News in the Humanosphere: Trump pledges to deport 3 million undocumented migrants

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What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, according to a preview of the interview released by CBS. “But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.” Stahl had pressed Trump about his campaign pledge to deport “millions and millions of undocumented immigrants.” Trump told her that after securing the border, his administration would make a “determination” on the remaining undocumented immigrants in the country. (WaPo

Meanwhile, in Marrakech…Ten days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, dozens of heads of State and Government are expected on Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22), which started in Marrakech, Morocco, on 7 November 2016. Before the Conference wraps up on 18 November, State Parties hope to define the rules for the accord and to lay out a viable plan for providing at least $100 billion a year to developing countries to support climate action. Adopted by 196 States Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last December, the Paris Agreement, so-named after the French capital where it was approved, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It entered into force in record time on 4 November 2016.” (U.N. News Center

Quote of the day: “Throughout the week, conversations with all actors have confirmed that what began as a political conflict has transformed into what could become an outright ethnic war,” — Adama Dieng, the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, to reporters in Juba, South Sudan.

Paris, one year on… (NYT


The United Nations Security Council pushed for a peaceful transition of power in Congo during a weekend visit aimed at averting massive violence when President Joseph Kabila’s mandate runs out on Dec. 19. (Reuters

The military chief of the former Congolese M23 rebel group is in Uganda’s capital Kampala and his fighters in the western part of the country, Uganda’s military said on Sunday, contradicting reports he had gone missing. (Reuters

Muslim clerics in Mauritania on Sunday urged the authorities to execute a blogger who was sentenced to death in 2014 for apostasy after writing a blog post on Islam and racial discrimination. (Reuters

Zimbabwe’s military has no say on who should take over from President Robert Mugabe, the country’s army commander said, as tension mounts within the ruling party over who will succeed Africa’s oldest leader. (Reuters

In a new blow to the stability of Lesotho, a leading parliamentary rebel called Sunday for a new ruling coalition in the mountain kingdom, gripped by political crisis for two years. (AFP


Iraqi troops entered a town south of Mosul on Sunday where Islamic State militants destroyed artifacts at a nearby ancient Assyrian archaeological site, while special forces fended off suicide bombers during a cautious advance into the northern city. (NYT

Iraqi Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in northern Iraq unlawfully destroyed Arab homes in scores of towns and villages in what may amount to a war crime, U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. (Reuters

A secular political leader in Bahrain was charged Sunday with “inciting hatred” against the island’s rulers after giving an interview to The Associated Press during a recent visit by Britain’s Prince Charles, an activist and his party said. (AP

An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday defied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and voted to support a bill to allow settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain in homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. (Reuters

Hundreds took to the streets of Yemen’s capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden to protest a liquidity crunch that has prevented authorities from paying salaries for the past three months. (AP


Myanmar’s Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 insurgents killed over two-days of fighting, the military said, as fears soar for the strife-torn region. (AFP

The United Nations on Sunday appealed for $152 million to provide shelter, sanitation and food for a huge influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan. (Reuters

Indonesian authorities on Sunday arrested a suspected militant who threw an explosive device at a church in the eastern island of Borneo and injured four children. (Reuters

The Islamic State group is increasing its presence in Pakistan, recruiting Uzbek militants, attracting disgruntled Taliban fighters and partnering with one of Pakistan’s most violent sectarian groups, according to police officers, Taliban officials and analysts. (NYT )

A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves. (NYT )

The Americas

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected early elections as a way out of a spiraling crisis that has led to widespread shortages, soaring inflation and mass protests. (AFP

The Mexican government has frozen 112 bank accounts and temporarily seized four properties and five businesses linked to Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. (AP

Colombia’s top negotiator questioned Sunday the ELN’s intentions to launch peace talks after an attack on a southern oil pipeline, criticism that came one day after the country’s government and FARC rebels announced a revised peace accord. (AFP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he will continue his efforts to implement the Paris Agreement on global warming until the day President Barack Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. (AP

President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview to air on Sunday that certain areas of his promised border wall with Mexico, a key part of his White House campaign platform, could be fence instead. (Reuters

Immigrants and their advocates added their voices on Sunday to those who have been marching and protesting Donald Trump’s presidential win. (AP

…and the rest

A global conference on tobacco control has pledged to hold the tobacco industry legally liable for health consequences of smoking and protect public health policies from the influence of tobacco companies. (AP

Around 80,000 people rallied in Barcelona on Sunday in a show of support for Catalan leaders locked in a tug-of-war with Madrid over independence for their region, police said. (AFP


It might not be the end of the world if Africa drops off Donald Trump’s map (Quartz

From AIDS To Zika: Trump On Global Health And Humanitarian Aid (Goats and Soda

Will Trump honour pledge to ‘stop sending aid to countries that hate us’? (Guardian

Measuring family farming is tricky business (Africa can end poverty

The world is urbanising.  So is malnutrition. Time to think differently. (Development Horizons

Does Bono Deserve The ‘Glamour’ Award For Global Activism? (Goats and Soda

What it means when ‘we are together’ (Jina Moore

What next after 11/9 for the U.S.? Reactions, and a plea for lessons and wisdom from our friends and colleagues in Africa (CHIA Blog

Trump’s America (Africa is a Country

3 years after Typhoon Haiyan, why preparedness matters (Devex


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