SPLASH! News for February 16, 2017

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Bill Introduced for Colleges to Expel College Students Convicted of Rioting

The Oregonian – A Republican senator on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require Oregon’s public universities and community colleges to expel students convicted of rioting.

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, is listed as the chief sponsor of SB 540, which would force the state’s institutions of higher education to drop students convicted of the crime under ORS 166.105.

Under the statute, riots are defined as a group of six or more people who engage “in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally or recklessly create a grave risk of causing public alarm.”

The most recent high profile riot in the state, which grabbed headlines nationwide, took place in Portland after Donald Trump was elected president.

Colorado Democratic Lawmakers Push Law to Elect Pres. by Popular Vote

The Denver Post – Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote. Donald Trump won the White House. The contradiction is generating renewed interest across the nation for an effort to elect the president by a national popular vote within the Electoral College.

Colorado holds a special place in the debate. More than a decade ago, the state Senate became the first legislative body in the nation to pass a national popular vote bill, according to the organization leading the effort.

The 2006 measure never won final approval, but with new vigor after the 2016 election, 10 Democratic lawmakers brought forward a similar bill Wednesday for an hours-long hearing that drew plenty of Trump critics.

Australia to Stick With Two-State Israel-Palestine Solution Option

SBS – Australia is sticking with its longstanding support for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine despite US President Donald Trump’s apparent retreat from the policy.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the government’s position has been consistent on a two-state solution.

“We encourage both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to negotiate an outcome that would see Israelis and Palestinians living side by side, within internationally recognised borders, in a peaceful and stable environment,” she said in a statement to AAP on Thursday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also said the government’s position had not changed on supporting a two-state solution.

“That will best secure the interests and security of both peoples,” Mr Turnbull told Sky New Business on Thursday night.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia encouraged both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to negotiate an outcome that would see Israelis and Palestinians living side by side, within internationally recognised borders, in a peaceful and stable environment.

Saudis Optimistic About U. S. Relations Under Trump

ABC News – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says his country expects to have a productive relationship with the Trump administration and is optimistic that U.S.-Saudi cooperation can overcome challenges in the Middle East.

Adel al-Jubeir made the comments on Thursday at the top of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on his first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat. Jubeir said Saudi Arabia was looking forward to working with the U.S on numerous issues.

He did not elaborate but Saudi Arabia has deep concerns about Iran’s increasing assertiveness in the region and he and Tillerson were to attend larger meetings on the crises in Yemen and Syria on the sidelines of a gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 world powers in nearby Bonn.

Tillerson made no substantive remarks in the presence of reporters, limiting his comments to polite chatter about his past business travel experience as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

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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