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Trump’s recent letters are unmistakable signs of his administration’s growing embrace of Azerbaijan as a centerpiece of its strategy — from Europe to Asia to everywhere in between.

By Adelle Nazarian

When the leader of the free world singles out one particular country
for notably warm and detailed praise twice within the same week, it is
no coincidence. Rather, it is a strategically significant development
which deserves attention from policymakers and other observers in the
international community.

As America’s ties with global superpowers
experience an inordinate amount of tension, US President Donald Trump
lent telling insights into Washington’s plan for proactively
strengthening its strategic and economic alliances elsewhere through his
two recent letters to Ilham Aliyev, President of the Eurasian nation of Azerbaijan.

The letters
– sent during the same week in late May – come against the backdrop of
evolving and often-tumultuous times for American foreign policy.

Amid
the continued aftermath of disagreements over Syria and Ukraine as well
as the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,
President Vladimir Putin recently said US-Russia relations are “getting worse and worse,” while Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that those ties are at their most dangerous point in years.

Moving eastward, despite the truce which the US and China had reached at the G20 summit last weekend, Chinese imports as a share of total imports to America were down by more than 2 percentage points in the first four months of 2019 amid Trump’s trade war with Beijing.

Restoring order to US ties with China and Russia – the world’s 2nd- and 12th-largest economies by projected GDP, respectively –
should certainly be a top priority for the Trump administration. Yet,
as the state of relations with Moscow and Beijing continues to
fluctuate, the White House appears to have identified at least one
important component of its plan to broaden America’s global alliances.

“Azerbaijan is more prosperous and connected to the global economy than at any time in its history,” Trump wrote to Azerbaijan’s Aliyev for the 26th anniversary of the Caspian Oil and Gas Show.
“Oil and gas production from Azerbaijan continues to increase stability
in world energy markets, including through the Southern Gas Corridor.
Azerbaijan can play an even greater leadership role by partnering with
other potential suppliers, such as Turkmenistan and countries in the
Eastern Mediterranean. Now is the time to expand on your country’s
success.”

He added, “The United States supports your efforts to
advance economic reforms that will attract foreign investment and spur
innovation. The economic success of Azerbaijan will help bring stability
to the entire region.”

In his other late-May letter to Aliyev,
on the occasion of Azerbaijan’s Republic Day, Trump reemphasised his
appreciation for “Azerbaijan’s contributions to international security
and your leadership in enhancing European energy security through the
pioneering Southern Gas Corridor.” He also lauded the “strong
[US-Azerbaijan] partnership built on the foundation of a number of
shared interests” and acknowledged Aliyev’s “personal engagement in the
OSCE Minsk Group process to find a peaceful and lasting settlement of
the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” referring to the territorial conflict
between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Trump’s repeated affirmation of
American support for the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) illustrates his
administration’s nuanced understanding of Azerbaijan’s status as “the
cornerstone of the North-South and East-West transport corridors” as
well as a unique “bridge between the Asian and European continents,” as Aliyev has described his country. In other words, Azerbaijan is precisely the piece you want to own in a real-life version of the strategy board game Risk.

Inaugurated
about a year ago, the Azerbaijan-led SGC project bypasses Russia and
therefore promises to substantially decrease Western dependence on
Russian gas. This $41.5 billion initiative will span nearly 2,200 miles
across seven countries and will involve over a dozen major energy
companies. Its three linked pipelines will deliver gas from Azerbaijan’s
Shah Deniz 2 field, positioning Baku as the leading player in redrawing
Europe’s energy map.

According to US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Frank Fannon, Moscow is “fearful”
that the US will disrupt Russia’s energy monopoly in Europe not only by
vying to export American gas to that continent, but also through
Washington’s backing of the SGC.

At the same time, the strategic
importance of the SGC – and energy ties with Azerbaijan more broadly– is
arguably greater than ever for the US amid experts’ forecasts of instability in oil prices resulting from the escalating American tensions with Iran. Moreover, Azerbaijan is the only country which shares borders with both Iran and Russia.

Trump’s
recent letters are unmistakable signs of his administration’s growing
embrace of Azerbaijan as a centerpiece of its strategy from Europe to
Asia to everywhere in between. A deeper relationship with Azerbaijan is
hardly the only piece of America’s strategic puzzle during this time of
shifting geopolitical dynamics. But in Baku, Washington certainly
possesses a crucial building block.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: The World Needs A Water Treaty – Analysis

By Conn Hallinan*

During the face-off earlier this year
between India and Pakistan over a terrorist attack that killed more
than 40 Indian paramilitaries in Kashmir, New Delhi made an existential threat
to Islamabad. The weapon was not India’s considerable nuclear arsenal,
but one still capable of inflicting ruinous destruction: water.

“Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan,” said Indian Transport Minister Nitin Gadkarikin
on February 21. “We will divert water from eastern rivers and supply it
to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.” India controls three
major rivers that flow into Pakistan.

If India had followed through, it
would have abrogated the 1960 Indus Water Treaty (IWT) between the two
counties, a move that could be considered an act of war.

In the end, nothing much came of it.
India bombed some forests, and Pakistan bombed some fields. But the
threat underlined a growing crisis in South Asia, where water-stressed
mega-cities and intensive agriculture are quite literally drying the
subcontinent up. By 2030, according to a recent report, half the population of India — 700 million people — will lack adequate drinking water. Currently, 25 percent of India’s population is suffering from drought.

“If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water,” warns Ismail Serageldin, a former executive for the World Bank.

Bilateral Strains

While relations between India and
Pakistan have long been tense — they have fought three wars since 1947,
one of which came distressingly close to going nuclear — in terms of
water sharing, they are somewhat of a model.

After almost a decade of negotiations,
both countries signed the IWT in 1960 to share the output of six major
rivers. The World Bank played a key role by providing $1 billion for the
Indus Basin Development Fund.

But the ongoing tensions over Kashmir
have transformed water into a national security issue for both
countries. This, in turn, has limited the exchange of water and weather
data, making long-term planning extremely difficult.  

The growing water crisis is heightened by climate change. Both countries have experienced record-breaking heat waves, and the mountains that supply the vast majority of water for Pakistan and India are losing their glaciers.
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment report estimates that by 2100, some
two-thirds of the area’s more than 14,000 glaciers will be gone.

India’s response to declining water
supplies, like that of many other countries in the region, is to build
dams. But dams not only restrict downstream water supplies, they block
the natural flow of silt. That silt renews valuable agricultural land
and also replenishes the great deltas, like the Ganges-Brahmaputra, the
Indus, and the Mekong. The deltas not only support fishing industries,
they also act as natural barriers to storms. 

The Sunderbans
— a vast, 4,000 square-mile mangrove forest on the coasts of India and
Bangladesh — is under siege. As climate change raises sea levels,
upstream dams reduce the flow of freshwater that keeps the salty sea at
bay. The salt encroachment eventually kills the mangrove trees and
destroys farmland. Add to this increased logging to keep pace with
population growth, and Bangladesh alone will lose some 800 square miles
of Sunderban over the next few years. 

As the mangroves are cut down or die
off, they expose cities like Kolkata and Dhaka to the unvarnished power
of typhoons, storms which climate change is making more powerful and
frequent.

The Third Pole

The central actor in the South Asia
water crisis is China, which sits on the sources of 10 major rivers that
flow through 11 countries, and which supply 1.6 billion people with
water. In essence, China controls the “Third Pole,” that huge reservoir
of fresh water locked up in the snow and ice of the Himalayas. 

And Beijing is building lots of dams to collect water and generate power. 

Over 600 large dams
either exist or are planned in the Himalayas. In the past decade, China
has built three dams on the huge Brahmaputra that has its origin in
China but drains into India and Bangladesh.

While India and China together
represent a third of the world’s population, both countries have access
to only 10 percent of the globe’s water resources — and no agreements on
how to share that water. While tensions between Indian and Pakistan
mean the Indus Water Treaty doesn’t function as well as it could,
nevertheless the agreement does set some commonly accepted ground rules,
including binding arbitration. No such treaty exists between New Delhi
and Beijing.

While relations between China and
India are far better than those between India and Pakistan, under the
Modi government New Delhi has grown closer to Washington and has partly
bought into a U.S. containment strategy aimed at China. Indian naval
ships carry out joint war games with China’s two major regional rivals,
Japan and the United States, and there are still disputes between China
and India over their mutual border. A sharpening atmosphere of
nationalism in both countries is not conducive to cooperation over
anything, let alone something as critical as water.

And yet never has there been such a
necessity for cooperation. Both countries need the “Third Pole’s” water
for agriculture, hydropower, and to feed the growth of mega-cities like
Delhi, Mumbai, and Beijing. 

