In Houston Chronicle: Texas Schools Report Soaring Vaccine Exemption Rates Amid Anti-Vaccine Policy Push
Nonmedical vaccine exemptions among Texas schoolchildren continued to rise last year while Texas lawmakers sought to weaken immunization requirements during the 2023 legislative session. “I’m looking at the unintended consequences that lawmakers aren’t necessarily thinking about because they want to get their win and move on,” Lakshmanan said. “But then, all of us Texans are left holding the bag.”
On the Houthis in Yemen and their recent attacks on American and Israel-linked shipping in the Red Sea, Coates Ulrichsen said: “Until there’s a path towards a stop to the war in Gaza or at least the current phase of the military operation there, it’s hard to see what would get the Houthis to stop these attacks.”
Saudi Arabia’s plans include making international travel a priority and building Neom, a $500B futuristic city. “The scale of the plans from Saudi Arabia, if they succeed, would really dwarf anything Dubai has ever done,” said Coates Ulrichsen.
“Clearly, the Saudis are now going to demand a very high price in terms of meaningful concessions towards Palestinians. Netanyahu is not going to want to do that at all,” said Coates Ulrichsen. “But there is an opportunity for [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman to position himself as the man who got the Palestinians their state – if he can do it. He knows that the Israelis and the US, especially the US, really want normalization to happen, regardless of whether it is Biden or Trump again.”
Norman is quoted in German-language outlet Taz on funding cuts to UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for aiding Palestinian refugees.