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A Trump spokesperson said on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters, that the U.S. will still take the over 1,000 Middle Eastern refugees-migrants (from majority Muslim countries) that are trying to enter Australia, if Australia would take (presumably the same number of) Central American refugee-migrants (from majority Christian countries), as agreed by Obama. The Central American Refugees, mostly indigenous to the Americas, are located in Costa Rica. In November, Reuters called this deal a refugee “swap”.
Under this “swap”, the Central Americans would no longer be indigenous and would apparently lose their indigenous rights, making it easier for mining, oil companies, and agribusiness (for the burgeoning world population) to grab their indigenous lands.
However, according to Zoe Daniel, of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in a tweet: “We were told in WH briefing today that Aus-US refugee deal is going ahead, now White House has told me @POTUS hasn’t made a final decision, 2:17 PM – 31 Jan 2017“, as she reports in “Donald Trump: White House backtracks on refugee deal struck with Australia, says it is still under consideration” http://www.abc. net.au/news/2017-02-01/white-house-backtracks-on-australia-refugee-deal/8228336
Festival in Nebaj, Guatemala, photo released to public domain via wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_peoples
“Despite the restrictions, Trump on Sunday assured Australia the United States would honor its agreement to resettle the refugees,” states Reuters, which are “mainly from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq,…” (This is 57% of 2,161 refugees detained in processing centers in Australia, based on the Reuters report.) “Under the deal, Australia will in return resettle refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras,” says Reuters (31 Jan. 2017)
“U.S. to apply ‘extreme vetting’ in refugee swap deal with Australia
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:20:06 -0500
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United States will apply “extreme vetting” to up to 1,250 asylum seekers it has agreed to resettle as part of an agreement with Australia, a spokesman for President Trump said in the United States on Tuesday.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/LN-iB5zyl5A/us-australia-asylum-idUSKBN15F2RM
What’s the rationale here? Is it because Australian and Canadian mining companies are displacing Central Americans and the US is involved in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan? Other countries were in Iraq, including the UK and Australia, and many more countries.
Last November Australia appeared concerned that the deal was “threatened”, and Reuters call it a refugee “swap”: “President Trump threatens Australia refugee deal Posted:Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:31:00 -0500 Australia thought it was onto a good thing when it signed a deal with Washington to swap refugees – many of them Muslim – in exchange for taking in asylum seekers from Central America. But as Reuters’ Jane Wardell reports, that was before they were blindsided by a Donald Trump election win which now threatens the entire agreement” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/A773yvRwUjA/president-trump-threatens-australia-refu Now, why wouldn’t Australia want refugees from warzones in majority Muslim countries? Why is taking indigenous Central Americans (from majority Christian countries) preferable to them? There actually could be drug dealers and gang leaders amongst those Central Americans fleeing before violence and land grabs by extractive industries (mining, oil), and agribusiness, as there may be Islamic terrorists among the Muslim refugees. Since this topic came up, an Australian privately suggested that it could be because at least some Australians don’t want Muslims.
In November: “Australia PM: No refugees will be sent to US this year
Turnbull said 1,200 refugees from Nauru will not be resettled in the US before president-elect Trump takes office.” http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/australia-pm-refugees-year-161114072136310.html Nauru is where they are located in refugee camps, not where they came from.
Exporting indigenous peoples to another continent looks really like genocide.
So, if not stopped, the US intends to transship Central Americans – largely indigenous to the Americas- to Australia, as was done with many indigenous British and Irish.
British and Irish were transshipped to the Caribbean, the US and Canada before Australia. Australia has its own indigenous people.
The refugees, who are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, are apparently located in Costa Rica and not Mexico. This raises the question of why Mexico is not taking them? Are they Mexicans instead of Central Americans? What about Nicaragua and many South American countries which have low population densities? Why aren’t they taking them?
Why are they made refugees in their own lands? How is it acceptable that people be chased from their homes by gangs and/or mining companies? Are the gangs working for mining companies? How is it the responsability of the US? Is it the responsibility of Australia due to the importance of mining in their economy? Canada? Is the real agenda to remove indigenous people from the lands so that they can’t claim indigenous rights against mining, petroleum, and agribusiness companies? In this article from September, the Australian PM says it’s not a people swap but it sounds like one and Reuters called it that. See: “UN refugee summit: Australia to take in Central Americans and maintain annual intake” By Stephanie Anderson and Dan Conifer, 21 Sep 2016, 7:28am, http://www.abc.net. au/news/2016-09-21/un-refugee-summit-australia-intake-upped-to-19,000-per-year/7863712
And, we need to think in the context of MesoAmerica, meaning that the refugees may be indigenous Mexicans or Central Americans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesoamerica
Could it be that ethnic cleansing is going on in Syria? Is shipping Syrians out of Syria part of a process of ethnic cleansing? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sectarianism_and_minorities_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War And, some of the other countries?
