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    Joe Bidenís first executive order upon taking office: reverse Muslim ban

    1. Reverse Muslim ban
    2. Rejoin Paris climate accord
    3. Extend limits to evictions
    4. Extend limits to student loan payments
    5. Start reuniting kids with parents separated at the border

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/u...gislation.html

    Almost an Islamic way of looking at resolution with help , empathy and peace
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    Careful, you'll soon be called a looney lefty by some of our resident posters...

    Otherwise, great steps to begin with

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    Careful, you'll soon be called a looney lefty by some of our resident posters...

    Otherwise, great steps to begin with
    Morality and being good is lefty. No wonder the mullah and aloof class of pakistan aligns with us alt right

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    I hope he provides a lot of monetary aid to Pakistan Trump did not give a single cent to Imran Khan apart from openly insulting him during a press conference that he came here to the USA to ask for money. Hopefully, Imran Khan's Sufism finally paid off, there is a silver lining in the dark tunnel.

    Anyways, the western world works on mutual interests, they will only help you if they can get something in return. No free lunch in the western world. Imran Khan will have to change his policy accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyboy2018 View Post
    I hope he provides a lot of monetary aid to Pakistan Trump did not give a single cent to Imran Khan apart from openly insulting him during a press conference that he came here to the USA to ask for money. Hopefully, Imran Khan's Sufism finally paid off, there is a silver lining in the dark tunnel.

    Anyways, the western world works on mutual interests, they will only help you if they can get something in return. No free lunch in the western world. Imran Khan will have to change his policy accordingly.
    Any quotes or video where Trump ďopenly insultedĒ Imran Khan? Sounds interesting, curious to see the insulting quotes.

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    What is a Muslim ban?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HasanA View Post
    1. Reverse Muslim ban
    2. Rejoin Paris climate accord
    3. Extend limits to evictions
    4. Extend limits to student loan payments
    5. Start reuniting kids with parents separated at the border

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/u...gislation.html

    Almost an Islamic way of looking at resolution with help , empathy and peace
    Excellent, immediately revoking those terrible regressive Trump,policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyboy2018 View Post
    I hope he provides a lot of monetary aid to Pakistan Trump did not give a single cent to Imran Khan apart from openly insulting him during a press conference that he came here to the USA to ask for money. Hopefully, Imran Khan's Sufism finally paid off, there is a silver lining in the dark tunnel.

    Anyways, the western world works on mutual interests, they will only help you if they can get something in return. No free lunch in the western world. Imran Khan will have to change his policy accordingly.
    That’s Trump’s America. Other nations under other leaders have been altruistic.

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    There is no ban the way the LL make it out to be. First of all the 7 Muslim majority countires were first identified by the Obama administration, which of course included Biden. The bans were temporary for 90 days, and then 120 days.

    Summary:

    -Suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.

    -Restricts admission of citizens from seven countries for 90 days*

    -Orders list of countries for entry restrictions after 90 days

    -Suspends admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely

    -Prioritizes refugee claims by individuals from minority religions on the basis of religious-based persecution

    -Expedites a biometric tracking system

    The bans ended on Feb 2017, there are now travel restrictions in place from 7 muslim majority counties; simply put, visa restrictions, just as there are from most countires.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exec...%20and%20Yemen.

    The Looney Left need to stop lying like the have for the past 4 years, wipe their tears, and get their facts straight.

    Oh, until Biden rejoins the Iran deal and removes China tarrifs imposed by Trump, he will remain a puppet and a supporter of some of Trump's policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyboy2018 View Post
    I hope he provides a lot of monetary aid to Pakistan Trump did not give a single cent to Imran Khan apart from openly insulting him during a press conference that he came here to the USA to ask for money. Hopefully, Imran Khan's Sufism finally paid off, there is a silver lining in the dark tunnel.

    Anyways, the western world works on mutual interests, they will only help you if they can get something in return. No free lunch in the western world. Imran Khan will have to change his policy accordingly.
    Imran Khanís sufism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    There is no ban the way the LL make it out to be. First of all the 7 Muslim majority countires were first identified by the Obama administration, which of course included Biden. The bans were temporary for 90 days, and then 120 days.

    Summary:

    -Suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.

