Archiv: borders / control


02.10.2021 - 18:40 [ Financial Times ]

Global supply chains at risk of collapse, warn business leaders

(29.09.2021)

At the peak of the crisis 400,000 seafarers were unable to leave their ships, with some working for as long as 18 months over their initial contracts, the letter said. Flights have been restricted and aviation workers have faced the inconsistency of border, travel and vaccine restrictions/requirements, it added.

Additional and systemic stopping at road borders has also meant truck drivers have been forced to wait, sometimes weeks, before being able to complete their journeys and return home.

15.08.2021 - 19:47 [ Fahim Abed / Twitter ]

Mazar-e-Sharif collapsed to the Taliban, fighters leaded by Atta Mohammad Noor and General Dostum fled to Hayratan Border Pass with Uzbekistan. The picture shows the bridge on the river in the crossing point.

01.08.2021 - 12:00 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules

It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again.

30.07.2021 - 17:08 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science

The „amber plus“ regime for those returning from France is on one level a trivial detail, hardly newsworthy when set against the magnificent fiasco of the British pingdemic.

Yet nothing quite so illustrates the bureaucratic incoherence of Britain’s post-vaccination policy as this lunatic quarantine rule for travellers.

Furthermore, it is slightly alarming to see the authorities deploy the coercive power of the state so breezily, in such a random fashion, and in violation of the known scientific data. Bad habits are being formed.

30.07.2021 - 09:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More than FIFTY Tory MPs are ready to vote against ‚misguided‘ Covid passports after Government is accused of introducing them ‚by stealth‘ by quietly updating NHS app – as Dominic Raab says they ‚make sense‘ for returning to the office

– Many Tory MPs are ‚horrified‘ by proposals to introduce mandatory passports
– They say it will create a ‚two-class society‘ and plan to block the plans
– Britons with both Covid-19 jabs can now add vaccine certificate to Apple Wallet
– ‚Get your NHS Covid Pass‘ section of the NHS App leads to ‚domestic‘ or ‚travel‘
– ‚Domestic‘ section will display name, date of birth and QR code confirming jabs
– ‚Travel‘ section has same information along with nine extra details for each dose
– Lib Dems: Government has ‚introduced Covid ID Cards by stealth onto phones‘

30.04.2021 - 14:12 [ ]

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan look to ease tensions after deadly clashes

Clashes between communities over land and water along the pair’s long-contested border are regular occurrences, with border guards often getting involved.

But the shooting that broke out Thursday between the two militaries was the heaviest fighting in years and raised fears that it might escalate into a wider conflict.

26.04.2021 - 06:55 [ EU Commission / EU Kommission - ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

17.04.2021 - 05:57 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

10.04.2021 - 13:29 [ MajorcaDailyBulletin.com ]

Germany may close its borders on Monday

The most extreme possibility being considered is a perimeter closure of the entire country to stop tourists taking trips abroad.

18.03.2021 - 12:35 [ EU Kommission / EU Commission ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

18.03.2021 - 12:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘Is VDL being pressured by Germany?!’ Macron aide speechless at C4 Covid vaccine probe

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

„Is that what this is? Is it political?“

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

18.03.2021 - 12:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Katya Adler exposes why Italy ‚under pressure‘ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Germany, France, Italy Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

(15.03.2021)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.

17.03.2021 - 20:54 [ Haaretz ]

Top Court Strikes Down COVID Restrictions on Citizens‘ Entry and Departure From Israel

In a damning verdict, the judges noted that „Israel is the only democratic country in the world where the right of citizens to enter their country has been so sweepingly restricted.“

On the figure of 3,000, the judges stated that this was set by the government before they had gathered data on the number of nationals who were stuck abroad, and ordered any future restrictions to be based on updated and comprehensive facts.

26.02.2021 - 03:40 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

25.02.2021 - 08:07 [ New York Times ]

As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’

(18.02.2021)

New government and business initiatives are moving in the direction of a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

23.02.2021 - 11:19 [ Reuters ]

Israeli studies find Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine reduces transmission

(19.02.2021)

Findings of the pre-published study, not yet peer-reviewed, but based on a national database that is one of the world’s most advanced, were first reported by the Israeli news site Ynet late on Thursday and were obtained by Reuters on Friday.

Pfizer declined to comment and the Israeli Health Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

23.02.2021 - 11:15 [ theGuardian.com ]

Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with ‘green pass’

(19.02.2021)

Israel is preparing itself to be split in half from next week, with the government creating a new privileged tier in society: the vaccinated.

23.02.2021 - 10:43 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Reopens, With More COVID Rules Relaxed: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Green Pass venues include houses of worship, cultural events, gyms, hotels and swimming pools. To enter, those eligible to do so will be required to present valid ID and a so-called Green Pass, vaccination certificate, or official document stating they had the virus and recovered, as relevant.

30.01.2021 - 11:44 [ Independent.ie ]

Covid-19 vaccine chaos as EU is forced into U-turn after blocking supplies to the North

A government source said the Taoiseach had not been given any advance warning of the EU decision to invoke the article in the protocol.

The source said the article may have been inadvertently triggered by “someone who did not understand the political implications” of the decision.

Some EU officials are understood to be livid about the move, which they see as ruining the work they’ve done since the Brexit vote in 2016.

30.01.2021 - 11:32 [ Irish Times ]

EU backs down on plan to control export of Covid-19 vaccines across Border into North amid outcry

In a steep escalation of the EU’s fight to secure vaccine supplies, Brussels had said it would trigger clauses in the Northern Irish Protocol in the EU-UK withdrawal agreement to control shots moving across the open Border between the State and the North. It said this plan aimed to prevent the movement of vaccines onwards into the rest of the UK via a Northern Ireland “backdoor”, while preserving the capacity to allow shipments into the North.

30.01.2021 - 11:27 [ Belfastlive.co.uk ]

EU withdraws threat to trigger Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol

It comes after the bloc invoked part of the Northern Ireland Protocol in an attempt to stop vaccines made in the EU from getting into the UK through the back door.

