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U.S. Has Admitted 46,371 Refugees So Far in FY 2017; Up 19% in May
June 1, 2017 – A total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May, a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figures and a 91.1 percent jump from March’s low point of 2,070 admissions.
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In the first eight months of fiscal 2017, the U.S. has admitted a total of 46,371 refugees. While the second consecutive monthly increase, May’s admission numbers are still the third lowest for any month in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, after 3,316 in April and 2,070 in March. May’s 3,957 compares to 6,511 refugees admitted in May 2016. The countries accounting for the largest numbers of refugees who arrived in May were the Democratic Republic of Congo (799), Burma (660), Bhutan (389), Ukraine (374), Somalia (294), Eritrea (276), Iraq (214), Syria (156) and Iran (125), according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data. The admissions for May bring to 16,249 the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. since President Trump took office, with the largest contingents coming from the DRC (2,683), Burma (2,216), Iraq (1,696), Somalia(1,655) and Syria (1,603).


(Data: State Department Refugee Processing Center/Graph: CNSNews.com)

Trump’s executive orders seeking to halt all refugee admissions for 120 days, and to limit overall refugee admission numbers to 50,000 in the current fiscal year, remain tied up in court proceedings. During the first eight months of fiscal year 2017, 46,371 refugees have arrived – 16,249 since Trump’s inauguration and 30,122 under his predecessor. That’s 4,948 more refugees than were admitted to the U.S. over the same eight-month period of FY 2016, and 3,504 more than were admitted during the first eight months of FY 2015. Trump said early in his presidency that allowing more than 50,000 refugees to resettle in the U.S. this fiscal year “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.” During the Obama presidency, refugee admission figures ranged from a low of 56,424 in FY 2011 to a high of 84,994 in FY 2016. Trump will have to determine a ceiling for refugee admissions for FY 2018 by the time the next fiscal year starts on October 1.

The last ceiling presented to Congress by the Obama administration, last fall, was 110,000 refugee admissions for FY 2017 – a goal that looks unlikely to be achieved with four months of the fiscal year to go, even if the State Department does ease restrictions on arrivals as was recently reported. Looking ahead, the administration appears to be preparing for smaller rather than larger intakes. Its proposed budget for FY 2018 includes $410 million for the U.S. refugee admissions program, a drop from $462.7 million in FY 2016. Those funds form part of an overall request for global refugee assistance of $2.746 billion, again a drop – from $3.066 billion in FY 2016 and an estimated $3.364 billion in FY 2017. In his now-stalled immigration executive orders, Trump also wanted to halt for 90 days the entry of almost all citizens from six terror-prone countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


(Data: State Department Refugee Processing Center/Graph: CNSNews.com)

Although that provision applied to most citizens of those countries rather than to refugees specifically, since Trump took office the six countries have accounted for 4,478 refugee arrivals in the U.S. – 1,655 from Somalia, 1,603 from Syria, 779 from Iran, 425 from Sudan, 16 from Yemen, and none from Libya. All but two of the Somali refugees are Muslims, as are about three-quarters of the Sudanese refugees, 98 percent of the Syrians, and all 16 of the Yemenis. Of the Iranian refugees, by contrast, only 49 of the 779 refugees (6.3 percent) are Muslims, with Christians of various denominations making up the bulk of the remainder, along with Baha’i, Zoroastrians, Jews and others.

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If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It
6/01/2017 - This is morally indefensible.
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For the past two months, Venezuelans like myself have taken to the streets to exercise our constitutional right to peaceful protest against the most repressive regime in our nation’s history. While the unconstitutional and failed attempt by the Supreme Court to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly on March 29 sparked these protests, we have sustained them for so long because we know we are in the fight of our lives. We protest amidst an immense humanitarian crisis. Our failing economy has led to a scarcity of food and medicine, which has in turn led to an increase in the prevalence of malnutrition and other preventable diseases in the country.


The repression against us becomes more violent every day.

