Agenzia Fides – AMERICA/MEXICO – The Church on the situation of migrants: “legal, political and social solutions are no longer an option, they are imperative issues”

“Due to the executive orders of President Donald Trump, a hostile environment, insecurity, uncertainty and terror has been created concerning thousands of people who are accused of being criminals just because they are in a condition of irregular immigration. The implementation of these measures produces disastrous results; the first: the separation of families, when parents are repatriated, leaving children totally defenseless. The final destiny is the path of adoption, when in reality they have a father and mother, but with the only ‘crime’ of not having the US citizenship of America”: this is what the latest issue of the magazine of the archdiocese of Mexico “Desde la Fe” reports.The invitation launched is the unity of the Mexican people before the many difficulties experienced by compatriots in the North American lands: “We cannot be indifferent to the current situation. It is necessary to act with courage”, stresses the text sent to Fides.”Before the terror of Trump’s administration, the Catholic Church, on both sides of the border, appeals to union.

Source: Agenzia Fides – AMERICA/MEXICO – The Church on the situation of migrants: “legal, political and social solutions are no longer an option, they are imperative issues”

Magic Johnson Takes Over As President Of Basketball Operations For The Lakers: LAist

“Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss, part-owner and president of the Lakers, said in the statement. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me.”

Source: Magic Johnson Takes Over As President Of Basketball Operations For The Lakers: LAist

Alternative facts: Trump’s mad cows | In English | EL PAÍS

America’s political world has been russified. Half of the population now feels it is irrelevant whether the statements coming out of the executive are a lie or not. They have abandoned reason to embrace faith, and like cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse, they are happy to let themselves be fooled by the president and his buddies. Masha Gessen, a journalist who was born in Russia, wrote in The New York Review of Books: “Lying is the message. It’s not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself.”Combat lineWhat to do? Unlike Russia, the US fortunately does have institutional antibodies, among which are Congress, judges and the press, which is already smelling a new Watergate. France and Germany have similar defense mechanisms, and they have taken pre-electoral care to set up systems to neutralize Russia’s already visible misinformation cyber campaign.But Trump has already won in the US; half the country has been infected by the virus of “alternative facts,” to use the curiously candid definition provided by the counselor and ex-campaign manager for Trump, Kellyanne Conway. The time has come to fight, to prevent the disease that has already corroded so many brains from migrating to the marrow of the political system.America’s so-called traditional press is on the front line of the battle. That is why, in one of his infamous tweets, the nation’s commander, troller-in-chief and serial liar identified The New York Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and others as “the enemies of the American people.” The battle is on. What’s at stake is the democracy of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom were real presidents. Donald Trump is not. He’s not even a rabbit. He’s a mad cow.

Source: Alternative facts: Trump’s mad cows | In English | EL PAÍS

H7N9 analyses hint at genetic mutations, drug resistance | CIDRAP

In the latest H7N9 avian influenza developments, analysis of virus samples from China and Taiwan hint at mutations including resistance to the antiviral class of drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors, and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the burgeoning number of cases this season now account for a third of all cases reported since the outbreak began in 2013.

Source: H7N9 analyses hint at genetic mutations, drug resistance | CIDRAP

Tuesday Open Thread | Kremlin paid $40,000 to Michael Flynn for 2015 Moscow visit | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Here’s the sequence of confirmed events as we now know them. In April of 2014, Michael Flynn was forced out of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency for erratic behavior, ending his career in the United States military and government. In June of 2015, Donald Trump entered the presidential race. In December of 2015, the Kremlin paid Michael Flynn the sum of $40,000 to travel to Moscow and sit at the same dinner table as Vladimir Putin during a Russia Today event. In February of 2016, Michael Flynn became a campaign adviser for Donald Trump, during which time he routinely colluded with Russian agents.Flynn’s attendance with Putin at the dinner in Moscow has long been documented, and there’s even a now infamous photo of the two of them sitting together at the same table. But until today, it wasn’t known that Flynn had been paid to be there. New York Daily News now reports that Flynn was paid $40,000 just to attend the dinner, and that Flynn failed to ask for the necessary Pentagon approval for such a payment.

Source: Tuesday Open Thread | Kremlin paid $40,000 to Michael Flynn for 2015 Moscow visit | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Inoreader – Docs Remove Women’s Uteruses for Profit, Authorities Refuse to Help. Would it be Different if Men’s Genitalia Had Been Removed?

Vasan says that the matter had first come to light back in 2015 during KJC’s ‘Health as Human Rights’ workshop in Gulbarga. One of the activists found that women in the villages were talking of a big “bimaari” (illness) in the villages, where their doctors told them they were at the risk of cancer when they went to them with any gynecological problems. “You have had children,” they were told, “so why do you need this organ?”

Source: Inoreader – Docs Remove Women’s Uteruses for Profit, Authorities Refuse to Help. Would it be Different if Men’s Genitalia Had Been Removed?

Inoreader – Alt-Right News Website Breitbart Thinks Christians In Lebanon Are Persecuted

You see, if you had any inkling about Lebanon or about the Middle East in general apart from it being one big blur in your eyes, you’d know that the political system in Lebanon allocates political power to Christians and Muslims equally. You’d have known that the president Marine Le Pen met has to be Maronite by law and that to be elected that persecuted Christian man held the entire country hostage for almost two years. But please, by all means, tell me more about how I’m persecuted.

Source: Inoreader – Alt-Right News Website Breitbart Thinks Christians In Lebanon Are Persecuted