The new year is now upon us. Unfortunately, my mother and father weren't with me and my family to welcome in the new year, and we may not see them in 2018 without help from the White House. My parents, Ola and Hosam Khalaf, are two of the estimated 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt. They were arrested on June 30, without a warrant or an explanation. They have each spent more than 160 days in solitary confinement, in 5-foot by 6-foot cells on a concrete floor, without running water, a window or ventilation. They have also been denied all visits by family and by legal counsel at their prisons. My mother is only allowed to use the bathroom for 5 minutes a day. We only know they are alive when, every 45 days, they are brought before a judge to renew their detention orders, and they are placed in a glass cage. Only recently were they allowed a few minutes of supervised discussion with their lawyer. Why are they being held? Egypt has claimed, through some state media, that they have been … [Read more...] about Mike Pence, Free My Family Imprisoned in Egypt
Pence cancels trip
Egypt's Grand Imam, Ahmed el-Tayeb, has canceled his scheduled meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, saying that the meeting would tear up his identity. Pence began a trip to the Middle East on Friday, where he was scheduled to meet with various religious leaders, including el-Tayeb and the head of Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Church. But both Egyptian religious leaders canceled their meetings in protest of President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Related: Trump Will Start The End Of The World, Evangelicals Claim On Friday, el-Tayeb told CNN that Trump's decision was "rash and uncalculated," and that meeting with Pence would "appear contradictory." The status of Jerusalem is highly controversial because half of the city is envisioned as the future capital of a Palestinian state if and when a two-state agreement is settled between Israel and the Palestinians. For many across the Arab world, Trump's decision on December 6 put an end to any chance … [Read more...] about Meeting Pence Would Tear Up My Identity, Sunni Leader Says Before Vice President’s Middle East Trip
Vice President Mike Pence has indefinitely postponed a visit to Israel due to "scheduling conflicts," an Israeli newspaper reported Monday. Pence had planned to visit Israel in late December, but he postponed the trip in order to be in the U.S. when Congress was voting on a tax reform bill, White House officials announced last month. A spokesperson from Pence's office later told reporters the vice president would be visiting Israel in January, but Israeli officials have said nothing has been scheduled, and Pence was not included on a list of foreign officials who would visit the country in January, the Israeli newspaper reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to leave Israel for a visit to India in mid-January, meaning he would not be available to meet with the vice president for some time. Some have speculated that Pence is avoiding the visit because Muslim and Christian leaders vowed not to meet with him following President Donald Trump's decision to … [Read more...] about Is Mike Pence Going to Israel? Officials Say His Trip Was Postponed Indefinitely
Vice President Mike Pence's speech to Israeli parliament was disrupted Monday after Arab lawmakers held up placards and got in a brawl with security staff in protesting the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Lawmakers from the Arab Joint List, Israel's third-biggest party, were forcibly ejected from the speech that they had earlier promised to boycott.Ahmad Tibi, member of the Joint List and Israel's most popular Arab politician, told Newsweek before the address that he would remain inside the Knesset building. As to where inside the building he would be, he said, "You will see," forewarning the placard protest. Newsweek has reached out to Tibi for further comment.Footage showed Israeli security officers ripping the placards from the lawmakers' hands before engaging in a tussle to get them out of the hall. In his speech, Pence said America stood with Israel and that Trump had made history by moving the embassy, which would be moved before the end of 2019."Our president … [Read more...] about Mike Pence’s Israel Speech Disrupted by Brawl After Arab Lawmaker Protest
Senators are bracing for a partisan brawl over the rules of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's looming impeachment trial.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block … [Read more...] about Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules
Huawei ban: Winners, losers, and what's at stake (a whole lot) ZDNet's Jason Cipriani and Jason Perlow talk with Karen Roby about how the security and trade brouhaha impacts everything from the future of regional carriers and the bottom lines of tech giants to 5G's prospects and consumer's pocketbooks. Read more: https://zd.net/2WzVRbq The US and Poland have just signed a deal to strengthen cooperation on 5G technology, in a bid to challenge Chinese giant Huawei's growing influence over Europe's mobile infrastructure. Huawei Huawei drops lawsuit against US after having its telco equipment returned Huawei's 'new' P30 Pro ships with Android 10 despite US trade ban Microsoft's top lawyer: Trump's Huawei ban makes no sense Huawei ban: Winners, losers, and what's at stake -- a whole lot (ZDNet YouTube) Huawei starts research on 6G internet (CNET) Huawei selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled to consumers in China (TechRepublic) The agreement was signed on Monday by … [Read more...] about New US-Poland 5G pact: Will it help loosen Huawei’s grip on Europe?