Is Trump’s Wall Tilting?

The republican senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz (Texas) proposed last Tuesday a wild idea: that the Wall be financed with the money confiscated to Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.

The Spanish state agency EFE reported that Trump won't be able to meet ideas announced for the beginning of this border plan.

Therefore, the approval of the transitory budget, theoretically before Saturday has now been extended until September.

“It’s good for the country that Trump withdraws the financing of the Wall from these negotiations", said the leader of the democratic minority of the Senate, Chuck Schumer.

"Now the negotiators of both parties may carry on in high-priority issues", he added.

The new link forced Sean Spicer, White House spokesman to clarify that they will continue that work.

Analysts remembered that, in his presidential campaign, Trump promised to build a 3,100-kilometer long wall in the Mexican border that “would put an end to illegal immigration.”

He even dared to say that the Mexican government would be paying for the expenses of the building.

However, last Tuesday, once again, high-ranking Mexican officials denied the validity of such unrelenting statement.

It was this time the Foreign Affairs Minister for Mexico, Luis Videgaray who denied such beliefs.

What did he say? At a meeting with legislators he assured that “we won't pay a cent” for Trump’s wall.

He went even further when he qualified this project as a hostile act against his country.

It’s not just a bad idea, but also an "unfriendly and hostile" act, against us, Videgaray remarked.

Lastly he sentenced: “it will hardly serve its ultimate purpose.”

Earlier, Trump had requested the Congress of Washington the granting of federal funds to begin the construction of the wall.

Observers alerted that on Monday he gave hints of preferring “to freeze” that intention until next September.

Meanwhile, chancellor Videgaray added another annoying question to the process.

He assured that his government “would consider” to reduce the security cooperation with the United States if the bilateral dialogue on immigration and trade doesn't go well.

He also noticed, without giving details that they are evaluating to charge North Americans entering their territory.

It’s a clear indicator how far Trump’s Wall rarifies important matters in the area when the Mexican government –far from being a left-wing government – dares to take such stance against the United States.

It’s even more significant, because this is a keystone of his yet uncertain administration.

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Undocumented in the United States: the Heavy Load of Anguish

Constant fear of separation from her mother, who has an order of deportation and risks being detained by authorities, forms part of the life of Leah, an 11 year-old girl of the U.S.

The child was recently part of a youth caravan of 40 who traveled from the southern state of Florida to Washington DC to call the attention on the anti-immigration policies of President Donald Trump's administration.

'No matter how much you try, you will never break our spirit!', said Leah in a message addressed to the Head of State last April 13 from the front of the White House.

There, participants in that march had the company of children, youths and parents of this capital and also from New York, Colorado, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia, in an initiative with the slogan We Belong Together.

Leah had the opportunity of sharing with those present that children are strong and will defend their communities and families from hatred. We are here to stay, said the girl who said to be the proud daughter of a domestic worker who has taught her to treat people gently and with respect.

Luna, another participant in the demonstration, assured that Trump does not worry over the 11 million undocumented in the United States and added 'we should unite and make our voices heard'.

I want to protect my community by all means possible. We the youths have the power to resist, united we stand negroes, indigenous and latinos, commented 13-year old Joanna in North Carolina.

According to organizers of the march, many of these kids have been directly affected by deportations and separation of families, lack of investment in their schools and criminalization of friends.

In the opinion of Carmen Rodriguez, undocumented of North Carolina, said the caravan should be the beginning of a great fight of immigrants all over the world.

Slogans such as 'We are here and we won't go and if you throw us out, we will return', and 'The immigrant community is here to stay' distinguished the march.

Other similar initiatives have taken place in different parts of the country. Participants in the march, many from Latin America, mainly Mexicans but also from Jordan, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan have asked to reform migratory policies and stop persecution by these persons.

On the other hand, democrat members of the House of Representatives presented at the end of March in Congress a bill to forbid authorities from detaining undocumented immigrants in notable public places.

According to its promoters, there has been an increase of denunciations of arrests of those persons in schools, hospitals and places of religious cults.

Legislator for New York, of Dominican origin, Adriano Espaillat and his colleagues José Serrano, also of New York; Suzanne Bonamici (Oregón) and Don Beyer (Virginia) support this bill.

For the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, when those cities and states deny to help comply with the law, its country is less secure and such policies cannot continue.

Of the same opinion is U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, who defended last week the workers under his command in face of constant critics due to the migration policies.

Frequently, public officials make fun of them, they offend them and are condemned in the court of public opinion due to unfounded accusations invented by shysters and profesional spokespersons, he added.

Kelly asserted that Congressmen who criticize migration laws should have the courage and skill to change them or, on the contrary, shut up.

Official statistics show that over 21 thousand illegal immigrants, of them some five thousand 500 without a criminal record, have been arrested since Trump took over the White House.

Under the presidency of Barack Obama (2009-2017), the agents had instruction to detain only the immigrants guilty of severe crimes or that for any reason represented a threat to public security.