Stressed water supplies translate
into a lack of clean water, which fuels a health crisis, especially in
the sprawling cities that increasingly draw rural people driven out by
climate change. Polluted water kills more people
than wars, including 1.5 million children under the age of five. 
Reduced water supplies also go hand in hand with waterborne diseases
like cholera. There is even a study that demonstrates thirsty mosquitoes bite more, thus increasing the number of vector borne diseases like zika, malaria, and dengue.

Regional Pacts Won’t Cut It

South Asia is hardly alone in facing a
crisis over fresh water. Virtually every continent on the globe is
looking at shortages. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2030
water sources will only cover 60 percent of the world’s daily
requirement.

The water crisis is no longer a
problem that can be solved through bilateral agreements like the IWT,
but one that requires regional, indeed, global solutions. If the recent
push by the Trump administration to lower mileage standards
for automobiles is successful, it will add hundreds of thousands of
extra tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which, in turn, will
accelerate climate change. 

In short, what comes out of U.S. auto
tailpipes will ultimately be felt by the huge Angsi Glacier in Tibet,
the well spring of the Brahmaputra, a river that flows through China,
India, and Bangladesh, emptying eventually into the Bay of Bengal.

There is no such thing as a local or
regional solution to the water crisis, since the problem is global. The
only really global organization that exists is the United Nations, which
will need to take the initiative to create a worldwide water
agreement. 

Such an agreement is partly in place. The UN International Watercourses Convention
came into effect in August 2014 following Vietnam’s endorsement of the
treaty. However, China voted against it, and India and Pakistan
abstained. Only parties that signed it are bound by its conventions.

But the convention is a good place to
start. “It offers legitimate and effective practices for data sharing,
negotiation, and dispute resolution that could be followed in a
bilateral or multilateral water sharing arrangement,” according to Srinivas Chokkakula, a water issues researcher at New Delhi’s Center for Policy Research.

By 2025, according to the UN, some
1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute
water shortages, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be under
“water stress” conditions. There is enough fresh water for seven
billion people, according to the UN, but it is unevenly distributed,
polluted, wasted, or poorly managed.

If countries don’t come together around the conventions — which need to be greatly strengthened — and it becomes a free for all with a few countries holding most of the cards, sooner or later the “water crisis” will turn into an old-fashioned war.

*Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan can be read at dispatchesfromtheedgeblog.wordpress.com and middlempireseries.wordpress.com

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The G20 Summit at Osaka came up with a mixed picture on trade. The US and China struck a trade truce. But the summit failed to address issues related to WTO reforms.

By Pradumna Bickram Rana and Jason Ji Xianbai*

ON 28-29
JUNE 2019, the Group of Twenty (G20) leaders representing two-thirds of
the world population and 85 percent of the global output assembled in
Osaka, Japan for their 2019 summit.

At the gathering of leaders, a wide range of topics including data
governance, quality infrastructure, financial resilience, international
taxation, gender equality and climate change were covered. But it was
trade that preoccupied the leaders. At the conclusion of the two-day
meeting, a mixed picture of relief and disappointment on trade issues
emerged.

Relief: US-China Trade Truce

The Osaka Summit was held against the background of aggressive trade
confrontations between the United States (US) and China which have
roiled the global economy. According to the International Monetary Fund,
global growth is expected to slow to 3.3 percent this year from 3.6
percent in 2018 and globally the economic losses from the US-China trade
war could amount to US$455 billion in 2020.

Much to the relief of the world, the US and China signalled a pause
in mutual hostilities at Osaka. The US promised to withhold tariffs on
an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and ease some, yet
unspecified, restrictions on China’s hard-pressed telecommunications
giant Huawei.

China in return agreed to purchase a “tremendous amount of US farm
goods”. Concessions on both sides have led to some relief. Top US and
Chinese officials have spoken by telephone but face-to-face negotiations
have yet to be scheduled.

There is, however, a sense of déjà vu among some. Presidents Donald
Trump and Xi Jinping had struck a similar ceasefire agreement during the
Buenos Aires G20 Summit of December 2018 that unravelled soon after.
Whether the “Osaka truce” between the two superpowers will last is an
open question given the structural nature of the competition between the
US’ liberal market economic model and China’s coordinated state
capitalism model that underlie the conflicts.

Perhaps the US and China are just kicking the can down the road yet
again at Osaka. The détente could even be part of China’s filibustering
strategy to sit Trump out.

