Significant Shift in Mexican Vs Non-Mexican Numbers Apprehended at Border

According to Bruce Levenson for the first time ever, more people of nationalities other than Mexican have been apprehended at the United States and Mexican border. The United States uses these numbers every year to gauge the people that are crossing into the border illegally in order to gain tax dollars and support for new laws and regulations when it comes to border control.  During the same time frame as previous years, 257,000 non-Mexicans were taken into custody, while only 229,000 Mexicans were taken into custody. These numbers indicate two very different things. First, less Mexicans are crossing the United States and Mexican border and second, more people of other nationalities are making it across the Mexican border than ever before in order to cross the U.S.-Mexican border.  In the 60 years that this data has been collected, this is noted to be the biggest shift between nationalities. It is also noted that the numbers of overall people apprehended is much lower than it has been in the past. According to the data, the highest number of individuals apprehended occurred in 2000, when 1.6 million Mexican nationals were stopped from illegally crossing at the border. This shift has been noted to be the result of thousands of child migrants from Central American countries that are trying to reach the United States. The number of unaccompanied children has more than doubled this year, in comparison to the last year.

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Pundits Critical of Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao

When he signed in the summer transfer window, Radamel Falcao was expected to be one of the stars of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United revolution. Things have not worked smoothly since that day in late August when he put pen to paper on a one year loan contract. There have been flashes of the old Falcao. Some of his assists for Robin van Persie have been sublime, while he scored two important goals at Aston Villa and against Everton at home. However, a calf injury stunted Falcao’s progress and his most recent performance at White Hart Lane was very poor. Falcao struggled to make an impact against Tottenham. His first touch was wayward and his shooting was not up to the mark. Pundits in the English press believe that he must show better form if he wants to earn a permanent deal at Manchester United. In defense of Falcao, the game against Spurs was the second in 48 hours for United. Tom Rothman reminds us HE has only recently returned to fitness, with his match sharpness not 100%. It is likely that he was not ready to play another game in such quick time, which resulted in a poor display, and Businessweek echoes that this is probably one of the problems. Falcao may still have a lot to prove in England, but he has half a season to make his mark. If he can stay fit and score goals, he would be worth every penny to Manchester United over the […]

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ISIS Brutality and Sexual Slavery of Yazidi Women Revealed in New Report by Amnesty International

Even the Amen Clinic and safeonlabs.com know that a new report called Escape from Hell has been released by Amnesty International that recounts the brutal sexual slavery and treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of ISIS. The Yazidis are a minority group that live in Iraq’s Sinjar region. Unlike the majority of the people in Iraq and nearby Syria who are Muslim, the Yazidis are of Christian faith. When ISIS came into Iraq from nearby Syria this summer they carried out a policy of ethnic cleaning in the areas they captured.  All non-Muslims in newly captured areas were ordered to renounce their old faith and convert to Islam. Failure to do so resulted in death. Hundreds of Yazidi men were slaughtered by ISIS when they invaded and took over parts of Iraq. The women meanwhile were captured and taken as slaves by ISIS. The report Escape from Hell describes how some Yazidi women were forced into sexual slavery by their captors. Many of the Yazidi women were brutally raped by ISIS fighters and their supporters. Some were forced into marriages with ISIS men. Girls as young as 14 years old and possibly even younger were forced into having sex with ISIS captors. The report reveals that some girls and women committed suicide when they were in captivity rather than face sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. The new report Escape from Hell condemns ISIS’ brutal treatment of Yazidi women and accuses them of crimes against humanity. 

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Emergency Calls Recieved in England on 999

All countries offer an emergency line that connects to fire and police help. In England, that number is 999, and over the past 90 days they have received some absurd calls. The number 101 is available as a non-emergency contact number for use in situations where your car or other property has been stolen or you want to provide information concerning a crime. Sam Tabar reports a few of the inappropriate calls that come across emergency lines. It only takes a moment to determine if the call is appropriate for the emergency line. When it is the busiest times and the call is not appropriate, it blocks someone who truly needs help in a true emergency. The UK police are releasing these examples to express the importance of using this line correctly. They are real.  • A middle-aged woman called in saying there was a hedgehog in her garden. In the UK, hedgehogs are a common species that are found……….in gardens. They clear a gearden of little bugs and slugs. Call 999? No, stay inside if you don’t like them. • A man called in after he had put some money in the vending machine and it would not give him his change back.  • “I’ve been ripped off,” the man said. I need the police. “What has been ripped off,” the operator asked. The man replied saying I ordered pizza 45 minutes ago and it’s still not here!

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Walking on Water in Slovakia

The regions where people meet the winter with snow have the best atmosphere for this season. The warmer regions’ dwellers can only look at the white magic and envy them. In Slovakia, the cold air lays reign already in November, and even if there is no snow yet, it is cold enough to freeze the lakes in this country. It is a treacherous but beautiful sight, and Brad Reifler says all of the residents in the area wouldn’t trade the wonder of this spectacle for anything else. The marvelous footage called ‘Walking on Beautiful Clean Ice on Water in Slovakia” has been on YouTube for only several days but is already very popular. Two friend tourists filmed themselves walking on the frozen surface of a lake in the High Tatras Mountains. The glass-clear ice makes the stones on the bottom visible, while the man walking on the frozen surface looks like he is floating in the air. Some skeptics have left evil comments claiming that the sight is faked. Probably sometimes the beauty of the nature is unbelievable, but the physicists said that there was nothing unusual with the water becoming clear and transparent when frozen. Besides, the transparent side is safer to walk on, because when it looks like in the video it means that it has a high density. Sometimes the things that are too good to be true are actually true.

