Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 29, 2017
By Roland Oliphant and Ruth Sherlock

Travellers with valid visas and green cards (click here) have reportedly been prevented from boarding flights and turned away at US border control after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States.
Lawyers have announced a legal challenge to the order, which the US Department for Homeland Security confirmed on Saturday afternoon applies to green card holders, meaning lawful permanent residents of the United States will be barred from returning if they travel abroad....

Homegrown radical "Ultra White" terrorists.

January 28, 2017
Rachel Olding

A radicalised white supremacist (click here) who was stockpiling homemade guns and weapons across Sydney had expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting at a popular Westfield shopping centre.

The disturbing case, uncovered by the Sun Herald, has highlighted the evolving threat posed by violent, right-wing extremism in Australia with experts warning against public complacency.

Michael James Holt, 26, pleaded guilty recently to several firearm manufacture and possession charges after police found a large stash across three properties in 2015.

The unemployed college drop-out is infatuated with neo-Nazi ideology and once told a school friend that he dreamed of walking through the school shooting students and teachers, an agreed statement of facts tendered in Penrith Local Court said....

"Ultra White" Trump has mostly nullified a treaty with Australia.

January 29, 2017
By Adam Gartrell

...Declaring the measures (click here) were aimed at keeping "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the US, Mr Trump also suspended all immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations and established a religious test that will give Christians in Muslim countries visa priority.

It had been feared the new policy would scuttle the refugee deal the government struck with the Obama administration, which is aimed at resettling hundred of refugees – most of them from the countries banned by Mr Trump – from Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

But the government is taking hope from a section of the US order that appears to provide a workaround.

It says the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security have the discretion to admit people on a "case-by-case" basis, specifically giving scope for exceptions that would "enable the United States to conform its conduct to a pre-existing international agreement"....