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China and the U.S. Advocate for Greater Bilateral Coordination

Chinese president Xi Jinping and his U.S. peer, Donald Trump, agreed today over the telephone to increase coordination in global issues.

Both discussed bilateral links and the situation in the Korean peninsula and committed to keep a close contact through several channels and exchange perspectives on the main issues of common worry.

Xi emphasized that China firmly opposes any action that violates resolutions of tyhe UN Security Council and expressed his trust that the parties involved exercise contention and prevent taking steps that heighten tension in the península.

He also advocated for the parties to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as soon as possible in a peaceful way.

He affirmed China is ready to work and do everything possible with all parties involved, including the United States, to materialize peace in the Korean península, Northeast Asia and the whole world.

He recalled the important consensus reached with Trump during a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, previously this month and indicated that both have kept a very good communication recently, obtaining the positive evaluation of the Chinese and U.S. peoples and the rest of the international community.

With a quick change of the international situation, it is very necessary that China and the United States to maintain close contact and exchange points of view on important issues in an opportune manner, he considered.

He advocated that the two biggest world powers implement the consensus achieved between both nations and consolidate the thrust of a stable development of bilateral links.

The Chinese president also called the work teams of both territories to strengthen coordination on a good preparation of the visit of Trump to China this year and the prompt opening of the bilateral four-way dialogue mechanism, which includes the areas of foreign affairs and security; economy; application of the law and cybersecurity; and social and personal exchanges, as an important result of the meeting between Xi and Trump in Florida.

In the same way, the leader of the Asian giant called on Beijing and Washington to promote the economic and comercial cooperation, expand the exchange in the military field; the application of the law; Internet and interpersonal exchanges, strengthen communication on the main global and regional issues and promote China-U.S. relations to continue achieving new progress.

For his part, Trump described as very good his meeting with president Xi in Mar-a-Lago and expressed his satisfaction over the development of relations between both countries.

He considered relevant to keep in close contact and coordination over the main issues.

He calle don Xi to meet again in the short term and exposed his will to visit this country.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Registers to Run for President

Former leader insists he will not run in the May 19 poll, saying his registration aims to support a political ally.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a surprise move, has registered as a candidate for next month's presidential election. He had previously said he would not run, after being so advised by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Ayatollah suggested Ahmadinejad throw his support behind his former deputy, Hamid Baghaie.

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Ahmadinejad said he remained committed to his "moral promise" to Khamenei of not running for the May 19 election. At the registration center, the former leader stated that the Khamenei's "advice was not a ban. I repeat that I am committed to my moral promise [of not running] and my presence and registration is only to support Mr. Baghaie."

Ahmadinejad left office in August 2013 after two troublesome four-year terms, which left Iran divided, isolated and struggling to find its footing economically.

His 2009 re-election was followed by one the largest protests to hit the country since the Islamic revolution three decades before. Two candidates backed by reformists Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi - who have been under house arrest since February 2011 - contested the results. Both Ahmadinejad's terms also sparked anti-Western and anti-Israeli rhetoric, including skepticism towards the Holocaust.

But, Ahmadinejad approach and humble roots make him a popular figure among the poorer sections of society.

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United States: Is its happiness declining?

A comment from the Miami Daily asked on Monday about it: Are Americans less happy?

And then it wrote that, although it seems a sarcasm to many, UN celebrated again “The International Day of Happiness” on Monday.

Theoretical reason? In recognition to the key role that such a feeling plays in the life of people all over the world.

This commemoration was instituted on June 28th, 2012, by the United Nations General Assembly, sponsored by the Kingdom of Bhutan.

In addition, also in the theoretical level and with inevitable diplomatic language, to recognize the importance of its inclusion in official policies.

Even those who think and act like that acknowledge that studying happiness may seem rather frivolous.

However, remarks Miami Daily, “for years renowned academics have been requesting more testing on people’s emotional well-being, especially in the United States”.

In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences of that country suggested that its federal statistics and surveys, focused on income, spending, health and housing, begin to ask questions on happiness.

A new UN report shows that a number of Americans are “increasingly sad”, and “it takes more than just money to be happy”.

According to an Associated Press (AP) study, the average income of many Americans rose over the past decade, “but their happiness is falling”.

U.S. ranks 14th in the latest ranking, dowm #13 in the previous year.

The investigation approaches 155 territories, while economists began ranking countries five years ago.

What are they mainly based on?

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, life expectancy and four factors from global surveys.

Those polled gave scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they receive if something goes wrong, their freedom to make life choices, perceived government and corporate corruption and how generous they are.

The long scientific survey was carried out by Happiness Research Institute, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Another of its comments also draw people’s attention, “most of these countries are happier or try to be, unlike United States where this perception “dropped 5 percent over the past decade”.

