This Palestinian village had solar power — until Israeli soldiers took it away

JUBBET ADH DHIB, West Bank — The residents of this dirt-poor Palestinian village waited decades for electricity. But in November, a Dutch-funded solar project finally gave them round-the-clock power to refrigerate food or do a load of laundry. That ended last week when Israeli military administrators in the West Bank sent soldiers with assault rifles and a team … Continue reading This Palestinian village had solar power — until Israeli soldiers took it away

No end in sight to Arab crisis as Qatar rejects demands amid blockade

CAIRO — A four-member Arab bloc said Wednesday it will press ahead with efforts to isolate Qatar after the nation delivered a “negative” response to a list of demands that included cutting ties to Islamist groups and closing the Al Jazeera network. The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain said they would … Continue reading No end in sight to Arab crisis as Qatar rejects demands amid blockade

Deposition of carbon ashes in Peñuelas, another assault to the people

In the town of Peñuelas a whole social movement has been formed in order to protect the health of its residents. It all started when the company AES Puerto Rico LP used the facilities of the EC Waste landfill to dispose its coal ashes. The reason of these manifestations and movement that takes by name … Continue reading Deposition of carbon ashes in Peñuelas, another assault to the people

Spyware Sold to Mexican Government Targeted International Officials

MEXICO CITY — A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists. The spying took place during what the investigators call a broad campaign of harassment and interference that prevented them from solving the haunting … Continue reading Spyware Sold to Mexican Government Targeted International Officials

Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS

MOSUL, Iraq — Dressed in a military uniform, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived here in Mosul on Sunday to congratulate Iraq’s armed forces on their victory over the Islamic State and mark the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq’s second-largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people … Continue reading Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS

California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

REDDING, Calif. — The deer heads mounted on the walls of Eric Johnson’s church office are testament to his passion for hunting, a lifestyle enjoyed by many in the northernmost reaches of California but one that Mr. Johnson says surprises people he meets on his travels around America and abroad. “When people see you’re from … Continue reading California’s Far North Deplores ‘Tyranny’ of the Urban Majority

A new reality: US current foreign policy

I still remember those speeches from President Trump during his campaign. In them, he emphasized that the United States could not be the world's police, that the United States should improve its relations with its non-traditional allies, in allusion to Russia, and that if NATO member countries wanted U.S. protection and the application of NATO's … Continue reading A new reality: US current foreign policy

The Right and Left React to Medicaid Cuts, the Travel Ban and More

From the Right • Jonah Goldberg in National Review: “Would people die? Despite a host of very specific numbers from people like Senator Bernie Sanders, no one really knows.” Mr. Goldberg takes issue with a talking point that has emerged on the left regarding the Senate health care bill’s cuts to Medicaid: The cuts will … Continue reading The Right and Left React to Medicaid Cuts, the Travel Ban and More

The State Department just released its human trafficking report. Here’s why it matters.

The State Department has released its annual Trafficking in Persons report on human trafficking. The big headline was that China was downgraded to Tier 3, the lowest ranking, suggesting that the Trump administration had decided to rebuke China by grouping it with the likes of Syria, Iran and North Korea. The report grades countries on … Continue reading The State Department just released its human trafficking report. Here’s why it matters.