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Time Magazine International February 17, 2020

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IRAN CONFLICT RE “ON THE BRINK” [Jan. 20]: Is killing one man a long-term solution to a problem that the U.S. itself—with all its shady operations in the past—is largely responsible for? Is the Middle East a safer place now? Did the strike relieve tensions there? You’ve got to be kidding me. Timo Kosonen, YLÄNE, FINLAND THIS ARTICLE WHITEwashes the horrific effect on the Iranian people of the U.S.’s unremitting imperialist terrorism. Ed Chaney, LAGUNA VISTA, TEXAS RE “WHAT ELSE IRAN MIGHT Do” [Jan. 20]: In his admirable Viewpoint, James Stavridis lists a number of actions Iran might take in response to the murder of General Qasem Soleimani. Incredibly, he left out the most obvious response, i.e., shoot down a civilian airliner in their own airspace with their own missile. Harrison Sherwood, LONGSTANTON, ENGLAND I WAS SURPRISED…

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for the record

‘With his death, not only my family lost a loved one; but the whole world, and the monarch butterfly and the forests lost, too.’AMADO GÓMEZ, brother of Mexican conservationist Homero Gómez González, who was found dead on Jan. 29 after campaigning against illegal logging in the winter habitat of monarch butterflies; a second butterfly activist, Raúl Hernández Romero, was found dead on Feb. 1 8 Number of Australian Open titles won by Novak Djokovic, as of his latest victory, on Feb. 2 ‘YES, HE DID.’MITT ROMNEY, Utah Senator, saying on Feb. 5 that he would vote to remove President Donald Trump from office; Senators had to answer whether the President committed “high crimes and misdemeanors”; Trump was acquitted, with Romney the only Republican voting against him‘I don’t believe this is happening.’A LOS ANGELES…

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emboldened trump makes his 2020 case

IT’S DONALD TRUMP’S MOMENT TO NOT SCREW UP. He’s survived impeachment, the greatest challenge to any President. He’s tightened his grip on the GOP, delivering bolts of fear by Tweet and governing from the base to drive astronomical approval ratings among Republicans. He’s presided over a humming economy and record low unemployment. Now, with his acquittal by the Senate, Trump has the chance to build his case for a second term. His odds look pretty good. A Gallup poll released on Feb. 4 shows his approval rating ticking up to 49%, the highest since he took office. He is in some ways stronger than ever, with an aura of resilience bolstered by a real expansion of the power of the presidency. But a major question looms over Trump’s re-election effort—can he avoid…

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trump’s travel ban expands to six new countries

Protests over President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” immigration policy began just days after his Inauguration in 2017. Now, as he faces re-election, he’s doubling down. On Jan. 31, the ban was extended to six additional countries. The new rule, which goes into effect on Feb. 22, will withhold immigrant visas for applicants from Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea and Kyrgyzstan and restrict access to the U.S. diversity visa program for people from Tanzania and Sudan. SECURITY STATE The Administration says the latest ban affects nations with “deficiencies in sharing terrorist, criminal, or identity information” and has always framed the policy as a matter of security. But during the 2016 election, Trump called for a block on Muslims entering the U.S., and the initial 2017 ban—which applied to seven Muslim-majority countries—faced challenges on the…

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news ticker

Pompeo visits Ukraine, offers reassurances Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine’s “struggle for freedom, democracy and prosperity” during a visit to the country on Jan. 31, just as President Trump’s impeachment trial—on accusations related to withholding military aid for Ukraine—was coming to an end. E.U. rejects U.S. peace plan for Middle East The E.U. said on Feb. 4 it couldn’t support key elements of the Trump Administration’s plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as it “departs” from “internationally agreed parameters.” The plan, which gave a green light to Israel to annex parts of the West Bank, was also rejected by the Palestinians. Trump Admin reverses land-mine rule The White House lifted a restriction on the use of antipersonnel land mines outside the Korean Peninsula on Jan. 31, saying the Obama-era ban…

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brexit finally happened. but will scotland end up back in the e.u.?

ALTHOUGH BRITAIN OFFICIALLY EXITED the European Union on Jan. 31, not everyone in the U.K. has given up on E.U. membership. On Feb. 2, the Scottish National Party (SNP), which wants Scotland to secede from the U.K. and then rejoin the E.U., celebrated when former European Council President Donald Tusk said the bloc would be “enthusiastic” about letting Scotland back in. The U.K. accused Tusk, who left his role in November, of encouraging “separatist tendencies” across Europe. But Scottish leaders hardly need encouragement. Brexit—backed by only 38% of Scottish voters—has heightened tensions between Edinburgh and London, with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon arguing Scots are being “dragged” out of the bloc against their will. She has demanded a referendum on Scottish independence in 2020. Ever since Scotland and England united in 1707, a…