The protocol, which is part of the Brexit deal, allows goods from the EU to be exported to Northern Ireland without checks.

However the EU triggered Article 16 of the protocol tonight to slap temporary export controls on vaccines sent to Northern Ireland.

30.01.2021 - 11:01 [ Rob Gillies, Chief of Bureau for The Associated Press in Canada / Twitter ]

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and British leader Boris Johnson had an unexpected phone call, during which the UK PM “expressed his grave concerns about the potential impact which the steps the EU has taken today on vaccine exports could have

23.12.2020 - 18:49 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: Germany extends UK travel ban to 6 January – despite EU urging countries to lift restrictions

Germany has extended its ban on travellers arriving from the UK to 6 January, despite the EU telling countries to lift restrictions to allow essential journeys and minimise trade disruption.

23.12.2020 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Army is performing as little as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

– Truckers try to force their way past police guarding Port of Dover as hundreds leave cabs and walk along road
– Jeering and whistling with some shouting: ‚Open the border‘, ‚We just want to go home‘ and ‚F*** you, Boris!‘
– France announced travel ban on all traffic from UK on Sunday night after emergence of new Covid-19 strain
– Decision meant Port of Dover was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for next 48 hours
– Deal now struck with France which means every driver must be tested for coronavirus using lateral flow tests
– Tensions also boiled over at Manston Airport, where truckers whose lorries are being held staged a protest

23.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Sky.com ]

Lorry drivers scuffle with police as tension mounts over Dover backlog

A group of drivers began booing and whistling police just after 8am this morning, before a small number started pushing officers in an apparent attempt to break through their lines.

UK and French governments have now reached a deal to reopen the border from Wednesday if the drivers test negative for COVID.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

13.11.2020 - 17:59 [ teleSUR ]

Polisario Front Declares War on Morocco

Western Sahara is a territory occupied by Morocco since 1975 when the African ex-colony was abandoned by Spain. Since then, an armed dispute between Morocco and the Saharawis was maintained, ending in 1991 with a peace treaty that would lead to a referendum on self-determination, which to date has not taken

21.10.2020 - 02:48 [ Xinhuanet ]

Rwanda, Burundi foreign ministers meet to improve bilateral relations

The meeting comes barely two months after the meeting of military intelligence chiefs from Rwanda and Burundi that was held at the same border post. It is the first of its kind since 2015 when the ties between the two countries became deteriorated after Burundi accused Rwanda of hosting and supporting perpetrators of the 2015 coup plot against then Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

16.10.2020 - 20:27 [ Xinhuanet ]

Lebanon president says keen on fair solutions to maritime border demarcation with Israel

Lebanon is currently trying to form a new government capable of implementing structural reforms and negotiating border demarcation with Israel so as to start oil and gas exploration in Lebanon’s territorial waters

16.09.2020 - 12:33 [ teleSUR ]

US Plane Carrying Drugs Rendered Inoperative in Venezuela

Afterward, all of the established protocols under the Law of Control for Comprehensive Aerospace Defense were activated, through which they were able to render it inoperable close to a secret runway in the Machiques de Perija municipality. The plane had U.S. tags and entered Venezuelan territory illegally.

09.09.2020 - 22:20 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

China, India Exchange Fire for First Time in 45 Years

Both nations massed troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) back in June, and seemingly were waiting for an excuse to start fighting. Both sides are ssaying the other started this, with Chinese officials saying Indian troops “blatantly fired” on the border patrol, and India saying Chinese troops fired first to intimidate them.

12.08.2020 - 04:34 [ The Australian Financial Review ]

Politicians given reprieve from ‚idiotic‘ border restrictions

Federal politicians were allowed to cross the NSW-Victoria border on their way to Canberra, while at least 100 Canberrans remained stranded in a double-standard labelled „idiotic“.

31.07.2020 - 02:28 [ teleSUR ]

Paraguay: Gov’t Tries to Halt Protests by Using Excessive Force

Paraguay’s police and military Wednesday deployed excessive force against citizens who were protesting the return to full quarantine in Ciudad del Este.

06.07.2020 - 10:26 [ 9 News Australia ]

Coronavirus: Premier says NSW-Victoria border to close tomorrow

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian provides an update on COVID-19 cases and a border closure with Victoria.

04.07.2020 - 11:42 [ Yahoo.com ]

India’s Modi rallies troops at China border, as Beijing urges caution

China’s foreign ministry said on Friday the two countries were holding talks to reduce tensions.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding to a question about Modi’s visit to the border region, said both sides were in communications through diplomatic and military channels to ease the situation.

06.05.2020 - 18:03 [ InvestmentWatchblog.com ]

France Calls for ‘Health Passports” As Germany Rolls Out ‘Immunity Cards’

(02.05.2020)

The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through “health passports” in the parts of France which border other countries.

09.04.2020 - 14:41 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Military Represses Citizens at the Border

A group of returning Bolivian citizens confronted the Bolivian forces at the border with Chile this week. The Bolivian nationals attempted to go into their homeland after a departure from Chilean territory due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

20.03.2020 - 02:12 [ Bangkok Post ]

Vietnam shutters borders with Cambodia as pandemic spreads

The Vietnamese government has locked down its borders with Cambodia and imposed a month-long entry ban for any foreign traveller — except accredited diplomats — as the country adopts measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

09.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Voice of America - voanews.com ]

EU Announces Syria Donors Conference for June

(06.03.2020)

Announcement of the June 29-30 donors conference came during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb that addressed two related refugee crises. The first involved the roughly 1 million Syrians hoping to cross Turkey’s now-closed borders to safety, following an uptick in fighting in Idlib.

01.03.2020 - 18:42 [ Kathimerini ]

Government spox: ‚Organized mass attempt to violate border‘

More than 4,000 migrants have been prevented from crossing into Greece from Turkey and there have been 66 arrests, Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Saturday.

„Greece was the target of an organized. mass, illegal attempt to violate its borders and has withstood it,“ Petsas told reprters after an emergency meeting of ministers at the Prime Minister’s office.

