By Avi Selk The Washington Post Mon., June 11, 2018 A federal judge has given a last-minute reprieve to a New York City restaurant worker who was fast-tracked for deportation this month, after he showed up at an Army base with a delivery of pasta and the wrong type of ID. Pablo Villavicencio, along with his wife and two young American daughters, has become a live chip in the political fight over deportations since he was arrested on a years-old immigration warrant less than two weeks ago. Saturday’s court order temporarily halting Villavicencio’s immediate removal to Ecuador means that his allies, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic lawmakers, will have at least another month to try to free him from federal custody. Villavicencio entered the United States illegally in 2008, in his mid-20s, according to the New York Times. He has committed no crimes since then, a spokeswoman for Immigration Customs and Enforcement told the newspaper, but an … [Read more...] about Immigrant arrested while delivering pasta to military base wins temporary stay in U.S.
By Jennifer Yang Identity and Inequality Reporter Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Wed., April 25, 2018 The cryptic numbers in the Facebook post attributed to Alek Minassian — C23249161 — are the same as his service number with the Canadian military, a defence department source confirmed to the Star Wednesday. Minassian was in the Canadian Armed Forces between Aug. 23 and Oct. 25, 2017 and did just 16 days of recruit training before he voluntarily withdrew. But on Monday afternoon, the identification number assigned to him by the military appeared in an enigmatic Facebook post that referenced an “incel rebellion” and invoked U.S. mass murderer Elliot Rodger. The post began circulating on social media shortly after a rented van drove into pedestrians on Yonge St. south of Finch Ave., killing 10 people and leaving 14 injured. Minassian, a 25-year-old student with Seneca College, now faces 10 charges of first-degree murder. … [Read more...] about Number cited in cryptic Facebook post matches Alek Minassian’s military ID: Source
India is setting up a Defense Planning Committee (DPC), described as the new “Strategic Think Tank,” to formulate national military and security strategy and oversee foreign acquisitions and sales. Amusingly, the ‘Top Comment’ in the above news link reads, “Hats off to Modi for buying new Tanks to powerful our army defense systems” – the commentator interpreting “think tank” a type of new military tank. Headed by the national security adviser, the DPC also includes the principal secretary to the prime minister, three service chiefs, the defense secretary, the foreign secretary, and the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) heading the headquarters of the Integrated Defense Staff (IDS). The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The tasks of the DPC include: formulating national military and security strategy; “refining” defense procurement recommendations with a long-term view; … [Read more...] about India’s new think tank for military strategy planning misses the mark
Costco is opening early for members of the military at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. The fine print: not every Costco warehouse is participating, and shoppers need to preregister or bring a Military ID to participate. Active-duty members of the military, veterans, and their families are all included – as long as they have a Costco membership. Costco locations across the US are opening an hour early for active duty members of the military, veterans, and their families this weekend. On Saturday, March 24, 117 Costco warehouses are holding a “Military Hour,” which some locations are calling “Costco Hero Hour.” Warehouses will open at 8 a.m., an hour before their normal opening times, to allow current and former members of the armed forces to shop before the crowds arrive at the popular retailer. The bulk retailer is additionally offering a new membership deal for people in the … [Read more...] about Costco has a special deal for the military — here’s how to get early access to the store
Re: "Election obsessions", (PostBag, Jan 11). If Clara Holzer followed Thai-language mainstream media and social media, she would realise that the desire for a return to at least a form of democracy is not limited to the Bangkok Post, opposition Thai politicians and foreign governments. Indeed, even the junta is planning for elections later this year -- or so they say. The fact that people are not openly calling for a change of government may have something to do with the inclination of the junta to intimidate, arrest or charge with sedition those whose criticism of their regime is considered to be too outspoken. Certainly, the turnouts in past Thai elections have often been higher than in some of the so-called mature democracies, indicating a strong commitment by many Thai people to the democratic process.Her claim that foreign governments are seeking a change of government merely to impose one-sided trade agreements on Thailand is an old argument mainly trundled out by conspiracy … [Read more...] about Don’t rely on military