Our suffering is gravely compounded by the government’s despotic response to our cries for help. Since the start of the protests, there have been at least 60 deaths and about 1,000 people have been wounded, many a result of the indiscriminate violence used by the armed forces. Organizations on the ground have identified almost 3,000 arbitrary detentions, numerous reports of torture and some 303 political prisoners. One of those political prisoners is my husband, Leopoldo López, the opposition leader and a prisoner of conscience. Leopoldo has been in prison for over three years because he publicly challenged the regime by calling for peaceful protests as a way out of our suffering. Three years later, and the people of Venezuela still hear his call. He remains in jail because the Nicolás Maduro government fears him.

The repression against us becomes more violent every day. Violence, as Mahatma Gandhi once roughly said, is the fear of the ideals of others, and the regime fears our ideals of peace and freedom. There already have been deaths due to tear gas thrown directly at crowds, and armed tanks have rolled over protesters. Now, facing a shortage of ammunitions, the regime has begun shooting buckshot.


President Nicolas Maduro’s control over the country is unsustainable, as is the overall crisis.

The government’s violence has only strengthened our resolve and increased the international support for our cause. But the Maduro regime is now taking illegal and unconstitutional action in an attempt to dismantle that support. When the governments of the region tried to hold President Maduro to account in the Organization of American States for his anti-democratic acts, he responded by choosing to begin the process for withdrawing Venezuela from the organization rather than face his international and legal commitments. When our people gathered signatures for a recall referendum, Maduro stopped it from happening. Now, when we have called for early elections, Maduro says he is going to rewrite the constitution to redistribute political representation in the country so that the voice of the majority will be silenced in favor of dictatorship.

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If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It
6/01/2017 - This is morally indefensible.


Great news walt......

Oh I am not so sure of that! As just whom is a democracy in Central America?

Not Venezuela these past years... The nations people want it to become one and they are pushing for it in these protests.

And like Syria if they keep at it either the government will fold or strike back harshly and we have a civil war starting up just below Mexico, me thinks.
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Casino attack wasn't terrorist related...

Manila casino gunman was in debt and had gambling problem, police say
Sun June 4, 2017 - Police say Jessie Carlos Javier, 42, carried out casino attack in Manila; Officials say gunman acted alone: 'This is the truth'
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The lone gunman behind the casino attack that left 37 dead in Manila last week was in debt and had a gambling problem, Philippine police say.
Jessie Carlos Javier, a 42-year-old man from the Philippines, was identified as the suspect in last week's attack in the Philippines capital, said Oscar Albayalde, police chief for the Manila area. Carlos was separated from his wife and had been laid off from his job. Recently, he was banned from entering all casinos at the request of his wife, according to Southern Police District Chief Tomas Apolinario Jr.


Philippine police have released these images of the heavily armed suspect in the Manila casino attack.

Police believe Carlos, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, acted alone. ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack Friday, but officials have repeatedly denied it was terror-related. "This is the truth. This is all the truth," Albayalde told reporters as authorities gave details of the lone assailant. Philippine police have released these images of the heavily armed suspect in the Manila casino attack.

How the attack unfolded

Early Friday, a gunman entered the Resorts World Manila, an upmarket hotel and casino complex near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, firing shots from an assault rifle and setting fire to gambling tables. Most of the victims are believed to have died due to suffocation from the smoke. The man ransacked a room and stole gaming chips, Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said. He stuffed chips totaling 113 million pesos ($2.3 million) in a backpack, which police later recovered, he said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt in the attack, which started around midnight on Thursday, June 1. Stephen Reilly, the resort's chief operating officer, later told reporters that about 30 people were hurt and nobody was killed, CNN Philippines reported. During the attack, the gunman engaged in a firefight with casino employees, police said.

Carlos was shot and wounded by security guards, and retreated into a hotel room, where he doused a bed with gasoline and shot himself, police said.
He was found dead around 7 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the resort. CNN Philippines reported he was found in the room, his body burned beyond recognition. It was next to an automatic weapon and a .380-caliber pistol.

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ISIS claims credit for London attack...

