Attorney General Bill Barr ruled on Monday that migrants claiming to be
family members of people being targeted by gangs is not enough to
qualify them for asylum.
Barr’s ruling will likely block tens of thousands of people seeking asylum based on family ties.
case highlighted Monday by the Justice Department is known as Matter
L-E-A and is about the son of a man “who owned a store targeted by a
local drug cartel.”
The son, a Mexican citizen, crossed into the United States illegally for the second time in 2011 and sought asylum.
Barr overturned an asylum decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals
and asserted they had “improperly recognized” the father’s immediate
family as a “particular social group,” in effect overturning precedent.
argued that based on the decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals,
“virtually every alien” could make their way to the US and claim asylum.
the Board has recognized certain clans and subclans as ‘particular
social groups,’ most nuclear families are not inherently socially
distinct and therefore do not qualify as ‘particular social groups,’”
Barr’s conclusion stated.
as almost every alien is a member of a family of some kind,
categorically recognizing families as particular social groups would
render virtually every alien a member of a particular social group.
There is no evidence that Congress intended the term ‘particular social
group’ to cast so wide a net,” Barr added.
ruling by Bill Barr is in addition to President Trump’s newly signed
“safe third country” asylum agreement with Guatemala.
from AG Barr determines that simply belonging to a family targeted by a
gang doesn’t meet the threshold of belonging to a “particular social
group” under Asylum law:
A prison riot triggered by gang rivalries in the state of Pará,
Brazil, left at least 57 dead – including 16 beheaded – on Monday,
leaving authorities to identify the fallen, relocate the culprits, and
prevent a revenge attack.
the attackers are members of Comando Class A (CCA), an organized crime
gang that has risen in prominence in northern Brazil, where the riot
occurred. CCA members reportedly attacked inmates known to be members of
the Red Command (CV) gang, initially locking them in a prison annex and
setting it on fire. Reports indicate that, in addition to beheading,
smoke inhalation appears to have killed the highest number of inmates.
The riot is the deadliest since 1992, but only the latest since May.
Brazil has long struggled with prison overpopulation enabling violence,
as officials have no choice but to place members of rival gangs near
each other and guards are often significantly outnumbered.
The death toll from a suspected Boko Haram attack on a funeral
gathering in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state over the weekend reached
70 as of Monday.
Body count estimates varied by the news agency. Some of the victims
likely succumbed to the injuries sustained during Saturday’s attack.
China’s state-run Xinhua
news outlet learned from unnamed local sources that the jihadis killed
70 people, adding, “More bodies were recovered by rescue workers between
Sunday and Monday morning. … Most of the bodies were found in the bush,
having bullet wounds.”
“It is 65 people dead and 10 injured,” Muhammed Bulama, the chairman of the local government, told Al Jazeera.
Chinese media is working
overtime to paint the Hong Kong protest movement as a gang of violent
radicals driven mad by Western propaganda. The latest round of editorial
broadsides was fired over charges brought against four protesters for
carrying “offensive weapons” to Saturday’s protest at the Yuen Long
Yuen Long was the site of an attack by pro-Chinese forces against protesters, bystanders, and reporters the previous weekend. The white-clad mob most certainly was armed
with offensive weapons, ranging from bamboo poles to metal rods, and
they were employed with gusto, sending dozens of people to the hospital.
An absolutely massive hole has formed in the upper atmosphere of the Sun, and our planet will align with that hole later this week. Once the alignment happens, Earth will be bombarded by a “solar storm”,
and nobody is quite sure yet how bad it will be. If the storm is
relatively minor, we could just experience a few disruptions to
satellite communications and see some pretty lights in the sky.
But if the storm is really severe, our electrical grid could be fried and we could experience widespread power outages. According to the Express, “the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or August 1″…
Earth’s orbit around the Sun will soon align with a coronal hole – a
hole in the Sun’s upper atmosphere – and solar particles will
subsequently bombard the planet after they have made their way through
space. Experts predict that the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or
August 1. People in the northern hemisphere are likely to be treated to
northern lights – or aurora borealis – as the solar winds bombard the
upper reaches of the planet.
Of course North America is in the northern hemisphere, and so we could be in for a direct hit.
For the most part, the Earth’s magnetic field protects humans from
the barrage of radiation, but solar storms can affect satellite-based
Solar winds can heat the Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing it to expand.
This can affect satellites in orbit, potentially leading to a lack of
GPS navigation, mobile phone signal and satellite TV such as Sky.
