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.

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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.

The West hasn’t done enough to eliminate the Islamic State

It all started on the 7th of January 2015, when two jihadists, Said and Chérif Kouachi, initiated the bloodbath in the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo resulting in the murders of 12 people and wounding of 11.
From that moment we can definitely say that the Western Nations started worrying and paying more attention about the real threat that ISIS represents.

The reaction of the international community has not been sufficient enough to contrast the jihadists. Until now the men deployed in the United Arab Emirates that will fight the guerrilla group are only 600 and of course the number can’t compete against the jihadist forces. It was also announced that around 8 fighting airplanes, a surveillance plane and other transport planes will be disposed in the territories to contrast and fight back ISIS. The coalition led by the US is composed by 30 Western states plus other 10 Arab state including Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates supporting the Sunni faction in the two countries but also Iran has agreed to support the Shia Muslim population currently fighting against the Islamic State.

Furthermore, America has been a prominent country from the west in trying to stop ISIS. The “world has failed to find workable solutions to the most pressing needs” ISIS being one of them. The air strikes the U.S. has been sending have not been enough to stop them and Obama has also been deploying less foot troops into the Middle East. In countries such as Iraq and Syria, which has resulted in ISIS occupying over one third of Syrian territory. An American official, the Pentagon press secretary has said: “Air strikes are not enough to stop ISIS and ground forces are needed to retake the territory”. Until this is done with the help of other nations ISIS will continue to cause brutal attacks and mass murders.

The west has not done enough to stop ISIS in its path of terror and destruction. The Western nations are just as responsible for the uprising of ISIS as the Middle East. This has been due to “the U.S. and its allies destabilizing Iraq and Syria, creating safe havens for extremists and their groups which previously did not exist”. The martyr of the Jordan pilot in February 2015 also had a big impact on the West’s contribution into stopping ISIS. It increased the attention because of the brutal video going viral on social media sites such as Facebook. It should not have to take brutal attacks like this for the west to help, if more was done before maybe it would of prevented things like this happening.

The pilot was doused in petrol and set fire to by ISIS militants.

The pilot was doused in petrol and set fire to by ISIS militants.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills leader of Al-Qaeda who claimed the responsibility of the paris Attacks.

Nasser Bin Al Al-Ansi, the leader of the Yemeni Al-Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP) branch has been killed by some US drones. The drones in 2014 killed more than a hundred AQAP leaders and militants.

Al-Ansi

Al-Ansi

Al-Ansi was born in October 1975 in Ta’iz Yemen, in 1997 he was returned to his home country Yemen, and then proceeded to Afghanistan where he joined Al-Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden personally selected Al-Ansi for an intense training course in Afghanistan. Just after he had been freed from jail during a prison break in Al Mukalla, Yemen.

The AQAP was founded by Saudi and Yemeni Al-Qaeda wings in 2009, it is seen as the most dangerous branch of the global terrorist network of Al-Qaeda because of its number of responsibilities for takes on western targets.

The brain behind the moves of Al-Qaeda is the person who projected the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath in Paris on the 7th of January 2015.

This attack resulted in 16 deaths and many other people wounded, the attack was revenge for the French journalist drawing images of the Prophet Mohammed.

SITE, an international Intelligence Agency has reported that the leader who “claimed” the attack of Charlie Hebdo has been killed; these are his words: “As for the blessed Battle of Paris, we…claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the Messenger of God,”

One week after the tragic terroristic attacks, Al-Ansi had declared through a video: “the leadership of Al-Qaeda have selected the target, planned the attack and financed the operation”.

A U.S. official confirmed that Al-Ansi was dead, but would not say whether his death was the result of a drone strike. However according to an online video statement from an AQAP it confirmed he was dead. It is clear that he is dead but it is not certain when he was killed by the drone strike.

Al-Ansi has also claimed the group was responsible for killing Luke Somers following a botched U.S. raid in December 2014 according to MBC news. He also in previous videos had advocated that future jihadists not to head abroad and wage war in their home countries.

The U.S government have been using drones since Obama came into power, he promised policies to reduce war and the number of men being shipped to Afghanistan. Instead he has used an increased amount of drones that resulted in the death of Al-Ansi and many more Jihadists within the Middle East.

The killing of Al-Ansi has been a big achievement for the US government as he is the second senior AQAP leader to be killed recently. However Al-Qaeda is a forever growing organization launching hundreds of attacks every year.