UK Police Arrest 12 in London Bridge Attack
June 4, 2017 - At least seven people were killed and more than 48 injured late Saturday when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people at bars and restaurants.
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London police on Sunday announced the arrest of 12 suspects in connection with the terrorist attack at London Bridge the night before as Prime Minister Theresa May called for an overhaul of Britain's counter-terrorism strategy. At least seven people were killed and more than 48 injured late Saturday when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market. The three attackers, who were wearing fake explosive suicide vests, were shot dead by police within eight minutes of the first emergency calls, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

It was the third deadly attack on British soil since March, when a man drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London and stabbed a policeman to death outside parliament. Some 22 people were also killed last month in a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. On Sunday, counter-terrorism police raided several addresses in the east London suburb of Barking, the Metropolitan Police said, adding that searches were continuing there. "It is time to say 'enough is enough,'" May said after chairing the government's emergency committee early Sunday. "When it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change."


At least seven people were killed and more than 48 injured late Saturday when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people at bars and restaurants.

British authorities have disrupted five credible terrorist plots since March, May said, adding that the three latest attacks in Britain indicate a "new trend" that cannot be ignored. "We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are," May said. In outlining a new four-point counter-terrorism plan, May called for defeating the "evil" ideology of Islamist extremism and increased cyberspace surveillance. She also called for boosting Britain's anti-terrorism strategy so that police and security forces would have the necessary means against extremists, raising the prospect of longer jail terms for terror-related offences.

Some of those injured in the attack were in a critical condition, London mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters, adding that the country's terror level remained at severe, meaning that another attack was highly likely. The attack comes days ahead of Britain's parliamentary elections. After May's Conservatives and other major political parties announced they would suspend campaigning on Sunday, the prime minister said the poll would be held on Thursday as scheduled.

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Even lil' kids beggin' for food onna streets...

Venezuelans protest food shortages
Mon, Jun 05, 2017 - CANNOT FIND BREAD: About 93 percent of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy enough food and 73 percent of them have lost weight in the past year, according to a study
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Banging empty pots and brandishing signs saying “only the government is growing fatter,” a group of Venezuelans in Caracas on Saturday protested food shortages in the crisis-stricken country. The march by a few hundred people, quickly halted by security officials firing tear gas, built on two months of near-daily demonstrations against leftist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who critics say has plunged oil-rich Venezuela into its worst economic crisis in history. Protesters are demanding early presidential elections, freedom for jailed rights advocates, and humanitarian aid to allow in scarce medicines and food.

Currency controls that crimp imports, as well as ailing local farms, have left many supermarket shelves empty. About 93 percent of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy enough food and 73 percent of them have lost weight in the past year, according to a study by three universities. Children begging in front of bakeries, restaurants, or markets are a common sight, while more and more people are salvaging food from the trash.

Many in the middle class have had to cut back on meat or vegetables and instead get by on cheaper starches. “Sometimes I only eat once or twice a day. Today I couldn’t find bread [for breakfast] at any bakery, and I came here because I can’t just stay home watching this country fall to pieces,” said Consuelo, a 60-year-old protester banging two spoons together at the march in western Caracas. Traditionally a poorer, pro-government area, parts of western Caracas are now home to road barricades, graffiti reading “Maduro dictator!” and clashes between hooded youth and Venezuelan National Guards. “It’s time for Nicolas Maduro to listen to the people and finally leave,” said Consuelo, adding that she prays every day for an end to the crisis.

However, his opponents and even some dissenting voices from within the government have slammed the plan. Venezuela’s chief state prosecutor has said that creating the assembly without a plebiscite, as happened in 1999 when Chavez rewrote the constitution, threatened to “eliminate” democracy in Venezuela. The opposition is depicting this round of protests as a last-ditch effort to stop Maduro from building a “Cuban-style” one-party system in Venezuela and avoid a full-fledged meltdown. For many Venezuelans, daily life already revolves around trying to find food.

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Egypt and UAE broke with Qatar. said due to its support of terrorism. Qatar's news media was hacked and things declined. I bet that's not all the story.
I guess Arabia's terrorists dont like Qatar's terrorists...

