage had rightly inspired “a tidal wave of condemnation” and that his town was now being linked with “intolerance and ethnic intimidation” because of the boys’ actions.

“The videos being shared across the nation do NOT represent the core beliefs and values of this city,” he said in a statement.

In a separate video uploaded to social media, the 64-year-old Phillips, an elder of Nebraska’s Omaha tribe, wiped away tears as he described the incident.

“I heard them saying ‘build that wall, build that wall’. These are indigenous lands, we’re not supposed to have walls,” he said. “I wish I could see that energy of that young mass of young men, put that energy into making this country, really, really great, helping those that are hungry.”

He told The Washington Post that while he was drumming, he thought about his wife, Shoshana, who died of bone marrow cancer nearly four years ago, and the threats that indigenous communities around the world are facing.

“I felt like the spirit was talking through me,” Phillips said.

Phillips holds an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Native American veterans, according to media reports.

He is a well-known Native American activist who was among those leading the Standing Rock protests in 2016-2017 against the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Democratic US Congresswoman Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo tribe, said on Twitter that Phillips had risked his life for his country, and that the students showed “blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance”.

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Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster than in previous decade

The Klinaklini glacier in British Columbia.

The Klinaklini glacier in British Columbia. Photograph: Brian Menounos

Glaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the longer-term effects of climate change, according to a new study.

The retreat hasn’t been equal in the US and Canada. The famous alpine ice masses in the Cascade Mountains in the north-west US have largely been spared from the trend.

“The losses we would expect were reduced because we got a lot of additional snow,” said David Shean, a co-author at the University of Washington. “Moving forward we may not be so lucky.”

The jet stream – the currents of fast-flowing air in the atmosphere that affect weather – has shifted, causing more snow in the north-western US and less in south-western Canada, according to the study released in Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. Changes in the northern hemisphere jet stream are increasingly firmly linked to global warming.

That warming from humans burning fossil fuels is also expected to continue to melt alpine glaciers, even under scenarios for more moderate greenhouse gas levels.

While some of the fourfold increase in the melting rate in western North America is related to manmade climate change, the researchers can’t say with certainty how much.

“We’re starting to understand these shorter cycles that have real impacts on how the glaciers are behaving and how much water is stored in the glaciers,” Shean explained.

Alaskan glaciers get much of the attention in North America because Alaska is warming faster than the continental US. Mount Hunter in Denali national park, is seeing 60 times more snow melt than it did 150 years ago.

The North American glaciers analyzed in the new study are far smaller than those in Alaska, Asia and elsewhere, so they won’t contribute much to sea-level rise as they melt. The authors say they offer critical lessons for water management, fisheries and flood prevention.

With shrinking glaciers, less water will be available for nearby river systems when rainfall is low. In some parts of the world, millions of people could lose their primary water supplies.

In the Pacific north-west US, if glaciers melted entirely, that could reduce the flow of certain watersheds by up to about 15% in dry months of August and September, Shean said.

“In our case that will have an impact, especially if we’re having a drought year … but in general at least for the foreseeable future we should be OK here in Washington,” he said.

Snow pack changes will be more important than glacier melt for water planners in the western US, Shean said.

Still, changes in water temperature could pose problems for fish. And the sediment that comes with melting glaciers could fall to the bottoms of riverbeds, making them overflow during heavy rains.

The authors got their data by comparing satellite images of glaciers from 2000 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2018. They estimated elevation changes, which can be difficult to assess with the smallest glaciers. Other researchers are attempting to get spy satellite and aerial photos from the 1950s and 1960s declassified so they can study longer-term changes, Shean said.

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World Politics

Great Britain

Into the Brexit abyss – cartoon

 

Led by the DUP and the Tory right, Theresa May and her deal plunge to their doom

United States

As the president maintains his border wall demand, a handful of White House insiders and pundits may bear responsibility

Observers said Stephen Miller’s mark was clear on the president’s Oval Office speech.

