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The Democratic Party is more anti-immigrant than the American public.

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In the poll, by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on religious values in public life, 69 percent of respondents said the children should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.”


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… The plan is part of the President Obama’s strategy, announced last month, to accelerate cases involving child migrants and parents with children to deter the influx of migrants across the southern border.

Officials in the Obama administration have insisted that legal standards will not be compromised in the rush to process cases.

But advocates worry that many children may not be able to find competent legal representation — or any representation.

Last week, a group of legal service providers, including the American Civil Liberties Union, asked a federal court to block deportation proceedings against several children until they had obtained lawyers.

“These children face an imminent threat of being deported, potentially to their death,” Ahilan Arulanantham, a staff lawyer with the A.C.L.U.’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a news release. “To force them to defend themselves against a trained prosecutor, with their lives literally on the line, violates due process and runs counter to everything our country stands for.”


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THE DEMOCRATIC Party establishment’s response to the recent arrival of thousands of young refugees from Central America has created a hostile climate that opened the door for a reinvigorated anti-immigrant movement to go on the offensive.

Putting herself out in front of the issue very quickly, Hillary Clinton, the favorite to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, called for their deportation, stating the unaccompanied minors “should be sent back.” Wagging her finger at imaginary Central America parents, she said, “We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay.”

For its part, the Obama administration has also taken a hard line. According to USA Today, “The administration’s plan includes more detention centers, immigration judges and attorneys on the southern border to speed up deportation times.”

The toxic result of this approach was seen in the highly publicized Murrieta, Calif., stunt where local police and a few dozen anti-immigrant activists blocked buses containing Central American refugees seeking temporary shelter in the small town.

In such a hostile environment, anti-immigrant groups are re-activating across the Southwest. For this reason, anti-racist and pro-immigrant activists are also mobilizing to confront the hate groups and counter their message. In recent days, activists have organized counterprotests in Texas and California.


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The gall of Obama is almost unbelievable — to place the onus on the Presidents of Central America to do more to stop the flow of refugees! This in three countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvados — which have probably been the Central American nations most heavily fucked with by US intervention over the last few decades, including CIA-sponsored coups and civil wars, US-trained death squads through its School of the Americas program, devastating US-based corporate exploitation and indigenous market destruction, land grabs and speculation, de-forestation and de-population, and massive parasitic indebtedness through institutions like the IMF and World Bank.

For Obama to demand that Central America stop the flow of refugees without first addressing the myriad and ongoing crimes of the US in that region is unconscionable.

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President Obama will urge the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to do everything they can to stem the flow of migrant children toward the United States when he meets with them on Friday at the White House, officials said.

In particular, officials said Mr. Obama will urge the presidents to amplify the public message that most people trying to get into the United States will not be permitted to stay. Mr. Obama will also ask the leaders to do more to go after the smugglers who, for a price, are bringing the children to America.


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Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return


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"Keep the kids, Deport the racists"

"Keep the kids, Deport the racists"


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what an utter piece of shit …

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I sent this note to the White House, just now, please send your own…

Dear President Obama

I am shocked to learn from this evening’s NBC News broadcast the United States will return refugee children to Central America.

These children have risked everything to escape certain death. Their bravery and hope exceed easy description. Who sends innocent children to suffer gang violence? Have the promises of freedom and Christian lovingkindness finally been abandoned by America?

Mr. President I urge you to stand for human rights and for compassion and turn back from enacting this shameful plan.

Sincerely,

Professor Stephen A. Kuusisto
Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
sakuusis@syr.edu

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The above is shared with permission from its author.


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As Jews of conscience, we call on all supporters of social justice to stand up for Palestinian Right of Return and a democratic state throughout historic Palestine—“from the River to the Sea”—with equal rights for all.

The full measure of justice, upon which the hopes of all humanity depend, requires no less.

Jewish activists, authors, scholars and supporters of Palestinian liberation expressed their support for this essential right in a statement issued New Year’s Day.