But if the storm is powerful enough, electronic devices all
over the country could be damaged and our power grid could potentially
be disabled. According to astrophysicist Scott McIntosh, a
really bad solar storm could potentially even cause some of our major
cities to be without power for months…
McIntosh winces at the thought of what a massive storm might do:
“Could you imagine DC or New York City being without power for six
months, or eight months a year because of a solar event that they didn’t
So let us hope that this solar storm turns out to be relatively
minor, because the potential for a catastrophic event is certainly
And our planet has definitely experienced very serious solar storms
in recent history. For example, just check out what happened in August 1972…
On August 4, an aurora shone so luminously that shadows were cast was seen from the southern coast of the United Kingdom and shortly later as far south as Bilbao, Spain at magnetic latitude 46°. Extending
to August 5, intense geomagnetic storming continued with bright red (a
relatively rare color associated with extreme events) and fast-moving
aurora visible at midday from dark regions of the Southern Hemisphere.
On September 1–2, 1859, one of the largest recorded geomagnetic
storms (as recorded by ground-based magnetometers) occurred. Auroras
were seen around the world, those in the northern hemisphere as far
south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. were so bright that the glow woke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning.People in the northeastern United States could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light. The aurora was visible from the poles to the low latitude area, such as south-central Mexico, Queensland, Cuba, Hawaii, southern Japan and China, and even at lower latitudes very close to the equator, such as in Colombia. Estimates of the storm strength range from −800 nT to −1750 nT.
Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks.Telegraph pylons threw sparks. Some telegraph operators could continue to send and receive messages despite having disconnected their power supplies.
At that time, we hardly possessed any technology that was capable of being affected by a solar storm.
If a similar event happens this week, the damage will be absolutely cataclysmic.
As I was researching this article, I also discovered that this solar storm will hit us at the time of the “Black Supermoon”…
According to Farmer’s Almanac,
some people call the second moon in a single month a Black Moon—this is
the definition that’s used most often, and the one that applies to the
full moon happening on July 31st. The term has also been used where no
new moon occurs in a month, which only happens every 5 to 10 years in
the month of February.
This particular moon on July 31st is called a Black Supermoon because it will be near its closest point to Earth.
I don’t know if the fact that these two events are happening so close
to one another has any significance, but I did find it to be
We live in very unusual times, and our world is getting stranger every day.
Global events are beginning to accelerate, and many of us feel like all
sorts of craziness could start breaking loose at any moment.
Scientists tell us that it is just a matter of time before another
solar storm of the magnitude that North America experienced in 1859 hits
our planet again.
So there is a lot of buzz that the Federal Reserve is about to cut interest rates – and it might actually happen. We’ll see.
But if it does happen, it will directly contradict the carefully
crafted narrative about the economy that the Federal Reserve has been
perpetuating all this time.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell has repeatedly insisted that the U.S.
economy is in great shape even when there has been a tremendous amount
of evidence indicating otherwise. And of course President Trump has been repeatedly telling us that this is “the greatest economy in the history of our country”,
but now he is loudly calling for the Federal Reserve to cut interest
rates as well. Something doesn’t seem to add up here. If the U.S.
economy really was “booming”, there is no way that the Fed should cut
interest rates. Right now interest rates are already low by historical
standards, and theoretically it is during the “boom” times that interest
rates should be normalized. But if the U.S. economy is actually
slowing down and heading into a recession, then a rate cut would make
perfect sense. And if that is the reality of what we are facing, then
the economic optimists have been proven dead wrong, and people like me
that have been warning of an economic slowdown have been proven right.
If the talking heads on television are correct, we’ll probably see a rate cut. In fact, apparently there are some people that are even pushing “for a 50 basis point cut”…https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-30/if-fed-cuts-rates-now-itll-be-admission-recession-imminent
The price of China’s favorite food is about to hit all time highs.
As a result of the decimation of Chinese pig herds, which have been
crippled by the ongoing spread of so-called “pig ebola”, i.e. African
swine fever which has crippled domestic pork production, RaboBank
expects China’s pork prices to hit a record high by the fourth quarter
of 2019 even as imports continue to surge.
Last Tuesday China’s customs data showed that pork imports in June
surged from the previous year, as the world’s top consumer of the meat
stocked up on supplies after African swine fever swept across the
country’s pig herds. China brought in 160,467 tonnes of pork in June, up 62.8% from the same month last year, according to data from the General Administration of Customs. This was down 14% from 187,459 tonnes imported in May.