America’s last slave ship could offer a case for reparations

Alabama steamship owner Timothy Meaher financed the last slave vessel that brought African captives to the United States, and he came out of the Civil War a wealthy man. His descendants, with land worth millions, are still part of Mobile society’s upper crust.

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Posted in African-American, Thought-Provoking Analysis

An Awful Lot About Rudy

– Rudy Giuliani and the Impeachment Inquiry

– Turkey, Iran, gold, Giuliani and Trump: A guide to the case of Reza Zarrab

– Giuliani’s Ukraine Team: In Search of Influence, Dirt and Money

– The almost comical corruption of Rudy Giuliani

These articles will lead you to many more news reports about Rudy Giuliani’s activities on behalf of President Trump and people close to the president.

Posted in 2020 election, Donald Trump

Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

Jens Manuel Krogstad of Pew Research –

The United States plans to admit a maximum of 18,000 refugees in fiscal year 2020, down from a cap of 30,000 in the one that ended Sept. 30, 2019, under a new refugee admissions ceiling set by the Trump administration. This would be the lowest number of refugees resettled by the U.S. in a single year since 1980, when Congress created the nation’s refugee resettlement program.

Even before the administration’s announcement, refugee resettlement in the U.S. had dropped to historic lows during Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Posted in Immigrants, Pew Research, United States

Former top US general in Middle East slams Trump’s Syria decision

Ryan Browne of CNN –

The former top American general overseeing operations in the Middle East lambasted President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops away from the Syrian-Turkish border in the face of an imminent Turkish military offensive against America’s Syrian Kurdish allies.

“The abrupt policy decision to seemingly abandon our Kurdish partners could not come at a worse time. The decision was made without consulting US allies or senior US military leadership and threatens to affect future partnerships at precisely the time we need them most,” retired Gen. Joseph Votel, who led US Central Command from March 2016 to March 2019, wrote in an opinion piece in The Atlantic.

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Posted in Donald Trump, Syria, Turkey | Tagged

Syrian Kurds see American betrayal and warn fight against ISIS is now in doubt

Liz Sly, Sarah Dadouch and Asser Khattab in the Washington Post –

For the past five years, Syrian Kurds have stood alongside the United States in its effort to vanquish the Islamic State, in the process securing control over a vast area of Syria they hoped would form the nucleus of an autonomous Kurdish region.

The unexpected announcement by President Trump that he will draw down the U.S. military presence in Syria to make way for Turkish troops was greeted by the Kurds as a betrayal of the trust established during the fight, which has cost the lives of more than 12,000 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the joint Kurdish-Arab militia formed to battle the militants.

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Posted in Iran, ISIS, Syria