India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India run out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

_________

Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

——–
د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

Israel-Palestine conference in France: Focus on future Palestine!

Israel-Palestine conference in France: Focus on future Palestine! -Dr. Abdul Ruff _______     Fresh initiative Apparently, the stranded Mideast peace process that has restarted in the New Year woul…

Source: Israel-Palestine conference in France: Focus on future Palestine!

Israel-Palestine conference in France: Focus on future Palestine!

 

 

Israel-Palestine conference in France: Focus on future Palestine!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

_______

 

 

Fresh initiative

Apparently, the stranded Mideast peace process that has restarted in the New Year would bring enduring peace to the region. France, a UN veto member has come forward to mediate between an arrogant nuclear power Israel and the besieged Palestine nation. Thus an international peace conference aimed at bringing a resolution to the vexed Israeli-Palestinian conflict opened in Paris on Sunday the January 15.

While it is being attended by some 70 countries, neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials were present, while the incoming Trump government of the White House was also absent.

The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes with the US abstaining. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is not attending, called the conference “futile” at his Sunday cabinet meeting. Palestinian officials welcomed the meeting.

The talks, hosted by France, are aimed at bringing both sides back to some level of negotiations with the last round of talks collapsing in 2014. The conference comes amid rising tensions between Israeli and Palestinian leaders following December’s passing of a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

 

In order not to let Israel ransack the peace effort as before, Israelis as well as Palestinians were not allowed to participate in the summit but have been invited to hear the conclusions of the meeting. The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain — as well as key European and Arab states, are attending the conference.

 

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opened the session, noting a two-state solution is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East. He welcomed the delegates and remarked:  “there is no time to lose” over a solution. “It is not the time to stop, the emergency remains,” he said. “The parties remain very distanced in a relationship of defiance, which is particularly dangerous, and no one is immune to a new explosion of violence.”  ‘Last twitches’. “U.N. Resolution 2334 reaffirmed the need for the two-state solution. Now is not the time to stop,” Ayrault said.

 

Speaking at his cabinet meeting the same day, Netanyahu described the event in Paris as a “useless conference” because Israel, as before, would not agree for any peace agreement. “It is being coordinated between the French and the Palestinians,” he said. Netanyahu’s mention of “tomorrow’s world” could be in reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — a proposal that has caused consternation within the international community. Israel and its Neocon agents and Zionist supporters expect Trump also to simply follow the footpath of  his predecessors and support Israeli crimes and  criticize the Palestinian victims of Zionist aggression.

It is the second such meeting organised by the government of President Francois Hollande after a first in June, which was attended by more than 20 nations and groups.  “Mobilization has constantly grown since the 3rd of June. This has already delivered some significant results,” said Ayrault.  “The two-state solution has been forcefully re-submitted. Now is definitely not the time to stop. The parties are very, very far apart, and the goal is to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.”

 

The peace conference was welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to meet Pope Francis at the Holy See on Saturday the Jan 14, but it was dismissed as “rigged” by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu who wants no peace efforts from a third nation. Israel says the recommendations of the conference could turn into another Security Council resolution in the Obama administration’s final days in office.

 

PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas has written to Trump to say an embassy move to Jerusalem is in a bad taste of diplomacy and would have a dire effect on any chances of peace. He also warned in a recent speech that “any statement or position that disrupts or changes the status of Jerusalem is a red line which we will not accept.”

Thus far, Israel and USA, cutting across the bipartisan politics, have jointly promoted all Zionist crimes against humanity. President Obama towards his final days supported the Palestine state formation efforts by abstaining from voting in UN, enabling the resolution to pass.

 

So far, Israel dictated its terms to any conference and never been serious about solving the vexed problem because it enjoys occupational crimes and relished Palestinian blood. “Its goal is to try and force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs. Of course it pushes peace further away because it hardens the Palestinian positions and it also pushes them away from direct negotiations without preconditions. “I must say that this conference is among the last twitches of yesterday’s world. Tomorrow’s world will be different — and it is very near.” Israel occupies Palestine and will have to vacate the lands in order for any peace effort to succeed. Israel knows that and hence adamant.

