14 July 2018   Leave a comment

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has resigned as he faced a vote of no confidence from the Parliament over protests over fuel prices increases ordered by the International Monetary Fund.  Even though the price increases were rescinded, the protests have continued and Lafontant no longer had support within the Parliament.  The IMF said that it expected the Haitian government to submit a revised reform plan, but any plan will probably have to include reductions in subsidies to the poor.

 

Israelis and Palestinians exchanged intense fire along the border of the Gaza Strip.  Hamas launched more than 100 missiles toward Israel and Israeli fighter jets responded with over 40 sir strikes.  It was the most intense confrontation since the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.  According to the New York Times:

“Saturday’s fighting did not arise out of the blue: It came as a ratcheting-up of hostilities a day earlier, when an Israeli army officer was wounded by an explosive hurled across the barrier fence from Gaza, and an unarmed 14-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed as he climbed the fence.”

Egypt and the Islamic Jihad tried to broker a cease-fire which seems to be holding, but it is quite fragile.  Tensions between Hamas and Israel have been building for months.

 

US President Trump made comments during his trip to England which raised serious questions about his immigration policies.  In the past he has linked immigration to security fears such as the Central American gang M-13 or to radical Islamist terrorists. But ABC News reported his comments in this way:

“President Trump doubled down on his hardline immigration views on Friday, saying he thinks immigration is a ‘very negative thing’ for Europe and that European leaders ‘better watch themselves’ because immigration is ‘changing the culture. I know it is politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I will say it and I will say it loud,’ Trump said during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

“’I think it’s been very bad for Europe. I think Europe is a place I know very well and I think what has happened is very tough. It’s a very tough situation,’ Trump said. ‘I just think it’s changing the culture. It’s a very negative thing for Europe.'”

President Trump seems to be saying that immigration is intrinsically a bad thing, a rather remarkable statement from the leader of a country that is comprised largely of a population derived from immigration.

Posted July 14, 2018 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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