United States Court of Appeals Denies Trump’s Travel Ban

The controversial decree signed by President Donald J. Trump banning refugees and restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter in the U.S. was declined by the U.S. Court of Appeals.


President of United States Donald J. Trump

Mr. Trump signed the Executive Order 13769 under the name of “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”resulting in the suspension of this decree on 3rd February. The U.S. Court of Appeals on 9th February unanimously rejected President Trump’s attempt to re-apply it

From this declarations, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”  

Three judges supported arguments in order to keep the suspension of the traveling ban and Mr. Trump said he would take the case to the Supreme Court.

Trump defend his travel ban and accused the judiciary branch of becoming “political” during an address to the Washington, D.C.conference of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He also made references to his current measures related to the electoral campaign:

“One of the reasons I was elected was because of law, order, and security.”

Mr. Trump talks directly to the American people, Courts of Appeal and to the Opposition:

“You are great men and women, and we have to allow you to do your jobs, and we have to give you the weapons that you need […] they are trying to taking away from you, because of politics, or political views.”

In those statements, he is calling for Americans to understand the travel ban as a tool for increment security and jobs. Then Trump alleged the possibility of the Courts of being influenced by the opposite party in its decisions. 

This article from The Guardian informs about Trump called for surveillance against mosques and support the idea of establishing a database for all Muslims living in the United States. This ideology has led Trump wants to the shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until he was able to figure out how to attack horrendous threats by people who believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life, in his own words.

Trump’s executive order of the travel ban restriction proposed (also applied to permanent US residents, like green-card holders and foreign visitors) the imposition of a 90-day ban on travelers from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Lybia, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq, according to the Telegraph

However, the ban is not applied to Christians of these countries. 

Trump’s executive order has been strongly criticized by many people, as the Court of Appeals alleged that the travel ban has nothing to do with the reach of ‘national security’:

The decision to ban people from seven-Muslim majority countries to enter the United States will give further arguments to extremist groups, such as the Islamic State, and will not guarantee national security.”

By Alejandro Martínez, Marina Barberá and Alba Tissera.

Would You be a Mother in Sub Saharan Africa

The importance Sub-Saharan governments put in women and children is ridiculously low. In this region women and children besides having to struggle with discrimination also have to fight for basic civil rights like health care or education. Unfortunately this part of the world is known for corruption, political unrest, diseases like malaria but what about child birth.


Pregnant African Woman.

One in every six women in Sub Saharan Africa have more chances to die during pregnancy or child birth in comparison to one in every four thousand in industrialized countries. This statistic is shocking it is the largest difference between countries.The causes of deaths are very diverse and include infections, hemorrhage, obstructed labor, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The cause of such high morality is due to the inadequate healthcare provided to these women.

34 percent of women do not receive paternal attention during their pregnancy. Sub-Saharan Africa has just 11 doctors, nurses, midwives for every 10,000 people. Even more shocking in countries like in Guinea, Niger, Sierre Leone and Somalia there are less than two health care professionals for every 10,000 people.

As the inadequate health care affects mothers in consequence it also affects new borns in Sub Saharan Africa. According to a report by Save the Children forty percent of first day newborn deaths are in Sub-Saharan Africa. At least 20 percent of illnesses that kids less than five suffer are correlated with the mothers health during pregnancy. Also it is very typical for women to have children at a very young age, when their bodies are not mature enough to sustain a child. In too many cases this leads to the mothers or childs death.

Orphan Children in Nigeria

Orphan Children in Nigeria.

Another issue to point out is that if mothers do die during child birth many children become orphans. These children have a ten percent more chance to die during their first two years of life.

This tragedy can be easily prevented because the cause is mostly due to bad health care provided by governments. Governments should pay more attention to the health care they provide and also to educating these young woman about such issues like preservatives. Not only should Sub Saharan African countries contribute but countries all over the World should try to make a difference either though economic help, education, or directly offering medical help.

