SPLASH! Recap of January 28-29, 2017

Dive Into The News You May Have Missed

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Trump Signs Three Executive Orders in One Day

Progressive Army The Trump administration signed an executive order that formally states that ISIS is an enemy that must be defeated and had some vague ideas on how to defeat them. The executive order states: “It is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated.” It also adds a clause that may lead to possible uses of torture and detainment that would otherwise be against international law. The clause states: “recommended changes to any United States rules of engagement and other United States policy restrictions that exceed the requirements of international law regarding the use of force against ISIS.” According to the executive order: “Within 30 days, a preliminary draft of the plan to defeat ISIS shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Defense.”

Protests Erupt At Airports Nationwide Over Immigration Action

CBS NewsProtesters gathered outside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Saturday demanding the release of refugees blocked from entering the United States. Other protests took place nationwide.
People in the crowd at Kennedy airport chanted, “Let them in.” Celebrities including “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon joined the demonstration.

“We Are All Immigrants,” read one sign held by a protester.

“Let Them In,” read another.

Others read “Refugees Welcome,” “Disobey” and “Resist.”

Federal Judge Issued Stay Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

Mother Jones – A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay Saturday night against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.The ruling—a stunning defeat for Trump at the end of his first week in office—protects from deportation refugees or visa holders who were detained at American airports since the signing of so-called “Muslim ban.” It also protects those in transit when the emergency ruling was filed.

California Threatened To Stop Paying Taxes in Response to Sanctuary City Status

Occupy Democrats – The State of California’s elected officials are exploring ways to combat President Trump’s Executive Order cutting off funding to sanctuary cities. National legal experts say that Trump’s sanctuary cities order is unconstitutional because, at its core, the order is an attempt to commandeer state and local officials in violation of the 10th Amendment.

California’s Democratic leaders believe there are numerous federal programs receiving state funds as well, which they will seek to cut, to make up for anything Republicans siphon out of their budgets. San Francisco’s CBS affiliate reports that the federal government only spends 78 cents in California for every tax dollar sent from that state to Washington

Mexican Launch Boycott of U. S Companies in Fury At Donald Trump

Time – Created by a Mexican food activist group, the image is part of a slew of messages, memes, and videos that have been spreading in Mexico in recent days as President Donald Trump pushes for a border wall, deportations and punishing new trade rules. Others messages call for specific boycotts of U.S. companies in Mexico, including McDonalds, Walmart, and Coca-Cola. One of the most heavily trending hashtags is #AdiosStarbucks, or “Goodbye Starbucks,” referring to the Seattle company which has opened hundreds of coffee houses here.

FBI Forced Twitter to Share User Data Without Legal Warrant

International Business Times – We are all aware that our online lives, including our accounts on social networks, aren’t always private and safe. But other than the threat of hackers, the government may also be spying on us using our online accounts, as exemplified by Twitter.

The social media platform announced Friday it received two national security requests, one each in 2015 and 2016, asking for users’ account data without informing the affected users. The company could not reveal this earlier since it was bound by gag orders until now that restricted it from openly speaking about the matter.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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