12.02.2020 - 21:30 [ Common Dreams ]

Trump’s Border Wall Is an Ecologist’s Nightmare

The Tohono O’odham Nation penned a powerful letter to the U.S. Border Patrol calling for a halt to the destruction, stressing the many tragedies occurring on their sacred lands: bulldozers ripping up their ancestors’ burial sites, their water resources being stolen, and the agency consistently ignoring their pleas for consultation.

22.01.2020 - 02:13 [ ASHARQ Al-Awsat ]

Tunisia Warns of ‚Exceptional Measures‘ on Border With Libya

In related news, Tunisian President Kais Saied received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron informing him of the results of Berlin conference and the development of the Libyan case.

08.01.2020 - 01:22 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

No Digital Surveillance of Iranians at the U.S. Border—Or Within the U.S.

Surveillance Self-Defense

Now, more than ever, it’s important to know your rights and understand what precautions you can take to protect yourself from digital surveillance by our government. EFF’s guides for Surveillance Self-Defense offer advice on how to protect your digital privacy in a number of situations, including online communications and at protests. If you plan to travel internationally, EFF has a guide on protecting your digital data at the border, as well as a printable pocket guide on border searches.

29.12.2019 - 00:34 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

Sudanese army dismisses participation in Libya’s conflict

UN panel on Libya said earlier this year that fighters from the government paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been dispatched by the Sudanese transitional government. But Sudanese officials strongly dismissed the claim.

15.12.2019 - 01:41 [ Xinhuanet ]

Tunisia on high security alert in light of Libyan situation

According to Hayouni, the degree of vigilance is increased in anticipation of any emergency resulting from the events currently taking place in Libya and the subsequent influx of a large number of Libyan families, as well as the possibility of infiltration of certain armed groups on Tunisian soil.

02.12.2019 - 17:59 [ Reuters ]

Pompeo says U.S. will help prevent Latin American protests becoming riots

“We in the Trump administration will continue to support countries trying to prevent Cuba and Venezuela from hijacking those protests and we’ll work with legitimate (governments) to prevent protests from morphing into riots and violence that don’t reflect the democratic will of the people,” Pompeo told an audience at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.

13.11.2019 - 01:33 [ TruthDig ]

Court: Warrantless Searches of Phones Violate Fourth Amendment

A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.

Tuesday’s ruling in U.S. District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S. ports of entry.

12.11.2019 - 00:12 [ The Wire ]

Kartarpur Corridor, Imran Khan Adds Kashmir Sting to Formal Ceremony

(9.11.2019) On his first ever visit to Pakistan after he left his village of Gah as a young boy during Partition, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “It is a good thing for both countries that the corridor has opened after a demand of 72 years”.

18.10.2019 - 19:35 [ Lawk Ghafuri, Reporter/Analyst covering Iraq for @RudawEnglish / Twitter ]

This is the signed paper deal btw #SDF & #Damascus regarding the distribution of regime army in Northern #Syria: – SAA to be stationed in #Manbij frontline toward #Kobani & all the way to west Tal Abyad. – In Tal Tamir toward Ras al-Ain all the way to #Qamishlo & south of Derik.

(15.10.2019)

15.10.2019 - 03:59 [ The Hill ]

Pentagon announces official withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Trump has not backed down from his pledge to remove U.S. forces from the country and instead has said he will soon implement sanctions that will target government officials in Ankara and “any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.”

15.10.2019 - 03:34 [ SANA ]

Army units move north to confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory, Hasaka locals celebrate

Meanwhile, in Qamishli, the locals took to the streets in expression of their happiness and welcome of the declaration of the move of the Syrian Arab Army to confront the Turkish offensive, affirming that the army is the only protector of the homeland which is able to defend it in the face of the aggression.

07.10.2019 - 00:29 [ France24 ]

Turkey’s Erdogan to meet Trump in US over Syria ’safe zone‘

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump agreed during a phone call to meet in Washington next month to discuss creating a „safe zone“ in northern Syria, the Turkish presidency said Sunday.

06.10.2019 - 11:52 [ North Press Agency ‏/ Twitter ]

A U.S. patrol of seven armored vehicles heading from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain, adjacent to the Turkish borders within the proposed areas of security mechanism, accompanied with Coalition fighter-jets and reconnaissance aircraft overflights.

06.10.2019 - 11:51 [ syria.liveuamap.com/en ]

The International Coalition Warplanes are extensively flying over Tal Abyad

(17 hours ago)

05.10.2019 - 18:06 [ Washington Post ]

Syria and Iraq open a key border crossing closed since 2012

(30.09.2019)

BEIRUT — Syria and Iraq announced the reopening of a border crossing between the two countries Monday, a step toward the normalization of Iraq’s relationship with its western neighbor and a boost to Iran, which will now have an open corridor into Syria.

05.10.2019 - 17:54 [ MSN.com ]

Iraq reopens Syria crossing in win for mutual ally Iran

(30.09.2019)

The crossing, which Iraqi officials declared open for travellers and trade, is crucial for Iran’s bid to cement its growing sway over a corridor of territory from Tehran to Beirut.

The opening of the crossing signified „the victory of the Iraqi and Syrian people over all terrorist groups, especially Daesh,“ said Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun, using a term for Islamic State.

05.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Iraq opens border crossing with Syria and within 48 hours mass protests broke out in Iraq. ? The economic situation in Iraq is in dire straits (like in the entire MENA region. It’s for example F U in Morocco too), but it went from 0 to 100 in nanoseconds.

(03.10.2019)

28.09.2019 - 05:45 [ Trend.az ]

Iraqi Prime Minister agrees to open Al Qaim crossing at Syrian border

On the Syrian side it connects with the Al Bukamal border crossing point in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor and is controlled from the Syrian side of the border.

There are currently three crossings at the Iraqi-Syrian border: Rabia, also referred to as Al-Yarubiyah, located in Syria’s Al Hasakah province controlled by Kurdish-led forces and the At Tanf crossing located in an area controlled by US forces in Syria.