 

In order to disturb the process of Palestine state formation legally, Israel is raising the Iran issue which has long ago been settled with the nuclear deal. But Israel asks Trump to cancel the deal and promote Zionist criminal regime in Mideast as the only legitimate nation of West Asia.

 

The meeting produced a two-page statement signed by all 70 countries calling for continued work toward the two-state solution — Israel and a Palestinian state living side-by-side, and potentially sharing Jerusalem as a capital — which is seen as the only possible solution to the endless conflict. The statement also calls on the Palestinians to halt acts of violence, from motivating stabbing attacks at border crossings to launching rockets into Israel, and on the Israelis to stop building Jewish settlements in disputed parts of the West Bank.

 

The message issued by a significant portion of European, Asian and Middle Eastern countries was thought to be aimed at Trump, who has talked about moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and is expected to appoint ambassadors with more hardline views of seeking peace in the region.

 

Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said after the meeting that clear progress had been made with Arab nations who, like the Palestinians, have refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist. While not being said outright, Kerry said the Arab nations in the Middle East may start changing their minds about Israel if the Palestinian issue is finally taken care of. “It’s a first when you have international organizations — the Islamic Council and the Arab League and others — willing to try to shift the paradigm here, to point out that they are prepared to make peace with Israel,” Kerry said.

 

Zionist bossism and military fascism

 

Israel has been at odds with the outgoing government  of President Barack Obama, accusing the USA of directing the motion and enabling it to pass by abstaining and not using its veto power in the Security Council. The settlements are home to about 600,000 Israelis and are considered illegal under international law.

While a rare and recent UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories has raised optimism, the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency in the United States has raised concerns about peace prospects.

However, Trump’s assertions in favor of Zionist criminal regime and his anti-Muslims rhetoric have given fresh hopes in Tel Aviv as it refused to read the real mind of Trump. Israel is damn sure it can easily fool incoming President Trump with his anti-Muslim and anti-Iran feelings so that it would continue to enjoy the military support of Pentagon that keeps adding more and more terror goods into Zionist arm depots to be used against Palestine and Mideastern Arab nations.  Senior French officials met a few weeks ago in New York with Trump’s advisers and presented the program for the conference. Trump’s team reportedly objected to the conference, especially five days before Trump’s inauguration.

 

Under pressure from powerful Jewish lobbies in Washington, President-elect Donald Trump said he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and also opposed the UN resolution asking Israel to remove all settlements in Palatine. He has stopped talking about shifting US embassy to Jerusalem, however. Trump has nominated a pro-settlement American as his ambassador to Israel and suggested the US embassy could be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in what would be a highly contentious decision. Ayrault told France 3 TV he thought the move to shift US embassy would cause “extremely serious consequences.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that such a move could “bury the hopes for a two-state solution.”

Israel has opposed international involvement in the peace process and wants direct talks. Ayrault said that he and other senior French officials met with both sides in recent months, and said he is willing to travel to the region to present the conference’s conclusions. “The goal is to put an end to this conflict so that this region can live in peace and prosperity,” Ayrault said. Ayrault praised outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his peace process effort. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. did not “want to see anything that attempts to impose a solution on Israel.”

Israel wants world to leave the Palestine issue to Israeli government so that it could “arrange  bogus talks with Palestinians on its own terms and also keep killing the Palestinians and take away their lands for illegal settlement constructions for Jews.

Playing mischief with both Palestinians and international community, Netanyahu’s divided government has strongly opposed international interventions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arguing preconditions put in place by world powers make bilateral negotiations with the Palestinians more difficult. Netanyahu jokes the conference was coordinated between the French and Palestinians. “These are the death throes of yesterday’s world. Tomorrow will look different,” Netanyahu said. But Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, said that Netanyahu should have attended the Paris peace conference.

