Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-21

Voices, The Peoples News

February 21, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
Navajo Nation gains ground in energy sovereignty as feds deny hydro project permits: Federal authorities have denied permits for hydroelectric projects on Navajo land, marking a significant step in recognizing tribal sovereignty in energy projects.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden ‘releasing everyone’ at border in latest secret move: The Biden administration has secretly been slashing the number of illegal immigrants who must post bond to enter the United States in a policy of “releasing everyone,” according to a former top Department of Homeland Security official.1

Dozens of Chinese migrants spotted entering US illegally in California border town of Jacumba and say they’re here to ‘take the money’ along with others from Syria and Turkey. Shocking images and video taken in California this weekend show Chinese migrants lined up at the border town of Jacumba and telling reporters shamelessly how they’re here to ‘take the money’. Dozens and dozens, possibly up to hundreds of migrants, crossed the international boundary, according to Griff Jenkins of Fox News , who recorded the footage.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Sending National Guard to Border ‘Warzone’: Noem said the soldiers’ primary mission is construction of a wall to stem the flow of migrants. “The border is a warzone, so we’re sending soldiers,” Noem said in a press release. “These soldiers’ primary mission will be construction of a wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drug cartels, and human trafficking into the United States of America.”

Greg Abbott Discusses Creating Texas Border Wall With Oklahoma: Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about building a wall along the state’s border with Oklahoma in a bid to stop what he termed the “radical woke left agenda… criss-crossing the United States” at a campaign event on February 15. Tensions over illegal immigration from Mexico to Texas have surged over the past few weeks, with the Supreme Court ruling on January 22 that federal agents can remove razor wire installed at points along the border on Abbott’s orders.

Yes, Mayorkas is intentionally choosing not to enforce immigration law: In a puff profile in the New Yorker, Mayorkas tells his interviewer, “I’m in disbelief, just frankly. As someone who has spent twenty years in government, twelve years of which were spent as a federal prosecutor, the accusation that I’ve intentionally chosen not to enforce the laws is beyond the pale.”

Biden’s Parole Pipeline Releases Over 825K Foreign Nationals Into the United States, Exceeding San Francisco’s Population: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reveals that over 825,000 foreign nationals have been released into the U.S. interior through President Joe Biden’s parole pipeline from January 2023 to January 2024, surpassing the resident populations of major cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.

Vendors charging Massachusetts taxpayers $64 a day to feed each illegal immigrant: New details have emerged about the staggering sums of cash Massachusetts taxpayers are forking out to pay for the state’s influx of illegal immigrants, with vendors charging an eye-popping $64 per day to feed each person, according to a new report.

# Education / Schools
The Mountain State’s House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make schools, libraries, and museums criminally liable if books have too much sexy stuff in them. State Republicans are taking the war on books to the next level.

# Employment / Labor
Starbucks workers across 14 states launch historic unionization bid in a single day: “It’s important that we’re recognized as people rather than profit machines.” “We don’t have another choice but to stand together.” Employees at 21 Starbucks stores across the United States informed the global coffee giant’s CEO on Tuesday that they are launching the largest single-day unionization in company history.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Enbridge seeks to overturn Line 5 shutdown on tribal land in Wisconsin: Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company, is challenging a federal court’s shutdown order of its Line 5 pipeline on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin, citing a 1977 U.S.-Canada treaty https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022024/enbridge-wants-line-5-shutdown-order-overturned-on-tribal-land-in-northern-wisconsin/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwC2Zg1Ah$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Closest Ally Is Preparing for World War III: Concerns over a third world war are legitimate, Belarus’ leader said on Tuesday, as the country’s Russia-aligned leadership solidified plans to be “prepared as much as possible” for future confrontation. “The world has again come to the brink of the abyss,” Belarus’ strongman leader, Alexander Lukashenko , said on Tuesday during a meeting with senior officials in the country’s capital, Minsk.

Office of Putin’s Party Set Ablaze as ‘Revenge for Navalny’: A half-minute video of the alleged arson shows someone throwing a Molotov cocktail and yelling, “Freedom to Russia.”

# Gov / Politics
Donald Trump Can’t Run Away From Roe: The guy most responsible for ending federal abortion rights now wants to make a “deal.”

The GOP’s Gerrymandered Grip on Wisconsin Elections Is About to Break: The state’s legislative districts are now being redrawn to more closely resemble their electorates, notching a major win for democracy that could resonate nationally.

Conservatives Are Already Using Alabama’s “Frozen Embryos Are Children” Ruling to Go After Abortion: As experts have warned, this is just the beginning. Just days after Alabama’s Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos have the same rights as living children, conservatives have decided to try and use the dystopian ruling to further restrict abortion rights.

