Kim Jong Un, Border Children, G7 Chill: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today – 6/12/2018
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In the category of: We’d like to tell the world, most of us didn’t vote for him.
Both British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talked of difficult conversations, but pointed to the joint communique, a list of agreements, to be signed by all. In the words of Macron, it “marks a collective desire to stabilize things.”
After leaving the meeting early, Trump tweeted that he was reneging on signing the communique and blasted Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was this reversal that spoke loudest of all, amplifying his already abundant disdain for allies.
There is now, among those allies, a bitter aftertaste. Questions that were rarely asked previously will now surface: “How did we not see this coming?” “For how long have we gone unappreciated?”
In the category of: You can call it something else, but a concentration camp for children is still a concentration camp for children.
Why children are being sent to “foster care or whatever” while their parents are sent to jail.
One flyer given to parents in Texas offered a number to call to locate children. But the number was wrong: Instead of being a number for ORR, it was an ICE tip line. (The flyers had to be corrected in pen.) And even if a parent can call ORR and ORR can identify the child, they might not be able to call the parent back — because immigrants in detention don’t have phone access. (Federal judges sentencing immigrants have urged the government to make sure that they have access to phones so they can relocate their kids.)
The plaintiffs in the ACLU’s family-separation lawsuit are one woman separated from her child for eight months after she presented herself for asylum at a port of entry, and another woman who was sentenced to a brief jail term for illegal entry but couldn’t be reunited with her child for months after her release back to DHS custody.
Some parents are being deported without their children. And some small children, according to advocates in Central America, are getting deported without their parents.
In the category of: How we made a human rights nightmare inducing dictator a rockstar overnight.
Kim Jong Un couldn’t have scripted his Singapore sojourn any better himself. As he toured the streets on a night-time walkabout and posed for selfies with the Singaporean foreign minister, he was treated more like a rock star than a pariah autocrat.
He may be the leader of a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world, but Kim was granted a friendly audience with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who had forked out $15 million to keep him accommodated in a luxury hotel and protected by dozens of security officers.
As his motorcade swept through the streets, excited Singaporeans even held up smartphones to capture the moment on social media.
But the real reward was five hours with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, when the two leaders signed a document that essentially reiterated promises North Korea has already made, extracted no new or concrete concessions to demonstrate Pyongyang was committed to denuclearization, and further, spoke of “security assurances” the dictator had long sought from the United States.