05.09.2019 - 15:42 [ teleSUR ]

‚Can’t Feel My Heart‘: Caged Migrant Children Face PTSD Report Warns

Migrant children separated from their parents and caged as part of the United States government’s “zero-tolerance policy” in the U.S.-Mexico border are victims of post-traumatic stress and other serious mental health problems, according to a report released Wednesday by the inspector general’s office for the Department of Health and Human Services.

16.08.2019 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

Lebanon says US mediation on Israel border issue ‚viable‘

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for offshore drilling for oil and gas with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek.

Two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean are part of the deal, but Israel claims that part of Block 9 belongs to the Jewish state.

16.08.2019 - 03:05 [ U.S. Department of State / Youtube ]

Secretary Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri deliver statements to the press at the U.S. Department of State on August 15, 2019.

27.07.2019 - 13:01 [ Nancy Pelosi, Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.

27.07.2019 - 02:33 [ theHill.com ]

Supreme Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall construction

The ruling allows the administration to use $2.5 billion in military funds to begin construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while litigation plays out. A lower court had issued an injunction blocking officials from using those funds.

27.07.2019 - 02:30 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court Lets Trump Proceed on Border Wall

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds. But that will most likely take many months or longer, allowing Mr. Trump to move ahead before the case returns to the Supreme Court after further proceedings in the appeals court.

08.07.2019 - 11:08 [ teleSUR ]

US Embassy in Guatemala Launches Anti-Migration Initiative

Guatemala is part, along with Honduras and El Salvador, of the Northern Triangle of Central America, and is one of the poorest and most violent areas of the world due to the presence of U.S. political intervention, government corruption, the overuse of state security forces, climate change, high unemployment, and organized crime.​​​​​​​

11.06.2019 - 14:51 [ The Citizen ]

Leaked Somali document on maritime dispute heightens tensions with Kenya

Relations between the two neighbouring countries have been rocky for months in the wake of the maritime dispute, involving tit-for-tat diplomatic moves and retaliation.

In May, Somali diplomats were banned from attending an international conference in Nairobi. In return, all NGOs operating in Somalia but based in Nairobi were ordered by Mogadishu to either relocate to Somalia or cease all operations completely.

08.06.2019 - 18:52 [ WSWS ]

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs

On Thursday, Mexican officials announced plans to deploy 6,000 Mexican National Guard troops to Mexico’s southern border. The deployment will consist of 13 units made up of between 450 and 600 troops. Ten units will be sent to the border with Guatemala, where most Central American asylum seekers cross into Mexico, and three will operate in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of southern Mexico. The troops are set to arrive by September.

08.06.2019 - 07:16 [ Marcelo Ebrard C., Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores de México ‏/ Twitter ]

No habrá aplicación de tarifas por parte de EU el lunes. Gracias a todas las personas que nos han apoyado dando cuenta de la grandeza de México.

08.06.2019 - 06:35 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.

Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to….

08.06.2019 - 06:33 [ telesur ]

Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates

Mexico is strengthing its migration enforcement at its border with Guatemala by sending up to 6,000 National Guard troops, Minister of the Interior Olga Sanchez announced Friday afternoon after meetings between Mexican and White House delegates in Washington. Meanwhile, the country is cracking down on human rights and migrant advocates.

08.06.2019 - 06:32 [ telesur ]

300 US Southcom Troops Arrive in Honduras To Teach ‚Humanitarian Assistance‘

Southcom has been a controversial actor in Latin American politics for many years since its founding as a force to defend U.S. interests at the Panama Canal. The commander of Southcom, U.S. Admiral Craig Faller has intimated that the force could be reoriented for intervention in Venezuela by aiding the opposition:

01.06.2019 - 08:32 [ Washington Post ]

Trump defies close advisers in deciding to threaten Mexico with disruptive tariffs

The arguments against the tariffs — voiced internally by Kushner, Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — did little to dissuade Trump, and Kushner was asked to call Mexican officials to inform them of the impending threat.

After the Wednesday night meeting in the Oval Office, the tariff order was finalized by the White House counsel and the office of Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser and immigration hard-liner who oversees domestic policy.

28.05.2019 - 11:16 [ Reuters ]

Pakistan not invited to Modi’s swearing-in: sources

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi suggested the reason was India’s internal politics, after Modi had made “Pakistan bashing” the central theme of his election campaign.

26.04.2019 - 21:57 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon set to expand military role along southern border

The documents also note that military personnel are barred from undertaking law enforcement activities in keeping with the Posse Comitatus Act.

The order drew concerns from policy experts who worry about the politicization of the military.

20.04.2019 - 11:13 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Nancy Pelosi steps up pressure on UK over Irish border

(18.4.2019)

So this was a message to some Brexiteers: if the Irish government is not happy, we will block a trade deal.

A US deal is perhaps the ultimate prize for the free-trading, ‚Global Britain‘ branch of the Brexit movement.

It would demonstrate that Brexit was worthwhile, that it allowed the UK to land big deals as an independent trading nation.

20.04.2019 - 11:01 [ William Booth, London Bureau Chief for The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Lyra McKee, 29, was the first working journalist to be killed in the United Kingdom since 2001. In Derry. Irish border. Good Friday eve, Day after Nancy Pelosi visits and appeals for peace, calm, open borders.

08.04.2019 - 21:39 [ theHill.com ]

Bernie Sanders says he is against open borders, for ‚comprehensive immigration reform‘

When asked at an Oskaloosa, Iowa, town hall why he supported open borders, the 2020 White House candidate was quick to clarify his stance.
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“I’m afraid you may be getting your information wrong,“ Sanders replied, according to The Washington Post. „I think what we need is comprehensive immigration reform.”

