Editor’s Note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a Fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this op-ed exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. Editor’s Note: Dr. Terry F. Buss is a Fellow at the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this op-ed exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. In his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama promised to improve diplomatic relations with Cuba and eliminate a 50 year long embargo. On Wednesday, Obama proclaimed that he was now going to reverse the failed U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Why, after nearly six years as president with about two years remaining in office and after a devastating loss of an election for his Democratic Party in November, has Obama concluded that now is the time to build ties with Cuba? The short answer: Obama is pursuing political ambitions in the U.S., rather than developing a sound policy on Cuba. Cuban economy in distress The Cuban economy is in distress. Many observers … [Read more...] about Obama announces new sweeping policy on Cuba: Why now?
U s committee for refugees and immigrants
President Obama returned to his hometown Chicago on Thursday to kick start his campaign for a second term, and raise millions of dollars to finance his 2012 re-election bid. But even in this Obama-friendly town, where the president launched his political career as a community organizer, not all are enthusiastic about his visit, with some expressing frustration about unfulfilled promises about the economy, as well as issues like the war and immigration. Obama, a former Illinois senator, arrived late in the afternoon from Washington D.C., where he had a full day of meetings with the Emir of Qatar and his bipartisan group of advisers on budget deficit reduction. As soon as the presidential aircraft Air Force One landed in Chicago, the commander-in-chief turned into fundraiser-in-chief attending two high-priced dinner events, and a large reception aimed at younger and small-amount donors. At the MK Restaurant in Chicago's Gold Coast area, Obama dined with contributors who paid 35,800 … [Read more...] about Obama in Chicago for re-election bid; homecoming not so sweet for some
U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect late Thursday, after Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups. The Trump administration says the temporary ban is necessary to block terrorists from entering the country, but immigrant advocates charge that it illegally singles out Muslims. The 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and 120 day ban on refugees, will allow exceptions for people with "close family relationships" in the United States. But activists said the government has defined that too narrowly, excluding relationships with grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles and others. And many were concerned about a possibly chaotic rollout of enforcement of the ban, like that in January when it was first announced. Immigration rights activists and lawyers were waiting to help arrivals at New York's John … [Read more...] about US six-country travel ban takes effect with few exceptions for relatives
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. Facebook, the dominant social media network, said 3,000 ads and 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights. Another $50,000 was spent on 2,200 "potentially politically related" ads, likely by Russians, Facebook said. U.S. election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities from spending money to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. Non-U.S. citizens may generally advertise on issues. Other ads, such as those that mention a candidate but do not call for the candidate's election or defeat, fall into what lawyers have called a legal gray area. Facebook announced the findings in a blog post by its chief security officer, Alex Stamos, and said that it was cooperating with … [Read more...] about Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded US ads with political message
Trump says courts are making it difficult to ensure security. President Donald Trump on Sunday ramped up his criticism of a federal judge who blocked a travel ban on seven mainly Muslim nations and said courts were making U.S. border security harder, intensifying the first major legal battle of his presidency. In a series of tweets that broadened his attack on the country's judiciary, Trump said Americans should blame U.S. District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened. Trump did not elaborate on what threats the country potentially faced. He added that he had told the Department of Homeland Security to "check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!" The Republican president labeled Robart a "so-called judge" on Saturday, a day after the Seattle jurist issued a temporary restraining order that prevented enforcement of a 90-day ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a … [Read more...] about Trump steps up attack on judge, court system over travel ban