Observers said Stephen Miller’s mark was clear on the president’s Oval Office speech. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

It was Monday night and the university football champions were coming to dinner at the White House. Catering staff were furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. So naturally Donald Trump served up a banquet of fast food. “Trump bought food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Domino’s,” observed the late-night TV host James Corden. “Or, as he calls them, his four most trusted advisers.”

The US president’s widely mocked decision to splash out $3,000 of his own money said something about his obstinacy during the shutdown, now the longest in American history and the result of political stalemate over his demand $5.7bn for a wall on the US-Mexico border. As workers are hit in the pocket, airport queues grow and his poll ratings slump . It also raised the question: who are his real “most trusted advisers” and why are they urging him down a path to apparent political suicide?

The likely answer is a combination of the “Trump whisperer” Stephen Miller, an anti-immigration hardliner; the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who has ideological reasons to shut down the government; rightwing media pundits and Trump’s own instinct to fight on an issue that he is being told will make or break his presidency.

Miller, 33, and 51-year-old Mulvaney have filled the vacuum in an administration where endless staff churn has left moderate voices marginalized or expelled. The pair have seemingly gained the upper hand over potential restraining influences such as Vice-President Mike Pence and Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Dan Cassino, an associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, said: “The anti-globalists are in the ascendant because there is no one else there.”

Miller helped torpedo a previous immigration deal between the president and congressional Democrats as well as a bipartisan effort during the Obama administration. He is Trump’s best-known speech writer, responsible for much of his inaugural address two years ago and currently working on his State of the Union speech for 29 January – itself jeopardized by the shutdown.

Republican leaders in Congress believed they had struck a deal to put off the battle over the wall for at least another month. But on 13 December, Miller appeared on Fox News to announce that the White House would take a stand to secure border wall funding.

In an interview on CBS News, Miller described the wall as “a very fundamental issue” that would help determine “whether the United States remains a sovereign country”. Asked on CBS if “whatever is necessary” included a government shutdown, Miller replied: “If it comes to it, absolutely.”

Earlier this month, when Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office to make his case for the wall and blame Democrats for the shutdown, the speech was quickly hailed as a Miller classic. The Atlantic magazine observed: “All of the tics and tropes of Millerian rhetoric were on display. The scary immigrants (“vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs”). The gory anecdotes (a veteran “beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien”). The decidedly un-Trumpian flourishes (“a crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul”).

Wendy Schiller, a political science professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, said: “Stephen Miller has become the singular voice on immigration in the White House. It does appear he has achieved the role he was blocked from by Steve Bannon, John Kelly and to an extent Jim Mattis. Now there is no one to block him.”

Mulvaney is another key influence on Trump. According to the Politico website, he spent much of the Christmas holiday with his boss at the White House, “egging on the president” in the fight with Democrats.

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Ann Coulter told Vice Trump was ‘dead in the water if he doesn’t build that wall’. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, commented: “If the reports are true, he’s really reinforcing all of Trump’s worst instincts. It is the job of the chief of staff to help the president govern; this is the opposite of that.”

A former Republican Tea Party and Freedom Caucus congressman, Mulvaney is a true believer in small government. As director of the Office of Management and Budget, he told reporters that “a good shutdown” might be necessary and could create the political climate “that fixes Washington DC permanently”.

Kurt Bardella, a political columnist and ex-spokesman and senior adviser for the House oversight and government reform committee, said: “Mulvaney was a Freedom Caucus member of the House and is now an extension of the Freedom Caucus in the White House. The entire crux of their philosophy is that government should be as small and limited as possible and so, in some ways, a government shutdown is a good thing.”

The Tea Party wing was potentially emboldened when it forced a 16-day government shutdown over Barack Obama’s healthcare reform in 2013 yet did not pay a political price in the midterm elections a year later. And this time the Freedom Caucus may be tempted to consider a partial shutdown, affecting 25% of government, as a pain that can be tolerated, even though 800,000 federal workers missed their first pay cheques last week.