07.04.2019 - 13:07 [ European Council on Foreign Relations ]

France’s strongman strategy in the Sahel

(8.3.2019)

Last month, French planes struck rebel convoys that were making for the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, in an intervention lasting several days. The convoys had entered Chad from bases in Libya and belonged to the Union des Forces de la Résistance (UFR), a group that has sought to overthrow Chad’s president, Idriss Déby Itno, ever since its formation in 2009. Their leader in the mission? None other than Déby’s nephew, Timame Erdimi.

07.04.2019 - 13:01 [ Reuters ]

Backing Chad’s Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

(4.2.2019)

The Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR), a rebel Chadian coalition created in 2009 after almost toppling Deby, said it was behind the offensive. CCMSR is a splinter group of the UFR.

“The aim is to bring Deby down,” a UFR official said.

07.04.2019 - 12:59 [ thedefensepost.com ]

Haftar’s Libyan National Army says it hit Chad rebels in new airstrikes

(8.2.2019)

The “violent and painful” strikes targeted groups near Marzouk in southern Libya, the LNA added, without giving further details.

The LNA on Sunday announced it had carried out an air strike against “Chadian opposition” groups in the same area.

07.04.2019 - 12:10 [ Middle East Monitor ]

France commends the Libyan National Army’s ‘great progress’ in the south

(20.3.2019)

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded the “great progress” made in southern Libya by Libya’s National Army Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar, pointing out at the same time that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Le Drian said during a visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli that “significant progress has been made in the south of the country in countering terrorist groups, organised crime groups and foreign armed groups, which have heightened instability in the region for a long time,” according to AFP.

01.04.2019 - 12:59 [ NationalPost.com ]

Merkel plans talks with Ireland as EU positions itself for a no-deal Brexit

The German chancellor is to hold talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Thursday and demand a plan to protect Ireland’s border should the U.K. crash out of the bloc without a deal, which could come as soon as April 12. The EU now sees this as a serious possibility and is focusing almost all of its work on how to contain the consequences, EU officials said.

01.04.2019 - 12:47 [ Daniel Zuidijk ‏/ Twitter ]

Angela Merkel will make her most significant intervention in the #Brexit process yet later this week when she demands a plan to protect Ireland’s border if the #UK crashes out of the #EU without a deal .. by @IanWishart

19.03.2019 - 21:47 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Iran Denies Turkish Claims of Joint Operations Against Kurds

Turkey intended to present this as the start of broader joint operations against the Kurds in general, with suggestions that they could be expanded into Syria to target the YPG. This is probably not something that would interest Iran, as they are allied with Syria and Syria’s government is on good terms with the YPG, and has opposed Turkey attacking them.

13.03.2019 - 13:18 [ Sky News ]

Majority of UK import tariffs set at zero in a no-deal Brexit

The government also announced that in the event of a no-deal it would remove all border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland except a „small number of measures strictly to comply with international obligations, protect the biosecurity of the island of Ireland, or to avoid the highest risks to Northern Ireland business.“

13.03.2019 - 13:14 [ Guido Fawkes ]

No Deal Plans Shoot Down Scaremongering

The UK Government has admitted that, at least for a temporary period, a No Deal Brexit can be managed with no new checks on the Northern Ireland border. So much for the horror stories of checkpoints and guard dogs…

09.03.2019 - 11:58 [ Bloomberg ]

Heavily Armed Soldiers Aborted a Plan to Enter Venezuela by Force

(6.3.2019) Led by retired General Cliver Alcala, who has been living in Colombia, they were going to drive back the Venezuelan national guardsmen blocking the aid on the other side. The plan was stopped by the Colombian government, which learned of it late and feared violent clashes at a highly public event it promised would be peaceful.

04.03.2019 - 15:07 [ UAS Vision ]

Frontex Begins Testing RPAS for Border Surveillance

In Portugal, Frontex is working together with the European Maritime Safety Authority (EMSA), which provides the RPAS to Frontex there. The agency is also cooperating with the Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR), Navy and Air Force. The operation will be remotely coordinated from the Frontex Situational Centre in Poland by both Frontex experts and Portuguese authorities.

25.02.2019 - 17:47 [ teleSUR ]

Chile Senators Call Piñera’s Trip to Colombia for Venezuela Aid ‚Foolish‘

Chilean Senator Alejandro Navarro said that only when the CIA declassifies information around the failed coup in Venezuela over the weekend will the public will know that Trump convinced Piñera to “make a fool of himself.”

„In 20 years, when the CIA declassifies this coup operation (in Venezuela) will we know what Trump offered Piñera to make a fool of himself for this trip, leaving Chile and the southern forest fires abandoned,“ said Navarro Monday during an interview.

24.02.2019 - 08:23 [ teleSUR ]

Colombian Red Cross Condemns Unauthorized Use of Its Symbol

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has stated on its certified Twitter account that they have noticed „some people not affiliated with Red Cross Colombia and Red Cross Venezuela wearing Red Cross emblems at Colombia-Venezuela and Brazil-Venezuela border.“

The international organization has urged these people “ to stop doing this. They might mean well but they risk jeopardizing our neutrality, impartiality & independence.“

23.02.2019 - 23:00 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela Condemns Staged Operation at Border with Colombia

The Venezuelan administration closed the passage completely and temporarily on the Simón Bolívar, Unión and Santander bridges, alleging „serious and illegal threats attempted by the Government of Colombia against the peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.“

23.02.2019 - 11:55 [ Cordelia Lynch, US Correspondent @SkyNews. Columnist @MetroUK. Formerly @Channel4News and @itvnews. / Twitter ]

First light in #Cucuta in #Colombia and volunteers are preparing to try and help get aid across #Tienditas bridge. The border between Colombia and Venezuela is closed but they’re confident Maduro’s military will let them through.

23.02.2019 - 11:46 [ CBC.ca ]

How a bridge between Colombia and Venezuela became part of a propaganda fight: Tienditas Bridge was finished in 2016 but was never opened

(15.2.2019) So, what happened?

On Feb. 6, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a tweet that drew a lot of attention.