    -Restricts admission of citizens from seven countries for 90 days*

    -Orders list of countries for entry restrictions after 90 days

    -Suspends admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely

    -Prioritizes refugee claims by individuals from minority religions on the basis of religious-based persecution

    -Expedites a biometric tracking system

    The bans ended on Feb 2017, there are now travel restrictions in place from 7 muslim majority counties; simply put, visa restrictions, just as there are from most countires.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exec...%20and%20Yemen.

    The Looney Left need to stop lying like the have for the past 4 years, wipe their tears, and get their facts straight.

    Oh, until Biden rejoins the Iran deal and removes China tarrifs imposed by Trump, he will remain a puppet and a supporter of some of Trump's policies.
    Yeah, looks like there was no Muslim ban, rather the ban was in places which are troubled, might have Muslim majority but most importantly very poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajBan View Post
    Yeah, looks like there was no Muslim ban, rather the ban was in places which are troubled, might have Muslim majority but most importantly very poor.
    There are actually 13 countires on the list, we only hear about the Muslim majority countries thanks to the agenda against Trump. Venezuela is a Christian majority, it's on the list, but I don't see the LL demanding the restrictions be lifted, and neither do I see Biden lifting the restrictions of non-muslim majority countries either because previous administrations have appended the list, Obama included.

    The main reason why restrictions were in place was simply because the Muslim majority countries mentioned refused to share information on its citizens with USA - a requirement post 911. Hence the US Supreme Court upheld Trump's EO on the grounds of national security, not hatred.

    The propaganda is strong, as is the bias and hypocrisy by the LL. I wonder what excuse they have in supporting the reduction of restrictions from Muslim majority countries, but not Christian majority countires. What excuse does Biden have?

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    In all likelihood, this man Joe Biden is going to be worse than previous few presidents for the middle east and muslims.

    I'll see you in a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    In all likelihood, this man Joe Biden is going to be worse than previous few presidents for the middle east and muslims.

    I'll see you in a few years.
    I hope not.

    We don't need another Arab Spring.



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    Details are emerging of a raft of executive orders planned by US president-elect Joe Biden as soon as he takes office this week.

    Mr Biden will issue decrees to reverse President Trump's travel bans and re-join the Paris climate accord on his first day, US media report.

    The president-elect is also expected to focus on reuniting families separated at the US-Mexico border, and to issue mandates on Covid-19 and mask-wearing.

    He will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

    All 50 US states are on high alert for possible violence in the run-up to the inauguration ceremony, with National Guard troops deployed in their thousands to guard Washington DC.

    What policy changes will Mr Biden enact?
    In the hours after Mr Biden sets foot in the White House, he will embark on a blitz of executive actions designed to signal a clean break from his predecessor's administration, according to a memo seen by US media.

    Among the orders planned soon after taking office are:

    A US return to the Paris climate agreement - the global pact on cutting carbon emissions
    Repealing the controversial travel ban on mostly Muslim-majority countries
    Mandating the wearing of masks on federal property and when travelling interstate
    An extension to nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures due to the pandemic
    The executive orders are just one part of his ambitious plan for his first 10 days in office, according the memo.

    The President-elect is also expected to send a major new immigration bill to Congress, as well as focusing on passing a $1.9tn (£1.4tn) stimulus plan to help the country's economy recover from coronavirus.


    media captionThe US Capitol is on high alert ahead of Biden's inauguration
    Mr Biden has also said his administration will aim to deliver 100 million Covid-19 jabs in his first 100 days in office - describing the rollout so far as a "dismal failure".

    "President-elect Biden will take action - not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration - but also to start moving our country forward," incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain wrote in the memo.

    What challenges does Biden face?
    The president-elect is taking over a country in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Daily deaths from Covid-19 are in their thousands and almost 400,000 have lost their lives.

    On top of the virus raging, the country is reeling from recent political violence.

    The theme for Mr Biden's inauguration will be "America United", with the president-elect focusing on healing political divisions. Vice-President Mike Pence is expected to attend the ceremony, though Mr Trump has said he will not.

    Mr Biden will be sworn in exactly two weeks after the violent riots at the US Capitol on 6 January which aimed to thwart his election victory.

    Even by inauguration standards, the security presence in Washington DC for Wednesday's ceremony is extraordinary.

    Miles of streets have been blocked off with concrete barriers and metal fences, and more than 20,000 National Guard troops are expected to deploy. The FBI has warned of possible violence and armed marches planned by pro-Trump supporters.

