The US promised Australia that they would take a bunch of Middle Eastern refugees-migrants that are trying to enter Australia if Australia would take Central American refugee-migrants! This was in Reuters news. It is found under World News videos and neither under humor, nor under humour.
Festival in Nebaj, Guatemala, photo released to public domain via wikipedia
The US may 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. [Update: The refugees 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? Is the real agenda to remove indigenous people from the lands so that they can’t claim indigenous rights against mining companies ? In this article from September, the Australian PM says it’s not a people swap but the description given by Reuters Australia this week makes it sound like one: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/un-refugee-summit-australia-intake-upped-to-19,000-per-year/7863712 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.
“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 is spending $ 6 to 7 BILLION PER YEAR in humanitarian aid abroad, according to 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.
This is from Reuters:
“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 Muslim refugees from warzones? Why is taking indigenous Central Americans (who are Christians) 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), as there may be Islamic terrorists among the Muslim refugees.
“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. People should be vigilant just in case.
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? Let’s see, a whole lot of other countries were in Iraq, 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 Note that China has a huge population and doesn’t “need” more people. Russia has the largest land area in the world and if a country were to “need” more people, then Russia would be it. The truth, of course, 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? 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.”
So why does the US not take Christians, who along with women who don’t want to veil are most endangered by Islamic extremists?
Blinkered 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. Western governments choose to ignore tell-tale signs of extremism such as veiling of women – at least when 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 just commented on an online newspaper that those Muslims going to the US are agreeing to convert to Christianity. This is patently false. But, when it comes to (Islamist) ideology, truth doesn’t matter. Anything that you give to the Red Cross gets called the Red Crescent in 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.
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.” (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 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
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
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 A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT THAT 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.
“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…
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.” [THIS IS REFUGEES ONLY. IT IS NOT IMMIGRANTS. IT IS NOT WORKER VISAS. SEE: http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=58a0e039-7401-4ed1-a276-98e0c642cd9a ]
“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“. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/20/remarks-president-obama-leaders-summit-refugees
[Emphasis our own throughout.]