23.02.2019 - 11:23 [ Marco Rubio, US Senator / Twitter ]

Despite every effort by regime to stop him, Interim President @jguaido has arrived in Cucuta, #Colombia & is at #VenezuelaAidLive.

(vor 12 Stunden)

22.02.2019 - 11:04 [ US Department of State ]

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams Travel to Miami and Cucuta, Colombia

(21.2.2019) Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida and Cucuta, Colombia February 21-22 to support the delivery of humanitarian aid to some of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela in response to Interim President Guaido’s request.

Special Representative Abrams will lead a U.S. government delegation to accompany humanitarian supplies to be transported from Florida to Colombia by military aircraft. While in Colombia Special Representative Abrams will meet Colombian President Duque and visiting delegations from Central and South America.

22.02.2019 - 10:54 [ Department of State ‏/ Twitter ]

U.S. Ambassador to @USEmbassyBogota Whitaker delivers remarks at a warehouse in Cúcuta, where @USAID’s pre-positioned aid stands ready to help the people in #Venezuela.

(8.2.2019) #EstamosUnidosVE

22.02.2019 - 07:56 [ Fox News ]

America must lead the way to freedom in Venezuela, key investor says

A major movement to gain access to humanitarian aid is expected this Saturday in Cucúta along the Venezuela- Colombia border and ahead of that, a number of American debt holders have a specific and personal interest in a calm and swift resolution to the power vacuum in Venezuela Opens a New Window. — they want to be repaid.

20.02.2019 - 22:51 [ teleSUR ]

Roger Waters Slams Interventionist Concert at Venezuela Border

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming „Live Aid“-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating Tuesday.

„It has nothing to do with humanitarian aid at all,“ the 75-year old Waters said. „It has to do with Richard Branson … having bought the US saying, ‚We have decided to take over Venezuela, for whatever our reasons may be.'“

19.02.2019 - 16:22 [ New York Times ]

16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

The suit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, argues that the president does not have the power to divert funds for constructing a wall along the Mexican border because it is Congress that controls spending.

17.02.2019 - 15:09 [ Joaquin Castro, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I ask all members of Congress — Democrat and Republican — to support this joint resolution to terminate President Trump’s unconstitutional national emergency declaration to build his border wall.

It sets a dangerous precedent and steals congressional authority. Will you sign on?

17.02.2019 - 11:28 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

Donald Trump may not like it, but we are not an authoritarian country. We have a constitution and separation of powers. There is no „national emergency,“ and Trump cannot build his wall without congressional approval.

16.02.2019 - 02:25 [ CNN ]

Will the Supreme Court stop Trump’s national emergency?

„There’s been virtually no litigation in the 43-history of the National Emergencies Act about that statute,“ said Steve Vladeck, a CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law.

16.02.2019 - 02:23 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

Trump’s full speech declaring a national emergency for border wall funding

President Trump on Feb. 15 declared a national emergency to allocate additional funding to build a wall at the southern border.

15.02.2019 - 11:58 [ CNN ]

Trump’s wall would be the 32nd active national emergency

In fact, the US has been in a perpetual state of declared national emergency for four decades, and the country is currently under 31 concurrent states of emergency about a spectrum of international issues around the globe, according to a CNN review of documents from the Congressional Research Service and the Federal Register.

15.02.2019 - 11:53 [ New York Times ]

Trump Plans National Emergency to Build Border Wall as Congress Passes Spending Bill

President Trump will declare a national emergency as early as Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the nation’s southwestern border even as he agreed to sign a spending package that does not finance it, White House officials said Thursday.

01.02.2019 - 15:54 [ Spectator ]

The EU’s hard-border bluff will soon collapse – and then it can get serious about Brexit

Enough MPs now understand that if the institution of parliament is ever to command respect again, Brexit must happen, and the minimally acceptable way in which it must happen is that the permanent Irish backstop goes. The only blot was the vote for the Spelman amendment objecting to ‘no deal’. But this does not bind, and the rest of the dynamic of the evening makes clear for slow learners what has been apparent to sensible people ‘out of doors’ from the beginning — the only way for Britain to win any decent deal is to make no deal a real possibility.

30.01.2019 - 10:56 [ Irish Times ]

Cliff Taylor: Ireland could face choice of backstop concessions or no-deal Brexit

(26.1.2019) This could end in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar facing the ultimate call on Brexit: give some ground on the backstop or face a no-deal Brexit with all the economic and political disruption this would bring.

We are not there yet, and events could move in another direction.But this week has illustrated starkly just what is at stake.

30.01.2019 - 10:51 [ theGuardian.com ]

Juncker warns May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop

(26.1.2019) Jean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.

Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable.

25.01.2019 - 16:45 [ CNN ]

Exclusive: White House preparing draft national emergency order, has identified $7 billion for wall

The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.

25.01.2019 - 04:58 [ New York Times ]

Collapse of Two Plans to End Shutdown Propels Urgent Negotiations

But the results undercut the president by revealing that his proposal drew less support in the Republican-controlled Senate than did the Democrats’ plan, which attracted a half-dozen Republicans willing to break with Mr. Trump. And with the shutdown reaching a grim milestone on Friday as 800,000 federal workers miss a second consecutive paycheck, pressure is mounting in both parties to find a solution.

21.01.2019 - 06:04 [ ITV.com ]

Why the Government’s latest plan to ditch the backstop won’t take off

The whole reason for the backstop being in the Withdrawal Agreement that sets out the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU is that the Republic’s border with Northern Ireland would, after Brexit, be the external border of the EU’s single market – and therefore has to be governed by a treaty between the UK and EU, and not one between the UK and the ROI.

An official from an EU capital also questioned whether the Republic could possibly accept „a bilateralisation that would deprive it of the clout of the EU“.

21.01.2019 - 05:57 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Amending the Good Friday Agreement will never fix backstop issue

The plan, it is reported, is to “amend” the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in order make a new joint Anglo-Irish commitment that there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland and no infrastructure on that border in any eventuality.

It is argued that this, coupled with some new EU concessions time-limiting the backstop, will be enough get a decent slice of the 118 Tory and 10 DUP on board.

