World AM News Briefs For Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Hello Australia!! - Outrage over Trump's backstabbing of loyal US allies - The Federal Government is urged to rescue Australians in Syria - Brazil silences a voice for the indigenous - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The US Republican party is overwhelmingly criticizing Donald Trump's out-of-the-blue announcement that US troops are withdrawing from northern Syria, pretty much leaving the Kurds controlling those areas at the mercy of an imminent invasion from Turkey. Top Trump allies such as Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out: "I urge (Trump) to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners." Senator Lyndsey Graham called Trump's decision a "disaster in the making", joining Congresswoman Lynn Cheney said it only "emboldens Iran, and serves as an undeserved gift to the Erdogan regime". Trump's former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, accusing Trump of leaving the Kurds "to die" with the hashtag "#TurkeyIsNotOurFriend".
The silence from American allies is deafening, now that Trump has backstabbed one of the most loyal and hardest fighting partners in the coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS). But sense of betrayal was unmistakable coming from the people the US had put up to do the fighting in Syria: "The United States forces have not fulfilled their obligations and withdrew their forces from the border area with Turkey," read the statement from the Syrian Democratic Forces. "This Turkish military operation in north and east Syria will have a big negative impact on our war against Daesh (IS) and will destroy all stability that was reached in the last few years," the statement added.
It's still not clear why Trump did this. It's known that a telephone conversation preceded the announcement to pull US troops out of northern Syria. It's also known that Trump spoke of his business interests in Turkey in 2015: "I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.. Two towers, instead of one. Not the usual one, it's two. And I've gotten to know Turkey very well," Trump said four years ago before moving into the White House.
The NGO Save the Children is urgently recommending our Federal Government act quickly to remove Australian women and children to safety before Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria. "These children are innocent victims of the conflict and must be treated as such," said the group's CEO Paul Ronalds. "They, along with the Australian women, must be moved to safety as an immediate priority." He adds there are more than 40 Australian children in the camps, most under the age of five.
Trump's attempt to reassure his base and allies about this abrupt shattering of established US foreign policy merely raised more concerns about his mental state: "If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!)." That insane ranting brought numerous responses. "Trump's narcissism is a threat to our national security and stability around the globe," tweeted Mississippi Democratic Congresswoman Katherine Clark. "Imagine writing the words 'in my great and unmatched wisdom' unironically," said reporter Haley Byrd. And former GOP Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake implored his fellow Republicans, "Where is the line?"
Adding to the obvious psychological imbalance was Trump's bizarre demand that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Intelligence Committee chief Rep. Adam Schiff, and GOP Sen. Mitt Romney be impeached: Congress members can't be "impeached" and anyone with a three-year old's of knowledge of how the US government works would have known that.
Brazil's uncontacted tribes face "genocide" under President Jair Bolsonaro's policy of exploiting the Amazon. A group of leading experts and advocates for these groups signed an open letter, spurred into action after one of the country's leading experts on isolated and recently contacted indigenous people was abruptly dismissed from Brazil's indigenous affairs agency, with no reason given. Under Bolsonaro, violent land invasions into indigenous areas by miners, loggers, and agriculture have more than doubled.
London Metro police arrested more than 270 environmental demonstrators at the outset of two weeks of planned protests coordinated by the group Extinction Rebellion. Related protests took place in countries around the world, from Australia and New Zealand through the Gambia and Colombia. Extinction Rebellion demands governments do something about global warming.