(Arabia broke relations with Qatar earlier)
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Granny says, "Dat's right - like dem atheists - all dressed up an' no place to go...

More than 130 British imams refuse to bury attackers
Tuesday 6th June, 2017 - "These vile murderers seek to divide our society and (instill) fear," imams say; Police killed three attackers after terror rampage in London
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More than 130 imams from Britain are refusing to offer Islamic burials to the three men who launched attacks Saturday night in London, killing seven and wounding dozens more. "We will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer for the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege," the Muslim leaders said Monday in a statement posted on social media. The imams described their actions as "unprecedented," though mosques in Manchester, England, and in the United States have refused to bury Muslims involved in terror attacks in recent years.

Imam Abdullah Hasan of Imams Against Domestic Abuse, who posted the statement online, said the funeral rite "is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions." Seven people died and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then leaped out and stabbed several others in nearby bars and restaurants. Police killed the three attackers. British police have identified two of the three men behind Saturday night's terror attack in London as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. The third attacker has been identified, police said, but his name has not been publicly released.


The ISIS-linked Amaq News Agency claimed a "detachment of Islamic State fighters" carried out the attack but provided no evidence to back up its claim. British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "too much tolerance" of Islamist extremism in the United Kingdom as she vowed a clampdown in the wake of the third terror attack to hit her country in as many months.

In their statement, the imams said the terrorists do not represent Islam. "We are deeply hurt that a spate of terror attacks have been committed in our country once more by murderers who seek to gain religious legitimacy for their actions. We seek to clarify that their reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy nor our sympathy," the Muslim leaders said. "These vile murderers seek to divide our society and (instill) fear; we will ensure they fail. We implore everyone to unite: we are one community. In the face of such dastardly cowardice, unlike the terrorists, we must uphold love and compassion."

Thousands of Muslims worldwide have likewise condemned terrorism in recent years, as noted in a 712-page Google document maintained by an American Muslim student.

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ISIS attacks Iran...

Iran Parliament, Khomeini’s Mausoleum Attacked; ISIS Claims Responsibility
Jun 7 2017 — Gunmen dressed as women stormed Iran's parliament building on Wednesday while a suicide bomber targeted a shrine to the Islamic republic's founder in deadly twin attacks that were claimed by ISIS.
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At least 12 people were killed and 42 wounded, state media reported, citing the head of Iran's emergency department as saying. The near-simultaneous attacks were the first terrorist incidents in Tehran in more than a decade. ISIS claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency and issued a video it said was taken from the scene — although the veracity of the footage could not be independently confirmed by NBC News. Later, Reza Seifollahi, a senior official in the country’s Supreme National Security Council, said on state-run television the attackers were home-grown ISIS terrorists. "About the identity of the attackers I should say they were from parts of Iran, and had joined Daesh [another name for ISIS]," he said, using the Arabic term for ISIS.


Iranian lawmakers sit inside the parliament during an attack in central Tehran

This contrasts with an earlier declaration from Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who said in a statement released to state media that Saudi Arabia, one of its main rivals in the region, was behind the attacks. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Islamic State claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," the statement read. Four assailants wearing women's clothing — including some armed with AK-47s — burst through the parliament’s main entrance in central Tehran, deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told the semi-official Tasnim news agency. About five hours after the first reports, four attackers were dead and the incident was over, Iranian news agencies said.


Iranian policemen try to help some civilians fleeing from the parliament building during an attack in Tehran

Amir Yagani, a 34-year old civil engineer, said he was across the street from the building when the shooting started. "I heard shooting guns and then some of the people were escaping," he told NBC News by phone. An Associated Press reporter saw several police snipers on the rooftops of buildings around the site. Witnesses said attackers fired shots from the fourth floor of the building down at people in the streets below. "I was passing by one of the streets. I thought that children were playing with fireworks, but I realized people are hiding and lying down on the streets," witness Ebrahim Ghanimi told The Associated Press.


