"They didn’t give me any rights, nor a lawyer, nor an interview, nothing. They took us in the morning, and they didn’t tell us anything, if we were going to be deported, nothing."
The Obama administration has deported 38 Honduran women and children, some of them as young as 18 months old, in what it said was “just the initial wave” of deportations, amidst a rise in children fleeing poverty and violence in Central America. The migrants were flown to San Pedro Sula, a Honduran city with the highest homicide rate in the world. In June, children were murdered at a rate of more than one per day in Honduras.
In an interview with a Mexican newspaper published Monday, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández blamed the U.S.-backed drug wars in Mexico and Colombia for pushing drug traffickers into Honduras and fueling the violence that is helping to drive migration to the United States.
"Attorneys for Guantánamo Bay prisoners have argued their clients deserve the same religious protections recently granted to the corporate chain Hobby Lobby. In a ruling last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled most private companies that claim religious objections can refuse to provide birth control coverage to employees as required by Obamacare, citing a federal law protecting religious freedom. Appearing before the D.C. District Court last week, defense attorneys said their clients should be considered “persons” under U.S. law and should accordingly be entitled to the same protections as Hobby Lobby. Among several demands, the prisoners are challenging the denial of group prayer at Guantánamo. The Justice Department argued against the defense, saying the prisoners are “not persons” entitled to religious protections. Defense attorney Jon Eisenberg said: “It is truly grotesque for the Obama folks to insist that a for-profit corporation is a person, but a flesh-and-blood human being at Guantánamo Bay is not.”"
"Congressional Republicans are vowing to trim President Obama’s $3.7 billion spending request for the migrant crisis on the southern border. The funding would be used to speed up deportations, as well as to improve care for thousands of children being held in detention centers, holding pens and temporary housing facilities. Republicans say they intend to make cuts when the House Appropriations Committee takes up the measure on Tuesday. Over the weekend, Senator John McCain of Arizona called for the mass deportation of migrant children caught at the border.
In a rare point of agreement with the White House, several Republicans have backed President Obama’s request for a waiver that would let the government deport children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as quickly as it does those from Mexico. A 2008 anti-trafficking law says children from countries that do not directly border the United States must be allowed to stay while their cases are processed. Many Democrats have opposed the waiver. On Friday, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez said the current crisis shouldn’t draw attention from the need for comprehensive immigration reform and an end to record deportations.
The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to begin deportations from the temporary detention facilities later this week."
"This attack shows that American forces do not respect the lives and security of the people of Afghanistan and the loya jirga decision. For years, our people are being killed and their houses are being destroyed under the pretext of the war on terror."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, after an American drone strike in southern Helmand Province, which the military conceded had killed and wounded civilians.
Mr. Karzai had lashed out at his American allies after the Thursday attack, which came at a delicate moment when talks between Mr. Karzai and the United States over a long-term security agreement have reached an impasse. The Americans have told Mr. Karzai that unless he signs the agreement promptly, they will begin planning for a total withdrawal of American and NATO forces after the end of next year.
Mr. Karzai vowed this week, at the conclusion of a loya jirga, or grand council, that he would cancel the security agreement completely if there was even one more raid that killed civilians.
Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.
The documents are being reported exclusively by CBC News.
The briefing notes, stamped “Top Secret,” show the U.S. turned its Ottawa embassy into a security command post during a six-day spying operation by the National Security Agency while U.S. President Barack Obama and 25 other foreign heads of government were on Canadian soil in June of 2010.
The covert U.S. operation was no secret to Canadian authorities."
"I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact."
Malala Yousafzai in a statement regarding what she told President Obama during her meeting with him. The statement from the White House did not mention her comment about drone strikes.
"All of the explanations that have been given to us from the beginning have proven to be false."
Brazilian Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, rejecting the U.S. government’s attempt to explain the NSA spying so far.
