Organization of American States to conduct an assessment of Nicaragua after Ortega assumes power - again
The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, with his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo, will remain in power despite U.S. pushback. The General Assembly of the Organization of American States voted in favor of a resolution, since last Sunday’s elections, where Ortega was re-elected with 75 percent of the vote, to undertake a “collective assessment” of the political situation in Nicaragua, to be submitted by November 30th, according to AMCO Hoops.Read full story
Poland refuses Afghan migrants facing freezing temperatures, approves construction of a $402M wall
"We communicated our concern to Russia, we communicated our concern to Belarus," President Biden told reporters, according to Reuters. "We think it's a problem. A matter of "great concern."Read full story
Haiti doesn't make the guest list for Biden's Global Virtual 'Summit for Democracy' in December
US officials told The Miami Herald, "a preliminary list of invited countries will include 100 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines, and Poland, which back the non-invited countries. The non-invited countries are Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti."Read full story
Watchdog group estimates 60 cents of every dollar could go to the IRS under the “Build Back Better” tax proposal
The Biden administration put forth a multi-trillion-dollar spending plan that costs “zero dollars.” However, as people wade through the hundreds of pages of the legal language, they find a suite of tax hikes to “pay for” the proposed spending.Read full story
Washington reportedly urging Mexico to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans
Is the Biden Administrations getting tougher on illegal immigration, or is the reported pressure on Mexico intended to press Venezuela further due to political conflicts between the two countries?Read full story
Palestinian NGOs claim phones were hacked by Pegasus spyware, Israeli technology firm
Dublin-based rights group Front Line Defenders (FLD), who exposed staff phones had been hacked at a Palestinian NGO, have not accused a particular government but believe Pegasus is the firm behind the hack, headquartered in the Israeli city Herzliya.Read full story
American journalist sentenced in Myanmar
American journalist Danny Fenster to spend 11 years in prison, his lawyer said on Friday. Fenster, from Detroit, Michigan, arrested May 24th, has been in a Myanmar jail for more than five-month. Today, he was found guilty of visa breaches, unlawful association with an illegal group, and incitement at his sentencing. One of the charges applied to section 505a of Myanmar's Penal Code, which makes it a crime to publish or circulate comments that "cause fear" or spread "false news."Read full story
US sanctions on Eritrea push them to restore diplomatic ties with neutral and anti-west groups.
On Friday, Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa region of Eastern Africa, north of Ethiopia, was sanctioned by the US for its involvement in the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia, a claim Eritrea has denied throughout the conflict.Read full story
Can the EU lend legitimacy to Venezuela's presidential elections and Maduro?
The E.U. will send an official monitoring mission to Caracas to observe local and regional elections on November 21st. This act could lend international legitimacy to elections and Nicholas Maduro, the US-opposed president of Venezuela.Read full story
Nigeria finding ways to combat kidnapping epidemic, but is it too little to late?
An interesting story was published in The Guardian that details a report of Niger State Government, Nigeria, vowing to demolish any property acquired from the proceeds of kidnap, banditry or other forms of criminality. It's another way to pressure the growing lucrative industry in Nigeria to take people hostage for ransom.Read full story
US embassy compound in Yemen breached and 25 taken hostage
The U.S. embassy in Yemen was breached by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, kidnapping 25 Yemeni staff, the State Department confirmed on Thursday, on Veteran's Day in the U.S. 'We are concerned that Yemeni staff of the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a continue to be detained without explanation, and we call for their immediate release, as well as the equipment they took, and that they vacate the property immediately. The United States has been unceasing in its diplomatic efforts to secure their release,' a State Department spokesperson told DailyMail.com.Read full story
YouTube blocks black market buying of bulk "Dislikes" used to devalue YouTube Channels
YouTube will no longer share how many dislikes a content creator has, which eliminates the market for buying bulk dislikes. People, however, have mixed feelings about the move.Read full story
U.S. labor shortages present a challenge to rebuilding the U.S. economy
The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Openings and Labor Turnover survey showed that 4.3 million Americans quit their job in August. This was even before the Biden Administration started forcing people out of work over the vaccine mandate.Read full story
U.S. government confirms proof-of-life evidence for American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
Many thought the kidnapping of sixteen American and one Canadian missionary in Haiti would come to a swift conclusion. Given the weakened state of Haiti and the power of the U.S., many hoped for a dramatic rescue. That never happened.Read full story
Low Turnout for US-Mexico Border Opening for Vaccinated Travelers
On Monday, border agents expected a flood of traffic to come through southern border points following a 20-month closure due to the pandemic, but things were relatively quiet. Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said: "people did not make the most of restrictions being lifted along the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) border due to fears of being caught in traffic and the new restrictions of vaccinations for entry."Read full story
Thousands in New Zealand Protest Vaccine Mandates and Lockdowns
New Zealand has added more security officers to the streets, according to Reuters, due to thousands of people gathering to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government lockdowns.Read full story
White House considering vaccine mandates for domestic travel, "everything is on the table"
A vaccine mandate for domestic air travel in the U.S. will not be ruled out by The White House. The news came at a press briefing when White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made comments about the reopening of airports to fully vaccinated international travelers Monday.Read full story
IMF: "Mexican economy rebounding despite humanitarian, social, and economic cost from COVID-19"
November 5, 2021: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded that the Mexican economy is "rebounding from its deepest recession in decades, driven by strong U.S. growth and the pandemic-related re-opening of sectors."Read full story
Biden calls migrant payout rumors false, but 'perfectly comfortable' with some cash payouts
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday, reading directly from a pre-written script on video, "If it saves taxpayer dollars, and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the US government. DOJ can speak more to that process. The President, what he was reacting to was the dollar figure that was mentioned. DOJ made clear to the plaintiff the reported figure are higher anywhere a settlement can land."Read full story
Biden Administration takes a "hands-off" approach to Syria, while Jordon increases engagement
Biden and his administration are leaning into a "hands-off" approach to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. This runs counter to his platform to champion global human rights, but he is also not keen on more lengthy foreign conflicts after Afghanistan.Read full story