    The tough security measures follow a week in which Donald Trump became the first US president to be impeached twice. Mr Trump will now face a Senate trial on a charge of "incitement of insurrection" for the US Capitol violence.

    The earliest the Senate can receive the charges will be Tuesday - the day before he leaves office - but the timings for the trial remain unclear.

    There is some suggestion that the House of Representatives, which voted to impeach Mr Trump last week, could delay sending the articles to the Senate to let Mr Biden push on with his legislative agenda and have his cabinet picks approved first.

    Democrats and Republicans are also reportedly discussing plans for a "dual track" agenda which would allow the Senate to split time between impeachment proceedings and Biden administration business.

    The 100-seat Senate is now tied between Republicans and Democrats. A two-thirds majority is needed for an impeachment conviction - so 17 Republicans would need to vote against Mr Trump to convict him.

    Some Republicans have warned the impeachment will further inflame and divide Americans at a time when the nation needs to heal - but Democrats want to push on to convict Mr Trump then block him running from office again.

    Ten Republicans voted to impeach the president in the House and most Republican senators, including leader Mitch McConnell, have not said publicly what their voting intentions in a trial are yet.

    A president has never been tried after he leaves office. Because the situation is unprecedented, some have even suggested it could be unconstitutional.

    Officials on both sides are preparing for a trial, though the outgoing president is yet to confirm his legal team.

    Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told ABC News on Sunday that he was working on the impeachment defence, but a spokesman for the president later said he had not decided on his representation.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55694415


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    That’s Trump’s America. Other nations under other leaders have been altruistic.
    Are you having a laugh mate? Politics has always been about give and take and if by altruistic you mean America waging countless wars for their own beneift such as oil, then I'd like to know what books you've been reading.

    Trump put America first, which should be the attitude of any leader, their country first, not some mumbo jumbo Obama/Boris types.

    You are supporting Biden simply cos you despise Trump and forget all the facts inbetween which is effecting the credibility of your arguments/points.

    Stop relying on mainstream media for an opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    In all likelihood, this man Joe Biden is going to be worse than previous few presidents for the middle east and muslims.

    I'll see you in a few years.
    Biden is worse, and Obama knew it before Trump in 2016. Obama wanted Biden to leave politics, and when he didn't, he persuaded Biden not to run in 2016. Biden was not even meant to run for President in 2020, it was only because of Sanders. Democrats had squandered 4 years trying to remove Trump, when instead they should've groomed a young charismatic leader. No instead USA put forward 2 70+ oldies.

    Biden will destroy USA. His racist policies, and past, will ensure the social divide will widen further. All these Uncle Joe supporters are still in their honeymoon period.

    So glad the crowd at his inauguration will be less than that of Trumps. Beautifully sums Biden up.

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    Joe Biden takes office on Wednesday with a promise to overturn on “day one” the so-called Muslim Ban – the executive order that outgoing President Donald Trump put in place restricting citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

    The ban, which fulfilled a central Trump campaign promise, had immediate and far-reaching consequences. It stranded refugees in third countries, divided families and denied critical healthcare to ill people. It prevented American citizens from being joined by friends and relatives for weddings, funerals and graduations and kept couples from getting married.

    “Prohibiting Muslims from entering the country is morally wrong,” Biden says on his campaign website, “and there is no intelligence or evidence that suggests it makes our nation more secure.”

    Rights advocates and Muslim American groups have welcomed Biden’s commitment to overturning the measure, but question whether it can do enough to address the harm it has caused to families over the past four years.

    “We are happy that Biden is going to repeal the ban,” said Ibraham Qatabi, a legal worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

    “But the question is, what does that mean for families impacted by the ban?” Qatabi told Al Jazeera. “Are they going to get their visas and be reunited with their families?”

    Meysam Azin, 40, an American citizen who was born in Iran, lodged green card applications for his elderly parents, aged 65 and 68 in December 2015 – a year before he and his wife were planning on starting a family, hoping they would be able to come and help raise them.

    But the travel ban imposed just over a year later put major hurdles in their process. He sought the help of a lawyer. Still, their application was stuck in “administrative processing” for months, and when they heard back, it was for requests for more documentation. His mother, Fatima, was finally called for an interview in January 2020, but not the father.

