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In the news, Thursday, March 23, 2017


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from ABC News (& affiliates)

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in
Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda's government said Thursday, calling for international help to support over 800,000 people now sheltering there.


from Asia Times Online

Russia needs a strong Central Asia to combat terrorism
Central Asia has long been considered part of Russia’s footprint, not least because several million Russian-speaking people — mostly in Kazakhstan (3,644,529), Kyrgyzstan (364,600) and Uzbekistan (650,000) — share a sense of belonging to its culture and history. However, this is not the only reason Moscow is paying attention to events in Central Asia. The region’s states are Russia’s close neighbors, and the security challenges they face affect Moscow’s national interests. 
Kyrgyzstan is becoming one of the main channels for the ISIS militants to penetrate Russia in the guise of labor migrants.


from The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore population falls, nearing a 100-year low, U.S. Census says
Baltimore leaders have celebrated signs that the city appeared to have stopped hemorrhaging residents — and might even be gaining people. But new federal estimates show the city population falling to near a 100-year low. Baltimore's population fell by more than 6,700 people in the 12 months that ended July 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday, as the number of people leaving the city for other parts of the United States doubled.


from BBC News (UK)

'Oldest photo studio' shows rediscovered images
Newly-restored photographs from 165 years of British history are going on display to mark a restoration project. WW Winter in Derby had been organising its 150th anniversary when staff found images dating back to 1852. The firm has been in the same building since 1867, but it appears it began 15 years earlier in a shed metres away.


from CNSNews.com (& MRC & NewsBusters)
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

Nets Demand Evidence 123 Times, Scold Nunes for Giving It
When President Trump made his claim that President Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, the media demanded evidence. Since Trump’s initial tweet on March 4, the evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC have called on the White House to provide more evidence a grand total of 123 times. But when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes briefed the President, and the press, revealing that Trump associates’ names hadn’t been redacted from intelligence reports, the networks changed their tone.

Spicer: There’s ‘Probably More Evidence’ CNN Colluded with Clinton Than Trump Colluded with Russia

Time to Cut Funds to NEA, NEH, NPR, PBS
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Public Radio (NPR), and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), are all subsidized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The Trump administration is right to propose a budget that completely guts these entities of federal funding. That is why I am asking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to honor the president's request. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for assaults on their religion. Justice demands that these agencies should be eliminated.


from The Daily Caller
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Trump Should Stop Obama Scheme That Steals Money For Obamacare
Early this month, InfoWars, the political news and opinion website founded by conservative radio personality Alex Jones, claimed the Obama administration illegally diverted profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the bankroll portions of Obamacare. After the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Obamacare opponents in the House of Representatives shrewdly refused to fund handouts to insurance companies to subsidize health insurance premiums for lower-income individuals. Since the primary purpose of the legislation was to provide subsidized health insurance for struggling Americans, Obamacare was left in a lurch.


from EUobserver

UN could step in where EU fails in child migrant protection
As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year, children are being maimed, killed or recruited as soldiers, suicide bombers, prison guards, and executioners - more now than at any other point during the conflict. But despite the stakes being so high for Syrian refugee children and other children on the move around the world, the EU has failed to protect them.

'No zero terror risk', EU security commissioner warns
Julian King said it was not an accident that the London attacks happened on the anniversary of the Brussels bombings, while other politicians in Europe advocated for tougher immigration laws and border controls in the wake of the attack.

May: London attacker was known to the police
The British prime minister said "we are not afraid" after the terrorist attack on Wednesday that left four people dead. Eight arrests have been made, while the Islamist attacker seems to have carried out the attack alone.

Ending the migrant deal with Turkey may save the EU
With the right approach, the end of the migrant deal might just benefit EU leaders in their fight against right-wing populism across the continent.

Poland unlikely to face EU discipline on rule of law
EU commission's Timmermans told MEPs he was tempted to be "the biggest hero for a day" by calling for sanctions on Poland, but that this wouldn't solve anything.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
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Austin Forced Out Uber and Lyft - Now They're Paying the Price
More than a year ago, Uber and Lyft warned the city council of Austin that if they passed a package of burdensome fingerprinting requirements for ridesharing companies, Austinites might be left without options. The sponsor of the regulation, Ann Kitchen, issued a sharp rebuke. “To threaten to leave, simply because we are trying to protect public safety, cannot be my deciding factor,” Kitchen shot back. “There are other transportation network companies, and they will be here.”