Israel says peace is possible only according to its designs and at its own terms. Israeli leader Netanyahu had balked at attending the conference, saying it “pushes peace backwards”.  “It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians, under French auspices, to adopt additional anti-Israel stances,” Netanyahu said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was also absent as France is not clear about his role for the   conference.

Palestine and Vatican

 

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas formally opened an embassy of Palestine at the Vatican City on the eve of a peace conference meant to revive long-stalled talks with Israel. The embassy confers a new level of legitimacy on Palestinian President Abbas, who was granted an audience with Pope Francis on Saturday. While the Vatican has maintained close ties with Israel, Francis has increasingly spoken on behalf of the Palestinian people, encouraging both sides to reach a deal that creates a Palestinian state recognized by Israel. This embassy is a place of pride for us and we hope that all of the countries of the world recognize the state of Palestine, because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process,” Abbas said at the Vatican.

Abbas is headed to Paris next to participate in a 70-member conference on Middle East peace hosted by the French government. The Israeli government appears unlikely to attend the conference, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it “futile.”

 

Without representatives of Israel or Palestine, leaders from 70 nations around the world gathered in Paris to discuss the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with particular attention paid to working toward a two-state solution and the need for both sides to hold back on unilateral action.

Palestinians have long called for the creation of a state along the pre-1967 border with Israel that includes land on the West Bank, Gaza Strip and with sovereign control over east Jerusalem, the latter of which is a nonstarter for Israel, which views the whole of Jerusalem as its capital.

This Pope shows great moral clarity by offering support against Israeli persecution of the indigenous Christian and Muslim population that have suffered under the daily horror of occupation for more than a generation. As more light is shined on Israel’s action, the hope for relief increases, and the scourge of occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing through settlements becomes unequivocally condemned.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag over the Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican after meeting with Pope Francis. The two reportedly discussed the French peace conference scheduled for Paris on Sunday; and talked about events and how the situation has changed since the Pontiff extended full diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine in 2015 – a move that angered Israeli officials. Abbas used the opportunity to repeat his warning about repercussions if President Trump moves the US Embassy to Jerusalem and complained to Francis about moves by Israel he says are intended to “Juda-ize” the Holy City. Abbas also called on nations to follow the Vatican’s lead and recognize Palestine. Israeli officials were angered by the Vatican recognition and by Pope Francis’s characterization of President Abbas as the “angel of peace.” The post PA President Abbas Opens Vatican Embassy; Meets with Pope Francis

US President-elect Donald Trump is also expected to enter the White House with a different approach that could change years of cautious, seemingly endless efforts for peace — and Israeli Netanyahu called the talks “rigged” to make Israel look bad.

 

French President François Hollande said while starting the afternoon session at the conference that the two-state solution, which the international community has agreed on for many years, appears threatened by Israeli arrogance refusals.  “It is physically threatened on the ground by the acceleration of settlements, it is politically threatened by the progressive weakening of the peace camp, it is morally threatened by the distrust that has accumulated between the parties, and that has certainly been exploited by extremists.”

 

All eyes are on US Secretary of State John Kerry to see whether he will build upon his recent scathing indictment of Israeli policies in post-1967 areas or walk-back some of the intensity of his 70-minute diatribe in his last appearance as SecState on the foreign stage.

Meanwhile Israeli PM Netanyahu is facing serious corruption charges that threaten his very stay in power too long. Undoubtedly spurred on by endless media coverage of two corruption cases against Netanyahu while the smell of political blood waxes increasingly pungent to his opposition foes, the next step played out in the streets of Tel Aviv when hundreds of members of left-leaning political parties marched in what was billed as a protest to the Netanyahu government’s “corruption and detachment from the people.”