Use of Drones in Yemen from 2002 until 2015

Use of Drones in Yemen from 2002 until 2015

International view behind the eyes of a Regional Claims Manager

The Central Claims Manager, gives us her opinion about the most current issues that are happening nowadays and explains us in what consist her work and the problems she  can face at an international level.

She works in a Security Multinational Company as a Regional Claims Manager and her work consists in providing  technical assistance and training for Claims Managers and staff. She has two partners that help her, give guiadance, rules and establish best claims practices within the Claims offices in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, UK/Ireland, Cezch Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Rumania,  Norway, Germany, USA and Canada. They also are in charge of deciding which claims have to be investigated for avoiding the fraud.

Nowadays she is working in a global project that consist in changing the working method applied in the officies with the aim of reducing costs. This project is focused in the policy of Costumers Centricity, where the clients will be more satisfied.They are also provinding  free assistance  for the costumers applying the  wording friendly policy with the aim of working better and faster  just in changing the way of working and reducing cost.

One example is that the costumers will find easier and more accesible applying the claims from the web page. Another example is making faster the period of paying a claim, if before took  10 days now it only takes 3 days.

The company is linked with Northamerica as the headquarter of their officies is located in USA. They receive the orders and projects from there. Every operation and every mandate comes out frome the Home Office.

To understand better the topical issues occuring in Northamerica, she gives us her perspective, about the missing of the mexican students she thinks that Mexico is a country with a lot of population in the federal district and in the guvernamental organizations that are corrupted. She believes that students have always had the ideas for future changes, the reivindicative voices and that they represent the innovation and that is why they wanted to keep them quiet.

Taking all the mexican corruption to her working ambit, when they have claims in Mexico they always have to question themselves if this claim is true or not. Maybe the document is true but the claim is not because it is very easy to get a death certificate. So they frequently have to ask for a second verification.

Another matter of concern is inmigration “The problem of inmigration that is happening in the US can be extrapolated to any part of the world” she said. Also added that inmigrants usually look for places where they feel confortable at the time of speaking. In US lenguage is not a wall but the proximity of the border in mexico is a facility. She said that “ Stoping this is practically impossible, they have to adopt measuresfor making the country more atractive and, consequently, make mexicans want to stay there and not leave their country”.

She claims that US policy is improvable. When she was asked about how can we improve the US policy she answered that one of the most important aspects that US policy have is to improve the health care service. She said “ It is surprising how a first power as US is able to invest in army and in every single global noble cause and the organization of their health care system is only accesible for that part of the population that have money”. She also thinks that the pension system and everything related with the social security is very poor compared with Europe.

Universities are also a very stressfull problem that the US policy has. “their prices are extremely high”she added. The price of one normal university in the US has nothing to do with the price of one of the best private universities in Europe.

Summarizing the question she said that they have to organize better and redistribute the budget of the social systems.

Finally she was asked about what kind of problems could she find when she face the US burocracy and she answered that they want to control everything and that they are very strict talking about burocracy, sometimes claims formulariesthat are useless and that do nothing apart from driving the costumers crazy. They have to write lots of formularies answering stupid questions. One example of this is when we arrive to the US airport and the questionary that we are somited. Those questions are useless “ if you are asked about commiting a crime, that person is not going to tell you: yes, I´m thinking about putting a bomb in a museum!”.

With this interview, we can se how different our cultures are but it also shows how close and similarwe are between each other after all. She works in a Multinational Company and she travels frequently  and has a specialized view about what is happening nowadays, and this opinion can help her in her dialy work projects.

By: Rita Soriano Marín

Talking with Antonio Fornieles, What is happening in US?

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Maria Cristina Hernando Suero

-MADRID- Antonio Fornieles is a graduate in economics sciences and business by Universidad Complutense de Madrid . He was named as a general director of operations of revision area about sum in KPMG.

Currently he is  Independent advisor coordinator and second vice of  Abengoa

Abengoa is an international company which function is to apply technological solutions to  sustainable development  of energy and environment.

The majority of business that this company carry on are mainly outside Spain .They work all over the world, but mostly in the United State.

The purpose of this interview is to know more about the United States in the different aspects that are involved currently , for example :  the relationship between Cuba and the United states , The Jihadism , the economic situation , The conflict between Russia and Ukraine and also , about oil and renewable energy . For that reason, today I count with the opinion of Antonio Fornieles .

I think he is a great person and a great professional . He is good in his job and he has a long working experience about the relationship with US and foreign countries and he answered to my questions very friendly .