    Their situation is further complicated by the fact that there are no US embassies in Iran, so they would have to travel to nearby countries, Armenia or Turkey for consular interviews, or in Azin’s parents’ case, the UAE, a country they cannot reach because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

    Azin, who holds a PhD in electrical engineering and lives in San Diego with his wife and two children, says the process has been so stressful that it led to him being diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression in 2017 and later, an autoimmune disease. His father, too, recently began showing signs of depression and dementia.

    “I daydream about it every day that they’re going to come,” Azin told Al Jazeera. “I dream that we are all sitting outside in our back yard and we’re barbecuing and the kids are running around,” he says.

    “Is that too much to ask?”

    On January 27, 2017, a week after taking office, Trump abruptly announced the first travel ban. The decision sent shockwaves across the world and caused chaos in dozens of US airports as hundreds of travellers who were in midair when the announcement was made, were suddenly in possession of invalid US visas. Many were detained and sent home.

    In the US it caused outrage among rights groups who challenged the measure in court, arguing that it is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

    Lower courts struck down the first two iterations of the ban. But in June 2018, the US Supreme Court upheld the third version which primarily affected nationals from Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Myanmar, Sudan and Chad. It also included restrictions on citizens from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, Tanzania and Venezuela.

    Official records show at least 88,000 people were subject to the ban.

    Defenders of the ban say it was a justified move, as it allowed immigration agencies to properly vet citizens from countries that do not keep or share intelligence records with the US.

    “Those particular countries are especially problematic for American intelligence and law enforcement to vet for security, because they are largely ungoverned,” said Todd Bensman, Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, citing the examples of Libya and Yemen, two war-torn countries that lack stable governments.

    “From a national security perspective, it was a good thing,” Bensman said. “It definitely reduced the risk that people would get in and conduct attacks,” adding that it helped vetting officers “to determine whether applicants are part of jihadist movements or terrorist groups, may be radicalised or have some disqualifying history that would make them ineligible.”

    Muslim American groups say the national security argument was a guise that helped the third iteration succeed in court, they also cite the introduction of a waiver provision that allowed – at least in theory – for exceptions for some foreign nationals to file in order to enter the country.

    “There was a third iteration of the Muslim ban because the first two were so discriminatory that it would have never passed constitutional muster in the Supreme Court,” said Robert McCaw, Government Affairs Director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

    “The third ban, while still inherently discriminatory in its origins,” McCaw said, “on its face value was built on national security concerns and the promise of a waiver process that was never realised.”

    Hiba Ghalib, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, said to be approved for a waiver, petitioners must satisfy three criteria: that “undue hardship” would be caused to the applicant if their entry was denied, entry to the country would be in the US’s national interest, and that their entry would not pose a threat to US national or public safety.

    In practice, Ghalib said the waiver process proved difficult to manoeuvre, not least because the criteria were overly broad.

    “It was a mess,” Ghalib said. “It was arbitrary and also new, but it was also intentional,” she told Al Jazeera. “There was no clarity or consistency because that way it could remain subjective.”

    According to The Bridge Initiative, a research group at Georgetown University, 74 percent of waiver applications between December 2017 and April 2020 were denied.

    Ghalib added that more concerning was the time it was taking immigration agencies to inform applicants of the outcome of their submissions, often taking months and even years.

    “Everyone was all of a sudden in limbo,” Ghalib said. “They were just not making decisions. The lack of responsiveness became the most frustrating thing for people,” she added.

    ‘Just a dream’

    In July, Democrats passed the No Ban Act in Congress, which would repeal the travel ban and prevent the US president from imposing future immigration restrictions based on religion or ethnicity. At the time, the bill did not advance to the Republican-controlled Senate.

    With Senate control soon to be held by Democrats with a slim one-vote majority, it remains uncertain if the bill can advance to a vote.

    “Trump’s travel ban is the quintessential Trumpian immigration policy,” said Alex Nowrasteh director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute.

    “It targeted mostly Muslim majority countries for poor security reasons,” Nowrasteh told Al Jazeera. “Removing it is not only good from a public policy perspective, but it also repeals the most visible and well-known immigration action taken by Trump.”

    According to The Bridge Initiative, a research group at Georgetown University, 74 percent of waiver applications between December 2017 and April 2020 were denied [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo]
    Finally, on December 23, Azin’s father, Ali received notice for an interview – five years after his green card application was lodged. A typical application for other nationalities, Azin’s lawyer, Curtis Morrison, said, takes about a year to process. They are now working on finding a way to get an appointment at a US embassy.

