This week, Austria’s new far-right interior minister suggested “concentrating” migrants in asylum centers — with all its obvious and odious echoes of World War II.
Until recently, Syrian cuisine hardly existed in Toronto. With just a few hundred families, the Syrian population was too small to support a restaurant scene. But over the past two years, following the high-profile resettlement of more than 50,000 refugees in Canada, the Toronto area — where over 11,000 of them live — is experiencing the green shoots of a Syrian-food boom.
The official, Theo Francken, is a 39-year-old Flemish nationalist who in 2014 was appointed secretary of state for asylum and migration. He is known for making incendiary comments about migrants; in September, he apologized for using the term “cleaning up” about a police operation in which several undocumented immigrants were arrested. The term was condemned as xenophobic.
Most of those aboard the vessel were from sub-Saharan Africa and included people from Cameroon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Atta Ullah, who identifies himself as commander of the rebel group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, said the attack on Friday morning in Maungdaw had been staged in response to efforts by Myanmar’s security forces to drive the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority country, from the area.
“Every country must guard its borders,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, announcing the plan. “The infiltrators have a clear choice — cooperate with us and leave voluntarily, respectably, humanely and legally, or we will heave to use other tools at our disposal, which are also according to the law.”
“We pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter while most of the Middle East was sleeping on Wednesday. “With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace,” he added, “why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”
Much of that aid flows through the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, or Unrwa. While Mr. Trump did not explicitly mention the agency, his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, made it clear that the agency was being looked at.