Homeland Security Secretary: Travel Vetting Could Include Passwords, Tweets

NPR Technology

In an interview with NPR, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly again took the blame for the rocky rollout of the travel ban and for failing to notify congressional leaders of the policy's implementation. In an interview with NPR, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly again took the blame for the rocky rollout of the travel ban and for failing to notify congressional leaders of the policy's implementation. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says the U.S. needs to "do a better job to vet" residents of seven majority-Muslim countries that the Trump administration has temporarily banned from entering the U.S. In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, the retired Marine Corps general said the ban, which has been blocked by a district court order that is now being reviewed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, "is not based on religion in any way." He said the seven countries -- Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen -- are unable to vet their citizens and "provide us with information that we're comfortable with." Kelly said the administration is considering requiring residents of the seven countries to provide lists of the websites they've visited and their passwords, to enable officials "to get on those websites to see what they're looking at." Kelly said some of the other "ballpark things" that his department is considering include looking at applicants' social media use "to see what they tweet," as well as financial information and cellphone contacts so that officials can check the numbers against databases kept by the U.S. and the European Union. Kelly took the blame for the rocky rollout of the travel ban, and as he said in a hearing on Tuesday, he admitted he should have prepared congressional leaders ahead of the policy's implementation.


Is Donald Trump Going To Be Impeached? Majority Of Americans Oppose President's Immigration Ban, Poll Shows

International Business Times

Donald Trump's executive order halting immigration from seven-Muslim majority nations has met with negative response from over half of voters who participated in a Quinnipiac University survey, whose results were released Tuesday. The order bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the U.S. for three months. Quinnipiac University polled 1,155 voters nationwide through cellphone and telephone interviews between Feb. 2 and Feb. 6. The survey has a margin of error of 2.9 percent points. Fifty-one percent of voters disapproved Trump's immigration ban, while 70 percent opposed his move to suspend Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely, the survey showed.


What the Presidency is Worth to Donald Trump

The New Yorker

Even if Donald Trump hadn't been running for President, 2016 would have been an important year for him in his role as the head of the Trump Organization. His hotel operation, in particular, is on course for a rapid worldwide expansion, from fourteen hotels to more than a hundred, according to a June interview with Eric Danziger, the C.E.O. of Trump Hotels. The firm added three new hotels, in Washington, D.C., Canada, and Panama, during the year and is looking at opportunities in the Dominican Republic, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv. In Asia, a hotel and residential complex in Bali, Indonesia, is under way, as are projects in Mumbai and Pune, India. Buildings with his name in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Istanbul have faced some problems, but the company is undaunted.


Interview with Israeli Author Amos Oz: Trump 'Doesn't Even Have the Faintest Idea'

Der Spiegel International

The interview with Israeli writer Amos Oz takes place inside his modest 12th-floor apartment with a view over the Bay of Tel Aviv. Since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, Oz, who at 70 still has much of his fury and passion, has grown more pessimistic about the future. A German copy of the new edition of "The Seventh Day," a book he originally edited, lies on the coffee table. Following the Six-Day War in 1967, he interviewed Israeli soldiers about their experiences in the war. The conflict ended with occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. SPIEGEL: Mr. Oz, you've spent decades championing a resolution of the Middle East conflict.


Ilan Pappe: Palestinians don't need US for their statehood

Al Jazeera

Doha, Qatar - Prominent Israeli historian Ilan Pappe says US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has shown the Palestinians that Washington has no interest in helping them achieve statehood. In an interview with Al Jazeera in Qatar's capital, Doha, Pappe also said Trump's positions should make Palestinians realise that American intervention is not required to achieve peace. Pappe, who is Jewish and born in Israel, said his support for the Palestinians to regain their homeland is driven by moral principles and his care about the future of Jews in historical Palestine. He noted that even before Trump, past US administrations - including the one led by Barack Obama - were engaged in "double talk" to deceive the Palestinians into thinking they could rely on Washington to help mediate the creation of their own state. In reality, US governments only advanced and preserved the Zionist project in Palestine, including the expansion of settlements, he said.