‘This is who we are’: The US has a history of putting families in cages, and it didn’t start with Trump

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

President Donald Trump’s practice of separating families that illegally cross the border has spawned widespread outrage and condemnation.
But the US wasn’t much better about it under Obama.
Obama came up with ways to quickly deport millions of migrants, many of whom allege mistreatment, drugging, and abuse while in US care.
Obama and other top Democrats strongly defended the practice of using harsh treatments at the border to deter migrants, something which Trump’s administration has picked up on.
An immigration lawyer says that deterring migrants doesn’t work like this.
The lawyer says Obama’s immigration practices were terrible, and Trump only made them worse by briefly separating families.

President Donald Trump’s practice of separating families that illegally cross the border as a deterrent to other potential border crossers has direct roots in the Obama administration, which said and did many of the same things Trump has been widely condemned for.

While Trump’s administration owns its short-lived policy of separating families at the border, former President Barack Obama earned a nickname among immigration activists as the “deporter in chief” for expelling around 3 million people from the US.

And it wasn’t pretty when Obama did it either.

Recent court filings allege that US detention centers drugged without consent and abused migrant children in the US under Obama.

Pictures virally circulating online purporting to show Trump’s deportation jails have actually pictured facilities during the Obama administration.

“In 2014 [Obama’s] solution to the Central American Refugee crisis was to cage mothers with children in deportation internment camps,” Matthew Kolken, an immigration lawyer on the board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association told Business Insider.

Fleeing Central America, where murder rates number among the world’s highest, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and refugees headed for the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


As Greece’s bailout nears end, is the eurozone better equipped to handle future crises?

A man walks past closed shops in the centre of Thessaloniki on June 21, 2018

Unless the internal politics of the 19 member states line up with one another, necessary reforms will always hit the buffers.

Crisis over? After six hours of talks, an accord has been reached between the eurozone nations to bring Greece’s bailout programme to a close. Greece’s financial rescue package will come to an end on 20 August.

While the crisis might be over, Greeks will be living with the consequences for decades. The government will have to run a day-to-day surplus at 3.5 per cent of GDP until 2020 and at 2 per cent until 2060 to avoid slipping back into crisis. And for all the sounds of relief coming from the eurozone’s finance ministers, it’s not at all clear that the eurozone is now in a position to manage future crises better.

That these final talks, expected to be a formality, became a fraught six-hour affair due to the domestic weakness of Angela Merkel is an illustration of the underlying problem: that unless the internal politics of the 19 states in the eurozone line up with one another, the necessary reforms will always hit the buffers. As it stands, although the creation of a banking union for the Euro area is an important step, creating a eurozone in which countries have options in a crisis other than hair-shirt austerity is another, as yet untaken. And bluntly, barring a sea change in the politics of the Netherlands and Germany, it will remain that way.

It’s one of those strange days when you remember that the word “Brexit” was originally a tongue-in-cheek riff of “Grexit”, the supposedly imminent exit of Greece from the eurozone. Now Grexit is a distant prospect and Brexit is the United Kingdom’s national project for the foreseeable future.

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Source:: New Statesman


This machine can dig up a tree stump in seconds

The Rotor Stump Grinder can destroy 120cm wide tree stumps.
It comes in 8 different models and the has up to 350 horsepower.
The grinder can chop 100 stumps an hour.

This machine can dig up a tree stump in seconds. The Rotor Stump Grinder is available in 8 different models, using either power-take off or hydraulics and featuring a drill or cylinder attachment. These grinders can weigh up to 2,500 kg.

The cylinder can easily remove the whole stump, these stumps can then be cleaned and used as fuel. It can extract stumps up to 70 cm wide in one piece or can remove larger stumps in pieces.

These tools can all easily be attached to a tractor or a hydraulic arm, and they can chop up to 100 stumps an hour.

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