Schiller said: “If you get can away with running the government at 75%, you have an argument for trimming the government. They see it as a moment when they can persuade the American people that they can get by with less government.”

Miller and Mulvaney’s whispers into Trump’s ear are amplified by conservative media. When, in the week before the shutdown, the president seemed ready to accept a stopgap spending measure that would have kept the government open, there was a furious backlash from Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and the hosts of Fox & Friends.

The Fox presenters Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs continue to pressure Trump to stand his ground, warning that he will otherwise lose the loyalty of his base and with it his hopes of re-election. Limbaugh said this week: “Trump is assuring everyone he’s not gonna cave on this, and I hope he doesn’t.”

Coulter told Vice News Tonight: “He is dead in the water if he doesn’t build that wall. Dead, dead, dead.”

It was the kind of argument that seems to be working on Trump. Even one of Fox News’s own political analysts, Juan Williams, said on air this week: “You should go listen to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, because they’re running this government. And they have forced this president into a trap.”

Cassino, the political science professor, said: “Fox News has been telling the president to stick to his guns and using the caravans in Central America as a chance to push that. We’ve also seen a lot of talk on Fox about Democratic divisions, suggesting that the Democrats are going to fold. Of course MSNBC and CNN are saying the opposite.”

Owned by Rupert Murdoch, Fox News has reduced coverage of the shutdown over the past two weeks, Cassino noted, while Hannity spent two nights bashing Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton. “It suggests they’re playing it down and don’t see a way to make it positive for the president,” Cassino said.

Often Fox seems to be regurgitating Miller and Mulvaney’s talking points. Cassino observed: “It seems we have reciprocal causation. It’s hard to tell which is the dog and which is the tail. People in the White House know one of the best ways to influence the president is to get on Fox.”

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, suggested that Tea Party Republicans, Fox News, crowds at Trump’s rallies and his love of fighting were all contributing to the current impasse.

“He likes the drama of it: a president taking a heroic stand on television. It influences him and might even make him dig in more. He does not want to turn on TV and read a chyron saying he’s conceded. Then there are crowds he spoke to in the campaign. He’s talked about this wall and boxed himself in. He hears those voices in his head and doesn’t want to give in.”

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Nancy Pelosi hands Donald Trump a lesson in the art of politics>>

Outside the Washington circus, shutdown havoc spreads>>

America is retreating from world affairs and circling the wagons…>>

Steve King, white supremacy and the problem with Donald Trump>>

Forget the ‘border crisis’ – it is Trump’s shutdown that’s made us less safe>>

John Kelly shocked staff with speech ‘hostile’ to Trump, tell-all book reveals>>

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19 Jan

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Damn The War Criminals,

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld,Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

Afghan War Children

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

Civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan (2001–present)

During the war in Afghanistan (2001–present), over 31,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented;[1][2] 29,900 civilians have been wounded.[2] Over 111,000 Afghans, including civilians, soldiers and militants, are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.[1] The Cost of War project estimated that the number who have died through indirect causes related to the war may be as high 360,000 additional people based on a ratio of indirect to direct deaths in contemporary conflicts.[3] These numbers do not include those who have died in Pakistan.

The war, launched by the United States as “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed[4] as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years,[5] the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan. In May 2007, President Hamid Karzai summoned foreign military commanders to warn them of the consequences of further Afghan civilian deaths.[6] The civilian losses are a continuation of the extremely high civilian losses experienced during the Soviet–Afghan War in the 1980s, and the three periods of civil war following it: 1989–1992, 1992–1996, and 1996–2001.

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War News

GUARD: Syrian girl disfigured by bomb attack refused USvisa under Trump travel ban

Exclusive: Marwa al-Shekh Ameen, 16, was denied a visa in December after doctors in Germany encouraged her to get treatment in the US

A 16-year-old Syrian refugee who was disfigured in a bomb attack on her home has been refused a visa to get medical treatment in the US because of Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Guardian can reveal.

