J. David Thompson

J. David Thompson has 19 articles published.

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Egyptian authorities block 21 news websites

This Wednesday Egyptian authorities banned 21 news websites including Al Jazeera and Huffington Post Arabic. According to the State news agency, MENA, the websites were blocked inside Egypt “for having content that supports terrorism and extremism as well (as) publishing lies.” The security source said legal actions against… Keep Reading

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Violence erupts during Jerusalem Day celebrations

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (LC) Violence disrupted Jerusalem Day protests as Israeli police and anti-occupation activists clashed. An activist captured video of Israeli police violently removing American protesters: #disruptJDay #JerusalemDay — Naomi Dann (@naomi_dann) May 24, 2017 Jerusalem Day (יום ירושלים‎‎ or “Yom Yerushalayim”) is… Keep Reading

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A Trump Israel Wrap Up

JD Thompson reports from Tel Aviv on President Trump’s trip to Israel and his final day. US President Donald Trump’s final day in Israel was mostly successful, following his arrival Monday from Saudi Arabia. Overall, Mr. Trump had an uneventful, anticlimactic tour of Israel and the Occupied… Keep Reading

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Trump meets with PM Netanyahu in a productive first day in Israel

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (LC) U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Israel today as his first diplomatic tour to the country. Donald Trump recently left Saudi Arabia, where he signed a multi-billion dollar trade deal. Israel-US relationships have somewhat soured since President Trump recently released classified information to… Keep Reading

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ACLU issues travel warning regarding Texas immigration law

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued a travel alert for Texas after a new law gives police the right to investigate a person’s immigration status during routine traffic stops. The law, known as SB4, takes effect in September and bans sanctuary cities, cities… Keep Reading

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Ethiopian government charges another opposition leader with terrorism

After more than two months in detention, an Oromo opposition leader has been charged with terrorism by the Ethiopian government. Dr. Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), was charged with terrorism and attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, amongst other accusations. Two others were also charged: Dr.… Keep Reading

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Ethiopia’s Oromo Revolution echoes around the globe

| “If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison.” These words were not spoken by just anyone seeking asylum. They were spoken by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa when… Keep Reading

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Trump nominee Betsy DeVos faces steep opposition as vote approaches

President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, is in jeopardy as two Republican Senators disapproved of her nomination this week. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) broke party alignment in opposition to voice their concerns. On the Senate floor, Senator… Keep Reading

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Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ highlights civilian-military divide

Forbes recently released its 2017 class of “30 Under 30” in Law and Policy and “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneurs. Each list is full of innovators, thought leaders, and amazingly talented people that are going to redefine the world. The list, however, failed to include… Keep Reading

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House Republicans attack ethics officials over Trump conflicts of interest

House Republicans have attempted to intimidate ethics officials after failing to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT-3) has requested the head of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter M. Shaub Jr., to appear before the committee to answer… Keep Reading

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President Obama Commutes Sentence for Chelsea Manning

On Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst responsible for one of the largest leaks of military and diplomatic secrets. Chelsea provided the documents to WikiLeaks 2010. Chelsea Manning, APThe 29-year-old Chelsea Manning, who was born Bradley… Keep Reading

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Dylann Roof, white supremacist, sentenced to death

“I forgave him, and I’m not going to take that back ever,” said Reverend Anthony B. Thompson, widower of a one of Dylann Roof’s 9 victims, Myra Thompson. Dylann Roof, aged 22 and self-proclaimed white supremacist, shot and killed 9 black church-goers at Mother Emanuel… Keep Reading

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GOP’s ethical dilemma raises questions

The 115th Congress got off to a rocky start in its first days as Republican Members of Congress backed away from a bill that would strip power from the Office of Congressional Ethics. Washington – On Monday, House Republicans voted in a secret session to… Keep Reading

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After America’s Longest War, Refugees Face Forced Return to Afghanistan

After America’s longest war, thousands of refugees that fled the conflict face forced repatriation to Afghanistan, a country still at war. As Afghanistan fades from international attention and the Taliban control more territory than any time since the American led invasion of 2001, over one… Keep Reading

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‘What is Aleppo?’

OpEd examines our knowledge, or lack thereof, of a city and a people under siege. ‘What is Aleppo?’ The barrel bomb floated through the air, landing in the neighborhood where a small boy lived. It killed him, and left his soot-covered brothers, clinging to each other,… Keep Reading

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