A Melbourne schoolboy claims to be the first Australian denied a US visa following President Donald Trump’s controversial entry bans. Pouya Ghadirian, 15, was born in Australia but holds dual Iranian-Australian citizenship by descent. Mr Trump has issued an executive order banning the US from taking in people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
This is the human face of the bans on travel to the US. My son went to this school. Many of his classmates would have been in the same position as Pouya Ghadirian.
We are considering a trip up the coast of Norway later this year then on to New York and San Francisco. This would include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of New York that great icon of American civilisation and culture.
Probably not now. America is now entering a world of US and Them and, along with a lot of the rest of the world, we seem to be in with the Thems.
The world, and particularly America, is entering a time of darkness, the scars which may last for decades. How the American people will deal with this is unclear but they must do it without help from the outside world and it may be best that we leave them to deal with it on their own.
It will be a time of great division for those in America and great sadness and those outside.