30 Jun 2017
2017/06/29 – U.S. blacklists China bank, revving up pressure over North Korea – Washington Times
The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.”
27 May 2017
2017/05/26 – U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In – NY Times
Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States.
The State Department’s decision was conveyed in an email on Thursday to the private agencies in countries around the world that help refugees manage the nearly two-year application process needed to enter the United States.
In her email, Jennifer L. Smith, a department official, wrote that the refugee groups could begin bringing people to the United States “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.”
Here’s the technically that was used…
The department’s quotas on refugee resettlement were largely the result of budget constraints imposed by Congress in a temporary spending measure passed last fall. But when Congress passed a spending bill this month that funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the law did not include any restrictions on refugee admissions.
Interesting – this is definitely not the desire of Trump or Tillerson as I see it…
25 May 2017
Say what you want about President Trump… he’s going to lay out what he thinks regardless of who is present. Here he is in a speech, suggesting other NATO members pay their fair share as they watch in the background.
25 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Trump In Israel Gave ‘Rachashei Lev’ Pediatric Cancer Patient Her Dream – Yeshiva World News
During his recent visit to Israel, President Donald Trump made a 14-year old girl’s dream come true. Emilee Imbar has been battling cancer for the last seven years, and has dreamed of meeting with the U.S. President.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating – BBC News
Moody’s, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3.
Moody’s said that the downgrade reflected expectations that China’s financial strength would “erode somewhat over the coming years, with the economy-wide debt continuing to rise as potential growth slows”.
The other two main credit rating agencies have so far left their evaluations unchanged.
Standard & Poor’s rating for China currently stands at AA- with a negative outlook, while Fitch’s rating is A+ with a stable outlook.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Lounging on a Libyan beach with his childhood mates, the cannabis-smoking teenager who went on to slaughter 22 people in Manchester Arena attack after being radicalised and ‘receiving secret terror training in Syria’ – UK Daily Mail
But a senior US intelligence official claimed today that members of his own family had warned police that he was ‘dangerous’.
UK border checks were branded a ‘shambles’ after it emerged the suicide bomber had travelled to ISIS strongholds Syria and Libya before being able to come ‘straight through’ to Britain.
Last night it emerged he had only just returned from war-torn Libya before launching his horrific attack and was seen as the ‘face of hate’ among some neighbours.
British-born Abedi had spent time in a conflict zone – possibly Syria – before slaughtering 22 in a suicide bomb atrocity at Manchester Arena on Monday night, it has been claimed.
A friend of Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, said the attacker had returned from a three-week trip to Libya – also an ISIS hotbed – just days ago. He is understood to have made regular journeys to the North African country in recent years.
Please note that this is the exact reason for Trump’s travel ban. It’s not a Muslim ban, but it takes into account the locations where people are being trained to be suicide bombers.
This article is included in the Manchester Context thread.
3 Apr 2017
2,070 Refugees Arrived in U.S. in March, 54% Drop From February’s 4,579 – CNS News
In a continuing declining trend, 2,070 refugees arrived during March, a 54.79 percent drop from the 4,579 recorded in February, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
Of the 2,070 refugees resettled in March, the largest contingents came from Somalia (335), Syria (282), Burma (278), Iraq (192), Democratic Republic of Congo (184), Ukraine (167) and Iran (101).
With the fiscal year now halfway through, 39,098 refugees had arrived as of March 31, of whom 30,122 arrived before the end of the Obama administration and 8,967 since Trump’s inauguration.
According to a chart at the link, from 2010 thru the end of the Obama admin, 512.9 million refugees have entered the country.
Trump is quickly decreasing this highly risky endeavor.