21.01.2019 - 05:39 [ Gerry Moore ‏/ Twitter ]

Cabinet members reveal that in tonight’s conference call May talked of trying to find deal with ERG and DUP She has virtually abandoned reaching out to anyone else Another pleading trip to Brussels + bid to strike separate deal with Ireland on Backstop – they’ve already said No

18.01.2019 - 02:14 [ Robert C. Koehler / Common Wonders ]

What About Open Borders?

“Borders exist, by definition, to separate us from others.”

That is to say, borders are psychological as well as physical. How much sense does it make to throw razor wire around a psychological construct, or patrol it with drones? What sort of security are we actually getting for our investment?

19.12.2018 - 12:38 [ Xinhuanet ]

U.S. forces establish new base in Iraq near Syrian border: report

According to the mayor, this is the second military base established in Rummanah area near al-Qaim. Another base was set up in earlier December.

„The new base is close to the borderline with Syria, apparently aimed at monitoring the border to protect the U.S. forces deployed inside Syria near the Iraqi-Syrian border,“ al-Mahalawi added.

14.12.2018 - 02:49 [ Reuters ]

Russia, China abstain in U.N. vote on Syria cross-border aid

Russia and China on Thursday abstained from an annual United Nations Security Council vote to extend approval for cross-border humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria because Moscow said the four-year-old authorization was “divorced from reality.”

27.11.2018 - 01:55 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

23.11.2018 - 17:10 [ Express.co.uk ]

Why would she humiliate Britain like this? Lawyer savages Theresa May’s Brexit deal

But her claims rang hollow for Mr Howe, a specialist in EU law who let loose in a caustic column for The Sun. He wrote: “Politicians who claim this is just a bad treaty – one we can get out of later – are being ignorant or disingenuous.”

With respect to the backstop for Northern Ireland, for example, he said once it was in force, the UK would not be able to leave it without a joint decision with the EU which he said amounted to a veto over the UK’s exit.

17.11.2018 - 14:32 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚Greatest HOAX in history!‘ Farage tears apart key factor CORRALLING UK into ‚WORST‘ deal

The architect of Brexit argued a free trade deal with the bloc would have avoided a hard border as Northern Ireland already operated on a different currency and tax system than its neighbour in the south.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Farage said: „This is the greatest hoax I have seen in modern history.

„If you had a free trade deal, you have no tariff. There’s no need for checks of any kind to be on goods going north and south of the border. The whole thing is nonsense.

10.11.2018 - 17:57 [ Sudan Tribune ]

Sudan to establish joint border protection forces with Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt

The Sudanese Minister of Defence Awad Ibn Ouf said arrangements are underway to establish joint border protection forces with Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia.

Speaking to the parliament on Wednesday, Ibn Ouf said consultations have gone a long way between the Sudan, Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia to form these joint forces in order to achieve a secure neighbourhood, pointing to the successful experience of the joint Sudanese-Chadian border protection force.

03.11.2018 - 00:45 [ Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation ]

Why Do We Need a National-Security State?

There was also no need for a CIA or NSA or vast military-industrial-congressional complex. In fact, if the proponents of the Constitution had told our American ancestors that they were bringing into existence a government that had the omnipotent power to take them into custody, hold them forever without a trial, torture them, spy on them, experiment on them, and assassinate them, they never would have approved the Constitution.

04.10.2018 - 00:16 [ The Journal.ie ]

„Unjustified invasion of privacy“: New Zealand customs given power to demand access to your device

Under the Customs and Excise Act 2018 which comes into force this week visitors who come under suspicion by officers must hand over their New Zealand so that mobile phones and other electronic devices can be searched.

09.09.2018 - 12:25 [ Haaretz ]

16-year-old Gazan Shot to Death by Israeli Soldiers While Waving His Hands; Army to Investigate Incident

On Friday, during the weekly „March for Return“ protests that Palestinians have held on the Gaza-Israel border since the end of March, 17-year-old Bilal Hafaje was killed by live Israeli fire, while at least another 30 were wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry reported.

Gaza’s Health Ministry also said that a 19-year-old Palestinian man died of wounds he had sustained in clashes along the border on July 14. The ministry identified the man as Amjad Hamdona, whose death brings the amount of demonstrators killed along the border to 174.

14.07.2018 - 14:07 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Gaza Flare-up: Netanyahu Resists Pressure for War, but Flames Getting Higher

However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.

08.07.2018 - 16:03 [ Elijah J. Magnier ‏ / Twitter ]

For the east of #Daraa, I can confirm that in the last 48hours, there are large numbers of special forces (hundreds) , allies to the #Syria/n army, have been gathering to fight #ISIS (Khaled bin al-waleed) based on the borders with the occupied Golan Heights.

04.07.2018 - 07:22 [ South China Morning Post ]

Tinker, banker, swindler, spy? Britain’s most-wanted ‘con man’ finally captured after six-year manhunt across Europe

The zone may be a boon for travellers and traders, but its expansion has also eased the work of criminals who can now access most of the continent without having to fear border checks.

03.07.2018 - 06:37 [ New York Times ]

Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.

30.06.2018 - 14:17 [ Chicago Tribune ]

Justice Department argues that order to reunite immigrant families allows for their detentions

The Trump administration says a ruling this week by a federal judge in San Diego requiring the government to reunify families separated at the border means authorities can legally keep families detained until their cases are complete.

The interpretation means immigrant families could spend months or even years in detention — even those seeking asylum — because of a years-long backlog in immigration court.

30.06.2018 - 14:12 [ Huffington Post ]

U.S. Government Says It Has Right To Detain Families For Months

The U.S. government said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to detain children and parents caught crossing the U.S. border illegally for the duration of their immigration proceedings.

A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release illegal immigrant children from custody after 20 days.