    Azin’s case, Morrison said, is by no means an exception. According to The Bridge Project, issuance of immigrant visas to Iranians dropped by 79 percent between fiscal years 2016 and 2019. And repealing the ban, he said, may not automatically lead to an improvement in the delays.

    “I’m really excited that Biden has promised to overturn this ban, but the backlog is enormous,” Morrison said. “There are so many families who have been separated for years, so many involve children and elderly parents.”

    Still, Azin said after Biden won the election, he became relieved and hopeful that he could be reunited with his parents soon.

    “I keep dreaming that they’re going to be around, that they’re going to teach my children Farsi and read them stories, that we’re going to cook together and visit other cities,” he said.

    “This is just a dream right now, it is frustrating because I thought it is my right to have this.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2...mpression=true


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    I just hope for his and our sake, some drug addicted loser doesn't take advantage of the lifting of the ban.

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    If Biden is tougher on the arabs and israel i'll be happy.

    Trumps tenure mainly via Kushner's schemes has seen the biggest advancement of Israels cause under any American regime.

    I don't really care too much about domestic politics as Im not American. Internationally Trump has embolden the despotic Arab and israeli regimes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadlyVenom View Post
    If Biden is tougher on the arabs and israel i'll be happy.

    Trumps tenure mainly via Kushner's schemes has seen the biggest advancement of Israels cause under any American regime.

    I don't really care too much about domestic politics as Im not American. Internationally Trump has embolden the despotic Arab and israeli regimes.
    The US needed some excuse to move their embassy to Jerusalem, all these years they knew this would be a big red line for anyone to do so noone did it, not even Bush did. The big orange duffer has paved the way for it and now no US president can reverse the order as its a golden egg for them and a bonus for them to keep this decision as is. So I don't think we will see a reversal on that. We might see a bit more pressure on the Saudis with issues like killing Khashkhoggi which Trump brushed under the carpet. But you're absolutely correct about Trump's schemes furthering all Israeli goals in the region leaving the Palestinians even less ground then before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    The US needed some excuse to move their embassy to Jerusalem, all these years they knew this would be a big red line for anyone to do so noone did it, not even Bush did. The big orange duffer has paved the way for it and now no US president can reverse the order as its a golden egg for them and a bonus for them to keep this decision as is. So I don't think we will see a reversal on that. We might see a bit more pressure on the Saudis with issues like killing Khashkhoggi which Trump brushed under the carpet. But you're absolutely correct about Trump's schemes furthering all Israeli goals in the region leaving the Palestinians even less ground then before.
    If Biden removes some of the restrictions and reduces the unnecessary tough talk on Iran then it will hopefully put these despots in their place a bit.

    Trump hyped up the Iran threat, sold them hundred of millions in defence deals then made then make peace with their biggest enemy! It was absolute madness how all these duffers combined and got away with scandalous behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    The US needed some excuse to move their embassy to Jerusalem, all these years they knew this would be a big red line for anyone to do so noone did it, not even Bush did. The big orange duffer has paved the way for it and now no US president can reverse the order as its a golden egg for them and a bonus for them to keep this decision as is. So I don't think we will see a reversal on that. We might see a bit more pressure on the Saudis with issues like killing Khashkhoggi which Trump brushed under the carpet. But you're absolutely correct about Trump's schemes furthering all Israeli goals in the region leaving the Palestinians even less ground then before.
    You are beating a dead horse. Palestinian issue is dead and buried ( i am against the illegal occupation). However the arabs dont care anymore. Israel will gobble up all of palestine down the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadlyVenom View Post
    If Biden removes some of the restrictions and reduces the unnecessary tough talk on Iran then it will hopefully put these despots in their place a bit.