Reason for Optimism

That said, there is a good reason to be more optimistic this time
around because of the urgency on both sides to address the adverse
impacts of the trade war. Farmers, manufacturers and other businesses
with exposure to China have been badly hurt in the US. In June, the
manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index dived to 50.1, the worst level
in a decade.

Private investment on capital goods also continue to decline as
corporate leaders brace themselves for the uncertainties ahead. With
Trump seeking a re-election, resolving the multibillion-dollar dispute
with China once and for all and turning the economic situation around
could be a winning strategy.

On the Chinese side too, the economy is clearly deteriorating. In
2018, China registered the lowest economic growth in almost thirty
years. Trade sanctions imposed by the US continue to weigh on China’s
economy. Should the trade war drag, Beijing will almost certainly miss
its target economic growth rate of 6.0 to 6.5 percent for this year.

Disappointment: WTO Reforms

At the Buenos Aires G20 Summit seven months ago, the leaders had
committed “to improve a rules-based international order” and pledged to
support the “necessary reform” of the WTO. This for the first time
elevated the subject of WTO reforms as an agenda item for the G20.

After the summit, countries were encouraged to put forward proposals
on how to make the global trade governing body fit for the purpose in
today’s economic and political landscape. A number of proposals were
forwarded to Geneva in the months leading up to the Osaka summit.

The US wanted to disqualify G20 members such as China from enjoying
the lenient “special and differential treatment” at the WTO. China had
proposed to save the adjudicative system now bordering on collapse. The
EU and Canada had lobbied to write new global rules to enhance trade
policy transparency and curb trade-distorting measures such as excessive
subsidies.

As priorities differed significantly across major powers, the leaders
ended up talking past each other at Osaka. Consequently, the G20
leaders’ declaration while admitting that the WTO needed reform fell
short of mentioning any specific steps to be taken to improve the
functioning and governance of the WTO.

More worryingly, leaders appeared to have toned down the seriousness
of the issue. An earlier draft of the statement had called for a “sense
of urgency” to reform the WTO which was “facing unprecedented
challenges”, but this strong language was missing in the final version.
This suggests that Japan did not want to repeat the experience of Papua
New Guinea which hosted the APEC Summit last year failing to mediate the
leaders’ declaration in the context of US-China tensions.

Key Issues in WTO Reforms

Of
particular concern is the Trump administration’s veto on the appointment
of new judges and its unwillingness to extend the terms of existing
judges at the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism known as the appellate
body. This body now has the minimum three judges needed to function. If
the situation is not resolved by December, the enforcement mechanism and
the “crown jewel” of the rules-based global trading system will cease
to function.

The WTO’s decision-making protocol based on full consensus of the
membership (164 members) has meant that decisions are often taken at a
glacial pace. To reverse this situation, in Osaka, Japan had proposed a
“plurilateral agreement” among 50 WTO members on cross-border data
movement and e-commerce.

Although 24 countries, including the US, China, the European Union
and Singapore signed up to Tokyo’s plan, large emerging economies like
India, Indonesia, South Africa and Egypt opposed it on the grounds of
multilateralism-centrality and the grouping’s lack of legitimacy and
universal representation on matters related to trade.

The Osaka Summit, together with the preceding Buenos Aires Summit,
had been dominated by bilateral issues related to the trade war between
the US and China. It is critically urgent that the forthcoming summits
including the Riyadh summit next year focus on key issues in reforming
the WTO including its governance system. Otherwise the effectiveness and
clout of the most rules-based multilateral institution in the world
will diminish greatly.

*Pradumna B. Rana is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies (CMS) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Xianbai Ji is a Research Fellow at RSIS.

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The FBI has released the name of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found Wednesday in a creek on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The girl’s name is Ariya Huapapi. The FBI is investigating the death, and a spokesman said no further details would be immediately released.
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An all-star cast of indie rock musicians will come together for a free performance of the 2011 piece, including Paul Banks, Lenny Kaye, Angel Deradoorian, Andrew Wyatt, Sarah Lipstate and more.

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CROWN HEIGHTS— Police said Thursday they have arrested the gunman who shot and killed a man earlier this week. On Monday, July 8, a 31-year-old was shot in the head while sitting in a car on Union Street near Utica Avenue. He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. On Thursday, […]

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On Wednesday, July 10, the Brooklyn Hospital Center broke ground on its long-planned state-of-the art emergency department, an 18-month-long renovation that will expand the facility to service the more than 70,000 patients that currently are treated there, and which is expected to revolutionize the treatment of heart emergencies.