What first became known to the populace as an investigation into Netanyahu and his family receiving unilateral gifts – cigars and Champagne worth tens of thousands of dollars – from a wealthy Israeli Hollywood producer for whom the prime minister asked US Secretary of State John Kerry for help in obtaining a 10-year work visa escalated sharply when it became known that prosecutors had a tape that documented Netanyahu negotiating with the owner of an opposition newspaper to exchange lenient coverage of the prime minister’s re-election bid in return for the prime minister taking measures to level the competition against the leading competitor newspaper.

Opposition leaders are fixed on the immediate goal of bringing the matter to the point where an indictment is issued against Netanyahu, at which point he will be required to step down from office.

 

Observation

 

Since October 2015, 2247 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese national have been killed in a wave of violence, according to an AFP news agency count.

 

The views of Israel and the Palestinians are known to the key players. While President-elect Donald Trump is not the first presidential candidate to vow to move the embassy as one of his first acts in office, unlike Presidents Clinton and Bush, many believe Trump is brash enough and unmoved by diplomatic precedent to be the one to make the move.

Though representatives from 70 countries and organisations arrived, hopes of a breakthrough in the stagnant peace process were low without any representatives from either the Palestinian Authority or Israeli government at the “Conference for Peace in the Middle East” held in France’s capital, Paris.

 

French sponsored Middle East peace initiative in Paris has reconvened, promoting renewed confidence in the ever-elusive two-state solution. Now it is for the international community to push forward the resolution and  get Israel on its side  in order to help establish a much delayed Palestine state not only as a full-fledged UN member but also a genuinely soverign to safeguards its territories and people, assets without  the Zionist terror  intimidation.

 

Even as the representatives of 72 countries were meeting in Paris for a one day Peace Summit in the latest bid to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,  Palestinians walked through Zionist wire fences on a path that leads to a checkpoint in the Israeli separation wall that surrounds the Shurafat Refugee Camp northeast of Jerusalem.  While the Palestinians welcome the multinational approach to brings the two sides to the negotiating table, Netanyahu says the Paris peace talks are ‘useless’ without Israeli approval and seal. The last round of direct peace talks collapsed in April 2014 because of Israeli arrogance. Last month, the UN passed a resolution denouncing Israel’s settlement activity on occupied land.

 

French conference addressed actions of the Palestinian Authority in a call for both parties to desist from taking “unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations.”  The French hosts of the conference are attempting to blunt Israeli criticism of the event by reiterating that the initiative does not seek to impose a solution or undermine the need for the parties themselves to arrive at an agreement. Also aimed at Israel, the French are seeking a renewal of each side’s commitment to the two-state solution and for heads-of-governments to publicly renounce government officials who suggest solutions other than the two-state as promulgated by the Quartet – the international entity brokering the Israeli-Palestinian peace process comprised of the US, United Nations, European Union and Russia.

 

Crimes being committed by Israeli regime and military must be thoroughly investigated and guilty punished by ICJ and ICC. The Palestinian Authority campaigns for agency-by-agency recognition at the United Nations and the bringing of cases against Israel in the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Le Figaro in Paris that if the Trump government supports Israeli regime and shift US embassy to Jerusalem, the PA might rescind its recognition of Israel. Abbas has written to the president-elect asking that the move the embassy to Jerusalem not happen and outlining the threatened repercussions if the embassy is moved. Nevertheless, Israelis are concerned by the mixed-messages they are hearing from Team Trump ranging from the pledges to move the embassy on one hand to the statement by defense secretary-designate Gen. Mattis telling his confirmation inquisitors that the capital of Israel is “Tel Aviv.”

There is the belief among diplomats and statesmen that the new US government under Trump might offer a quid pro quo to the Palestinians such as a formal American diplomatic entity in Palestinian territory. Until now, contact with the Palestinians is severed from the US ambassador and embassy and instead rests with the Consul General in the Jerusalem Consulate.

 

The French conference aiming to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians is expected to above all send a unified message from 70 participating countries to the American president-elect not to fulfill his promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The consensus behind the message is that the embassy move would sound a death knell to the two-state solution which the international conventional wisdom deems to be the only road to peace on the Israeli-Palestinian track.