Trump Allies Hope to Spread Christian Nationalism in the White House: The religious right is already crafting a radical vision for a second Trump term. Apart from Donald Trump’s objectives, political operatives surrounding the GOP front-runner have their own policy goals. At the top of the list? Infusing Christian nationalism into the heart of his next term.

Trump Will Be Putin’s Puppet in a Second Term, Says John Bolton, a.k.a. Guy Who Had a Front-Row View the Last Time Around: According to Trump’s former national security advisor, nothing would make Vladimir Putin happier than the ex-president winning a second term.

Biden Says GOP ‘Making a Big Mistake’ on Ukraine Aid: Congress is out this week, but the battle over billions in aid to Ukraine and Israel has continued. President Joe Biden on Monday was asked by reporters if he would meet with Speaker Mike Johnson to negotiate the aid deal, which Johnson and House Republicans have so far rejected.

Trump’s G.O.P. Is a Confederacy of Fakers: Lindsey Graham, J.D. Vance, Mike Johnson and other Republicans are waving the white flag of surrender on Ukraine, all at Trump’s behest.

Joe Rogan says Biden running for president is a ‘ruse,’ Dems preparing to swap him with this person: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the 2024 presidential ticket. “Basically, you can’t prosecute this guy because he’s non compos mentis, but you can let him run for the President of the United States in November… so that’s the that’s the world that we’ve managed to get into,” Rogan’s guest, fellow podcast host Chris Williamson said.

Trump finally reveals his shortlist for vice-president – and DeSantis has made the cut: Republican front-runner suggests Florida governor he taunted remorselessly as ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ could yet be named as his deputy

Trump inserting himself  into the race to become the next House speaker. Will it matter? With an early morning social media post on Friday, Trump inserted himself into the chaotic race to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker by backing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for the post. The move was the latest example of Trump attempting to flex his influence within a Republican Party he has already fundamentally reshaped in the eight years since his first White House bid.

Prepare for the battle between the President and the US Army: Today, as fears intensify about what Donald Trump plans to do if he recaptures the presidency, the anniversary is a reminder that the nightmare of American dictatorship did not begin with Trump, or the attack on the Capitol. The fear goes all the way back to the Declaration of Independence, which warned of the ‘absolute Tyranny’ that George III was supposedly plotting to impose on the colonists. Such spectres have haunted America ever since.

“Unofficial Ambassadors” The Real Reason Over 150 Chinese Immigrants Are Illegally Crossing The Southern Border: The fastest-growing demographic group crossing the southern border is Chinese migrants. Many of the migrants say they are trying to escape the dystopian Chinese government.

# Law Enforcement
People Keep Dying At This Memphis Jail — And The Lawsuits Are Piling Up: The Shelby County jail has grown more deadly than the notoriously dangerous Rikers Island jail complex in New York, and it’s been slow to address problems. In the past year, three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the jail https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/shelby-county-memphis-jail-deaths_n_65ce8b1ae4b043f1c0aa82b4__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCO3mnm8$

# Legal / DOJ
US and its politicians defend Israel’s occupation and civilian casualties in Gaza at International Court: As the international community awaits the ICJ’s verdict, the U.S. position underscores the complex diplomatic landscape surrounding the Israeli occupation and the search for a sustainable peace solution.

# Media
“Political Prosecution”: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Faces Final U.K. Appeal to Avoid U.S. Extradition: The final day of a critical appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is underway today at the British High Court of Justice, in what could be Assange’s last chance. Assange faces a 175-year prison sentence for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the WikiLeaks founder’s health is reportedly deteriorating rapidly, his lawyers are arguing the case is politically motivated to target Assange for exposing “state-level crimes.”

# Medical / Health
Red States Hopeful for a 2nd Trump Term Prepare to Curtail Medicaid: Biden revoked Medicaid work requirements when he took office. Republicans are hoping for their return. In places like Idaho, Missouri and South Dakota, GOP officials are laying the groundwork to substantially overhaul their health safety-net programs. Their plans, if approved by a Trump White House, could cut hundreds of thousands of people from a program that conservatives have long complained is bloated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/20/donald-trump-medicaid-states-00141397__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKXEwVlW$

# Military / DOD
Navy destroyer trains near India following drills in South China Sea: A US guided-missile destroyer joined Japanese and Australian warships for weekend drills before heading to India for a separate, five-day exercise, according to the Navy. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn on Friday joined the Sazanami and the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Shimakaze for a similar exercise in the South China Sea

# Technology / Global
If China dominates 5G and 6G, no defense system can protect America: This imbalance poses critical strategic challenges for national security and its global competitiveness. If the Chinese government and its autocratic allies dominate 5G and 6G with superior spectrum infrastructure, there is no defense system or mitigation measure that can protect the Americans or U.S. interests.

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