“This renovation,” said CEO Gary Terrinoni, “will result in a state-of-the-art facility within life-saving minutes of our neighbors’ homes.”

“I had my colonoscopy here,” said Assemblymember Walter Mosley of the 57th District. “More importantly, when my child developed complications from a tonsillectomy and had difficulty breathing, we never hesitated, or thought twice about where to bring him. The Brooklyn Hospital Center has long proved its excellence in providing emergency care.”

“Bear in mind,” said Terrinoni, “we’re going to be open, treating patients, serving the community, throughout the entire renovation.”

As if in reminder of the medical center’s ongoing importance, speakers were frequently interrupted by ambulance sirens as EMS brought a steady stream of new patients into the existing ER.

“Our current emergency department was built to serve about 35,000 patients each year,” said Emergency Medicine Chair Dr. Sylvie de Souza. “Presently, we’re treating about 70,000, twice that number.”

After Mosley, Terrinoni and de Souza joined Dino Veronese, Susan Skerrit, Dr. Kim Best and Dr. Patton Greenidge in using ceremonial shovels to move soil inside ceremonial wheelbarrows, the groundbreaking was over. All that remains is to build the new emergency department.

“This is going to be great for the community,” said Debbie Neiderhoffer, vice president and chief development officer for TBHC. “There’s a need that’s long been unfulfilled and this will go a long way to filling it.”

“What sets Brooklyn Hospital apart is their ability to work closely with people from the South Asian community,” said Mohammad Razvi, CEO and founder of the Council of People’s Organization [COPO], the largest South-Asian Muslim organization in Brooklyn. “Their hiring and their commitment to diversity have a lot to do with why Brooklyn Hospital Center is still in business, and even thriving, while so many other New York area hospitals have closed their doors recently.”

The project is funded in part by a New York State Department of Health Transformation Grant of $25 million, the largest such grant any New York City health provider received in the year it was awarded.

The new Emergency Department entrance will be through a newly renovated hospital lobby that will provide direct access to triage rooms. Rapid registration will accelerate patient flow, reducing notorious emergency room waiting times. The new ER will include bariatric, psychiatric observation, radiology, CT scan, cardiac treatment and bereavement rooms.

TBHC is located at 121 DeKalb Ave.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Ask about Jeffrey Epstein on St. Thomas and rooms go quiet. Some people leave. Those who share stories speak in barely audible tones.

The 66-year-old billionaire bought Little St. James Island off this U.S. Caribbean territory more than two decades ago and began to transform it — clearing the native vegetation, ringing the property with towering palm trees and planting two massive U.S. flags on either end. When guides took scuba divers to spots near the island, security guards would walk to the water’s edge.

It was off-putting to residents of St. Thomas — a lush tropical island east of Puerto Rico with winding roads through mountains dotted with dainty Danish colonial-era homes. Then, when Epstein pleaded guilty in a 2008 to soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution, his need for privacy began to appear more sinister.

“Everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island,’” said Kevin Goodrich, who is from St. Thomas and operates boat charters. “It’s our dark corner.”

Many people who worked for Epstein told The Associated Press this week that they had signed long non-disclosure agreements, and refused to talk. One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats, including a large ferry in which he transported up to 200 workers from St. Thomas to his island every day for construction work.

The man said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man recalled, adding that Epstein paid well and would give away older machinery and surplus including lumber to his employees.

Epstein built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls. Its gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season. Locals recalled seeing Epstein’s black helicopter flying back and forth from the tiny international airport in St. Thomas to his helipad on Little St. James Island, a roughly 75-acre retreat a little over a mile (about 2 kilometers) southeast of St. Thomas.

Epstein later bought neighboring Great St. James Island, which once was popular with locals and tourists for its main attraction, Christmas Cove, a place where you could hang out and order pizza and have it delivered via boat.

“He wasn’t well received,” recalled Spencer Consolvo, a St. Thomas native who runs a tourist shop near a large marina. “People think he’s too rich to be policed properly.”

Federal authorities consider the smaller of the two islands to be Epstein’s primary residence in the United States, a place where at least one alleged victim said in a court affidavit that she participated in an orgy, as well as had sex with Epstein and other people. She said she saw former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the island, but that she never saw him having sex with anyone. A Clinton spokesman issued a statement saying he never visited there.

