Iran’s Supreme Leader Picks New Revolutionary Guard Chief

April 21, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iran’s Supreme Leader Picks New Revolutionary Guard Chief 

VOA -Iran’s supreme leader has appointed a new head to the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the U.S. designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group. State-run Iranian media gave no reason for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision to replace the Guard’s commander. Taking over will be Gen. Hossein Salami, a 59-year-old who had been serving as a deputy commander in the Guard. He replaces Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, who had been in charge of the Guard for over 11 years. The Revolutionary Guard is a separate force from Iran’s standing military. It also oversees the country’s ballistic missile program and runs its own intelligence operations.

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Mueller Found Trump Sought to Remove Him as Special Counsel

April 18, 2019 by · Comments Off on Mueller Found Trump Sought to Remove Him as Special Counsel 

VOA – Special counsel Robert Mueller investigated 11 instances in which he suspected that President Donald Trump had obstructed justice by trying to thwart his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that Trump won, but ultimately he could not prove the president’s intent to break the law. The 448-page report released Thursday concludes there is no evidence that Trump or his campaign aides coordinated with Russians to interfere on behalf of Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. While the investigation documented many links between people with ties to the Russian government and individuals involved in the Trump campaign, “the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges,” Mueller wrote. However, the report cites numerous efforts by an angst-ridden Trump to derail or impede the federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the campaign.

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US Terror Label for Iran Revolutionary Guard Takes Effect

April 16, 2019 by · Comments Off on US Terror Label for Iran Revolutionary Guard Takes Effect 

VOA – The U.S. terrorism label for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended early next month. The Guard’s formal designation as a “foreign terrorist organization” — the first-ever for an entire division of another government — kicked in with a notice published in the Federal Register. The move adds a layer of sanctions to the elite military unit and makes it a crime for anyone in or subject to U.S. jurisdiction to provide it with material support. Depending on how broadly “material support” is interpreted, the designation may complicate U.S. diplomatic and military cooperation with certain third-country officials, notably in Iraq and Lebanon, who deal with the Guard.

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White House Looking at Sending Migrants to Sanctuary Cities

April 15, 2019 by · Comments Off on White House Looking at Sending Migrants to Sanctuary Cities 

VOA – The White House on Sunday, echoing President Donald Trump, said sending undocumented migrants to sanctuary U.S. cities that have protected them from deportation remains a possibility even though government agencies have said it would be impractical and there is no money allocated to do it. “We certainly are looking at all options as long as [opposition] Democrats refuse to acknowledge the crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the “Fox News Sunday” show. Trump Considers Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities Trump said late Saturday on Twitter, “Democrats must change the Immigration Laws FAST. If not, Sanctuary Cities must immediately ACT to take care of the Illegal Immigrants – and this includes Gang Members, Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, and Criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds. CHANGE THE LAWS NOW!”

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On Ellis Island, a Wall Honors Immigrants Old and New

April 12, 2019 by · Comments Off on On Ellis Island, a Wall Honors Immigrants Old and New 

It may surprise no one to see names like “The Russo Family” from Sicily, Italy, or Anton Ivanovich Malygin from St. Petersburg, Russia, inscribed on Ellis Island’s American Immigrant Wall of Honor — a manifestation of common migration patterns to the United States from Europe more than a century ago.  But on a nearby panel, reflecting the Upper New York Bay and the shapes of visitors in its stainless steel, are the names “Topiltzin and Angela Martínez Family” from Honduras; “Teresa and Rosa E. López” from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala; and “Jaime F. Hernández” from El Salvador — immigrants who did not disembark on Ellis Island, but are memorialized for posterity nonetheless.  “Everybody wants to be honored,” said Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “They want to be remembered. They want their moment of arrival in America to be something that is memorialized. And in a small way, that’s what we can do here.”

Iranian Red Crescent: Flood-Hit Iran Getting No Financial Aid From Abroad Due to US Sanctions

April 9, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iranian Red Crescent: Flood-Hit Iran Getting No Financial Aid From Abroad Due to US Sanctions 

VOA – U.S. sanctions have prevented the Iranian Red Crescent from obtaining any foreign financial aid to assist victims of flooding that has killed at least 70 people and inundated some 1,900 communities, the group said on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Washington was ready to help via the Red Cross and Red Crescent, but accused Iran’s clerical establishment of “mismanagement in urban planning and in emergency preparedness”. “No foreign cash help has been given to the Iranian Red Crescent society. With attention to the inhuman American sanctions, there is no way to send this cash assistance,” the Red Crescent said in a statement.

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AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage share IMMIGRATION AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage

April 7, 2019 by · Comments Off on AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage share IMMIGRATION AP Fact Check: Trump’s Mexico Mirage 

VOA – Giving himself credit for tough diplomacy, President Donald Trump is describing a burst of activity by Mexican authorities to keep Central American migrants from getting to the U.S. border. That’s an apparent mirage as Trump retreats from his latest threat to seal off the U.S. from Mexico. Trump was wrong when he said last week that Mexico was doing “NOTHING” about migrants coming north. Mexico markedly tightened migration controls during the Obama administration and detained more than 30,000 foreigners in the first three months of this year. And it’s not evident now that Mexico has suddenly cracked down as a result of his threat, “apprehending everybody” and making “absolutely terrific progress” in just a matter of days, as Trump put it Friday. Mexico’s apprehensions of foreigners have not surged.

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Inspects Iran ‘Warehouse,’ Diplomats Say

April 5, 2019 by · Comments Off on UN Nuclear Watchdog Inspects Iran ‘Warehouse,’ Diplomats Say 

VOA – The U.N. atomic watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal has inspected what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran, three diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said. In a speech at the United Nations in September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who vehemently opposes the deal — called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site immediately, saying it had housed 15 kg (33 lb) of unspecified radioactive material that had since been removed. Netanyahu argued the warehouse showed Tehran still sought to obtain nuclear weapons, despite its 2015 pact with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for a loosening of sanctions. t the time, the IAEA bristled at being told what to do, saying it does not take information presented to it at face value and sends inspectors “only when needed.”

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Iran Says US Sanctions Impede Flood Rescue Operations

April 3, 2019 by · Comments Off on Iran Says US Sanctions Impede Flood Rescue Operations 

VOA – Iran’s foreign minister says sanctions imposed by the Trump administration last year have hampered rescue efforts in flood-stricken areas of the country, where nearly 60 people have died since mid-March, while the U.S. blamed the disaster on the Iranian government’s own “mismanagement.” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted late Monday that America’s “maximum pressure” policy on Iran “is impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods.” He said the sanctions have prevented Iran from acquiring badly needed equipment, including relief helicopters. “This isn’t just economic warfare; it’s economic TERRORISM,” he tweeted. U.S. President Donald Trump restored crippling sanctions on Iran last year after withdrawing from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The sanctions have worsened an economic crisis that has ignited sporadic anti-government protests over the past year.

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New Exhibit Commemorates 50 Years of Gay Rights Movement

April 1, 2019 by · Comments Off on New Exhibit Commemorates 50 Years of Gay Rights Movement 


But 50 years ago in June 1969, this popular gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village was the site of violent confrontation when an unprovoked police raid triggered widespread outrage, resulting in several days of riots and demonstrations. Many believe the uprising was the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement.Now, a groundbreaking new exhibit titled “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement” at the Newseum in Washington explores that tumultuous period in American history. Exhibit writer Christy Wallover says the numerous displays focus on the courageous efforts of everyday Americans.

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