What in the world: Deporting Bieber and Russia's 'terrorism games'

Justin Bieber raises a fist as he exits a Miami jail on January 23, 2014. If I was your boyfriend ... you might have to visit me in Canada

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A day has passed since Justin Bieber became the most famous Canadian with law troubles since Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

As journalists and the public sift through the salacious details of the case, some writers wonder whether Mr Bieber could have his US work visa revoked and be sent packing back to his homeland.

The LA Times' Matt Pierce takes a look at what exactly is involved in the deportation process and the chances that Mr Bieber could face adjudication. At the very least, he's going to have a much harder time getting through immigration now that he sports an arrest record.

"Wouldn't it be nice if Justin Bieber was never allowed to live inside the United States again?" asks the Daily Caller's Taylor Bigler.

New York Times' Andrew Rosenthal writes that if Mr Bieber were "poor, obscure and, say, Hispanic", his deportation wouldn't even be a question. (And let us pause here to enjoy the fact at the editorial page editor of the Gray Lady is writing about Justin Bieber.)

"Given the climate of hostility toward immigrants in many parts of the country, and the Obama administration's love affair with deportation, you'd expect him to be sitting in a holding cell awaiting a one-way trip out of the country," he writes.

Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams thinks Mr Bieber is the new poster boy for "affluenza" - the condition where the coddled rich feel like they're above responsibility and the law.

Some time in Canada may not be the cure, but keeping Mr Bieber out of Miami and Los Angeles for a while probably wouldn't hurt.


A massacre ignored - While progress is being made to move Burma toward a more open and free democracy, the "bigwigs in global politics" are doing a disservice to the country by ignoring the ethnic and religious struggles behind the recent attacks against the Rohingya Muslims, Walter Russell Mead writes on his blog. The cheerful reports of the country's transition don't quite match the reality on the ground.


Women suffer as community crumbles - The Atlantic's Hannah Myrick Anderson describes the conditions in a Syrian refugee camp's reproductive health clinic. Illustrated by the stories of a few women in the clinic, she argues that the destruction of Syrian society is behind many of the struggles these refugees are facing.


Sochi will be remembered as the 'terrorism games' - As the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics approach, concerns about security breaches have dominated the international discussion. Mark Galeotti of The Mark News argues that even if the government keeps Sochi safe, the terrorists are winning because the threat of terrorism is what these Olympics will be remembered for.

South Sudan

Nothing learned from 50 years of African independence - South Sudan was "blessed with some 270,000 barrels of oil flowing per day and with thousands of square miles of some of the most fertile land in Africa, with Khartoum weakened and facing insurrection, with nothing but goodwill from the rest of the world," writes Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society. He argues that the nation's leaders have squandered their advantages with infighting and corruption.


Resentment over Keystone XL pipeline grows - "Canadians may be preternaturally measured and polite, but they simply can't believe how they've been treated by President Obama - left hanging humiliatingly on an issue whose merits were settled years ago," writes the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer.


One-size-fits-all moral codes don't work - The arrest of a Malaysian in Sweden for hitting his son shows that what is acceptable in one culture can be illegal somewhere else, writes Norlin Wan Musa. "It is easy to look at a moral code and judge it when we do not understand the history and process behind it," she writes.


An India-Japan Alliance Brewing? - Over the course of this month, we've seen several calls for greaterco-operation between China and India. But what about Japan? The Atlantic Council's Rajan Menon writes that a Japan-India alliance is becoming a reality, and it has China worried.

BBC Monitoring's quote of the day

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations: "In Western Europe Israel's image as an apartheid state has taken root. This virus is now crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Even if (US Secretary of State John) Kerry reaches a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel's image will not change; the more so if the negotiations end with nothing… We are on the way to official sanctions like the ones imposed on South Africa, North Korea, Serbia and Iran." - Nahum Barnea in Israel's Yedioth Aharonot

One more thing…

What Davos attendees should know about the global economy - BBC's Newsnight has put together a two-minute video about the realities of the global economy and the world's population. For instance, almost one quarter of a billion people no longer live in the country of their birth. It's food for thought for the world's elite.

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    Comment number 8.

    Beiber and Ford; not your average Canadian. both on way out.
    Syria; cant blame it on West. fix your own problems and keep it local.
    Keystone; will not be built. oil and gas transport cause serious problems.
    Russia; Sochi will not be a great success Putin sought. you cant paper over large faults with money.
    Davos; a recession soon! despite optimism.
    my opinion. could be wrong.

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    Comment number 7.

    Canada pipeline. Six months after i suggested on a popular Canadian Op-ed, it was announced that Canada was building a pipeline to the East coast to supply oil to Europe. This i feel is good strategy considering the situation in the ME. and the fact that Russia uses its resources as a weapon for power and politics.

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    Comment number 6.

    Bieber has never been the same since he signed with Usher

    He started listening to rap, wearing baggy pants, getting tattoos and hanging with rough people, ect

    Basically Bieber became just like the black inner city street culture from America

    A lot of people think he might have even joined a black gang

    Either way, he's not the same person people fell in love with

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    Comment number 5.

    Our American media seems like they are hyping up the terrorism and trying to scare people a bit too much at Russia Olympics

    Sure the threat is real but when you listen to our media, its not just about terrorism

    Its about Snowden and gay people just as much

    So I do think our American and probably your European media is being very biased toward Russia

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    Comment number 4.

    Bieber: Has never been told no since he's started making millions as a young teen. Now that he's 19 he is out of control with bodyguards. He just needs to dislike and point. Everyone involved in the Street racing night needs to be hauled in front of the judge. His posse too. He needs to meet someone named Bubba in the Dade county jail to discipline & humble him because his parents didn't.


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