Marwa al-Shekh Ameen resettled with her family in Germany, but doctors there encouraged her to seek more sophisticated medical treatment in America following 13 operations to repair trauma from third-degree burns to her face, arms and chest.

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston scheduled an appointment to treat Marwa in November 2018 and a volunteer agency in Massachusetts offered to provide temporary housing for her and her father. But the US government denied her visa on 20 December, claiming there was not enough evidence to prove she would return to Germany.

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Guard: US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabaab fighters, military says

  • Africa Command says strike followed attack on Somali forces

  • Extremist group has claimed deadly attack on Kenya hotel

The US military said it carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 al-Shabaab extremists, in response to an attack on Somali forces.

Al-Shabaab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere. The group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.

A US Africa Command statement said the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Jilib in Middle Juba region. The US said Somali forces had come under attack by a “large group” of the al-Qaida-linked extremists.

The statement did not say how many Somali forces were killed or wounded. There were no reports of Americans killed or wounded……..Airstrikes alone cannot defeat the extremists, Bryden said, and must be combined with more ground-based attacks as well as a non-military campaign to win over residents of extremist-held areas.

The US on Saturday said it was committed to “preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia”.

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REU: Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria

RIYADH (Reuters) – Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria’s chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday.

“I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results,” Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based.

Hariri, the opposition’s chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.

“Now it is time to invest all of these developments: the ceasefire, fighting terrorism, the belief of the majority of the Syrian people that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is the political solution,” Hariri added.

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AP: Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

FILE – In this Nov. 9, 1979 file photograph, one of the hostages seized when Islamic radicals stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, blindfolded and with his hands bound, is displayed to a crowd in Tehran, Iran. This climactic event and others in 1979, which dominated television sets and newspaper front pages 40 years ago, helped shape the modern Middle East. (AP Photo, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world’s two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.

These moments and others in 1979, which dominated television sets and newspaper front pages 40 years ago, have shaped the modern Middle East.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution changed a stalwart U.S. ally into a regional adversary. Israel’s accord with Egypt brought a peace that endures today. The Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan began an insurgency in the country that continues even today.

Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties:

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
 
The deceased are:
 
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Farmer was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
 
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York. Kent was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
 
DOD civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist.
 
Farmer, Kent and Wirtz died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device.

 

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
 
Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations on Jan. 13, 2019, in Jawand District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan.
 
Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD Program Locator to find a PTSD program.

If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

Call 1-866-966-1020 or email resources@dcoeoutreach.orgMilitary OneSourceCall 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.Need further assistance? Get Help with VA PTSD Care

A Syrian man begs for money for his family on a roadside in Manbij, northern Syria (31 December 2018)

Syrian War Refugees

Please do not forget the children.

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18 Jan

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

 

Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

Recommended:

Irish Examiner>>

France 24>>

Spiegel>>

Le Monde>>

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Damning government report says ‘thousands of separated children’ put in care up to a year before policy became public

A woman with her son at the border. Advocacy groups had been warning for months that family separations were already taking place.

A woman with her son at the border. Advocacy groups had been warning for months that family separations were already taking place. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Trump administration may have separated thousands of migrant children from their parents at the border for up to a year before family separation was a publicly known practice, according to a stunning government review of the health department’s role in family separation.

A report by the health department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published on Thursday said officials at the health department estimated “thousands of separated children” were put in health department care before a court order in June 2018 ordered the reunification of 2,600 other children.

“The total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown,” the report said.

This report shows that not only did the US government probably separate thousands more children from their parents than previously thought, but it was separating families well before the policy was made public in April 2018.

In the summer of 2017, one year before the general public knew mass family separations were taking place, officials at the health department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) observed a steep increase in the number of children referred to ORR care who had been separated from their parents or guardians by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to the report.

Usually, children put in health department care have traveled to the border without a parent or guardian. The health department then works to place them in the home of a sponsor, usually a relative or someone close to their family. If a sponsor cannot be found, children are put in foster care.

