Statue of Liberty Protester Found Guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of immigrant detention, has been found guilty of multiple federal crimes.

Okoumou famously climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s separation and detention of immigrant children.

While her lawyers argued that the moral imperative compelling her to take action against the detention of children should outweigh the illegality of her actions, the court decided otherwise.

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Senate May Break with Admin on Yemen War

The Senate voted on first steps to open debate surrounding the United States’ tactical support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The vote followed a closed-door briefing in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to sway key swing votes, but failed.

The Senate voted 63-37 to advance the bipartisan measure, but White House advisors have recommended that the president veto the resolution should it pass.

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President Permits Soldiers to Shoot Migrants

The president told U.S. troops to treat the rocks thrown by migrants like rifles and gave the troops permission to “fight back.”

The terrifying rhetoric comes only one day after the president announced he would send as many as 15,000 U.S. troops to the border to fend off the approaching group of migrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.

The so-called caravan primarily consists of women and children seeking relief from violence, poverty, and hunger in Central America.

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President May Triple Military Presence at U.S.-Mexico Border

The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.

The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.

It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.

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Migrant Caravan Approaches U.S.

The caravan of central American migrants is approaching the United States-Mexico border, its numbers having swelled to at least 7,000.

The president’s response thus far has been to threaten to withdraw aid from Honduras, to call for the declaration of a national emergency, and to threaten to send the military to the border to keep the caravan from entering the United States.

He has also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” have taken up with the caravan in an effort to enter the country.

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Gaza’s Economy Crumbling Under Blockade

The World Bank is reporting that Gaza’s economy is in “free fall” thanks to Israel’s 11-year blockade of the Palestinian territory.

The report found that youth unemployment is at an alarming 70% while overall unemployment hovers at 50%, creating a situation in which people are unable to cope with the rising cost of living.

Recent cuts in humanitarian aid, particularly from the United States, have further debilitated an already desperate populace facing malnutrition and disease.

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Administration Decimates U.S. Refugee Quota

The Trump administration has cut the total number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. to just 30,000 next year.

The decision will bring refugee allowances in the country to an historic low, and it is expected that even fewer than 30,000 will actually be admitted.

Last year, the U.S. admitted only 45,000 refugees, a figure less than half of the peak admittance rates under the Obama administration.

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U.N. Calls for Genocide Charges Against Myanmar Leaders

The United Nations has called for the leaders of Myanmar to be charged with genocide following the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.

Specifically, the U.N. is calling for the military’s commander-in-chief and five other generals to stand trial on charges of genocide against the Rohingya people.

It is the first time that the U.N. has called for such measures which will likely further isolate the already secluded nation.

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