Welcome
Login / Register

news


  • 100 USA Visas per Year for Ethiopia. Donald Trump Signs Executive Order

     

    The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an executive order placing a quota on the number of visas to be issued by the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa to Ethiopians.

    The executive order, which bans seven countries from visiting the United States granted Ethiopia only 100 visas per year. This means that the embassy is entitled to issue visas to only 100 lucky applicants yearly until may be a new government takes over to make changes to such laws.

    Also, Ethiopians who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.
    A lot of attention has been on the temporary visa ban on citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries, but the impact on Ethiopians is far more than previously thought.

    United States visas to the lucky 100 people would be valid for only three months as a clause in the order requires reciprocity.

    Section 9 of the Executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”

    Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Ethiopians holding valid long term US visa are most likely to be affected.

     

    Read more »
  • 82,190 Muslim prisoners in jails across India by 2014

     

    New Delhi: As many as 82,190 Muslim prisoners are lodged in different jails across the country by the end of 2014, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

    Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that as per data compiled by National Crime Records Bureau, at the end of 2014, there were 82,190 Muslim prisoners of which 21,550 were convicts, 59,550 were undertrials, 658 detainees and 432 other prisoners.

     

    “As per data compiled by NCRB for 2014, the percentage of convicted Muslim prisoners to the total convicted prisoners was 16.38 percent and the percentage of Muslim undertrial prisoners to the total undertrial prisoners was 21.05 percent,” he said replying to a written question.

    An Indian Express report “Most Prisoners in India Are Muslims, BCs: NCRB” by Rohan Premkumar says:

    hough Muslims comprise only 14.2 percent of the total population of the country according to a recent census data, they constitute 26.4 percent of the prison population.

    Moreover, 60.3 percent of all inmates are classified as belonging to the OBC, SC and ST communities. ‘Other’ communities constitute the remaining of the prison population. OBCs and STs constitute 38.1 percent of all ‘detenues’. Detenues are persons detained in prison on the orders of a competent authority under relevant preventative detention laws.

    “Prisoners’ Data

    Total Prisoner Population                    4.18 lakhs

    Percentage of Hindus                           63.6

    Percentage of Muslims                         26.4

    Percentage of Sikhs                             2.3

    Percentage of Christians                     5.85

    Other Religions                                  1.65

    “While “Muslims constitute around 30 percent of all prisoners, in the ‘pre-trial phase’, the number of convicted Muslim prisoners stand at only 16.4 per cent.

    “Activists point out that the last statistics clearly points to a ‘prejudiced’ police system across the country, where minorities are ‘targeted’ by the law enforcement agency.

    “Speaking to Express, A Marx, a human rights activist and Chairperson, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, said that the criminal justice system was inherently prejudiced against members of the backward communities and Muslims.

     “Since 1980, it has been established that Muslim 

    more...http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Gujarat-has-over-a-third-of-Indias-Muslim-detainees/articleshow/52100294.cms

     

    Read more »
  • New York Muslims Encouraged by Mass Support as Thousands Protest Trump's Immigration Ban

     

    President Donald Trump is defending his sweeping order on immigration and says he will find other ways to help those suffering from Syria's bloody civil war.

    Trump says in a statement Sunday amid widespread protests that "America is a proud nation of immigrants." He says the country "will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression," but "while protecting our own citizens and border."

    Trump's order halting the Syrian refugee program and temporarily suspending immigration from seven majority Muslim countries has sparked protests across the country.

    Trump insists it's "not a Muslim ban" and blames the media for that suggestion.

    Trump says the U.S. will resume issuing visas to all countries impacted after a review of security policies.

     

    @time.com/

     

     

     

     

    Read more »
  • Mark Zuckerberg challenges Trump as ban on Muslims goes live in US

     

    facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has condemned Donald Trump's s executive order to ban immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries to enter into US. Zuckerberg criticised the order through a personal post on Facebook and expressed his concern about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by Trump.

    " Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don't pose a threat will live in fear of deportation."

    Donald Trump on Friday announced that Syrian refugees will no more be allowed to enter into the US borders and also to suspend the immigration of immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.

    Zuckerberg  also urged that US should always keep its doors open for refugees and how his wife Priscilla Chan and her family wouldn't have come to US if immigrants and refugees were banned decades ago.

    " These issues are personal for me even beyond my family. A few years ago, I taught a class at a local middle school where some of my best students were undocumented. They are our future too. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here. I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone. "

    Zuckerberg also appreciated Trump for his positive approach towards the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows the young immigrants to live and work legally in the US. He noted that there are nearly 750,000 such immigrants living in US who are benefit from this VISA program.

    "I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I'll be working with our team at FWD.us to find ways we can help."

    Here is the full post of Mark Zuckerberg:

    My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla's parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.

    Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.

    Also Read: Zuckerberg defends Facebook, says fake news no reason for Trump win

    We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don't pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.

    We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That's who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla's family wouldn't be here today.

    That said, I was glad to hear President Trump say he's going to "work something out" for Dreamers -- immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents. Right now, 750,000 Dreamers benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows them to live and work legally in the US. I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I'll be working with our team at FWD.us to find ways we can help.

     

    @http://indiatoday.intoday.in/

     

     

    Read more »
  • Ethiopian Airlines flight diverted from Addis Ababa to St. John's

     

    Ethiopian Airlines, seen here in a file photo, diverted one of its planes to St. John's on Wednesday. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

     

    A medical emergency aboard a flight bound for Ethiopia's capital city diverted a plane to St. John's on Wednesday.

    Ethiopian Airlines Flight 501 landed in St. John's at about 4 p.m NT, according to Erika Kelland, a spokesperson at the St. John's International Airport.

    Kelland said there was a medical emergency on board, but had no other information about the incident or how long the plane would remain in St. John's.  

    http://www.cbc.ca/news2/feedback/index_typo.html?Ethiopian%20Airlines%20flight%20diverted%20from%20Addis%20Ababa%20to%20St.%20John%27s

     

    The plane left Washington, D.C. at 11:30 NT and was set for a flight of about 13 hours to Addis Ababa.

     

     

     

    Read more »
RSS