23.06.2018 - 10:53 [ CNN ]

An utterly disastrous week for Donald Trump

The week was totally defined by the botched handling of the separation of families at the border — a crisis that the Trump administration created earlier this spring by instituting a „zero-tolerance“ policy for people trying to enter the country illegally. Every person who did so was referred for prosecution. And since children can’t be detained in a federal prison, children were taken from their parents while those adults were waiting for their day in court.

22.06.2018 - 14:41 [ NBC News ]

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Denied Entry at Homestead Facility Housing Hundreds of Migrant Children

(18.6.2018) The Democratic lawmakers showed up to see the conditions of the children inside and to see how many were separated from their families at the border. Wasserman Schultz said they were told they could enter earlier in the day by the company contracted to run the facility.

22.06.2018 - 14:38 [ Miami Herald ]

Images of immigrant children held at centers raise the question: Where are the girls?

(19.6.2018) Information about where the girls are being held has been sparse.

On Tuesday morning, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and HHS told reporters on a conference call they are working on getting „government resources“ to obtain and release images of girls and toddlers being held at shelters.

22.06.2018 - 14:33 [ usnews.com ]

Kansas Group Won’t Give Details on Immigrant Children It Has

The lack of information on the children housed by The Villages prompted two state lawmakers to schedule a Statehouse news conference Friday to demand more transparency. They said The Villages told them it needed two weeks‘ notice for a tour of its Topeka homes.

„We don’t know what the arrangement is — that’s the thing,“ said Democratic state Rep. John Alcala, of Topeka, one of the lawmakers calling the news conference. „It was the non-transparency that concerned us the most.“

The Villages, based in Topeka, has a contract with the federal government to house and provide services for 50 „unaccompanied children“ ages 6 to 18, Joseph Wittrock, its president, confirmed Thursday.

22.06.2018 - 14:01 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Adviser Rips Into Stephen Miller: ‚He’s Waffen-SS‘

Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House adviser, has ignited a political firestorm in the United States as the Trump administration’s immigration policy of separating migrant children from their parents and detentions in cages is putting pressure on the nation.

Miller himself is reportedly happy with how things are going, which led one fellow staffer to equate his behavior to that of the Nazi SS, Vanity Fair reported Wednesday.

22.06.2018 - 13:56 [ CNN ]

She got her son back after suing the Trump administration

The mother rushed toward her son the second he stepped off the jetway. Then she teared up.
In the waiting area of Gate C14 at Baltimore Washington International Airport, she wrapped a blanket around him, cradled his head in her arms and wept.
„I love you,“ she said in Spanish, between sobs.

20.06.2018 - 20:51 [ wtmj.com ]

Trump Says He’ll Sign Executive Order To Address Family Separations

President Donald Trump says he’ll sign an executive order to address family separation at the border.

„I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that. I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat pre-emptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation, I’m sure,“ Trump said.

20.06.2018 - 16:14 [ George Takei / ForeignPolicy.com ]

‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter

That is America today, at our southern border, which asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants alike are seeking to cross. But it is also America in late 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, when overnight my community, my family, and I became the enemy because we happened to look like those who had dropped the bombs. And yet, in one core, horrifying way this is worse. At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents.

06.06.2018 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

How Russia Angered Iran in Syria and Had to Pull Its Troops From the Lebanese Border

There was no comment from the Russian military about the incident. Russia has faced calls from Israel to rein in Iran in Syria, where Israel has mounted numerous attacks against Hezbollah and other targets it has described as Iran-backed.

„Perhaps it was to assure the Israelis,“ said the commander, adding that the move could not be justified as part of the fight against the Nusra Front or Islamic State because Hezbollah and the Syrian army had defeated them at the Lebanese-Syrian border.

06.05.2018 - 16:56 [ Washington Post ]

Israel says slain journalist was a Hamas spy. The U.S. had just approved a grant for his company.

(10.5.2018) Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli troops on the Israel­-Gaza border was a Hamas operative, although the media production company he founded had recently been vetted for a U.S. government grant.

Yaser Murtaja, the co-founder of Ain Media, was shot as he filmed protests at the border fence Friday.

06.05.2018 - 16:54 [ Washington Post ]

Israeli military kills 2 Palestinians it says crossed border

Israel’s military says its forces shot and killed two Palestinians who breached the Gaza border and entered its territory as tensions there mounted Sunday.

Palestinian medic Izzat Shatat said that soldiers fired tank shells and machine guns. He said the Palestinians killed may have been “too close” to the fence but he was not sure if they had actually crossed into Israel.

05.05.2018 - 13:35 [ Global Times ]

Real estate prices rise at China-North Korea border city

On the website of real estate agency jiwu.com, an article outlined a popular rumor that as North Korea reforms its economy Dandong might turn into another Shenzhen, the Chinese mainland boom city near Hong Kong. The article encouraged people to buy property while prices are low.

The volume of property deals is also reportedly increasing.

30.04.2018 - 18:13 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Pompeo Backs Israel’s Right to Defend Border With Gaza

President Donald Trump’s chief diplomat was concluding his first-ever international trip after being sworn in on Thursday. He landed in Amman on Sunday after stops in Brussels, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.

“We do believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves, and we’re fully supportive of that,” Mr. Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

28.04.2018 - 20:37 [ Daily Mail ]

Austria probes UN peacekeepers over Golan deaths

The Austria Press Agency quoted a spokesman for the United Nations as calling the video „disturbing“.

The world body would follow up actively on this issue in cooperation with the Austrian authorities, the spokesman says.

The spokesman added that the incident, which left nine members of the Syrian security forces killed by 13 members of the armed opposition, was reported to the UN Security Council and included in a UN report.

08.04.2018 - 00:07 [ The Guardian ]

Hundreds attend funeral of Palestinian journalist shot in Gaza

One of the first journalists to use camera drones in Gaza, Murtaja founded Ain Media, a TV production company that has done work for foreign clients including the BBC and Al Jazeera English. Under a drone image of the Gaza port that he posted on Facebook, he wrote: “I wished I could take this photo from the sky, not from land. My name is Yasser Murtaja, I am 30 years old. I live in Gaza City. I have never travelled.”