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Friday, July 20, 2018

A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration will miss its first court-imposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court hearing that federal authorities reunited two families and expect to reunite an additional 59 by Tuesday’s deadline. She said the other cases are more complicated, including parents who have been deported or are in prison facing criminal charges, and would require more time to complete reunions. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families separated as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, said he will hold another hearing Tuesday morning to get an update on the remaining cases. He said he was encouraged to see “real progress” in the complicated reunification process after a busy weekend when officials from multiple federal agencies tried to sync up parents and children who are spread across the country. STORY FROM LENDINGTREE Crush your mortgage interest with a 15 yr fixed “Tomorrow is the deadline. I do recognize that there are some groups of parents who are going to fall into a category where it’s impossible to reunite by tomorrow,” he said. “I am very encouraged by the progress. I’m optimistic.” Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who leads a lawsuit against the federal government, sounded more skeptical. When asked by the judge if he believed the government was in full compliance of the court order, Gelernt said there was much more work to be done. “Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours has taken significant steps,” he said. “We just don’t know how much effort the government has made to find released parents. I don’t think there’s been full compliance.” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. (Photo: U.S. District Court) The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children – up to age 17 – with their parents. The process is complicated because of all the different situations that emerged over the weekend. The government initially identified 102 children under age 5 who needed to be reunited but removed three children from that list because investigations into their cases revealed that those children came with adults who were not their parents, Fabian said. Twelve parents were found to be in federal and state custody on criminal charges, making a reunification impossible since the government can’t transfer minors to state and local prisons to protect the well-being of the child. Nine parents were deported, and the government established contact with only four of them, Fabian said. Four children had been scheduled to be released from government custody to relatives who weren’t their parents, leading the government to question whether to allow that process to be completed or to redirect the child back to a parent. Gelernt said he understood many of the hurdles but urged the judge to force the government to scrap its time-consuming investigation into every single case and start a 48-hour clock to reunify families that remain separated by Tuesday. Sabraw said he would decide that during Tuesday’s hearing. Fabian said one of the silver linings of the busy weekend is that her office worked closely with its challengers at the ACLU to share information on each child’s case, to ensure that representatives from immigration advocacy groups and volunteer organizations could be present during each reunification. Gelernt said they’re doing that to help the parents, who are often released from custody with no money and nowhere to go. Fabian said that coordination has led to a more formalized process between government agencies and with the immigrants’ lawyers that should make reunifications go more smoothly in the coming weeks. “I think this process over the weekend helped us see what information, and in what form, is the most useful to share,” she said. “I’d like to make that as efficient a process as possible.” -

Monday, July 9, 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chemical weapons turn political and psychological


Almost a century ago, on April 22, 1915, Germany conducted the first massive chemical attack on the Western Front at Ypres River, in Belgium, releasing chlorine from nearly six thousand bottles. The attack killed about five thousand Frenchmen and Englishmen; the number of those who suffered from chlorine exposure was three times as large. Although chemical weapons had been used in the world before, this date is considered the starting point for the era of combat chemistry. Not that long ago, chemical weapons has evolved from a tool of war to a political reason for starting wars.

The above-mentioned “officially first” gas attack lasted only for a few minutes. Two years later, the Germans used a more terrible weapon in battle conditions – mustard gas. The gas was used in the same area and was called yperite, after the river located on the site of the battles,” candidate of historical sciences, senior lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, co-author of the acclaimed book “War Without Shots,” Victor Boyko told Pravda.Ru. – The Germans doubted the quality of the weapon, for some reason, and did not want to develop a broad offensive. The first echelon of the German infantry, slowly moving behind a cloud of chlorine, allowed the British to close the breach with reserved troops. The gas attack came a complete surprise for the allied forces, but on September 25, 1915, British troops conducted their own chlorine attack against the Germans.

The first chemical attack against the Russian troops took place in May 31, 1915, in Poland. Ironically, gas masks were delivered on May 31 in the evening, after the attack. The Russian troops lost 9,146 people. In total, during the First World War, chemical weapons killed from 390 to 425 thousand soldiers on both sides of the fronts; several millions of people suffered from chemical exposure.

In WWI, chemical weapons were used by 12 countries, not just Germany and the Allies. In 1918, the Red Army used poison gas during the so-called Yaroslavl Uprising of 1918. During the Tambov uprising in 1920-1921, the Red Army also used chemical weapons against rebels. On 15-18 September 1924, the Romanian army applied chemical weapons in suppressing Tatarbunar uprising. Toxic chemicals were used in the Spanish-Franco-Moroccan war in 1925-1926, as well as in the Second Italian-Ethiopian war in 1935-1936, and during the Second Sino-Japanese war in 1937-1945.

Noteworthy, Hitler did not use gas during the war against the USSR, as he thought that the Russians had a much larger amount of chemical weapons that they could use in retaliation. Nazi Germany used toxic substances in gas chambers of death camps.

During the U.S. war in Vietnam, chemical weapons were used by both sides. Chemicals were used during a civil war in North Yemen in 1962-1970.

There is no doubt about the fact that chemical weapons were actively used by both sides of the Iranian-Iraqi War in 1980-1988. Incidentally, it was the chemical weapons of Iraq that became the reason for the United States to invade the country. Ironically, it was the U.S. that was supplying “chemical bombs” to Saddam for his war against Iran. Strangely enough, the Americans failed to find their own chemicals in Iraq.

Chemical weapons remain a popular “horror story” for politicians. In general, the fate of such a “prospective” means of mass murder has developed very paradoxically. Chemical weapons, as well as nuclear ones, were destined to turn from combat to psychological.

For example, accusations against Syrian authorities of the use of chemical weapons against opposition militants could lead to a military operation against the regime of Bashar al-Assad on the part from the U.S., France and Britain. With the help of Russia’s active mediation, the Syrian government agreed to hand over all of its chemical weapons to the international community, which made it possible to avoid the Western intervention in Syria. The country undertook to destroy chemical weapons plants and hand over toxic substances under international control.

UN experts concluded that chemical weapons were used during the civil war in Syria at least five times, although it was impossible to clearly conclude which of the warring parties used it.

Alas, the threat to use chemical weapons is an effective psychological and political weapon in the hands of any terrorists. Presently, the declared stock of chemical weapons in the world makes up 8.67 million units, including munitions and containers containing a total of 71,195 metric tons of highly toxic substances. According to various estimates, only 35 to 42 percent of chemical weapons have been destroyed on the planet so far. Russia, according to official data, had destroyed more than 76 percent of its chemical weapons by 2013.

Andrey Mikhailov


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