Editorial: After 19 years, bring troops in Afghanistan home
Given President Donald Trump's habit of making weighty decisions based on whims, the national security establishment's pushback against his plan to bring home 2,000 of the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 500 of the 3,000 in Iraq by Jan. 15 is understandable. A speedy drawdown of troops in such unstable areas may seem as dumb and dangerous as the president's recent rash talk of bombing Iran on his way out the door. For one thing, Trump should leave massive foreign policy changes for when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. For another, Trump should be far more focused on the war against...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Diplomacy is still the key to curbing Iran
The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist may also prove lethal to President-elect Joe Biden’s stated desire to recommit to the Iran nuclear deal.Whether that was the objective of Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is unknown. What is clear is that the reaction from adversary and ally alike may make it more difficult for the U.S. to diplomatically reengage with Iran and return to the multinational pact that was negotiated during the Obama administration.President Donald Trump reneged and withdrew America from the deal in 2018 and subsequently leveled severe sanctions on Iran for it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Miami Herald journalists receive Open Government Reporting award for 'Perversion of Justice'
MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s “Perversion of Justice” investigative series, which detailed Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking crimes and years of deferred justice for dozens of abuse victims, won the 2020 First Amendment Foundation’s Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting.Since the project was first published in November 2018, Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown and visual journalist Emily Michot have gone on to receive multiple awards at the national and local levels for their criminal justice reporting, as they continue to chronicle the repercussions...
'Secret prison within a prison': Report details solitary confinement practices at Northwest detention center in Tacoma
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Northwest detention center in Tacoma holds people in solitary confinement on average more than any other dedicated U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, according to a new watchdog report.The report by the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights also contends that the center — in violation of ICE’s own policies — imposes solitary confinement on inmates with mental-health issues, or who are exercising their First Amendment rights by going on hunger strikes.The report is based on federal government records and documents by the company that opera...
The Seattle Times
Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap
Kylie Moore-Gilbert after her release from prison in Iran – Screenshot SBS News video November, 20 2020.The release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert after over 800 days in an Iranian prison has been greeted with joy and relief in Australia and internationally. Her release came as part of an exchange for three Iranian prisoners.Dr. Moore-Gilbert had been held in Iranian prisons for alleged spying since September 2018. Reports circulated that Moore-Gilbert was detained and charged with spying for Israel after Iran learned of her relationship with an Israeli citizen.The Universi...
US and others tell Haiti to speed up election planning, but no mention of January date
Foreign diplomats in Haiti on Wednesday called on Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to step up preparations for elections in the Caribbean nation.Known as the Core Group, the diplomats say Haiti’s leaders and institutions need to urgently publish an electoral calendar and accelerate the distribution of national identification cards to finalize the elections as soon as possible. Haiti also needs to put together a reliable electoral list, publish an electoral law and a party law that guarantee the transparency of the elections, and ensure that there are sufficient security conditions to allow elec...
What does California have to lose if undocumented immigrants are excluded from the census?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of President Donald Trump’s memorandumThe Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments Nov. 30Eric McGhee, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, said the state is home to an estimated 2 million undocumented immigrants. If they aren’t included in the census formula, the state could lose congressional representation.Due to the state’s slow population growth and people moving out of the state, California is already expected to lose one congressional seat.With the potential omission of undocumented immigrants, it ...
The Sacramento Bee
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
Can secularism be compatible with Islam?
Anti-terror demonstration in Vienna, Austria, on November 6, 2020. Photo by Michael Gubi/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)This article by Samee Alhwash was originally published on The Battleground and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.Whether in the boycott-French-products campaign on social media or through conversations with friends, Muslims I know feel conflicted about the recent terrorist attacks in Vienna and Nice.While they condemn violence, there is also a sense that it is to be expected. Their conflict gets expressed like this:“We don't condone killing, and tho...
Will Bunch: Biden's Cabinet is 'delightfully boring.' Can reality-TV-addled America deal with it?
It’s probably not surprising for a nation addicted to reality shows like “The Bachelorette” or “The Voice” (or season four of “House of Trump”), but a popular online sport — while Joe Biden built a lead in the 2020 White House polls — was speculating on which big-time Democratic political celebrities would take jobs in his Cabinet.Sen. Elizabeth Warren for Treasury! Sen. Bernie Sanders for Labor! Top Barack Obama aide Susan Rice for State! Oprah for Commerce! … OK, I made that last rumor up, but who wouldn’t want to wear the glitter of a new administration, undoing the stain of the Trump years...
The Philadelphia Inquirer