The news of more National Security Agency spying in Brazil comes one week after it emerged the United States has spied on the phone calls and emails of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The revelations have sparked a diplomatic uproar and threatened a planned trip by Rousseff to the United States next month. At the G-20 summit in Russia, Rousseff said she raised her concerns directly with President Obama, and added that her visit to the United States will depend on how Obama responds. In an interview with The Hindu newspaper, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva criticized the NSA spy program and said President Obama should “personally apologize to the world.”
"A U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan has killed up to 16 people, including as many as 12 civilians. The attack came in the province of Kunar on Saturday. The U.S.-led NATO occupation force reportedly bombed a truck carrying women and children after it picked up three suspected militants. In other violence, four Afghan officers were killed and dozens of civilians were wounded Sunday when Taliban fighters hit an intelligence compound in Wardak Province."
"Attorneys for the imprisoned Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, have formally filed a request for a presidential pardon. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison last month for leaking U.S. government and military files to WikiLeaks. After the verdict, Manning announced a gender transition from male to female, changing her name to Chelsea. Supporters say they plan to release the full text of Manning’s pardon request today."
"A U.S. drone strike killed two people in Yemen on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, the United States has now carried out nine drone strikes there in two weeks, killing 38 people. McClatchy says the surge has marked the most concentrated series of drone strikes in Yemen in more than a decade. While Yemeni officials say the dead are suspected militants, many have not been identified. A senior Yemeni official told CNN the number of strikes is actually 12 and that nearly a dozen of those killed are believed to have been innocent. Yemeni activist Farea al-Muslimi tweeted the names of three civilians he said were injured in Saturday’s attack in the south of Yemen."
"The Senate has voted 93 to 1 to confirm former Bush administration official James Comey as FBI director. Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul cast the only dissenting vote after ending delays over questions about the FBI’s domestic drone use. Comey is known for refusing to reauthorize the Bush administration’s warrantless spy program while serving as acting attorney general, forcing the administration to make changes. But the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized him for backing what it terms “some of the worst abuses of the Bush administration,” including waterboarding, warrantless wiretapping and indefinite detention. Comey recently told a Senate panel he now views waterboarding as torture."
"A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has killed at least six people. Unverified reports say the victims included a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had just returned from fighting the U.S.-led occupation in Afghanistan. It was at least the 17th CIA drone attack in Pakistan this year. The Associated Press reported last week the United States has scaled back drone strikes in response to Pakistani objections. Citing anonymous U.S. officials, the AP says the White House has dropped the practice of “signature strikes,” in which attacks can be launched based on circumstantial patterns, such as a large gathering of military-age males."
"The Pentagon is claiming the hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay is on the decline. The military’s count of prisoners on hunger strike has slowly dropped over the past several days from a high of 106 to as low as 81. A prisoner must fast for several consecutive days to be designated a hunger striker, and military officials say 99 of the estimated 102 hunger-striking prisoners have recently eaten meals. An estimated 45 prisoners are still being force-fed through nasal tubes. The Guardian reports the Pentagon’s estimate may be taking advantage of a brief pause in the hunger strike with the holy month of Ramadan. A defense attorney says the prisoners are likely taking in token amounts of food to honor the tradition of breaking the daily Ramadan fast. The hunger strike began in February in protest of the prisoners’ indefinite captivity and President Obama’s failure to deliver on his promise to close Guantánamo."
"I would simply say that providing a propaganda platform for Mr. Snowden runs counter to the Russian government’s previous declarations of Russia’s neutrality and that they have — and that they have no control over his presence in the airport."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has criticized Russia for allowing Edward Snowden to meet with human rights groups at the airport saying they have provided him with a “propaganda platform.”
At the State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki warned that granting Snowden asylum by Russia or any other country could jeopardize U.S. ties.
"Without an agreement on our presence in Afghanistan, we would not remain. But we do not believe that that’s the likely outcome of these negotiations. Unlike Iraq, to which comparisons are often made, the Afghans actually need us to stay."
James Dobbins, the leading U.S. diplomat on Afghanistan, has dismissed the possibility the United States might withdraw all troops from Afghanistan at the end of the combat mission next year.
The remarks by James Dobbins came after reports President Obama is seriously considering a total withdrawal following tensions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over peace talks with the Taliban.