    Trump hyped up the Iran threat, sold them hundred of millions in defence deals then made then make peace with their biggest enemy! It was absolute madness how all these duffers combined and got away with scandalous behaviour.
    Yup, Trump tried his best to have a war with Iran. Imagine that, it would completely spill over in Pakistan and make Afghanistan look like amateur playground in comparison for our people. The Iran deal was excellent for peace but oh well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    You are beating a dead horse. Palestinian issue is dead and buried ( i am against the illegal occupation). However the arabs dont care anymore. Israel will gobble up all of palestine down the line.
    I sadly agree. I mean I always knew the average Arab really doesn't care about Palestinians at all and wouldn't raise one voice whenever Arabs recognised Israel, which proved true. Israel needed time and some break through in relations with the Arabs. It got the latter and now it has all the time and Israel knows any more land gobbling will be done with the Gulf countries fully knowing about it and not caring. The Arabs had their chance in the two wars and blew it, yeah the US supported Israel but so did the Soviets who gave the Arabs all their hardware. With Israel's nukes there is no chance to recover any lost land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    You are beating a dead horse. Palestinian issue is dead and buried ( i am against the illegal occupation). However the arabs dont care anymore. Israel will gobble up all of palestine down the line.
    It will gobble up the rest of the arabs too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    You are beating a dead horse. Palestinian issue is dead and buried ( i am against the illegal occupation). However the arabs dont care anymore. Israel will gobble up all of palestine down the line.
    It's not dead and buried, you need to to speak to Palestinians. Palestinians have a large and well educated diaspora now that has been able to take back control of the narrative on social media and academia; As long Palestinians are alive it won't be a "dead issue"; Saudi and the UAE are only a handful of Arab countries that have "upgraded" ties with Israel however the vast majority have not.

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    I would not be surprised if they take more syrian land even down the road.

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    Vast majority will also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    hahahha. some truth to that

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    On Tuesday night, on the eve of United States President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Mania Darbani’s mother called her from Iran.

    She was ecstatic that Biden would soon repeal the Trump administration’s so-called “Muslim ban” that barred people from a number of mostly Muslim-majority nations, including Iran, from coming to the United States.

    “It means I can get to you very soon,” Maryam Taghdissi Jani, who is applying for an immigrant visa, told Darbani, a 36-year-old receptionist who lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

    Darbani said she could not bring herself to explain that other roadblocks remained in place before her mother could join her. On top of the original travel ban that kept them apart for years, Trump issued another ban in 2020 that blocked certain immigrant visas because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Darbani, a US citizen, petitioned for an immigrant visa for her mother, a 71-year old nurse, in 2019, but the Trump administration stopped issuing almost all new family-based green cards in April 2020, saying the move would protect American jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Biden has not yet said whether he will rescind the proclamation, but until he does, Taghdissi Jani will remain in Iran.

    “I am very sad right now, I am just waiting for her,” Darbani said. “My father passed away and my mom is alone. I need her here.”

    Since December 2017, after a revised version of the original travel ban was upheld by the US Supreme Court, some 40,000 people have been barred from entering the United States under the ban, according to State Department data.

    But for many families separated by the travel ban, a reunion isn’t on the cards anytime soon due to layers of pandemic-related travel and visa restrictions.

    On Jan 18, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said the incoming administration would reject a Trump attempt to lift a restriction on travellers from Europe and Brazil. She added that the Biden administration planned to “strengthen public health measures around international travel”.

    The Biden administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether he plans to lift the immigration bans.

    Curtis Morrison, an immigration attorney representing more than 5,000 people in lawsuits challenging the coronavirus-related immigration bans, has been advising clients for weeks that Biden’s rescission of the travel ban will not change the broader freeze on travel.

    “It’s a positive development, but we can’t really celebrate yet,” he said.

    Lameaa Albarmaki, 25, a Yemeni green card holder who immigrated to the United States in 2015 as the war in her country intensified, is waiting to be reunited with her husband.

    She lives with her young daughter, parents and four younger siblings in Baltimore. Her daughter, as well as three of her siblings are developmentally disabled, she said, and she needs help. “I need him to just be with me,” she said. “That’s all I need and I hope.”

    Some immigrants who have been waiting for years for the chance to reunite with their loved ones are now having to weigh the risks of traveling during a pandemic.

    Aryan Jafari, whose parents missed milestones such as his engagement and the birth of his baby due to the travel ban, said he got emotional after the presidential election in November, when it became clear the travel ban would be repealed.

    The 31-year-old mechanical design engineer called his parents in Iran and told them they would soon be able to visit and meet their first grandchild.

    But on Wednesday, he said, the family was not “jumping up and down” even as the ban was officially revoked.

    He does not think it is safe for his parents, aged 59 and 67, to get on a plane and travel to Los Angeles, a Covid-19 hotspot, without a vaccination.

    “Right now we are just looking forward to the day when it is safe enough for people to travel,” he said. “We don’t want it to be their last trip, we want it to be safe for everyone.”

    Dawn


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