foreign policy

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Column: How the pain of 9/11 still stays with a generation

BY: - September 11, 2021

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Designed to instill panic and fear, the attacks were unprecedented in terms of their scope, magnitude and impact on the American psyche. The vast majority (over 60%) of Americans watched these attacks occur live on television or saw […]

Meijer introduces bill increasing visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban

BY: - September 1, 2021

As the last round of troops left Afghanistan after 20 years this week, U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) introduced a bill alongside Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) increasing the cap for the number of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to be granted to Afghan interpreters and partners fleeing the now Taliban-controlled country. The Showing American Values […]

On this day in 1967: Gov. George Romney says he was ‘brainwashed’ on Vietnam War

BY: - August 31, 2021

On Aug. 31, 1967, Gov. George Romney of Michigan, a leading contender for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, told Detroit television talk show host Lou Gordon that he had been subject to “brainwashing” by American generals into supporting the Vietnam war effort while touring southeast Asia in 1965. “When I came back from Vietnam, I […]

Slotkin says she helped evacuate more than 100 Afghan nationals

BY: - August 30, 2021

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) says her team on Friday helped evacuate 114 Afghan nationals from Kabul, over 70 of whom are affiliated with Michigan State University. “My staff worked around the clock to help make it happen, connecting to a broad and often ragtag network of people around the world who felt the fear […]

McClain co-sponsors GOP resolution censuring Biden

BY: - August 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.) has joined a handful of Republicans in co-sponsoring a concurrent resolution condemning and censuring President Joe Biden for what she calls his “horrific lack of leadership” and “catastrophic failures in Afghanistan.” The resolution is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.). Other co-sponsors are: Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), […]

Meijer criticized over unexpected Kabul trip amidst evacuation and threats of terror

BY: - August 25, 2021

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) along with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) flew in and out of the Kabul airport Tuesday amidst the tumultuous evacuation of American and Afghans fleeing the country as the Taliban continue to take over the once U.S.-backed country.  The unexpected trip required the State Department and U.S. military personnel to […]

Whitmer: State ‘embraces the opportunity’ to take in Afghan refugees

BY: - August 21, 2021

As the Taliban continues to gain control of Afghanistan after the U.S.-supported Afghanistan government and military crumbled, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that the state is prepared to welcome Afghan citizens fleeing their home.  Whitmer said in a press release that state departments and agencies are “gearing up to ensure Afghans who may come […]

On this day in 1954: Ralph Bunche is named to key UN post

BY: - August 19, 2021

On Aug. 19, 1954, Detroit-born Ralph Bunche was named United Nations undersecretary.  Founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, the U.N. was designed to prevent war between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. Bunche, who played a key role in the creation of the organization, was the […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through military bases

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

Internet crackdown in Cuba frustrates families, friends in the U.S.

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is still trying to restore internet access cut off by the Cuban government after thousands of protesting Afro-Cubans took to the island’s streets calling for democratic reform. Florida lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are lobbying the administration to support the protests, as well as quickly get internet access back to […]

Lawmakers urge Biden admin to secure release of Michigan journalist in Myanmar

BY: - June 27, 2021

The state House has adopted a resolution to “urge the Biden Administration and U.S. Department of State to act with the utmost urgency to secure the release” of Danny Fenster, a Michigan native and American journalist detained in Myanmar.  House Resolution 118, which was introduced by Rep. Regina Weiss (D-Oak Park), passed Wednesday and urges […]

Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among House Democrats

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday faced a backlash from Democratic colleagues and leaders in the House after she tweeted a video of a virtual exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. But some House Democratic allies also rose to Omar’s defense, saying that critics […]