We started with a topic that has shocked the whole world .

A couple months ago, the world looked to the United States and Cuba as the reason for their converstations. We don´t know what could happen or what type of international consequences could have this issue.

Antonio affirmed that the Cuban case was an anachronism. The Cuban immigrants in the United States always have had a strong politic strength, that’s why this conversations have taken place. This will have certain repercussion and it will affect Cuba a lot more than it will affect at an international level.

Another of the important aspects is to know in what situation is the United States situated, more specifically which are the principal problems the United States is going through.

As Antonio said “United States has problems, but it still is considered the first power in the world. It is obvious that it has problems that need to be solved but is also where more nobel prices have been given and where more intern benefit is found. The problem is that there is a high social difference as well as having the most expensive healthcare in the world. Obama wants to solve all these problems. Comparing the United States with Europe, another problem is the train and roads infrastructes”

Continuing with the United States problems, we have the 11S terrorist attack:

“ Yes , of course. The terrorist attack marks a before and after. It is an issue that it still need to be solved

When a country is more stable the risks of having a terrorist attack decreases. The only solution is to get to the root of the problem which means an economic solution”

Continuing with the terrorist issue, nowadays we find ourselves in a very sensitive situation when it comes to the Jihadist issue. We have no idea what it could happen.

According to Antonio Fornieles, right now the United States is using more soft power than it is using hard power.

We also need to have into account, that the United States always have the main character role in the world, in any conflict that we can think about, the United States is involved. When it comes to the jihadist problems, this issue will not be solved until someone gets to the root of the problem.

Another problems covered nowadays, is the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Many people think that this conflict together with the role that the United States is playing there could be a future second Cold War or the possibility to get to an armed conflict.

“ It is complicated to get to a Cold War. It is very surprising how Putting is capable of doing certain things and be able to say that he is doing the opposite with an unexisting feeling of guilt. Putting, to avoid his problems it is being a lot more intervencionist with the countries that belonged to the Soviet Union. I don’t want to think that we might get to a Cold War once again because there are open routes for dialogue, but Putin is showing that he has a capacity to change the natural way of things, the most recent example would be the assesination of Boris Nemtsov. I want to believe that we are not going to get to a generalized conflict but it is true that we should look for a solution with the possibility of negotiation and it has to be, not only with the participation of the United States but also including Europe action.”

Changing topic and the last one, we move to the topic that includes the United States and half of the world that controls oil, more concrete fracking. We don’t know if the decrease of oil prices has something to do with fracking and in what height this could affect the relations between the United States and the countries that produces oil.

According to Antonio   fracking affects to the decrease of the oil prices. Fracking has allowed the United States to generate back all the oil that consumes and the necessity of the oil imports and this is what has desequilibrated the market that was before the use of fracking

Nowadays  we are in a situation a bit strange because in less than a year the oil prices has decreased half its actual price, a part of the fracking, what it has been included is the Arab countries since they have decided to inhibit the management of the oil offer and that is what has mainly provoked the decreased of the prices.

Antonio thinks that the relation between the United States and Russia is affected with this but it is not as affected as the relations between the United States and the Arab countries because the oil price will grow eventually and the reserves will be consumed and new ones will appear because the technology that is being developed to find oil locations has improved a lot meaning that it could be extracted in a more economic way and that will allow them to keep maintaining the oil sources. Therefore, it is hard to know how long it will take but what it is very clear is that it is not sustainable.

As a conclusion, the United States is going to have a harder time to get along with Russia than it will take to get along with the Arab countries.

So I conclude this interview here . I think that it was a great experience to contact with Antonio  and  to talk about currently .

With this interview we can learn more about why and what happen , and to understand the status of US.

The Transatlantic Treaty

It’s been a few months we hear about the Transatlantic treaty and negotiations are at stake but many people wonder if this treaty is good for the European Union.

The creation of a single European economic space based on a common market was at the outset, the key objective of the Treaty of Rome. By establishing a common market and progressively approximating the economic policies of the Member States, the Community aims to promote harmonious development of economic activities. But, these things can be transformed with the arrival of several reforms about the Transatlantic Treaty. It is a treaty of free trade currently still in negotiation since July 2013 between the European Union and the United States. It aims to lower customs duty but no only, it also regularizes trade barriers. This treaty is the subject of many critics, we think that it is not appropriate for the European market and it is very difficult to understand the treaty as a whole.

