October 2, 2018 Jamal Kashoggi, a journalist employed by the Washington Post, was brutally murdered and dismembered by Agents from Saudi Arabia. There is strong evidence tying the murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Trump administration is punishing Saudi Arabia by offering them help to develop nuclear capabilities.

On February 18th, Pakistani politicians punished the Crown prince by presenting him with a gold plated sub machine gun.

It’s a very strange world to say the least.

The man occupying our White House actively targets journalists and the press. He has declared the New York Times to be an enemy of the people. Given Donald Trump’s fear of the truth, perhaps he hope that Mohammed bin Salman will, as a tit for tat gesture, “take care of” American news sources that are critical of Trump?

What an amazing man. Trump is adept at spewing it from both ends.

Four heroes of the Unitarian “No More Deaths” ministry were convicted on Friday for leaving food and water in strategic locations within the Arizona desert where numerous migrants have perished. Now they face fines and prison time. For trying to save lives.
(Link to full CNN article)

This is interesting, not just for the inhumanity, but also for the irony that during the current McConnell/Trump government shutdown, off-roaders have been vandalizing Joshua Tree National Park, cutting down trees and committing other acts of vandalism. Any law enforcement there? Oh wait, those vandals have not committed the crime of trying to save immigrant lives.

I am reminded of a quote from Anatole France:

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread.”

 

 

Australia has a prison island where it holds refugees who dared to seek asylum in that nation. Yes, Australia!

The degree of refugee oppression is often undiminished. These refugees are twice oppressed. Oppressed by those who give and those who take. Oppressed by the homeland they flee, and oppressed by the haven they seek.

As despicable as Australia’s policies are, sadly they do not stand alone in their commission of this second oppression.

Obviously as Americans, our entire nation is complicit in similar attitudes, policies, regulations, and laws. Yes, we point the finger at the despicable man occupying the White House. But that does not negate our complicity. We allow this man to continue his reign of hatred. America was built by refugees and immigrants. We all came from somewhere else. Yet, we collectively harbor thoughts and attitudes, overt or hidden, that seek to deny opportunity to any who arrive after our arrival, or our forebearrers’ arrival.

Read the NYT editorial in today’s (Feb 3, 2019) newspaper. Click here to the editorial.