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Initial signers

Max Ajl, Writer and activist; Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine
Gabriel Ash, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Switzerland
Max Blumenthal, Journalist and author
Prof. Haim Bresheeth, Filmmaker, photographer and film studies scholar
Lenni Brenner, Author and antiwar activist
Mike Cushman, Convenor, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)
Sonia Fayman, French Jewish Union for Peace; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network France
Sherna Berger Gluck, Founding member, U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Israel Divestment Campaign
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Coordinator, Fellowship of Reconciliation Peacewalks, Mural Arts in Palestine and Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence
Hector Grad, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Spain
Abraham Greenhouse, Blogger, Electronic Intifada
Tony Greenstein, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (UK)
Jeff Halper, Director, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
Stanley Heller, Host of “The Struggle” TV News
Tikva Honig-Parnass, Former member of the Zionist armed forces (1948); author of False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine
Adam Horowitz, Co-Editor, Mondoweiss.net
Selma James, Global Women’s Strike; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network UK
David Klein, Organizing Committee, U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Dennis Kortheuer, Organizing Committee, U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Israel Divestment Campaign; Dump Veolia LA
David Letwin, Activist and writer; Gaza Freedom March
Michael Letwin, Co-Founder, Labor for Palestine; Organizing Committee, U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel; Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Antony Loewenstein, Australian journalist and author
Barbara Lubin, Executive Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance
Mike Marqusee, Author of If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew
Hajo Meyer, Auschwitz survivor; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Linda Milazzo, Participatory journalist and educator
Prof. Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and socialist activist
Miko Peled, Author of The General’s Son
Karen Pomer, Granddaughter of Henri B. van Leeuwen, Dutch anti-Zionist leader and Bergen-Belsen survivor
Diana Ralph, Assistant Coordinator, Independent Jewish Voices-Canada
Dorothy Reik, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
Prof. Dr. Fanny-Michaela Reisin, President, International League for Human Rights (German Section FIDH); Founding member, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace – EJJP Germany
Rachel Roberts, Civil rights attorney and writer
Ilana Rossoff, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Carol K. Smith, Activist and civil rights attorney
Lia Tarachansky, Director, Seven Deadly Myths
Hadas Thier, Contributing author of The Struggle for Palestine; Israeli-born daughter and granddaughter of Nazi Holocaust survivors
Dr. Abraham Weizfeld, Jewish People’s Liberation Organization (Montréal)
Sherry Wolf, Author and public speaker; International Socialist Organization; Adalah-NY
Marcy Winograd, Former Congressional peace candidate; public school teacher
Dr. Roger van Zwanenberg, Non-Executive Director, Pluto Books Ltd.
List in formation. Affiliations listed for identification only.


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The incongruity of it seemed to be nothing short of a betrayal. After lightheartedly dancing his way into the hearts of Americans and gaining entrance to the inner sanctum of their cherished cult of celebrity, the Korean rapper, Psy, whose song “Gangam Style” became the most watched video in the history of YouTube and made him a pop culture sensation, has been revealed to have a politically active past which places him directly at odds with the American mainstream worldview and which violently decries its most basic articles of faith.

The man whom they enjoyed as an unthreatening, comically light-hearted foreigner dancing for their enjoyment was revealed to have only years earlier been a vociferous public critic of American policies and the country’s role in the world.

In a 2004 performance, the rapper famous for his “invisible horse dance” denounced the United States in a song called “Hey American”:

"Kill those f—-ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
  Kill those f—-ing Yankees who ordered them to torture
 Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
 Kill them all slowly and painfully”

For an American public conditioned to the type of unquestionable worship of the military embodied in the phrase “Support the Troops”, Psy’s words represent nothing less than sacrilege. This song however was not his only offence.

In a previous performance, he had come on stage to protest the presence of 37,000 US troops in South Korea and smashed a miniature American tank in protest over the killing of two South Korean schoolgirls by American forces stationed in the country.

