In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday October 24th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Crackdown on Honduran Migrant Caravan ‘Against International Law’.
About 5,000 Central American migrants walk towards the U.S. border seeking asylum.
Donald Trump tweeted that people should first seek asylum in Mexico, “and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away”. There is no obligation to first apply for asylum in Mexico, legal experts and human rights organisations point out, and requiring Central Americans to do so would violate international law.
The EU, Formally Rejected Italy’s Budget, Unprecedented for a Eurozone Member.
The European Union has never formally rejected a eurozone member’s budget plans. The Italian coalition government now has three weeks to make changes requested by Brussels or risks sanctions from the EU.
The budget proposes increasing both Italy’s overall government debt and its deficit in the short run, pushing the deficit as high as 2.4% of gross domestic product. Italy would be over the previously mandated maximum deficit level of 0.8% of GDP. As a result, the EU decided to reject the proposals.
Midterm Elections: Five Types of Races That Could Help Decide House Control.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates 72 GOP seats, and 5 for Democrats, as at-risk. If there is a blue wave, the House could look much different next year, with Democrats expanding their ranks of women in the House by up to one-third, said David Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the Cook Political Report, in a recent interview with USA TODAY.
Here are 15 house races you need to know.
‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth.
Here are 20 organizations to donate to that support the trans community.
Retrial To Begin for U.S. Border Agent Who Killed Teen Across Border.
16 year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was hit at least 10 times, mostly from behind by Patrol Agent. According to Border Patrol, the shooting by agent Lonnie Swartz was self-defence.
Swartz was acquitted in US federal court of second-degree murder. But the jury got stuck on charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, for which Swartz will be retried in a case. If Swartz is found guilty of manslaughter or if Rodriguez’s mother wins the civil suit, an important precedent would be set for other cases of cross-border violence by US agents.
Lee Gelernt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who represents Rodriguez’s mother, told Al Jazeera that “this case has extraordinary significance, not only because of the grave injustice but because it raises the critically important question of when the United States Constitution applies across the border.”