Listen NPR, the Market is Already Saving PBS
PBS is far from perfect. The organization makes it unnecessarily difficult to syndicate new shows through their distribution networks. However, despite the current howling over privatizing public broadcasting, PBS has already trended in that direction. Public broadcasting can survive privatization. In fact, it would likely thrive by monetizing their unique content.


from First Things

Pope Francis’s descriptions of the Reformation and early modern Jesuit missions do an injustice to history: they instrumentalize it, in order to advance agendas of the present moment. But as an historian, focused especially on the early modern world inhabited by Luther and the early Jesuit missionaries, I wince at the pope’s historical formulations.


from The Guardian (UK)
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Archbishop of Canterbury to make 12-day visit to Holy Land
Justin Welby will use his first official visit to region to focus on religious freedom and challenges facing Christians in Middle East


from Indian Country Today Media Network
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The Deep State Civil War
Trump Administration, Deep State Civil War, Business as Usual... Who to Believe?
How deep state arguments are being used to benefit or dismantle ‘Citizen Trump’
Is the Trump administration on the wrong side of a Deep State conspiracy? Depends on who you ask.


from Intellihub
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Sen. John McCain calls for a “select committee” on Russian interference, Deep State’s endgame in sight
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren that he doesn’t even know where to begin after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes delivered proof to the President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday afternoon, which shows that he and his associates were indeed surveilled in late 2016 – early 2017.

Alert: Smoking gun proving Obama administration spied on entire Trump team may soon be released
Congressional investigators expect to soon receive a “smoking gun” that establishes that the Obama administration directly spied on the Trump transition team, as well as possibly the president-elect himself, by as early as Friday. “The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.”


from LifeZette (& PoliZette)

The Great Chuck Berry, Remembered Forever
This extraordinary musician and performer helped usher in rock 'n' roll — with heart, soul, grit, and drama


from The Living Church

Neil Gorsuch: Pro-life Episcopalian
Review: Neil M. Gorsuch, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (Princeton University Press, 2006). Someday, perhaps, it will no longer be considered provocative for a Supreme Court nominee to believe that all human life is intrinsically valuable.


from National Review
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College ‘Diversity Council’ Admits to Posting Fake Racist Flyers On Campus
The idea was to encourage ‘dialogue.’ The Diversity Leadership Council at Gustavus Adolphus College admits that it — with the help of other social-justice groups — planted fake racist flyers on campus “to educate” people about racism.


from NBC News (& affiliates)

Soros-funded charities targeted by Trump-inspired crackdown in East Europe
When his government lost a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights last week over its detention and expulsion of two migrants from Bangladesh, Hungary's rightwing prime minister blamed the usual suspect: a billionaire in New York. "It is a collusion of human traffickers, Brussels bureaucrats and the organisations that work in Hungary financed by foreign money," Viktor Orban told public radio on Friday. "Let's call a spade a spade: George Soros finances them."


from seattlepi.com (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Seattle Center Monorail at 55: 'It's always 1962 on the Monorail'
Elevated above Seattle streets, riding on concrete rails at 70 mph on electric power, it was to be a showcase of what public transit could be. The future, perhaps, doesn’t match the vision that once was. But the showcase is still there, offering passengers a trip back in time, of sorts. It’s always 1962 aboard the Seattle Center Monorail, Jayme Gustilo, a cashier and conductor on the Monorail, told passengers aboard the train Wednesday. Fifty-five years ago Friday, the Monorail opened to the public about a month before the World’s Fair opened at Seattle Center, then the Century 21 Exposition Center.


from The Spokesman-Review


from Sputnik
(Russian government-supported propaganda channel)

West 'Anxious' Trying to Find 'Way Out' of Ukrainian Conundrum
On Tuesday, a group of representatives from the United States, Spain and the Czech Republic arrived in Lviv for a three-day examination of Ukrainian military facilities.

Playing With a Short Deck: US Anti-Daesh Summit Leaves Out Key Players
Representatives from nearly 70 countries gather this week in Washington to take part in the so-called “Anti-Daesh Summit,” the first gathering of the US-led Middle-East coalition since the election of Donald Trump as the American president. Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker noted that some countries have been left behind. 


from The Washington Post

Days before his death, Putin critic said in interview he knew he was in danger
In the plush, crimson-decked lobby bar of Kiev’s five-star Premier Palace Hotel, Denis Voronenkov, a Russian lawmaker who had defected to Ukraine, knew he was in danger. “For our personal safety, we can’t let them know where we are,” he said Monday evening as he sat with his wife for an interview with The Washington Post. Less than 72 hours later, he was dead, shot twice in the head in broad daylight outside the same lobby bar. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, just hours later, called the attack an “act of state terrorism by Russia.” As of Thursday evening, police had not identified the assailant, who died in police custody after being shot by Voronenkov’s bodyguard.


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