Occasionally, children would be separated from the adult who they traveled with but, the OIG report said: “Historically, these separations were rare and occurred because of circumstances such as the parent’s medical emergency or a determination that the parent was a threat to the child’s safety.”

In response to the unusual increase in children whom the government separated from their families, officials began informally tracking separations using an Excel spreadsheet that was later processed into a database. This process was not formalized.

This informal tracking revealed that in 2016, of all the children in ORR care, 0.3% had been separated from a parent or guardian. By August 2017, the proportion of separated children had risen to 3.6%, according to the report.

“Thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court, and HHS has faced challenges in identifying separated children,” the report said.

It was not until April 2018, however, that the Trump administration publicly announced it was changing the law to make more family separations possible.

That month, the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, announced the “zero-tolerance” policy that would allow parents to be held in immigration detention while children were put in health department custody. Advocacy groups had been warning for months that family separations were already taking place, but widespread public outcry against the practice did not emerge until after Sessions announced the policy.

Facing significant public pressure, the Trump administration on 20 June ended the family separation policy it had created.

A week later, a federal judge ordered 2,600 children to be reunited with their parents in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and lead attorney on the family separation case, said the civil rights group would return to court in response to the OIG report.

“This policy was a cruel disaster from the start,” Gelernt said. “This report reaffirms that the government never had a clear picture of how many children it ripped from their parents.”

There had not been a centralized system in place to identify, track or connect separated families, according to the report, but the government had to create a process to identify quickly and reunite families in compliance with the court order.

In the OIG report, the health department said in the five months following the order, it was still identifying children who should have been considered separated but were not being clearly tracked in government systems. So far, 2,737 separated children have been identified.

Those children are separate from the new estimate included in Thursday’s report, which said: “The Court did not require HHS to determine the number, identity, or status of an estimated thousands of children whom DHS separated during an influx that began in 2017.”

The health department’s Administration of Children and Families (ACF), which oversaw care of separated children, emphasized its role in family separation was the care of children, not in enforcement of separations.

Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for ACF, wrote in a letter included with the report that the agency has also introduced new processes to track separated children.

Despite the OIG’s findings, warnings from child advocates and public outcry, the Trump administration has not ruled out bringing family separation back in a different form.

In November, Trump’s nominee to run US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), Ronald Vitiello, declined to rule out the possibility that the US could again separate families at the border. And the Trump administration has reportedly weighed family separation alternatives including a “binary choice” plan that would give parents the option to separate voluntarily or be detained together for years.

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World Politics

United States

How the president’s two years in power have changed key US policies … North Korean envoy to meet Pompeo … Democrat takes charge of Flint water crisis investigation

Pelosi had asked Trump to delay the State of the Union address due to the shutdown.

Pelosi had asked Trump to delay the State of the Union address due to the shutdown. Photograph: Ting Shen/Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.

Top story: President cancels House speaker’s visit to troops

Donald Trump has stepped up his personal feud with the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, by denying her the use of a military aircraft to visit US troops in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Pelosi suggested that the president postpone his annual State of the Union address to Congress over concerns that the agencies responsible for security at the event were overstretched during the partial government shutdown. On Thursday, Trump responded by postponing Pelosi’s foreign trip and suggesting she “fly commercial” instead.

  • PR stunt. In his letter to Pelosi, Trump wrote that, due to the shutdown, “postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate”. He added: “It would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me.”

  • ‘Utterly irresponsible.’ Democratic House intelligence chief, Adam Schiff, criticised Trump for publicising Pelosi’s travel plan, which would not normally be made public.

How two years of Trump have changed key US policies

Trump signs a $1.5tn tax cut in 2017

Trump signs a $1.5tn tax cut in 2017. On the economy, ‘he has plenty to brag about but also some big problems, many of his own making’, writes Dominic Rushe. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

With Trump marking two years in office this weekend, Guardian reporters take an in-depth look at how his administration has changed US policy in five key areas: the economy, criminal justice, the environment, immigration and foreign policy, which, writes Julian Borger, has been defined by its “confusion – not only in the frequent gaps between the paths taken by the president and his own administration, but also in the morass of contradictions and U-turns in his own impulses”.