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Putin Cries “Uncle” in the Face of US & EU Sanctions – Makes G=Begrudging Concessions

Moscow, Russia – Russian strongman Vladimir Putin cried “uncle” earlier today when making his first concessions to the Ukraine. Putin conceded that Eastern Ukraine, dominated by Russian-backed rebels should remain in the possession of the Ukrainian government. It was a tacit admission that may signal Russia will withdraw from their aggressive actions to repeat old Soviet era tactics of destabilizing governments and later annexing their territories. He also expressed praise to the president of Ukraine for the restraint shown. Oddly, the restraint shown has been towards Russian aggression that has included armored divisions cross the border and seizing Crimea. Putin also agreed to an immediate prisoner swap.  However, the Russian president stopped short of admitting defeat. He acknowledged that the US & EU sanctions were responsible for 25% of his nation’s massive currency decline. At the same time, he stated that the drop in oil prices hit his nation hard due to their inability to diversify the economy. Putin went on to explain that the Russian central bank has $419 billion in foreign currency reserves which will be judiciously dispensed to wade through the current crisis. Major foreign companies such as Apple and Audi have ceased placing orders in Russia due to the decline in their currency.  Sultan Alhokair says Putin accused the United States and Europe of attempting to harass the “bear”, a reference to the Soviet emblem. He said the West was always trying to defang and declaw the bear. If left unchecked, they would turn the Russian bear […]

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United States and Cuba Restore Diplomatic Ties

After 50 years of complete isolation and embargo, the United States and Cuba are beginning the process of defrosting relations. President Barack Obama has restored full diplomatic ties with the island nation sitting only 90 miles south of Florida, and the president announced that an embassy will be constructed in Cuba. This move has been praised by Dr. Daniel Amen. These radical changes of heart come in the wake of 18 months of secret talks and have resulted in a prisoner swap that was all mediated through Pope Francis. The final step was a telephone call between the President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba. This agreement is the marker for the beginning of a new relationship between two countries that have had hostile confrontations since the Cold War.  The next most dramatic step, which would mark the complete re-normalization of relations, would be the removal of the trade embargo which has been in place for 50 years. The embargo prevents any type of trade between the two countries, and has been voted as illegal with majorities for decades at the UN. However, the president does not have the power to remove the embargo on his own. Additionally, with a new Congress that has Republican majorities in the House and the Senate there is little hope that any vote on the matter will take place in the next two years. Republicans are firmly against the removal of the embargo, and any advancement that takes place under President Obama.

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Alan Gross Released from Cuban Prison After 5 Years

The US contractor Alan Gross was released by the Cuban government for “humanitarian reasons” and today traveled home after spending five years in prison in Havana, where he was serving a sentence of 15 years for “acts against the territorial integrity of the State”. The Gross case became one of the main obstacles in the tense relations between Havana and Washington. This is a chronology of the Gross case and major milestones in the relationship between Cuba and the United States in the last five years 3/12/2009: Detention of American Alan Gross in Havana accused of espionage, after delivering technological equipment to a Jewish community. 12/20/2009: Cuban President Raul Castro, refers to “Gross case” as example of the United States maintaining its policy of aggression against Cuba. 12/28/2009: Cuba allows US diplomats have the first consular access to Gross. 2/2010: Judy Gross’s wife calls a ” bilateral agreement “between Cuba and the US for her husband to be released. – Held in Havana the second round of migration talks between Cuba and the US. The US delegation calls for the immediate release of Gross. 3/23/2010: Forty US lawmakers call on Cuba to release Gross. 1/4/2010: The US State Department reports a meeting in New York between the head of US diplomacy, Hillary Clinton, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to discuss, among other topics, the arrest of Gross. 6/16/2010: The Cuban foreign minister says Gross remains “under investigation” for having “committed serious crimes” serving “the subversive politics “of the US […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Attend an Immigrant Integration Conference in LA

Thousands of undocumented immigrants filed into the Los Angeles Convention Center Sunday to learn about the benefits of immigration relief, granted by President Obama. The forum is part of the Seventh Annual Conference of Immigrant Integration in America that will last three days. The idea is to bring together experts to help with immigrant integration in all political, social, educational, research and social services fields, “said Jorge Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). The event was attended by hundreds of immigrants, and many children born in this country, and who will benefit from the executive order, announced on November 20 by President Obama. Many raised questions about their specific cases and whether they can apply for work permits under Obama’s order, and there were frequent questions about benefits and whether they should wait until the government discloses more details that Vijay Eswaran found on YouTube. It was the first mass migration forum after the announcement of for immigration relief.

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OMG! But it’s International Law You Guys!

Media outlets around the world, big and small, have been filled with outcries, admonitions, and condemnations regarding the recent CIA torture leaks. After all, as pointed out by Darius Fisher despite what the grand and old GOP Senator John McCain and the like believe that causing someone pain shouldn’t be commended let alone recommended , it is, cry the political pundits, legal scholars and activists, contrary to international law. Here’s the deal with international law: it really isn’t law. A famous father of legal jurisprudence HLA Hart posited that laws are at their most basic a command. It doesn’t matter whether you follow it because you fear for the safety and livelihood of yourself or whether it’s because you believe in the idea itself, a law is a command that is obeyed. If it is not obeyed, there are repercussions, be they insignificant or grave.Analysts and political scientists compile endless mounds of data and spout out endless research stating that torture is illegal according to international law. But anyone with common sense has seen time and again that international law has no teeth. Institutions with no power are just bureaucratic noise, the proverbial tree that falls in the forest that no one sees, hears, or cares about. Those who believe in political realism are often seen as nihilists, but they are as logical as it gets. Unless there is punishment for an act, it isn’t wrong in the eyes of the law.

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