A day after he pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom to charges of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, there was scant movement on the Caribbean island. Hurricane shutters covered the windows, locals hadn’t seen any lights at night and a lone worker drove a bright blue golf cart around the property.

At a nearby office that locals say Epstein owns in a seaside strip mall, a man in a T-shirt and sunglasses on his head opened the door a crack, shook his head vehemently when asked about Epstein and locked the door. The firm, Southern Trust Company Inc., hired Cecile de Jongh, wife of former Gov. John de Jongh, as its office manager, according to records with the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority.

Meanwhile, Epstein’s arrest also prompted the U.S. Virgin Islands representative in Congress, Stacey Plaskett, to announce she would give the money Epstein had donated to her campaigns to charitable groups.

Now that Epstein has been arrested a second time, locals say tourists are increasingly asking about his islands when they visit St. Thomas. A woman who did not want to be identified for fear of losing her job running a charter company said she was elated when Epstein got arrested but is now vexed at tourists’ curiosity, saying she reluctantly shares whispered details of his case to prying adults if children are around.

Some of that fascination aggravates Vernon Morgan, a taxi driver and St. Thomas native.

“It brought some kind of notoriety to the Virgin Islands,” he said. “We would much rather that the Virgin Islands be seen in a different light.”

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More than two decades ago, Little St. James Island, a small body of land tucked in the U.S. Virgin Islands, began to change in ways that that locals on other islands regarded with suspicion. Plants were cleared. Poles bearing American flags went up. Security guards lined the beaches.

These transformations, according to the Associated Press, happened when the island was bought by a now-disgraced billionaire: Jeffrey Epstein, who was indicted earlier this week on charges that he ran a sex-trafficking ring of underage girls in the early 2000s. What exactly has transpired on the island, which is Epstein’s main residence, has largely remained the subject of rumors, and not confirmed facts. The island has, however, gained a handful of sinister nicknames over the years: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island,” and “Island of Sin.”

Below, here’s everything to know about the Epstein’s ties to the island.

Though the exact date is unclear, more than two decades ago, Epstein purchased Little St. James Island, which is situated between the larger St. Thomas and St. John Islands. Since he’s been the owner of the 78-acre body of land, Epstein’s ordered quite a bit of construction.

Close to the beach sits a massive stone mansion, which is surrounded by smaller buildings and a helicopter pad.

There’s also what appears to be a mysterious blue-striped temple. According to INSIDER, which investigated the structure, it previously featured a gold dome that flew off in 2017 when the hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the region. While the purpose of the temple is unknown, one possibility is that it had served as a place for the classically-trained Epstein to practice piano — workers described it as a music room with acoustic walls and a grand piano inside, as the AP reports.

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Conspiracy theorists waged that the temple was either a secluded setting for Epstein’s abuse or that it concealed a hidden underground location for the same purpose. James Both, a contractor whom INSIDER consulted with for the story, noted that while it was possible to install an underground space or elevator, the construction would have most likely been documented by a vendor to ensure regular inspections.

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“A simple stairwell would be a better option if someone wanted to conceal their activities at the location.” Both also pointed out the temple’s questionable wooden door, which features a reinforcing lock bar. “What makes it peculiar is that if you wanted to keep people out, the bar would be placed inside the building, [but the] locking bar appears to be placed on the outside … as if it were intended to lock people in,” he said.

However, not much else is known about the property. Per the AP, many people who had worked for Epstein had signed non-disclosure agreements.

According to Fox News, Epstein had a dedicated team of workers on the island who trafficked girls as young as 12 to his clients. Sarah Ransome, one of his alleged victims, said she tried to swim off the island only to be found by a search party that included Epstein and his cohort Ghislaine Maxwell. Ransome also said that they kept her passport so she couldn’t leave.

Virginia Roberts, who claims to have been trafficked by Epstein, told her lawyers in 2011 interview that she saw Clinton with “two young girls” on the island. “I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me a favor,’” Roberts told her lawyers.

Clinton, however, has repeatedly denied this allegation through his spokesperson.

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” Angel Urena said in a statement. “He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

In 2016, Epstein purchased the nearby Great St. James Island, which is approximately 165 acres, for $18 million. This year, he had begun construction on a compound there despite a stop work order that had been in place since December. The compound was to feature an amphitheater, an underwater office, and pool, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.