How does the US treat its own indigenous peoples? Most now know of the Standing Rock Sioux, but how many know the Oglala Sioux of Pine Ridge to the south? “Life on the Pine Ridge Native American reservation Where life expectancy is the second-lowest in the western hemisphere and 80 percent of people are unemployed.“, 2 Nov, 2016: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/10/life-pine-ridge-native-american-reservation-161031113119935.html
Even in this article no mention is made of the poisoning of the Pine Ridge water supply by uranium mining in the past, present (Cameco), and proposed for the future (Powertech-Azarga’s Dewey Burdock). Cleanup has been requested and uranium mining opposed for more than a decade by Oglala Lakota Sioux, mostly to no avail. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/debra-white-plume-on-dakota-access-pipeline-uranium-contamination-of-pine-ridge-water-uranium-mining-wounded-knee-and-more/
How is Trump treating the Standing Rock Sioux?
“Trump Executive Order on DAPL violates law and tribal treaties
Posted on January 24, 2017. Filed to: Press Releases
The decision puts water for 17 million people at risk
Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights. The Trump administration’s politically motivated decision violates the law and the Tribe will take legal action to fight it….” Continues here: http://standwithstandingrock.net/trump-executive-order-dapl-violates-law-tribal-treaties/
“The US homeless camps offering a lesson in democracy” 4 November 2016: “There are about 564,700 homeless people in the US…” http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/10/homeless-camps-offering-lesson-democracy-161031095907084.html
Meanwhile the US has been spending $ 6 to 7 BILLION PER YEAR in humanitarian aid abroad, according to former President Obama, and close to $2 BILLION PER YEAR to import foreign radioactive waste to dump and bury in the US, while pretending that it is for non-proliferation.
Who was involved in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan? Let’s see, a whole lot of other countries were in Iraq with the US, including the UK and Australia and many more countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War And, is Russia taking refugees since they are in Syria too? Almost none. Former colonial master France? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_armed_groups_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War
“19 MAY 2016 Chinese most welcoming to refugees, Russians least New 27-nation index by Amnesty International ranks how welcoming people are to those fleeing war and persecution.” http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-uk-welcoming-refugees-russia-160519044808608.html
China has a huge population and doesn’t “need” more people. Russia has the largest land area in the world – almost 11% of the world- and if a country were to “need” more people, then Russia would be it. The truth, which few dare discuss, is that the world is overpopulated and the very existence of people, even at the most basic level, is destructive due to area needed to farm food, etc., etc.
How can sending Central Americans, who so largely descend from the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, to Australia be justified? How many are fleeing due to the extractive industries which have robbed them of their land, and not just from gang violence? Or land grabs by agribusiness to feed the exploding world population? Central Americans are indigenous to the Americans and mostly Christians. Experts believe that the North American Mound Builders and the Central American Indians are kin. A Cherokee tradition says that Latin American and Cherokee have common origins. How many in refugee camps are indigenous Mexicans that Mexico is trying to get rid of in order to grab their lands?
Exporting indigenous peoples to another continent looks really like genocide.
This looks remarkably like the Highland Clearances in Scotland, as well as other clearances, where indigenous people of northern Europe were transshipped to the Americas and Australia-New Zealand to make room for sheep and mining companies. Britain and Ireland still won’t take their children back! Rather they too frequently stick up their noses at “Americans” as though “America” fell from the sky. The same is true for many of the countries who have exported their children to the Americas. During the Great Famine of the mid 1800s the British government made the landlords responsible for feeding the tenants. Landlords were sometimes unwilling and sometimes unable to feed the tenants, so the tenants were forced to go to America. Probably some of the landlords were forced out too. The Choctaw Indians, recently displaced from Mississippi to Oklahoma by the US government sent money to help the Irish: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/1995-president-of-ireland-thanking-choctaw-indians-for-1847-donation-during-irelands-great-famine/ Could it be that the Choctaw thought that if they gave to the Irish that maybe the Irish could stay in Ireland?
Why should either indigenous peoples of America be transshipped to Australia or Syrians transshipped to the Americas? Or Iraqis? Or Iranians? Or Afghanis? What did Dorothy say? “There’s no place like home…”
On October 21st of 2016 US Judge Norgle observed:
“It is well‐documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war‐torn area of the world. Perhaps 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, and yet less than one‐half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian.1 Recognizing the crisis in Syria, the President in 2015 set a goal of resettling 10,000 refugees in the United States. And in August the government reached this laudable goal. And yet, of the nearly 11,000 refugees admitted by mid‐September, only 56 were Christian. To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy.” “No. 16‐1840 HEARTLAND ALLIANCE NATIONAL IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CENTER, Plaintiff‐Appellant, v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Defendant‐Appellee. / Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. No. 12 C 9692 — Charles R. Norgle, Judge. / ARGUED SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 — DECIDED OCTOBER 21, 2016” http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2016/D10-21/C:16-1840:J:Manion:con:T:fnOp:N:1849740:S:0
So why does the US not take Christians, who along with women who don’t want to veil are most endangered by Islamic extremists? Preference for minority religions was reportedly written into Trump’s executive order and has been widely criticized. Why? Christians have been increasingly targetted. And, Christians have been in the region for longer than Islam has existed. This includes, but is not limited to, Palestinian Christians. Read the Bible and get a Bible Atlas or look online. Former President Obama seems to think that if he takes more and more Muslims that it will somehow protect the US from attacks by Islamic extremists, whereas this just hasn’t worked out. It could also be because Assad’s alliance was of minority religions, including Christians.
