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As Secretary of State, Hillary Admits to Deporting Orphaned Refugees to Send Message to Warlords Not to Let Them Flee

Hillary Clinton’s Child-Deportation Flip-Flop

     “’We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across            the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’ she said.”

     “’We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we’ll               encourage more children to make that dangerous journey,’ she added.”

Hillary Clinton Defends Call To Deport Child Migrants

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Latino Vote

Dalia Mogahed is the first hijabi in the White House. She became President Barack Obama’s advisor on Muslim affairs. Born in Egypt, she is the president and CEO of Mogahed Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in Muslim societies and the Middle East. (Read more on Dalia Mogahed right here.) 

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Confidence in Hillary Clinton to handle world affairs is generally high in the European and Asian countries we surveyed this spring. By comparison, few trust Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to foreign policy.

Clinton finds support in Europe, while Trump inspires little to no confidence in Europe or Asia

vice.com
The Philippines Is Still Pissed Off That Vancouver Is Using It as a Giant Garbage Bin | VICE | Canada
Senators are demanding that Canada take back its shipping containers full of rotting food and adult diapers because ewww.

Vancouver, a city known for its borderline self-righteous waste disposal policies, is being called out by the Philippines for essentially using the island nation as an enormous trash bin.

Ontario company Chronic Inc. sent 50 shipping containers, or 2,500 tonnes, of “plastic for recycling” to the Philippines in 2013, but closer inspection by the country’s Bureau of Customs revealed the bins were filled with regular old trash, including rotting food and adult diapers.

The Philippines has not taken kindly to this nasty surprise, with politicians and environmentalists arguing Canada violated international hazardous waste laws by shipping its crap overseas.

“Canada should take back its waste,” Philippine Senator Loren Legarda told fellow senators at a hearing last week, while Leah Paquiz, a member of the House of Representatives is demanding Canada “show us the decency that we so rightfully deserve as a nation. My motherland is not a garbage bin of Canada.” At a protest staged outside the Canadian Embassy in May, one person reportedly dressed as a garbage-filled shipping container. There’s even a change.org petition calling for a congressional inquiry into “imported Canadian garbage.” To date, the pile of trash is still festering in a Manila port. […]

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The World Looks at Trump, Confused
On the RNC's “America First” night, overseas reporters try to figure out what he's really talking about. By JULIA IOFFE

The theme of tonight’s Republican National Convention is “Making America First Again”—a reference to our nation’s place in the world, and to Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision—and there’s a small room walled off by blue fabric in the back of the Cleveland Convention Center packed with people sent here to puzzle out exactly what that means. These are reporters from overseas media outlets, the people charged with figuring out what the Republican Party is up to this week, and explaining it to their readers and viewers back home. It has not been an easy job.

“Okay, America first, but then who’s second?” asks Thomas Gorguissian, a correspondent for Al Tahrir, an Egyptian news site. “It’s like Bill Gates saying he’s the richest person in the world. Okay. But what does that mean for the other seven billion in the world?”

Even by the domestically obsessed standards of American presidential races, Donald Trump’s campaign has been unusually indifferent to the niceties of world affairs. He kicked things off last year with his most popular and enduring promise—to build a wall with Mexico and make them pay for it—and fueled his rise by promising a trade war with our most important trading partner, China. He has threatened to renegotiate America’s debt and to bomb the unmentionable out of ISIL. Some of his kindest words have been for Vladimir Putin, a strongman whom most Western nations were counting on America’s help to keep in check. As a result, numerous Republican foreign policy specialists have run screaming for the Clinton camp.

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3 countries that aren't Syria where Canada is fuelling the refugee crisis
With the refugee crisis unfolding and dominating the forefront of many people’s minds, the stories we tell and our responses to them are noteworthy.

[…] Eritrea:

In Eritrea, a country in northeast Africa, people are leaving in droves. There are a number of reasons, but one of the primary ones is the threat of indefinite military conscription. Upon finishing high school, most Eritreans are forced to take part in the country’s National Service. If they don’t, they can face serious retribution. These military conscripts are, primarily, put to work in various projects owned and operated by the government. One of these projects is mining in the Bisha region, where they’re underpaid, undernourished, overworked, and often tortured. The company operating in Eritrea right now is Nevsun Resources, a Vancouver-based mining company. A Vancouver-based company, therefore, is using essentially slave labour and fueling Eritrea’s refugee crisis. Soon, another Vancouver-based company, Sunridge Gold Corp., is set to operate in Eritrea, potentially engaging in the same practices.

Somalia:

“Some 34,300 asylum applications were lodged by unaccompanied or separated children in 82 countries in 2014, mostly by Afghan, Eritrean, Syrian, and Somali children. This was the highest number on record since UNHCR started collecting such data in 2006.” World at War: UNHCR Global Trends, Forced Displacement 2014

In 2006, US forces invaded Somalia with the help of Ethiopian troops. Canada supported the attack that took the lives of about 6,000 civilians, creating 335,000 refugees. The following year, Canada helped install a government unrecognized by most Somalis. The recent history of war in Somalia is the most pressing reason people are leaving. And Canada’s role is significant.

“Washington and Ottawa portrayed their intervention in Somalia as a simple struggle against Islamic terrorism, but the mission was also driven by geopolitical and economic considerations,” writes Yves Engler in Canadian foreign policy with Canada in Africa — 300 years of Aid and Exploitation.“Somalia’s 1,600-kilometre coastline is “near two important oil choke points; Babel-Mandeb between Yemen and Djibouti, and the Strait of Hormuz between the most northern part of UAE and Iran,” notes Patrick Lennox…In addition to its strategic location, Somalia possesses oil.”

Sudan:

In Sudan, Calgary-based Talisman Oil has been accused of forcibly displacing people around their sites. Talisman helped build an airstrip that became a base for bombing raids on the southern Sudan. “Talisman provided expertise, China provided manpower, and Sudan provided army and loyal militias who not only protected the pipeline and facilities, but also aggressively cleansed the oil fields of people,” writes Madelaine Drohan inMaking a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force to do business.

Not only did an oil company’s operations force people to leave - it also fueled a conflict that’s killed countless and pushed many away from their homes.