Globe Trot: North to Canada

International | Are upset American voters seeking refuge across the northern border?
by Mindy Belz
Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 3:05 pm

ELECTION 2016: Canada’s immigration website crashed, apparently due to disillusioned voters wanting to head north.

A whopping 81 percent of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, and President Obama’s former director of faith outreach says Hillary Clinton’s campaign never did: “Hillary asked for just about every vote except this group of voters.”

Foreign Affairs has a long read on populism, pointing out it rarely divides on left-right lines.

Beyond populism, Glenn Greenwald (of Edward Snowden fame) vents about members of the pro-Clinton elite echo chamber for demonizing their victims:

“Their instruments for retaliation are Brexit and Trump. Those are their agents, dispatched on a mission of destruction: aimed at a system and culture that they regard, not without reason, as rife with corruption and, above all else, contempt for them and their welfare.”

My summary of international reaction to the election and key challenges in foreign policy facing President-elect Trump.

LIBERIA: One year ago Sierra Leone and Liberia were declared Ebola-free, but scars linger.

IRAQ: Officials have begun to identify more than 100 decapitated bodies found in a mass grave in a village retaken from ISIS southeast of Mosul.

Aid organizations say about 40,000 Iraqis have been displaced in the most recent fighting, taking refuge in northern Iraq.

SYRIA: Two refugee families are filing suit against Ireland and the EU for their handling of their cases since they arrived in Greece last year—an important challenge, potentially to the EU-Turkey deal that has essentially frozen migrants in Greece without status.

AFGHANISTAN: Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed young woman immortalized on a National Geographic cover decades ago, and recently arrested in Pakistan for fraudulent refugee identity papers, has been welcomed back to Afghanistan with her family.

Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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  • Brenda Adams
    Posted: Thu, 11/10/2016 07:52 am

    What do you believe?  This is an important question.  I am on a trial period with World and want to get to know who is writing the articles I will or may be reading in the future.  Are you an Obama / Clinton supporter? If so, why?

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Thu, 11/10/2016 11:17 am

    Welcome to the WORLD family. We're glad to have you as a member. The purpose of the comments section is to allow members to react to the articles, not necessarily to interact with the writers. If you would like to write to Mindy directly, her email address is To get a better understanding of her reporting on such issues, I encourage you to read “Troubling ties” and “Fatal connections,” which she co-wrote with our Washington bureau chief J.C. Derrick.

  • Rich277
    Posted: Thu, 11/10/2016 10:53 am

    Bon Voyage, eh?

  • Wilebo's picture
    Posted: Fri, 11/11/2016 10:52 pm

    I am still waiting for those who were supposed to leave after the election of 'W'. They cannot earn the same income anywhere else doing what they do. It's a wonder that Americans still pay to see them play.

  • MTJanet
    Posted: Wed, 11/16/2016 10:03 am

    They are actors and can not seem to separate their real lives from the pretend.  I agree about the wonder of some still paying them - they became boring so long ago.