Is the world watching Somalia die?

Once again, Africa is hit by its most furious and merciless enemy: Hunger. It has killed over 260.000 people in Somalia, half of them children. The amount of food was not enough to cover the basic nutritional needs of that amount of people, and when the aid arrived, it was already late.

According to the UN News Center this happened because the international community did not act quickly enough. Due to the magnitude of the victims, half of them infanticide deaths, Philippe Lazzarini (Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia) had declared “we could have done more before the famine was declared” and in future terms “we need to ensure that Somalia never goes through another famine again”.

BBC sources let us know that more or less 4.6% of the total population and 10 % of the children under five died in southern and central Somalia. In lower Shabelle 18% of the children under the age of five died and in Mogadishu there were 17 %.

This famine is to be considered as one of the worst famines in over 25 years and the number of deaths this time surpassed the latest famine in Somalia in that occurred in 1991-1992 and about 250.000 people died in the famine due to drought and war.


picture from politicalunbalanced

Even though this famine was declared to be over in February 2012 and the conditions are considerably better this sub-Saharan country still has got one of the highest rates of child malnutrition and infant mortality according to Ben Foot from the charity organization Save the Children.

The situation is so desperate that Somalia has urgently asked Uganda for some humanitarian help. The Somali government admitted its lack of capacity of providing food to 3.7 millions of its people in the south of the country; this is the reason why they asked for help to its neighbor country, Uganda, specifically providing food around their borders, in an attempt to avoid the escape of Somali citizens to Uganda, New Vision confirmed this information this week and also informed that the Uganda government is thinking of taking the lead and distribute itself the humanitarian aid.

Oxfam gave in a report the three main causes of what this famine happened:

1. A two year drought that has caused record food inflation. This with levels of malnutrition and premature mortality has caused a very quick famine.

2. The drought has killed off the cereal fields and has killed most of the cattle, leaving the population without enough resources.

3. The incapacity of the Somalia government of content the spread of the drought over the country.


picture from redcross blog

The combination of these three causes plus the actual instability that it is installed in the country has favored the famine.

Once again, hunger has hit Africa and again the rest of the world is too late to help them. This issue has been going on for a long time and every time than an event of this characteristics  takes place the rest of the world that it is time to change things, but in the end it happens all over again.

Alberto Hernández, Andrés Escorial, Sandra Elorriaga, Jorge del Prado & Nathalie González

Somalia: When will the attacks be over?

Once again, unexpected and ruthless, another terrorist attack hit Mogadishu. Sunday 14, April; the location: Supreme Court. Suddenly chaos shows up, the result of the explosions: 35 victims and one of a foreign country, Mahad Ali Dhore a Canadian reporter of CBS was killed during the attack (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/world/africa/deadly-attacks-strike-somalias-capital-mogadishu.html?_r=1&). At the same time seven men in coordination with the bombs, entered armed in the tribunal after one bomb car exploded at the front door, and open fire to the people there (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22143503); until the government soldier (that mainly where members of the army of the African Union) showed up. A shooting took place ending up with 19 persons deceased.


Picture from BBC.

This is not new for the Mogadishu population; they are used to suffer the attacks of terrorist groups and the shooting of the main snipers that hides all over the city killing innocents and soldier without distinction just to spread the terror in a city that bleeds since 1989. “ If Mogadishu is to see real change or progress in the rule of law, then protecting these kinds of places is clearly going to have to be part of the agenda for the new government” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director for Human Rights. The African Union has dispatched about 10000 soldiers from other countries just in order to control the city because the Somalia government is not able even to control his own official buildings.
This extremely ruthless and brutal terrorist attack went under the shadow of the bombs in Boston. Which gives an idea of does the Media concentrate in different news; depending on the region it is being talked about.
Sandra Elorriaga, Nathalie González, Jorge del Prado, Alberto Hernández & Andrés Escorial.