Members of Iranian forces take cover during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran

About 30 minutes after the parliament siege began, a suicide bomber and other assailants targeted the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in southern Tehran. One of the attackers was killed by security guards and a woman was arrested, state-run Press TV said. Tasnim said four pilgrims visiting the mausoleum were injured and a worker at the shrine was killed. Iran's English-language Press TV said the attack occurred about 30 minutes after the parliament shooting. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini launched the Islamic revolution in 1979. He died a decade later.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said security forces had arrested another "terrorist team" planning a third attack, Reuters reported, without giving further details. The U.S. State Department condemned the attacks. "We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world," the statement said.[ Such attacks are rare in Tehran and other Iranian cities. However, a Sunni militant group named Jundallah and offshoot Ansar al Furqan have been waging a deadly insurgency for almost a decade. Most of their attacks have been in remote areas.

Iran Parliament, Khomeini's Mausoleum Attacked; ISIS Claims Responsibility - NBC News
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Chaos in Caracas...

Violence engulfs Venezuelan capital, teenager protester dies
Wed Jun 7, 2017 | A 17-year-old Venezuelan protester died in ferocious clashes between security forces and protesters in Caracas on Wednesday, taking the death toll from unrest since April to at least 66.
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The government said Neomar Lander died when a homemade mortar exploded in his hands while hundreds of youths faced off with National Guard troops in the Venezuelan capital. Opposition lawmakers, however, said he was killed by a tear gas cannister fired straight at him. The state prosecutor's office announced a probe, without giving details. A Reuters photographer saw a young man, assumed to be Lander, lying bloodied and motionless on the street, receiving emergency first aid. At least 66 people have died, with victims including government and opposition supporters, bystanders and members of the security forces, since demonstrations began against President Nicolas Maduro more than two months ago. Each side blames the other for the violence.


Riot security forces members catch fire during riots at a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 7, 2017.

Critics denounce Maduro as a repressive dictator, and are demanding general elections, foreign humanitarian aid, freedom for hundreds of jailed activists, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled National Assembly. "We mustn't let fear intimidate us, let's stay in the streets to fight for all Venezuelans' future," said opposition lawmaker Miguel Pizarro, weeping at a news conference as he described seeing Lander's death. "Soon we will able to say these were the last, dark days of the dicatorship." Maduro, 54, calls his foes violent right-wing "fascist" conspirators seeking a coup similar to the short-lived 2002 toppling of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. "This is criminal terrorism, and we must reject it," Maduro told supporters in a speech carried on state TV, comparing his foes to Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Augusto Pinochet.

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In the worst turmoil of Maduro's turbulent four-year rule, thousands of people have been injured and arrested in recent weeks. Protesters are also complaining about hunger and shortages during a brutal economic crisis in the OPEC nation. In Caracas on Wednesday, security forces using armored vehicles, water cannons and tear gas blocked opposition supporters from marching to the national election board's headquarters, sparking clashes around the city. Masked youths with homemade shields hurled stones and Molotov cocktails, and set up burning roadblocks, while businesses and schools closed, and residents ran for cover. Among hundreds of injuries reported in Caracas and other cities, the government highlighted the case of two National Guard soldiers wounded by gunshots when they were clearing a barricade in the El Paraiso district of the capital.


A truck is set on fire outside a Supreme Justice Court branch office during riots at a rally against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 7, 2017.

Seeking to keep the pressure on Maduro, the opposition announced further upcoming activities including a planned censure vote against the interior minister in the National Assembly and a rally in honor of Lander on Thursday. Maduro has sought to take the heat out of the situation by announcing the creation of a super-body called a constituent assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution, but foes say that is a sham purely designed to keep the socialists in power. The national election board announced on Wednesday that votes for the new assembly would still go ahead on July 30, despite an opposition boycott, criticism from some within government, and a legal appeal by state prosecutor Luisa Ortega who said it threatened to "eliminate" democracy. The pro-government Supreme Court rejected her petition in a ruling made public on Wednesday.

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