The one-day Paris conference focused on economic incentives, efforts by civil society groups, and “capacity building” for a future Palestinian state. The French-led effort to kick-start long-stalled discussions on a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis got under way with the two main players absent from the summit. But it was met with widespread skepticism. “The only interesting thing will be whether Hollande in his speech brings back the idea of recognising a Palestinian state, but I don’t think he will,” Alain Gresh, a journalist with Le Monde Diplomatique, told Al Jazeera While hopes for a revitalized peace process were low, the sheer number of participants at the conference on Sunday was noteworthy.  “We are expecting at the end of the day for the 70 countries here to pledge their commitment to a two-state solution, and call on both sides to stop ongoing violence,” Butler said.

The Paris meeting is considered significant as the conflict has become contentious again, at least partially because Israel has restarted construction of settlements in land the Palestinians dispute amid continued acts of violence against Israel by Palestinians. Diplomats at a conference on peace in the Middle East said in a joint statement for Israel and Palestine to rededicate themselves to a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict and offering suggestions for how to get there.

USA must without any further delay recognize Palestine state as its diplomatic duty. American recognition of Palestine would go a long way in streamlining and revising US policy for Mideast so that peace is guaranteed to Palestinian children about their right to live.

Granting full UN membership to Palestine state and dignity to Palestinian community is absolutely necessary for creating a just and democratic world beyond Mideast and West Asia.

President trump needs to take responsibility of making fascist Israel behave and become a normal nation. It has to declare to UNSC its nuke assets and if it continues to be irresponsible, UNSC must initiate punitive measures against this rogue state that target Palestinians and Arab world.

Sino-Indian tensions!

Sino-Indian tensions!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
_____

 

China and India- the world’s two most populous nations comprise more than one-third of global humanity. Memories of border battles — the most recent in 1962 — fester, and the 4,000-km frontier, which cuts through disputed territory, remains tense.
They share a border, have fought a bitter war and continue to compete for geopolitical supremacy in the region. Political ambitions and distrust on either side have sometimes been at the cost of better economic sense.
Both have a long and chequered history dating back thousands of years. The two neighbours fought a short border war in 1962 and since then, although much water has flowed down the Yangtze, a sense of mistrust has consistently dogged their bilateral ties. Both are shy of each other.
On the positive side, India has been cooperating with China in many areas. It was one of the first countries to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Besides, India and China are part of the BRICS, along with Brazil, Russia and South Africa. They have also teamed up at global forums on climate change to resist demands from developed nations to agree to binding emission cuts. China and India, however, fear that agreeing to binding emission cuts would force them to jettison their ambitious growth targets.
New Delhi is loath to take on Beijing directly. This is seen in the recent case of India cancelling the visa issued earlier to a Uighur activist, Dolkun Isa, the Executive Committee Chairman of the World Uyghur Congress to attend a conference in India. The granting of the visa to the Uighur activist was seen as New Delhi’s riposte to being snubbed by Beijing on the Masood Azhar issue. t has shown that New Delhi is wary of upsetting Beijing, especially given its enormous clout at international forums as a permanent Security Council member and NSG entry- both China has blocked.
India and China jointly occupy parts of Jammu Kashmir along with Pakistan. India now asks Pakistan to vacate and hand over Azad Kashmir to India but it has not asked China also do the same. The reason is obvious. In fact, it was Pakistan which always demanded Kashmir region from Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir while India refused to budge and in order to retain Kashmir India even fought war with Pakistan, leading to the creation of LOC. India first acquired nukes followed later by Pakistan, further complicating the tensed situation in the region and bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.
A UN veto member China is possibly the largest global economy while as largest South Asian regional economy India tries to somehow catch the distance. Between Beijing and New Delhi, nonstop flights only run three times a week. There is not a single direct flight between two of Asia’s financial capitals, Shanghai and Mumbai. In 2013, 175,000 Chinese went on holiday in India. Thailand, meanwhile, attracted 4.6 million Chinese visitors in 2014.

