Mythili Sampathkumar, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Mythili Sampathkumar

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

New York, NY, United States

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Recent:
  • The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)
Past:
  • The Independent

Recent articles by Mythili:

What we’re watching at the UN General Assembly

Goals, crises, and speeches – what’s in store for a week of UN diplomacy and activism. → Read More

Michael Cohen: Four things we learnt from latest guilty plea of Trump’s former lawyer

Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has entered another guilty plea in the federal Russia investigation, this time for lying to Congress. Cohen has admitted to not divulging details about a real estate project in Moscow that was under consideration during the 2016 US election, per court documents. → Read More

Migrant caravan: California considers suing Trump administration over tear gas incident on Mexico border

California is considering taking legal action against Donald Trump’s administration over the use of tear gas on migrants at the US-Mexico border. → Read More

Senate delays vote on Trump’s controversial pick to lead immigration agency

The Senate has delayed a vote on Donald Trump’s pick to lead the nations's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The move comes amid scenes of high drama on the US-Mexico border where border guards fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants who pushed past Mexican police and ran towards the fence. → Read More

Khashoggi killing: Senators push to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war amid frustration over Trump's response to murder

Senior Republican has Lindsey Graham has threatened to withhold his vote on any key issue put in front of the Senate until he hears from the CIA over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - as legislators expressed their frustration over the US response to the murder following a briefing from Trump administration officials → Read More

Ivanka Trump says ‘no equivalency’ between her use of private email server and Hillary Clinton

Ivanka Trump says there is “no equivalency” between her use of a private email server for government business and the scandal which plagued Hillary Clinton in 2016. → Read More

Walter Reed incident: Police say ‘no indication’ of active shooter at Maryland military hospital

Police in Maryland there is "no indication" of an active shooter situation in the area near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, despite emergency calls regarding hearing gunshots. The hospital is located just outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland but Naval Support Activity Bethesda tweeted there was no imminent danger to patients and staff. → Read More

Migrant caravan: White House says ‘no one wants to use tear gas on women and children’

More than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico wait for their applications for asylum to be processed as Donald Trump continues to crack down on their entry into the US. → Read More

Taliban claims roadside bomb attack that killed three US soldiers in Afghanistan

The Taliban has claimed a roadside bomb attack that killed three US soldiers and left at least three wounded in Afghanistan. → Read More

Follow live updates on the migrant caravan at the US-Mexico border

With desperation to make successful US asylum bids growing, more than 5,000 Central American migrants remain in Tijuana, Mexico, . Speaking at a roundtable with supporters in Mississippi, Donald Trump claimed the tear gas used against asylum seekers was ”very safe”. The US president went on to claim that some of the women pictured with the tear gas are not really parents but are instead… → Read More

Pepper spray used on migrants ‘safe enough to put on nachos and eat’, former US border patrol chief claims

A former US Border Patrol deputy chief has defended the use of pepper spray on migrants at the US-Mexico border, saying it is “natural” and “you could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.” Ron Colburn, who now leads the charity Border Patrol Foundation, told Fox News the substance was “a good way of deterring people without long-term harm.” → Read More

Trump says he ‘doesn’t believe’ his own administration’s report on climate change

After his own administration published a report on climate change compiled by 13 federal agencies, Donald Trump said: "I don't believe it". → Read More

13 sea lions decapitated and shot dead found near Seattle in recent months

Thirteen dead sea lions, including six with gunshot wounds, have been found near Seattle, Washington, according to a conservation group. The Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a group which responds to dead or stranded sea lions, said four of the marine mammals were shot dead near the city. → Read More

US border patrol uses tear gas to attack migrant caravan

A day after the US shut down a port of entry on its southwestern border and shot tear gas and pepper spray into crowds of migrants to stop them from crossing illegally, Donald Trump has said Mexico should deport them back to their home countries. → Read More

Trump warns he could ‘close whole Mexico border’ due to illegal immigration

Donald Trump has threatened to close the “whole border” with Mexico if illegal immigration gets “uncontrollable”. → Read More

House Republicans issue subpoenas for James Comey and former attorney general Loretta Lynch

Former FBI Director James Comey has said he will resit a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee unless the hearing is public, because otherwise House Republicans will seek to distort anything he says. → Read More

Hillary Clinton says EU leaders need to ‘say they can’t help refugees’ in order to quell populism

Hillary Clinton has said that Europe must tackle the issue of immigration to help stem the rise of right-wing populists across the continent. The Democrat former presidential candidate said it was the emotive issue that "lit the flame” behind such figures. → Read More

Trump blames judges for 'bedlam and chaos' in escalating attack on courts

Donald Trump has renewed his attacks on judges and judgements that have gone against his administration following an extraordinary rebuke from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. → Read More

Thanksgiving: Most Americans want to avoid discussing politics at dinner, poll finds

Forty per cent of Americans want to avoid mixing politics and their Thanksgiving dinner, a new poll suggests. A few, 15 per cent, were actually eager to get into political discussions at their dining tables with family and friends and 45 per cent said they were ambivalent. → Read More

Chief Justice John Roberts hits out at Trump 'Obama judge' remark in unprecedented criticism of president

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has taken the extraordinary step of rebuking Donald Trump over his disparaging remarks about federal judges. → Read More