The report closed with the following note:

The United Nations invite all people of all ages, as well as schools, businesses, and governments to celebrate the International Day of Happiness.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Sept. 11 Families Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Attacks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of relatives of those killed on Sept. 11 have sued Saudi Arabia, joining many others who have tried to hold the kingdom responsible for the attacks.

Like other recent actions, the lawsuit filed Monday capitalizes on last year’s decision by Congress to let victims sue Saudi Arabia.

Eight-hundred 9/11 victims’ families and 1,500 first responders filed the suit accusing the government of Saudi Arabia of knowingly providing material support and resources to al Qaeda in facilitating the attacks.

The lawsuit is the first to take direct legal action against the Saudi government. It seeks unspecified damages.

Earlier attempts to hold Saudi Arabia responsible over the past 15 years have failed. Fifteen of the 19 attackers who hijacked planes to carry out the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania were Saudis.

The 9/11 Commission report found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks. But the commission also said there’s a “likelihood” that Saudi-government-sponsored charities did.

Lawyers for Saudi Arabia did not immediately comment.

Last fall, then-President Barack Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA. The law allows terror victims to sue foreign states for any alleged involvement in attacks, which paved the way for this and similar lawsuits.

Obama opposed the law, saying U.S. citizens and corporations could be open to suits.

Congress overrode the veto.

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China promises ‘firm response’ if Japan interferes in South China Sea

China pledged to have a “firm response” if Japan further fans regional tensions and “threatens China’s sovereignty and security.” The statement comes after a Reuters report that Japan will send its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Thursday that based on its own interests, Japan has recently been compromising stability in the South China Sea, “causing strong dissatisfaction and opposition from the Chinese people.”

“If Japan persists in taking wrong actions, and even considers military interventions that threaten China’s sovereignty and security… then China will inevitably take firm responsive measures,” she said.

Hua’s comments come after Reuters reported earlier this week that Japan plans to dispatch its Izumo helicopter carrier to the disputed waters of the South China Sea for a three-month tour starting in May, citing three separate sources.

The anti-submarine Izumo, which measures 249 meters (816 feet) long and can operate up to nine helicopters, will reportedly make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar 2017 trilateral naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, marking Tokyo’s biggest show of naval force since World War II.

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Hua already commented on the report this Tuesday, stating that China was waiting for an official word on whether the report is correct, and why Japan plans to send the warship on the tour through the South China Sea.

Hua did not say on Thursday if China had received any official confirmation of Japan’s plan, but said that the South China Sea issue “did not concern” Japan and warned the country to “reflect deeply” on its “disgraceful” past invasion of the Paracel and Spratly Islands which China claims as its own. 

Japan controlled the islands during World War II, until it surrendered in 1945.China lays claim to almost all of the South China Sea, which has rich fishing grounds, oil and gas deposits, and through which around $5 trillion of global sea-borne trade passes each year, despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Japan does not have any claim to the waters, but has a separate maritime dispute with Beijing in the East China Sea. It has also repeatedly angered Beijing by criticizing its actions regarding the South China Sea disputes.

Both Japan and its ally the United States have been concerned with China’s growing military presence in the waterway, which prompted Washington to hold regular air and naval patrols in the region, allegedly to ensure freedom of navigation. China, however, has regularly stated that all local disputes should be resolved without interference from non-claimants.

Earlier this month, China’s ambassador to Japan accused Tokyo and Washington of portraying Beijing as an enemy to strengthen their security alliance. The statement came after the Trump administration vowed to maintain Washington’s long-standing security alliance with Japan, especially when it comes to the East China Sea. Beijing has repeatedly warned Washington and Tokyo against direct interference in the region, either with military drills or freedom of navigation patrols. It has vowed to do everything in its power to protect China’s sovereignty claims.

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Foreign secret services stepping up efforts to destabilize Russia – top security official

The head of Russia’s top consultative security body has said that foreign secret services have intensified their efforts to destabilize Russia, noting that Ukrainian authorities had openly confessed to planning sabotage operations.

The destructive activities of foreign special services that set their goal as destabilizing the Russian social and political situation has intensified,” Security Council chair Nikolai Patrushev told participants at a conference of the heads of security agencies of the Southern Federal District. 

Ukrainian authorities openly declare that they are organizing acts of sabotage,” he said.

The Russian security chief also told his colleagues that the terrorist threat was higher in the Southern Federal District than in other parts of the country. He outlined such threats as various radical and xenophobic groups, internet propaganda of radical ideas and the growth of xenophobia among the younger generation.

Earlier this month, Patrushev held a similar conference in the Urals Federal District in central Russia. There he prioritized the threat from cyberattacks, saying that the main goal of these attacks was the disruption of hardware - including the networks that service the Russian segment of the internet - and obtaining classified information through clandestine deployment of various means of computer surveillance.

According to the head of the Security Council, the overall number of cyberattacks on Russian state bodies and companies was over 52 million in 2016, more than three times the number registered in the previous year.

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