Western governments choose to ignore tell-tale signs of extremism such as veiling of women – at least where the men don’t also veil. One can be devout and not veil. Those women not wanting to veil are the people who need to be brought in as refugees to the west. Apparently there’s nothing in the Koran that says that one should veil (there is in the New Testament of the Bible, though: head-coverings in church for married women). Someone commented on an online newspaper in November that those Muslims going to the US are agreeing to convert to Christianity. This is patently false. But, when it comes to (Islamist and other extremist) ideology, truth doesn’t matter. Anything that you give to the Red Cross gets called the Red Crescent in majority Muslim lands, so that neither Christians nor Jews get ideological credit for their charity. While Jesus says don’t get caught doing good, in this context it could be life-saving.
Former President Obama: “And if we were to turn refugees away simply because of their background or religion, or, for example, because they are Muslim, then we would be reinforcing terrorist propaganda that nations like my own are somehow opposed to Islam, which is an ugly lie that must be rejected in all of our countries by upholding the values of pluralism and diversity…
Last year the United States provided more than $6 billion in humanitarian assistance worldwide. We anticipate providing more than $7 billion in humanitarian assistance to international organizations and non-governmental organizations by the end of the current fiscal year.” (Then President Obama, Sept. 2016)
And, yet, the US never gets credit for this any more than it gets credit for carrying most of the weight of NATO. http://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2016_01/20160129_160128-pr-2016-11-eng.pdf Only a few countries – Poland, Estonia, the UK and Greece spend the recommended 2% of GDP. The US spends a greater percentage. Wealthy Luxembourg could better afford it and yet they give less than 1/2 of a percent of their GDP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita
Not only are Americans hated, but how many are homeless and unemployed? How many expated out? How many Americans cannot get their immigrant spouses into the US because they are now forced to stand in line behind H1B and other economic migrants, and no longer get preference?
How many of the “sandwich” generation where Americans must live with and support both adult children and the elderly, and probably by now grand-children and great-grand-children because even those in their 50s, average age to become a grand-parent, have been left out of the system? Some even older have been left out of the economy.
This is due not only to corporate offshoring but due to decades of unfair immigration policy. Many US cities have long been war-zones and the US government wishes to add to the problems by bringing in desperate youth gangs from East Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East? It’s not working out well in Europe. It doesn’t seem to be working out in the US either: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/somali-americans-sentenced-for-providing-material-support-to-islamic-state-non-somali-americans-could-get-longer-sentences-for-planning-attack-against-somalis/ Britain and the US need to let all of the potential terrorists who want to go abroad to go abroad and just not come back, as many have observed.
“Ignoring the governor, New Jersey refugee contractors vow to place them as fast as Obama admits them!” https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/ignoring-the-governor-new-jersey-refugee-contractors-vow-to-place-them-as-fast-as-obama-admits-them
Since 1975 the United States has resettled more than 3.2 million refugees representing more than 70 nationalities. We increased the number of refugees resettled annually in the United States from 70,000 in 2015 to 85,000 this year, and, as recently announced, have established an admissions target of 110,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2017.” https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/fact-sheet-leaders-summit-refugees. [THIS IS REFUGEES ONLY. IT IS NOT IMMIGRANTS. IT IS NOT WORKER VISAS WHICH ARE THE REAL PROBLEM. H1B Visas are dual intent – to citizenship. SEE: http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=58a0e039-7401-4ed1-a276-98e0c642cd9a ]
It was the Italian mafia that dumped radioactive waste on east Africa (Somalia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_waste_dumping_by_the_%27Ndrangheta The region was colonized by the Italians and British, and then fell into Russia’s (USSR) orbit of influence, but despite the facts, it’s all Americans fault! Oct. 3 to 4 1993 – one day war, if you blinked you missed it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia–United_States_relations It may well be the mafia who are funneling east Africans into Italy and thus Europe. Germany was in east Africa too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_East_Africa
Sure enough, since we wrote the above words last November, organized crime: “EUROPOL SUPPORTS DISMANTLEMENT OF SOMALI MIGRANT SMUGGLING NETWORK IN FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS” 09 Dec2016, https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/europol-supports-dismantlement-of-somali-migrant-smuggling-network-in-france-and-netherlands
“Europol’s research indicates that 90 % of these migrants have their journey facilitated by a criminal organisation, so tackling this multi-billion-euro trade is an essential part of the EU’s response to the migrant crisis.” Read more here: https://www.europol.europa.eu/about-europol/european-migrant-smuggling-centre-emsc
On October 21st of 2016 US Judge Norgle observed (longer excerpt):
“I write separately for a second, critical reason, which is my concern about the apparent lack of Syrian Christians as a part of immigrants from that country. It is possible that our case bears a direct link to this enigma.
