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June 27, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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President could reshape high court for decades with next nominee (Washington Post)

Trump said that the effort to replace Anthony Kennedy will start “immediately,” and Senate Republicans said they plan to hold a confirmation vote in the fall.

This is how the travel ban is impacting families near and far (10 News)

Ever since Mohamed Adan Nur became a US citizen 13 years ago, he's been struggling to bring his wife and children to America. Now, after the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban, the Somali native has no idea if or when they might join him.

Trump says illegal immigrants should be deported with 'no judges or court cases' (Reuters)

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to “break into” the country. His proposal drew immediate criticism from legal analysts and immigrant rights advocates who said it would violate the U.S. Constitution’s due process provision, which applies to citizens and non-citizens alike.

Farmers in America are killing themselves in alarming numbers (CBS)

"Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today. The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food… Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Homeland Security release plan to reunify families (KPBS)

The Trump administration has released its plan for reuniting children who have been separated from their parents as a result of the president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, but in a fact sheet issued on Saturday, it provided no timeline for when those reunifications will happen.

In America, naturalized citizens no longer have an assumption of permanence (New Yorker)

Last week, it emerged that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (U.S.C.I.S.) had formed a task force in order to identify people who lied on their citizenship applications and to denaturalize them.

Migrants told they’ll be reunited with children if they sign voluntary deportation order: report  (The Hill)

Detained Central American migrants who have been separated from their children have been told they can reunite with them if they agree to voluntarily deportations, The Texas Tribune reported Sunday.

Immigrant detention camp proposed for Concord is also a Superfund site (SF Curbed)

According to a Friday report by TIME magazine, the U.S. Navy may be planning to detain tens of thousands of immigrants (accused of illegally entering the country) in Concord, despite the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] still lists the Concord Naval Weapons Station as a Superfund site, a designation reserved for some of the most toxic places in the country.

Southern Poverty Law Center Agrees to $3.4 Million Settlement for Smearing Muslim Reformer (Jewish World Review)

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted Monday that it incorrectly included Muslim reformer and Quilliam Foundation co-founder Maajid Nawaz in a 2016 "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” 

The left loses its cool  (Politico)

"If you see anybody from that Cabinet — in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station — you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” implored California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters at a Saturday rally, prompting an immediate conservative backlash on social media.


Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria  (Reuters)

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country’s southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

North and South Korea Prepare to Reunite Families Divided by War (Time)

North and South Korean officials met Friday for talks on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as the rivals boost reconciliation amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Turkey's Erdogan wins sweeping new powers after election victory  (Reuters)


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan won sweeping new executive powers on Monday after his victory in landmark elections that also saw his Islamist-rooted AK Party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in parliament.


Israel announces plan to relieve Gaza isolation by building port in Cyprus (Jpost)


[The] plan would include construction of a special pier for cargo ships carrying goods destined for Gaza. They would be checked with the help of an Israeli monitoring mechanism to ensure that no weapons were being smuggled into the Hamas-controlled area....The office cautioned, however, that plans on the table to improve the humanitarian situation were contingent on the release of those thought to be held in Gaza.


Iranians protest dwindling economy, shout 'Death to Palestine' (Jpost)


Thousands of Iranians returned to the streets of Tehran on Monday in response to the significant devaluation of the country's currency, the rial, which is disrupting business by driving up the cost of imports.  "Death to Palestine," "Help us, not Gaza," and "Leave Syria alone and deal with Iran," protesters shouted…


Exclusive: Facing U.S. blowback, Beijing softens 'Made in China 2025' message (Reuters)


Beijing has begun downplaying Made in China 2025, the state-backed industrial policy that has provoked alarm in the West and is core to Washington's complaints about the country's technological ambitions, diplomatic and Chinese state media sources said.


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