On July 9, U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett said she would be matching the donations she had received from Epstein over the years to give to organizations in her district that focus on women and children. “I am uncomfortable having received money from someone who has been accused of these egregious actions multiple times,” Plaskett had said.

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Public awareness of the brutal repression against immigrants seeking
entry to the United States, the reasons for their migration, and
terrorism against immigrants living in the US are reaching levels that
make them hard to ignore. The current immigration crisis is self-created
and bi-partisan. Although the Trump administration’s rhetoric is
extreme, it reflects policies that have developed over a long period of
time.

Under Article 13 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, a person has “the right to leave any
country, including his or her own, and to return to his or her country
at any time.” Until the twentieth century, immigrants were welcomed into
the United States. Immigrant and slave labor built many of the
institutions and much of the infrastructure in the US. 

It was after World War I, when migration to the US increased, that
the government began to use quotas and exert more control over
immigration. That control has become increasingly excessive, especially
from the 1990’s until today. The US’ borders are highly militarized,
which has adverse impacts on border communities, and immigrants have
been criminalized, which has lead to raids, detention and deportations
that rip families and communities apart. This crisis will only be
corrected if people demand new policies based on human rights and
respect for the self-determination of all peoples

The Immediate Crisis

People are fleeing Central America in large part due to US policies
that have installed violent, repressive governments as well as corporate
trade agreements that benefit US transnational corporations while
exploiting workers. People are fleeing north for survival. Subjected to
abuse at home, migrants are met at the border with more abuse.

The abuse includes people seeking asylum being held in detention
camps while they await trial. It includes children being separated from
their parents and sometimes held in cages, often without basic necessities and with young children taking care of even younger children. Corporations are profiting from child detention while children die, like this seven-year-old girl, or this eight-year-old on Christmas DayHomeland Security’s own Inspector General has issued a report decrying the overcrowding and other poor conditions of immigrant detention facilities including feeding people rotten, foul-smelling and spoiled food.

Some have described these detention camps as concentration camps. While these are not the mass death camps of Hitler’s Germany, they meet the definition of concentration camps: a
place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or
members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a
relatively small area with inadequate facilities. Immigrants call the
caged areas “dog kennels” and the cold rooms where they stay “iceboxes.”

These camps are run by government officials who have been caught making racist and vile comments on a private Facebook group
with about 9,500 members. They “joked about the deaths of migrants,
discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a
detention facility” and posted a photo of a father and his 23-month-old
daughter lying face down in the Rio Grande saying, “I HAVE NEVER SEEN
FLOATERS LIKE THIS.” 

The US has a long history of concentration camps
domestically and as part of imperial wars. It is a shameful history and
some deny that the immigrant detention prisons are concentration camps.
Those of us who can see the reality must face-up to another truth: our
responsibility. Many have wondered how the concentration camps in Nazi
Germany were able to exist in a modern, developed nation. Now we must
ask ourselves two questions: How can these camps exist in the United
States? What can we do to close them and liberate those being
imprisoned?

We know from the history of concentration camps in the US and around the world that we must act to close these camps.
We cannot be complicit by not taking action. This is not merely about
the 2020 election and removing Trump from office, it is about rapidly
building a national consensus that these are unacceptable and people
mobilizing to do all they can to close the camps.

This week, President Trump is taking his racist, anti-immigrant
policy from the border to raids against immigrants across the country.
Trump announced these raids two weeks ago, then delayed implementing the
mass arrests. Communities across the nation have organized to protect
their friends, neighbors and family members who are threatened by this
attack. We applaud sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE,
churches that will house people threatened by immigration raids and
people offering legal services to those who are arrested.

The Long-Term Reality Of Abusive Immigration Policies

The concept of the “illegal immigrant” comes from a 1929 
law that made it illegal to enter the United States. The law made
border crossings a criminal offense that became felonies with subsequent
violations. The law was based in racism, authored by a segregationist
Democratic Senator from South Carolina, Coleman Blease who opposed the
education of Black people, advocated lynching, and criticized First Lady
Lou Hoover when she invited Jessie De Priest, the wife of Chicago congressman, to the traditional tea by new administrations for congressional wives. Her husband, Oscar De Priest, was the first Black person elected to Congress since Reconstruction.

On the Senate floor, Blease said the First Lady should remember it is the “White” House. He then read the racist poem “N****** in the White House.”  The poem was excised from the Congressional Record by unanimous agreement due to protests from Republican senators. Blease
also sought to make marriage between people of different races a
federal crime. The roots of today’s immigration policies originated with
white supremacists like Blease. 

