Commentary: An arms race that no one can win
Welcome to the 21st century nuclear arms race. Once again, we’re teetering on the brink of nuclear conflict instead of taking critical steps toward de-escalation and disarmament.If it feels like we’re in the middle of a wacky James Bond movie plot, that’s not far off. Any progress we were making toward nuclear safety is being rapidly, systematically and recklessly dismantled by the Trump administration.Current tensions with Iran, particularly after the assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, have heightened not just the risk of regional conflict but also of global nuc...
Tribune News Service
'Remain in Mexico' a year later: How a single policy transformed the US asylum system
SAN DIEGO — Over the last year, the Trump administration has dramatically changed the way the U.S. asylum system processes many of the people coming to the southwest border to seek protection.The administration has heralded those changes as a victory for border security, touting reduced numbers of arriving migrants, while people who work with asylum-seekers have watched with horror, worried that the potential for protection in the U.S. has disappeared for thousands of people.The beginning of those changes, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, was the first major asylum-rel...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Miami judge skips the drama, makes right call on Mexican actor with deadly punch
The high-profile manslaughter case against a Mexican actor accused of throwing a fatal punch in a fit of road rage is moving through the Miami-Dade court system, and it’s heartening to see that telenovela actor Pablo Lyle is not receiving special treatment.A Miami judge on Wednesday ruled that Lyle, 32, can’t go back to Mexico and must remain in Miami to await trial in the death of 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez. Keeping Lyle in Miami — just as you would any other foreign defendant facing such serious charges — was the right call by Circuit Judge Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos.Back in August...
US border authorities see spike in unaccompanied minors from Mexico
TIJUANA, Mexico — It’s 10 a.m., but it’s still pretty early for a group of teenage boys who are just waking up inside a migrant shelter for unaccompanied children along a busy highway in Tijuana.At Casa YMCA de Menores Migrantes, the three Mexican teenage boys — aged 15, 16 and 17 — check their phones as they slowly sit up and stretch their feet out over the edge of their bunk beds.“About 80% of the kids we receive here are Mexicans, girls and boys and adolescents, between the ages of 12 and 17 who are deported from the United States and they arrive every morning,” said Valeria Ruiz, the new d...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: Trump may have started a war with Iran he cannot win
Americans are understandably war-weary and President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise of disengagement from the endless wars in the Mideast. However, in a dramatic and unnecessary escalation of violence after a minor attack by an Iranian-sponsored militia on an Iraqi military base, Trump’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general and second most powerful leader, has unconstitutionally initiated what could become a war with that nation in which he is unlikely to prevail. Despite the disparity in conventional indices of national power between the United States and Iran that give...
Tribune News Service
How Bernie Sanders and California congressman want to block Trump from attacking Iran
As the U.S. and Iran inch closer to war, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna and Sen. Bernie Sanders are proposing new legislation that would restrict President Donald Trump from carrying out his threats to bomb dozens of sites around the country.The bill, set to be introduced Tuesday, would prohibit any funding for offensive military force in or against Iran without congressional approval — a bid to tamp down escalating tensions in the wake of the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.A similar measure pushed by Khanna, a Democrat, passed the House with bipartisan suppo...
The Mercury News
Editorial: As polar ice melts, Russia and China probe — at America's expense
The top and bottom of the world no longer are barren expanses of ice visited every so often by explorers on snowshoes. They’re untapped El Dorados, troves of hidden energy and mineral resources coveted by both East and West.Who’s doing the coveting? For some time the primary players have been the U.S. and Russia. But another global power has sidled its way into the game in both the Arctic and Antarctic: China.PUTIN KNOWS WHAT’S BENEATH THE ARCTICRussian leader Vladimir Putin’s intentions were made clear in 2007 when he dispatched a submersible to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to plant a titan...