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Ilhan Omar: We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace.

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/ Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) prepares to address several hundred students at rally outside the US Capitol during the Global Youth Climate Strike in Washington on March 15. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Let us apply these universal values to all nations. Only then will our world achieve peace.

Ilhan Omar, Washington (DC) Post

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor James Fuller.

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https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpg / March 17, 2019 | Since I began my first term in Congress, I have sought to speak openly and honestly about the scale of the issues our country faces — whether it is ending the crippling burden of student debt, tackling the existential threat of climate change or making sure no one in one of the richest countries in the world dies from lack of health care. As a survivor of war and a refugee, I have also sought to have an honest conversation about U.S. foreign policy, militarism and our role in the world.

This question of how the United States engages in conflict abroad is deeply personal to me. I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.

Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, represents Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening onU.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess

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How to make a difficult situation awful.

William deBuys, TomDispatch

March 24, 2019 | Who now remembers the classic 1956 sci-fi movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers? In it, alien spores drop to earth in... yes, California (undoubtedly not too far from the Mexican border)... and develop into seed pods that can replicate and then take over any nearby sleeping human being. What a nightmarish film. It certainly scared the hell out of 12-year-old me! What a terrifying, fantastical vision of alien “invasion” and “invaders,” terms that are now as comfortable for President Trump and his base as they were for the murderous Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand recently. In fact, both men used similar terms on the same day. Tarrant posted a 74-page white-nationalist screed in which he swore that his killing spree was “to show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands.” The president, vetoing a Congressional attempt to block his national emergency to build his “great, great wall,” claimed that “people hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is.”

William deBuys, TomDispatch regular, is the author of eight books. His latest, just published, is The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures (Little, Brown and Company, 2015).

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Part 2: What's happening on U.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis

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And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 

Editorial, Los Angeles (CA) Times / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

March 8, 2019 | The numbers are sobering. The federal government reported Tuesday that immigration agents apprehended 76,000 people — most of them families or unaccompanied minors — at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, twice the level of the previous year and the highest for February in 11 years. The increase continues a trend that began in the fall, and offers direct evidence that President Donald Trump’s strategy of maximum enforcement at the border is not reducing the flow of migrants.
And no, the answer is not “a big, beautiful wall.” Most of those apprehended weren’t trying to sneak past border agents; instead, they sought out agents once they reached the border and turned themselves in, hoping to receive asylum or other permission to stay.

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Related:

Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgPart 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.
     

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Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

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  • Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?
  • Related: Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

Mehdi Hasan, the Intercept <> / Portside <>


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March 15, 2019 | “It’s the Birthrates.”

So begins the online manifesto of the man accused of shooting and killing at least 49 Muslims in a terror attack targeted at two mosques in New Zealand.

“Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death,” it continues. “In the end we must return to replacement fertility levels, or it will kill us.”

Mehdi Hasan is a columnist and senior contributor at the Intercept. He is the host of the Intercept podcast “Deconstructed.” Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.”

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Related:

Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger, Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

  • https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/fire-2593636_1920.jpgSome journalists and commentators, anxious to prove American bigotry and blind to their own, throw gasoline onto the pyres of hatred.
  • Related: The Real Roots of American Rage
     

 


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