President Bill Clinton made this racist law much worse in 1996. Clinton,
a southern corporate Democrat, signed the Anti-terrorism and Effective
Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act in 1996. These laws increased the severity of immigration violations by expanding the list of crimes that could increase jail sentences and fast-tracked deportations.

The Clinton laws laid the foundation for mass deportations under subsequent presidents. Bush,
the Compassionate Conservative, more than tripled federal immigration
prosecutions to 15,424 by 2003. In 2005, he incarcerated immigrants in
federal jails when detention bed space in state facilities had become
overcrowded. Illegal crossings declined significantly by 2008 but still,
half the federal criminal docket was of immigrants crossing the border. The Bush administration intertwined local police with federal immigration enforcement by making
more than 70 agreements allowing local police to enforce immigration
laws. This is a continuing problem that results in immigrants not
reporting crimes to the police.

President Obama remains the
“Deporter-In-Chief” as he doubled the number of federal immigration
prosecutions despite the fact that border crossings dropped by roughly
half from 2009 to 2016. The
result, the first Black president has the legacy of locking up more
people of color on federal criminal charges than any other president in
history. Immigration prosecutions topped 91,000 in 2013―28 times the
number of such prosecutions in 1993. The Obama administration deported
over 1.2 million people, the most of any president in US history.
President Trump has come nowhere near the number of annual arrests and
deportations of the Obama era.

The biggest difference with the Trump
administration is the open cruelty of Trump and other administration
officials in justifying their “zero tolerance” and family separation
policies. The separation of young children from their parents is
government-sponsored child abuse. The inhumane conditions in the migrant
detention camps are violations of international human rights laws. 

Stopping the Abuse of Immigrants and the Deportation Machine

People are organizing to confront this crisis, such as blocking access to immigrant prisons or mobilizing to stop their construction.
Below are some examples of actions people are taking. We hope it spurs
you and the people in your community to act because this crisis must be
confronted with direct action.

There were nationwide Close the Camps protests across the country on July 2. Workers have walked off of jobs of employers providing services to the camps. People are also trying to donate diapers and toys to camps where children are held, but are being rejected.  On Friday, July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

There have been interfaith protests at ICE offices and people risking arrest at the borders. People are blockading immigrant detention centers not just along the border but around the country, and are facing jail sentences for doing so. Youth are protesting local governments who have agreements to work with ICE. Students are marching to protest the detention of fellow students.

Immigrants who are held in the camps are fighting back by engaging in hunger strikes sometimes resulting in forced feeding through nasal tubes. Immigrants who are targeted build community and defense committees to fight back against ICE.

Others are working to help migrants survive. The group “No More
Deaths” is providing food and water to people crossing the border. This
week, federal prosecutors announced they willretry
Scott Warren, a border-aid worker accused of providing water to
migrants, on three felony charges. In a prior prosecution, the jury was
deadlocked and refused to convict him.

Also this week, 240 civil rights and immigrant rights groups
wrote the leadership of the House of Representatives to decriminalize
border crossings, roll-back the Clinton-era laws, stop entangling local
police in immigration prosecutions and end detention without bail. The
letter lays out some of the problems. The demands will not be won by
negotiation with the power structure but by building power so the
political elites have no choice but to end this crisis.

Organizations like RAICES are on the front lines providing free and low-cost legal and social services to immigrant children, families, and refugees. Lawyers are fighting for the due process rights of immigrants, rights that are often denied. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has developed a
list of national, state and local Immigration Hotlines to report
raids, seek help if being detained or at risk of being deported
and report missing migrants. Download a PDF of IMMIGRATION HOTLINES here. There is also the National Immigration Detention Hotline created and managed by Freedom for Immigrants.

While we work to confront the current crisis, we also must build a
national consensus for systemic change in immigration policy. This
includes ending criminalization and militarization of the borders and
replacing them with open borders modeled after the EU to uphold the basic human right of freedom of movement. Open borders would be an economic benefit as they would add $78 trillion to the world economy. Migration is also a benefit to the US economy.

The US must end its regime change
operations in Latin America, as well as trade policies designed for
corporate profits, and institute a Latin American Marshall Plan. US neo-colonial, imperialist interventions and corporate trade policies are root causes of desperate mass migration. We can end
the self-created border crisis and replace it with policies based on
respect for human rights and self-determination and cooperation to build
an economy that works for all.

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