The Pentagon is planning to send almost 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, an official said anonymously Thursday. There are already around 8,400 U.S. ground troops stationed in the country.
The decision could be officially announced next week. On Wednesday, President Trump authorized Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to adjust the deployment level to Afghanistan.
According to the official, most of the soldiers will be assigned to train and advise Afghan forces, with some also devoted to ongoing military operations against the Islamic State Group, and the Taliban.
It started with a noose found in the school’s fraternity house. Next was the poster plastered all over campus that claimed: “America is a white nation.”
Then, on Saturday May 20, 23-year-old Richard W. Collins II was stabbed and murdered. His crime? Being Black.
Collins’ murderer, 22-year-old white supremacist Sean Urbanski, was a member of a local Facebook group at the University of Maryland called “Alt-Reich: Nation.” The page contains crass, crude posts that are sexist and racist.
On that Saturday, while Collins, a student at Bowie State University visiting the UMD campus, was waiting for an Uber, he was approached and stabbed by Urbanski “totally unprovoked” with a pocketknife. Urbanski fled the scene but was detained
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday reiterated calls for supporting peace in the South American country and criticized ongoing violent right-wing protests, which have since reached the 50-day mark.
Rodriguez, speaking at a community event promoting Venezuela’s constituent assembly, said President Nicolas Maduro’s proposal would establish dialogue to resolve differences and create a state of peace and stability.
“We want no one to stay in their house because we have an essential task before us, which is the defense of Venezuela,” she said.
Seven years ago, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was crossing the border from Mexico into San Diego — where he had lived for 25 years and raised five children.
But Hernandez Rojas would never see his kin again after that day, as he was tasered, beaten and eventually killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Now seven years later, an international body, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, has agreed to open a case against the U.S. government, for their complicity in the murder of the late father.
According to a report published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Wednesday, nearly 87 percent of women in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
The report titled, “The Talk,” states that 55 percent of women admitted to being catcalled; 41 percent to being touched without consent by a stranger; 47 percent said they were insulted with sexualized slang words (e.g., slut, bitch, ho) by a man and 51 percent of women said a stranger said something sexual to them.
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, BAJI, is calling on lawmakers to halt the mass deportation of Haitian and Somali immigrants living in the United States.
BAJI, a grassroots organization that mobilizes and empowers Black immigrant communities, has launched a campaign bringing attention to the precarious situation that immigrants from both nationalities face.
Re-designation of Temporary Protected Status, TPS, for Haitians residing in the United States is scheduled for May 23, 2017. If the protective status is not granted, some 50,000 Haitians will be stripped of their work authorization and prioritized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, for deportation.
ICE is also in the process of deporting over 4,000 Somalis residing in the country, Ahmed Isse Awad, Somalia’s U.S. ambassador, told the San Francisco Bay View. The Department of Homeland Security, which is tasked with providing information about mass deportations, has yet to release details about pending removals within the Somali community.
Thelawsuit suggests drug companies profited from an opiod crisis it helped manufacture.
In the first lawsuit of its kind, lawyers for the Cherokee nation are filing a lawsuit in tribal court against the nation’s six top drug distributors and pharmacies for flooding communities in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive opioid pain pills.
A day before opposition leaders convened more protests in Caracas calling for the ouster of Venezuela’s government, the country’s leader has accused the United States of working with right-wing leaders towards a coup.