Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Lack of Solutions in Gaza, Democracy in Thailand, Isolation of Britain, and Why Zimbabwe Wasn't Invited to the Africa Summit

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Lack of Solutions in Gaza, Democracy in Thailand, Isolation of Britain, and Why Zimbabwe Wasn't Invited to the Africa Summit

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Ahora / Holguin, CubaThe tragedy of unaccompanied immigrant children in the US

"[I]f the government decides to resolve the situation with strict enforcement of current laws, the existing immigration chaos will only be exacerbated," writes Albor Ruiz about the unaccompanied children pouring over the southern border of the United States. "This chaos is the product of a long list of injustices and mistakes.... Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said that children arrested on the border are prioritized for deportation, emphasizing that immigration laws will be enforced regardless of [their] age.... The children do not come in search of the illusory 'American dream,' but to escape the dangers of poverty and desperation, drug traffickers' violence and murderous gangs, which have displaced an entire generation."

The Guardian / LondonNo easy fix in Gaza Strip

"America has to get over its obsession with happy endings or definitive solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Because right now there are not any...," writes Aaron David Miller. "[Secretary of State John] Kerry is out of sync, both in trying (and failing) for ceasefire after ceasefire and in trying (and flailing [sic]) to make peace.... The key next step is for the US to see its role as small, not big - transactional, not transformational."

Bangkok Post / Bangkok, ThailandIs Thailand really ready for democracy?

"I have heard many comments [on] ... whether Thais are ready for democracy and whether Thais ... truly understand what it means," writes Pichai Chuensuksawadi, referring to the coup in June. "There have been suggestions, for example, that candidates for elected MPs should only come from the 'knowledgeable and educated,'... that only taxpayers should be allowed to vote, or that voters should at least be given a test on what democracy means before they are allowed to vote.... [W]e should be honest with ourselves and admit that we are not yet a democracy.... [W]e will never have a democracy like countries in the West.... [O]ur culture and our traditions are different.... But unless we find a political structure that allows all stakeholders their space and say in governance, we will once again be back to where we were before. …

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