by Kevin Mercado

Refugee Resettlement

More than 8,000 Syrian Refugees Come to UK Under Plans to Resettle 20,000 by 2020
November 9, 2017
More than 8,000 refugees have arrived in the United Kingdom from Syria under the Government’s resettlement scheme. “Refugees have said they are grateful for the ‘genuine welcome’ they have received in the UK, and are heartened that their children have been able to attend school and catch up on lost education.” This comes two years after ministers committed to taking in 20,000 Syrians from the war-torn country by 2020.

In Turkey, Most Iraqi Refugees Miss School as Families Await Resettlement
November 13, 2017
There are some 43,000 Iraqi refugees living in Turkey. “Community members say an overwhelming majority of their children do not go to school while families wait for a decision about their resettlement claims.” The relocation process could take years, which leaves children without education for as long as it will take.

Trump Refugee Ban is Stranding Hundreds of Relatives of Bay Area Families, Lawsuit Says
November 13, 2017
Bay Area refugee group is suing the Trump administration as part of a national lawsuit that is challenging the White House’s latest attempt to ban refugees from entering the country. “Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley filed the lawsuit Monday along with other resettlement groups and individual refugees, arguing that restrictions on refugee admissions from 11 mostly Muslim-majority countries are unconstitutional.” The latest policy has stranded hundreds of refugees trying to enter the country.

Australia Should Accept New Zealand Offer to Resettle Refugees-UNHCR
November 14, 2017
The UN refuge agency recently urged Australia to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees from the abandoned detention center in Papua New Guinea, where about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water. “The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.” Australia was urged to accept the offer made by New Zealand in part due to the detainees complaining of illness from unsanitary conditions at the camp.

Military Spending

Report: U.S. Military Spending On Drones Is Set To Soar
November 13, 2017
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College found that U.S. military spending on drones in 2018 is set to “outpace” 2017 spending.  Co-Director Dan Gettinger says he “looked at every drone item in Pentagon budgets since 2013,” in order to come up with the report. The article has audio attached explaining the report in more detail.

House Passes Nearly $700 Billion Defense Authorization Bill
November 14, 2017
The House easily passed a nearly $700 billion defense bill recently. The bill endorsed a deal struck with Senate negotiators to authorize significantly more resources to Pentagon and military operations than Trump initially requested. “The 356-to-70 vote comes after a compromise process that was smoothly bipartisan — a departure from years past, when talks to produce the annual defense bill faltered over bitter political disagreements about spending priorities.” The Senate s expected to follow suit and pass the bill in the next coming weeks, sending it to the President’s desk.