  • Little things. While Trump’s climate change denial and EPA corruption allegations make headlines, it is “the more mundane unspooling of arcane regulations” that is likely to do deeper, long-term damage to the environment, writes Oliver Milman.

North Korean envoy to meet Pompeo in Washington

Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s nuclear negotiator and former spy chief, waits at Beijing airport for his flight to Washington DC.

Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s nuclear negotiator and former spy chief, waits at Beijing airport for his flight to Washington DC. Photograph: YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea’s lead nuclear negotiator arrived in Washington DC on Thursday, where he is due to meet the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in the hopes of paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Kim Yong-chol may also meet the president at the White House on Friday, as the administration renews its efforts to persuade North Korea to denuclearise.

  • Missile strategy. The visit comes a day after Trump unveiled plans for a new US missile defence strategy aimed at deterring attacks by “rogue states” including North Korea.

Democrat takes charge of Flint water crisis investigation

A woman with a Flint Lives Matter sweater walks to a hearing on the crisis in Washington.

A woman with a Flint Lives Matter sweater walks to a hearing on the crisis in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The new Democratic attorney general of Michigan, Dana Nessel, this month took over the investigation into the Flint water crisis, creating hope among activists that victims will be properly compensated and the officials involved face tougher punishment, reports Tom Perkins from Detroit. Critics say that under Republican leadership, the investigation let its targets off lightly, despite 15 state and city officials facing criminal charges or being prosecuted over the decisions that led to an environmental health catastrophe.

  • ‘Show trials’. During her 2018 campaign, Nessel described the prosecutions over the Flint crisis as “politically charged show trials” staged by her predecessor, Republican Bill Schuette, who ran for governor and lost to the Democrat, Gretchen Whitmer.

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17 Jan

Maureen T. McGlinn, PsyD

Maureen and The Doctoral Dissertation

The Committee overwhelming approved her Doctoral Dissertation.

She is now a Doctor of Psychology

Two Very Proud Parents!

The McGlynn

Are you feeling overwhelmed and cannot seem to make sense of painful and difficult thoughts and feelings? You do not need to figure out the complexities of your life in isolation. I work to provide a safe, respectful, and welcoming atmosphere where individuals can explore their inner lives, find resolution and healing, and go on to lead fulfilling lives. I welcome clients of all ages and backgrounds and diligently strive to listen attentively and respond with empathy to each person’s life struggles and desire for a life that is rewarding and meaningful.

While the psychotherapy journey may involve cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, or interpersonal approaches, I pay attention to your needs and desires and develop an approach to treatment that is uniquely yours. My personal philosophy is to encourage growth and adaptation despite the emotional, environmental, and social hurdles that life presents.

I can work with individuals who need a sliding-scale fee- adjusting my rate as low as needed and according to income. I enjoy painting with watercolors, taking photographs of horses, and gardening. It’s important to explore ways to foster creativity and play to support a rich, meaningful life.

Call or Email Maureen T. McGlinn for a free consultation now – (248) 230-2898

Finances

Avg Cost (per session): $20 – $100
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

Blue Care Network

BlueCross and BlueShield

Location

Southfield Mental Health Associates
17320 W 12 Mile Road
Suite 101
Southfield, Michigan 48076
(248) 230-2898

Specialties

Issues

Anger Management
Anxiety
Child or Adolescent
Chronic Illness
Depression
Domestic Violence
Family Conflict
Mental Health
Mood Disorders
Personality Disorders

Client Focus
Ethnicity:African-American, Hispanic and Latino

Age

Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Adults
Elders (65+)

Categories

Cancer
Gay Clients
Heterosexual Clients
Lesbian Clients
Veterans

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