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

  • 24 January 2014
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Justin Bieber raises a fist as he exits a Miami jail on January 23, 2014.
Image caption 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.

Burma

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.

Syria

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.

Russia

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.

Canada

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.

Malaysia

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.

India

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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