Thursday, March 18, 2021

Joe Biden's war on immigrant children

Where are Rachel Maddow's tears now?  Children continue to be in cages.  Where are her tears now?  Kevin Martinez (WSWS) reports:



The number of immigrant children detained by the Biden administration continues to grow as two officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday plans to hold thousands of teenage boys at a convention center in downtown Dallas.

A DHS document obtained by NPR revealed that 4,276 unaccompanied migrant children were being held by the government. The average stay in a camp was 117 hours, far longer than the maximum 72 hours allowed under the law.


Another temporary camp in Midland, Texas, originally for oilfield workers, will be opened to jail migrants. Even a former NASA site, Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, is being considered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as another immigrant detention center.

The opening of these new facilities occurs as an influx of refugees and immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children fleeing poverty and violence in Central America, arrive at the US-Mexico border. An estimated 9,400 unaccompanied minors arrived along the border in February, three times the number from last year.

Despite being elected in no small part due to the universal revulsion with the Trump administration’s inhumane and xenophobic immigration policies, President Joe Biden is continuing and in fact, expanding the war on immigrants and refugees.


He is disgusting and so is anyone who wants to pretend otherwise.  



This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  Protests continue in IRaq, while a protest is planned Friday in NYC, Tara Reade talks about assault, and much more.

Starting in the US where 2020's Green Party ticket of Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker spoke with Tara Reade last night.  Tara has made credible charges of assault against Joe Biden (I believe her) and she is the author of LEFT OUT: WHERE THE TRUTH DOESN'T FIT IN.

Tara Reade: Today two thins happened that were really quite stunning.  It was revealed what [NY Governor Andrew] Cuomo's people were trying to do to one of the accusers, Lindsey Boylan, who was brave enough to come forward -- to try to smear her publicly and that's been revealed so there's an article about that, about the tactics used.  And, for me, a wonderful thing happened for a change.  Ryan Grim from THE INTERCEPT was on RISING and basically went after THE NEW YORK TIMES for misreportng and accusing me of lying about my education credentials which I did not do.  And he basically laid out what happened to me and called out THE NEW YORK TIMES for class-shaming me.  

Ryan Grim's a joke.  What was done to Tara was done to others in presidential campaigns and if you're not aware of that prepare for it to happen again and again.  On the Democratic Party side, they silence someone who comes forward by having a Democratic Party member in office announce an investigation or charges against someone.  Now these never bear out -- not even when Beau Biden executed the trick in 2008.  But they do serve to silence the critic and send the media scurrying.

A real reporter would have been on the phone every week asking, "What's the status of the investigation?"  There was no ongoing investigation, it was fake from the start.  And it was over long ago and could have been reported but no one wanted to because they were trying to fix an election.

Ryan wasn't the one who found Tara's mother's call-in to THE LARRY KING SHOW, please remember.  He's had everything delivered to him and all he's done is write badly on any number of topics.

Equally true, Ryan's not only a joke as a reporter, he's a dirty word to the Green Party after his most recent sliming.  I understand her gratitude -- any port in the storm? -- towards Ryan but I know those comments will result in e-mails so I'm heading them off right now.

I'm glad Tara's doing interviews and I hope it's getting the word out on the issues and also on her new book.  But I'm not going to set aside my media critique.  Ryan did a lousy job reporting on Tara from day one.  He also walked away when the story got too hot.  He should have been hammering away and instead he folded.  Then, months after the election, he wants to play 'brave reporter'?  I'm not going to help him lie.  

Other thoughts?  Masculinity is not toxic but there can be toxic masculinity.  It's something that needs to be noted because that term is misunderstood.  By the same token, alpha-male?  Oh, honey, really?  Do you even know which community spent the last years popularizing that term?  Now you're going to try to take it from the gay male community with no acknowledgment and redefine it as something bad and try to trace it back to Rome (that's not Tara*)?  Somewhere around that nonsense, I decided life's too short and stopped streaming.  

[Added: "that's not Tara" seems pretty clear to me that I'm saying Tara's not the one who was offering that nonsense.  I was being kind and not naming the woman who did offer it.  Since I've had to add a note let me make one more comment:  Don't sideline Howie.  He's a co-interviewer.  Tara brings him into the conversation -- and good for her -- but he should have been brought in earlier.  He's a co-host and it's not as though the other two women -- again, that does not refer to Tara -- aren't really offering anything of value.  They're just talking about a movie -- REVENGE OF THE NERDS -- without any understanding at all -- I can go into that if I have to -- and they're talking in these sweeping generalities that have nothing to do with what is going on right now in the world with assault and rape.  That's why I compared it to the soggiest of ecofeminism -- not all ecofeminism has me rolling my eyes.  Tara was a good guest.  I would've liked to have heard more from her.]

It is cultural appropriation [redefining alpha male], please note.  No community has utilized that term more than the male gay community.  They've used it, they've defined it, they have a cottage porn industry built up around their definition of the term.  

A serious conversation on the topic needs to include specifics and not be built around sweeping generalities with (misunderstood) buzz words.  I don't need your 'drunk history' version of the history of humankind to understand assault and rape.  This should have been a hard hitting, serious discussion but it meandered off into the sort of squishy nonsense and claims that I would associate with the worst of eco-feminism and Harlequin Romance novels.

Before I pulled the plug, Tara was armed with specifics and with facts and figures and maybe if they'd just spoken to her it would have been a lively and informed discussion. Her discussing how she was treated by the press and relating it to the attacks on Lindsay right now were illuminating.  But instead, this was like that awful Winter Soldier panel IVAW staged on 'assault' where no one on the panel was assaulted but you got to hear a woman saying that she got drunk at a bar and danced with her commanding officer and she realizes now that this was assault.  It may have been something but for those of us who have been assaulted it didn't seem to reach the level of assault -- though bad judgement would certainly be a term that could be applied.  

Let's get back to the real world where protests take place.  Sohali Obaid Tweets:

Mass protests in #Basra in protest to the kidnappings and assassinations of activists and protesters in #Iraq.
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In Manhattan this Friday, a protest against the war will take place:

Join us next Fri, 3.19 @ 3:30-5 PM for the 18th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq. We will be demonstrating against endless U.S. wars on Manhattan Bridge Plaza during rush hour. For more information, call 718-768-7306 #antiwar #peace #bannuclear #iraqwar #protest #resistwar

In other Iraq news,  THE TIMES OF ISRAEL reports:

The last Jewish doctor in Iraq and one of the few remaining Jews in its capital, Baghdad, has died at the age of 61, reports said Tuesday.

Dr. Thafer Eliyahu, an orthopedic doctor at Wasiti Hospital, has been nicknamed “the doctor of the poor” since he treated those who couldn’t afford the costs for free, according to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster and Washington Post Iraq correspondent Mustafa Salim.   

During the Gulf War of 2003, he continued to see sick and injured patients even as bombings continued overhead, Kan reported.

Kan said Eliyahu died on Monday of a heart attack, citing a journalist in Baghdad. However, Salim wrote on Twitter that the cause of death was a sudden stroke. 

Iraq has been the host of many religions -- in the past and presently.  ALJAZEERA reports on the Mandaeans .

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