Best columns: International
The migrant crisis nobody talks about
Editorial The Monitor
While the West has been fretting about refugees entering Europe, Uganda is overwhelmed by its own crisis, said The Monitor. Over the past six months, half a million South Sudanese have poured into our country, fleeing “ethnic killings” in their homeland. They join the 240,000 who had already arrived here since civil war erupted in South Sudan in 2013, creating the third-largest refugee crisis in the world after Syria’s and Afghanistan’s. Now that famine has just been declared in parts of South Sudan, we can expect even more desperate families. Yet Uganda has come up with no policy “to deal with this serious threat to its security and stability.”
South Sudanese arrivals are competing with Ugandans for scarce water and resources, and “clashes are inevitable.” What is the government going to do about this? So far, its attempt at meddling in the civil war has only made things worse: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been accused of backing South Sudan President Salva Kiir against Kiir’s exiled former deputy, Riek Machar. All African intermediaries should be focused on getting Kiir to implement the 2015 peace agreement so that Machar can return from exile and the nation can reconcile. Our northern neighbor has become a “real and present danger” to our domestic peace.
Trump’s risky games in the Middle East
Editorial The National (United Arab Emirates)
President Trump’s vague, off-the-cuff statement dismissing the two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians has emboldened extremists, said The National. During a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, Trump overturned “decades of settled U.S. policy” when he said he was “looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one both parties like.” His ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tried to walk back the gaffe, saying the U.S. still supports a two-state solution, but it was too late. The “most extreme elements in Israeli society” had already seized on Trump’s statement as proof that Palestinian statehood is dead. But those who believe a one-state solution would be favorable to Israel are “making a serious, indeed deadly, miscalculation.” If the single state were a democracy, Palestinians with their higher birth rate would soon outnumber Jews. Palestinian extremists would cheer that result. If the new state denied citizenship to Palestinians— the goal of Israeli extremists—it would be an apartheid state, something the world abhors. Remember too that Palestinians only accept the occupation because statehood is “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Remove that light and hell would erupt. “America should be more careful.” ■