As it turned out, the Asian pop-star whom Americans had enthusiastically embraced, arguably the first entertainer to bridge the continental divide so successfully, brought with him not just a culturally unique style of song and dance, but also a worldview which is threateningly alien to most Americans.

If even an innocuous pop singer from a country perceived as benign could espouse views the typical American would attribute to menacing terrorists such as al-Qaeda, it begs serious questions about the pervasiveness of global anti-Americanism as well as to what informs it.

A legacy of violence

While the stories of American brutality in places such as Korea are unknown or ignored by the overwhelming majority of Americans, they are less quickly forgotten by the citizens of the countries which have suffered and continue to suffer horrific atrocities at the hands of US troops.

During the Korean War, American troops were believed to have been responsible for hundreds of instances of mass-killings of civilians, including the infamous No Gun Ri massacre in which members of the US 7th Cavalry Regiment massacred hundreds of Korean civilians under a railway underpass over the course of three days.

A 2009 investigative film revisiting the massacre documented the words of one Korean survivor who recalled how US troops had indiscriminately murdered men, women and children:

"Children were screaming in fear and the adults were praying for their lives… they never stopped shooting."

Another Korean War survivor described the common American tactic of firebombing villages with napalm in a scorched-earth campaign which killed countless civilians:

"When the napalm hit our village, many people were still sleeping in their homes…. Those who survived the flames ran…. We were trying to show the American pilots that we were civilians. But they strafed us, women and children."

The wanton disregard to Korean lives during America’s global campaign against Communism continues to extend to the present day in the form of rape and murder directed towards Korean civilians by US soldiers stationed at bases throughout the country.

In one 2011 incident, emblematic of long-documented practices by US troops in the country, a 21-year-old soldier, Kevin Flippin, broke into a Korean woman’s hotel room and raped and tortured her for several hours before robbing her of the equivalent of roughly US $5 and fleeing back to his base.

Sexual violence and murder has been a recurrent theme throughout the decades of American military presence in Korea and reflects longstanding behaviour in countless other countries across the world subject to US military basing and occupation.

 … For Americans who are commonly feted with reassurances of their country’s benevolent role in the world, it may come as a surprise that half of all refugees on the planet today are running from American wars.

The wanton, industrial-scale violence, which the US has unleashed upon the civilians of countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia has naturally generated a tidal wave of negative feeling within these countries which many Americans utterly fail to grasp.


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Half Of World’s Refugees Are Running From U.S. Wars
America’s wars are forcing Afghans and Iraqis to flee their homes in  greater numbers. According to a recent U.N. High Commission for Refugees  study, nearly one half of the world’s refugees are from Afghanistan and  Iraq, 3.05 million and 1.68 million, respectively. But neither the  United States nor much of the developed world bears the burden of the  10.55 million refugees under the UNHCR’s purview globally. Instead,  Pakistan, Iran, and Syria serve as the top host countries.

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U.S. imperialism casts human beings to the wind like so much dust.  More than earthquakes, tsunamis, or civil wars, nothing wreaks havoc on the lives of so many people around the world as does the U.S. war machine.

Half Of World’s Refugees Are Running From U.S. Wars

America’s wars are forcing Afghans and Iraqis to flee their homes in greater numbers. According to a recent U.N. High Commission for Refugees study, nearly one half of the world’s refugees are from Afghanistan and Iraq, 3.05 million and 1.68 million, respectively. But neither the United States nor much of the developed world bears the burden of the 10.55 million refugees under the UNHCR’s purview globally. Instead, Pakistan, Iran, and Syria serve as the top host countries.

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U.S. imperialism casts human beings to the wind like so much dust.  More than earthquakes, tsunamis, or civil wars, nothing wreaks havoc on the lives of so many people around the world as does the U.S. war machine.


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With the protests on the anniversary of the Nakba—or catastrophe, as Palestinians refer to the 1948 ethnic cleansing campaign that established Israel on their land—plus plans for solidarity action in June, the Arab Spring has clearly spread to Palestine. Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian activist and author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, talked with Eric Ruder about what the future holds.

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