News and Analysis (1/29/17)

A federal judge has ruled against Trump’s “deportation refugees or visa holders who were detained at American airports” or in transit at the time, but “but refugees abroad remain in limbo” …

… and although Thom “Maker was able to leave Canada and is safely back in the U.S.[,] … what the halt of immigrants’ visas — even those with dual citizenship from other countries — will mean for players such as Maker still is unknown” …

… as demonstrated by the Iraqis who risked their lives to work for Americans fighting terrorism in their homeland …

… and the order came too late to prevent “chaos earlier in the day”:

Trump’s timing of a policy reminiscent of the 937 refugees turned away in 1939. 254 of whom were murdered in the Holocaust mocks the slogan “Never again!”:

“The ban does not cover all Muslim-majority countries or Muslims worldwide. The nations where the Sept. 11 hijackers hailed from — Saudi Arabia, Egypt the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon — are not included on the list” …

… and putting a crimp in CIA and U.S. military intelligence promises “of eventual resettlement in America to induce foreigners to … work secretly for the United States against terrorist groups or repressive governments” …

… and prompting retaliatory actions from targeted countries and a prediction from Iran that the ban will empower extremists, … and even a statement of disapproval from Theresa May, under pressure from her own party …

… and even some Trump advisers are uncomfortable with the idea of rolling back “an order safeguarding 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children” …

… but the PM of the country that leads the world in building divisive walls is delighted by the policy:

“There is a South African proverb, dating from the apartheid era, that goes like this: ‘How do you catch an elephant? You catch a mouse and keep beating it up until it admits it’s really an elephant'”:

Notwithstanding Trump’s doubts about foreign military intervention, only one week after “suspected U.S. drone strikes killed three other alleged al-Qaida operatives in Bayda province”, he has boots in the ground in Yemen:

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