It is well‐documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war‐torn area of the world. Per‐ haps 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, and yet less than one‐half of one percent of Syrian refugees admit‐ ted to the United States this year are Christian.1 Recognizing the crisis in Syria, the President in 2015 set a goal of resettling 10,000 refugees in the United States. And in August the gov‐ ernment reached this laudable goal. And yet, of the nearly 11,000 refugees admitted by mid‐September, only 56 were Christian. To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy.
This is not to suggest that any refugee group is more or less welcome: quite the contrary. The good people of this country routinely welcome immigrants from all over the world. But in a democracy, good data is critical to public debate about national immigration policy. When we demand high evidentiary burdens for states seeking to keep their citizens safe, and then prevent the states from obtaining that evidence, we create a Catch‐22“”No. 16‐1840 HEARTLAND ALLIANCE NATIONAL IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CENTER, Plaintiff‐Appellant, v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Defendant‐Appellee. / Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. No. 12 C 9692 — Charles R. Norgle, Judge. / ARGUED SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 — DECIDED OCTOBER 21, 2016” http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2016/D10-21/C:16-1840:J:Manion:con:T:fnOp:N:1849740:S:0
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE REFUGEES FROM ANOTHER NUCLEAR ACCIDENT AS IS IMMINENT? IT WILL OCCUR AT ANY MOMENT IN ANY PLACE WHERE THERE ARE NUCLEAR REACTORS, WASTE AND WARHEADS. THE US, EUROPE, INDIA, CHINA, ETC. CLEARLY THEY WILL BE LEFT IN PLACE TO DIE, AS JAPAN IS FORCING FUKUSHIMA REFUGEES BACK. THE US HAS CONSTANTLY INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF RADIATION DEEMED ACCEPTABLE AFTER A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT – 15 TIMES MORE THAN JAPAN ALLOWS FOR FOOD.
Former President Obama:
“And if we were to turn refugees away simply because of their background or religion, or, for example, because they are Muslim, then we would be reinforcing terrorist propaganda that nations like my own are somehow opposed to Islam, which is an ugly lie that must be rejected in all of our countries by upholding the values of pluralism and diversity…
First and foremost, we must recognize that refugees are a symptom of larger failures — be it war, ethnic tensions, or persecution. If we truly want to address the crisis, wars like the savagery in Syria must be brought to an end — and it will be brought to an end through political settlement and diplomacy, and not simply by bombing…
As Americans, we’re determined to do our part. The United Nations [United States] is the largest single donor of humanitarian aid around the world, including to refugees and to the people of Syria. We resettle more refugees than any other nation. As President, I’ve increased the number of refugees we are resettling to 85,000 this year, which includes 10,000 Syrian refugees — a goal we’ve exceeded even as we’ve upheld our rigorous screening. And I called for this summit because we all have to do more.
I want to thank our co-hosts, Secretary General Ban, and Jordan. Obviously, Jordan is carrying an enormous burden as a consequence of the conflict, and we are grateful for His Majesty and the work that they’ve done. Mexico, which is absorbing a great number of refugees from Central America. Sweden, which has made enormous humanitarian contributions in addition to taking on refugees. Germany and Canada — two countries that have gone above and beyond in providing support for refugees. And I want to personally thank Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Trudeau, and the people of both those countries — because the politics sometimes can be hard, but it’s the right thing to do. And Ethiopia, which as was noted in the video, bears an enormous burden… ”
“The United States has also increased alternative pathways of admission, providing special immigrant visas to more than 11,000 people at risk from Iraq and Afghanistan in FY16, an increase of more than 4,000 from FY 2015. Last year the United States provided more than $6 billion in humanitarian assistance worldwide. We anticipate providing more than $7 billion in humanitarian assistance to international organizations and non-governmental organizations by the end of the current fiscal year. In direct support of the Summit’s goals, the United States recently made a contribution of nearly $37 million for UNHCR’s work with countries hosting refugees to increase the number of refugee children receiving a quality education. The United States is also proud to have provided $20 million in support for the Education Cannot Wait Platform, the world’s first fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, championing access to education in the most complex and dangerous environments“.
[Emphasis our own throughout.]