SPLASH! Recap of February 1, 2017

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Trump Threatens To Send Troops Into Mexico To Take Care of ‘Bad Hombres’

TIME – Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.

The excerpt of the call did not make clear who exactly Trump considered “bad hombres,” — drug cartels, immigrants, or both — or the tone and context of the remark, made in a Friday morning phone call between the leaders. It also did not contain Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s response.

Still, the excerpt offers a rare and striking look at how the new president is conducting diplomacy behind closed doors. Trump’s remark suggests he is using the same tough and blunt talk with world leaders that he used to rally crowds on the campaign trail.

Trudeau Abandons Pledge on Electorial Reform

The Globe and Mail – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has broken a signature campaign promise by abandoning electoral reform, sparking condemnation from his political opponents.

During the past campaign, Mr. Trudeau made the pledge to “make every vote count” and said his party was committed to ensuring that the 2015 election would be the last under the first-past-the-post voting system. Fair-voting advocates have long argued that the current system doesn’t accurately reflect the will of the public because it allows a party to win a majority of seats without majority support from Canadians. The Liberal promise was part of a series of proposals that Mr. Trudeau vowed would bring real change to Ottawa.

Mr. Trudeau had previously advocated for a ranked-ballot system but said he was open to a variety of options. The NDP and Green Party pushed for proportional representation, while the Conservatives didn’t advocate for change but said any proposed alterations to the voting system had to be put to a referendum.

Israel To Build Entirely New Settlement In West Bank

CNN – For the first time in about 20 years, Israel has announced it will build a new settlement in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Wednesday.

In the first two weeks of US President Donald Trump’s term, Netanyahu has announced plans for 5,500 housing units in the West Bank, while the municipality of Jerusalem has advanced plans for about 550 new homes in East Jerusalem.
Trump’s marked departure from the Israel policy of predecessor Barack Obama has buoyed the Netanyahu administration’s desire to settle contentious areas of land.
The announcement of a brand new settlement in the West Bank differs from other construction, in which units were added to existing settlements.

Republicans Aggressively Push Approval of Trump Nominees

The Washington Post – Senate Republicans moved aggressively Wednesday to push through several of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the latest round in an escalating showdown with Democrats trying to thwart President Trump’s administration.

Republicans lashed out angrily at Democrats trying to stall the president’s nominees at the committee level, suspending the rules to approve two nominees, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for secretary of health and human services and Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury.


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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