Indeed, little understanding on the part of several experts about this treaty could remind us the debates of the European constitution. In our time, when euroscepticism increases, the transatlantic treaty is not adequate because it can favor the ascent of the populism. So, the Europeans will feel betrayed and the European elites will be denounced because they are always the ones who make the decisions. This is what happens in Greece with the election of Alexis Tsipras, member of the radical left coalition known as Syriza.

Moreover, the idea of opening a new market between us and European Union is very present. But the question is to know if it is really useful, and if it is going to be a success. The process of creating a new market and creating a new area is already complicated in Europe. For the first time, the European Union has to face an economic crisis. This idea of a united continent is already hard to achieve, and maybe this treaty of the European Union with another continent. Before having negotiations with the US, Europe has to solve its own problem if we cannot be sure that there are no inconvenient to this treaty.

To finish, there is a risk modify, but also to deregulate the economies of the two continents, and especially Europe. These continents don’t have the same economic model. Lots of experts put forward that this treaty was influenced by the big companies. It will allow big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers. We can observe this phenomenon in Australia, the country is sued by the company PhilipMorris. This idea of “secretive” is very risky for the European Union. It is already a complex economic system, and it would be dangerous to make it more opaque.

In conclusion, the Transatlantic treaty is not good for Europe because it will foster euroscepticism, the situation may become even more critical and companies will have powers that can be dangerous for consumers.

MAD to even madder

While the American nation is choosing which Republican candidate will champion Obama in the upcoming elections, bringing up the issues of medical care, gun possession and austerity, at the other side of the ocean another preoccupation is rising more powerful than ever.

Decades after the cold war new candidate to presidency Mitt Romney, very Hollywood like, called Russia “America´s number one geopolitical foe” demonstrating a shocking lack of contemporary history knowledge or a straight forward declaration of the USA foreign policy if Republicans happen to win the elections.  As a result of this reckless statement, the issue of National Missile Defense has surfaced in every Russian social blog, this time calling the plans of America to NMD system positioning in Poland and the Czech Republic a public offence.

For nearly half a century cold war gave stability because MAD, nicknamed appropriately, the Mutual Assured Destruction could be seen as a political ideology based on one paradoxically simple thing – an appraisal of human nature. It held that countries advanced enough to build nuclear weapons, would be rational enough not to use them and the leaders were assured in their country security. But those times are over and new measures need to be deployed.

The Bush administration officially announced America’s withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the end of 2001, and the agreement stop being legal in 2002. One can argue that such a drastic move has been only implemented as an echo of 9/11 terrorist attacks, but in Russia this year is marked with the rise of a new pragmatic leader Vladimir Putin. Moreover, Russian president had repeatedly claimed that national army and national educations are two prerogatives in his presidential terms. Might it be a convenient mix of the war on terrorism and attempt to control Russia’s growth?

So, what if the USA changes its position on NMD system positioning in Poland and the Czech Republic from passive to active?

Once upon a time there was Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) when USSR communist leaders placed tactical missiles with questionable range at U.S. borders. No-name-yet Missile Crisis when U.S.A. president is placing missiles at the Russian boarder. In the Cuban Missile Crisis, Americans said that they would launch nukes unless those missiles were gone. They were ready to end this world…that crisis was communist USSR’s fault. In no-name-yet Missile Crisis Russian politicians announced that they will change defense policy in favor of use of military force and nuclear weapons. Democratic Americans placing those missiles and the whole upcoming crisis should be logically U.S. fault.

Russia USA cartoon

I believe that general Makarov recently gave an interview in which he informed the public that if Russian radars detect a launch of a single US – Warsaw antimissile in any direction they would automatically launch actual nuclear warheads on Washington and  New-York. Why? Because those missiles have signature of tactical nuclear missiles and they are capable of reaching Moscow in matter of minutes. For that very same reason, if any country does long range missile testing they have to give 1-month notice to US and Russia

Hypothetically speaking, Russia would win any war against anyone but the United States. And United States can win against everyone but Russia because that is the only country in this little world that can reach US boarders. And because the United States does not have any means of intercepting Russian warheads, not even with new THAAD, they are going after missiles not warheads by placing antimissile systems at very boarder. It is a noble idea from their point of view.

Hopefully new presidents of both countries will have wisdom and won’t provoke a second Cuban Missile Crisis.

By: Ksenia Solovyova, Crystal Blankenbaker and Irina Czakó