Tensions
The Indian government recently has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua. This is the first time for New Delhi to expel Chinese journalists that could kick off a diplomatic row between China and India.
India’s military buildup near Chinese border also shows that the situation has become a tinderbox. It has been revealed that the Indian Army has moved over 100 Russian tanks T-72 to Ladakh, a disputed border between Indian occupied state of Kashmir and Tibet under Chinese rule. Both countries are preparing for the worst situation they could face in the midst of deteriorating relations. In addition, Indian Navy has sent three warships to the disputed South China Sea to plan training with Malaysian Navy, showing that there’s nothing strange with seeing any military conflicts between the two countries.
India thinks it should be on the UNSC with veto handle to control the world and is annoyed that China has not supported India’s pitch for permanent membership of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) and is the only one of the P5 members trying to stymie India’s bid. Sparks flew when in the days leading up to India’s second round of nuclear tests in May 1998, the then Indian defence minister George Fernandes, termed Beijing as India’s “potential enemy No 1” worse than Pakistan or USA.
The stumbling blocks between India and China are hard to budge. China’s historic friendship with Pakistan hasn’t helped, nor has India’s decades-long hosting of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader living in India newly sworn in PM Modi invited to his inauguration in 2014. Then there are other issues too working against any credible ties to which NSG issue has been added last year to sustain the bilateral tensions. India seeks membership of NSG without signing the NPT. USA just pretends as a “terror victim” and strategic partner against terror wars, it promotes Indian interests in nuclear domains.
In recent years there have been attempts to mend and strengthen the relationship through bilateral visits from both heads of state. And while Indian manufacturers, like their counterparts elsewhere, complain about inexpensive Chinese products flooding the market, Indian consumers are lapping up everything from cheap Chinese phones and toys to clothes made in China.
India’s military buildup near Chinese border also shows that the situation has become a tinderbox. It has been revealed that the Indian Army has moved over 100 Russian tanks T-72 to Ladakh, a disputed border between Indian occupied state of Kashmir and Tibet under Chinese rule. Both countries are preparing for the worst situation they could face in the midst of deteriorating relations. In addition, Indian Navy has sent three warships to the disputed South China Sea to plan training with Malaysian Navy, showing that there’s nothing strange with seeing any military conflicts between the two countries.
The Indian government recently has expelled three journalists of the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua. This is the first time for New Delhi to expel Chinese journalists that could kick off a diplomatic row between China and India.

Fruitless effort

Narendra Modi made his first visit to China as Prime Minister of India in May 2014. One of his first stops will be the Wild Goose Pagoda in the central Chinese city of Xi’an, which, legend has it, was originally built to store first Chinese pilgrim to India in 7th Century Xuanzang’s Buddhist treasures from India.
Much before he became India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi was already a self-professed admirer of China. “China and its people have a special place in my heart,” Modi said in 2011 while he was on his fourth visit to the country as the Gujarat chief minister. “I admire their hard working, disciplined and resilient nature and above all, their sense of history.”
So, after he took control of the government in New Delhi last May, Modi wasted little time to try and strengthen ties with Beijing. Within days of taking office, he promptly invited Chinese president Xi Jinping to India. But by the time Xi arrived in September, the tricky nature of the India-China relationship was in full display: The Chinese president conducted a state visit in India while troops from both countries squared off in Ladakh.
Though relations between these two Asian behemoths warmed up in the aftermath of the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to India in September 2014 and the visit of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China in May 2015, the relations have once again hurtled downhill as they pursue their respective foreign policy agendas. Mutual trips by Indo-China leaders therefore have not been able to improve the tensed relations.
Through the “Maritime Silk Road” initiative, China has been trying to reach out to countries such as Sri Lanka and Maldives, right in India’s immediate neighborhood. Besides, of late, relations between China and Nepal have warmed up, particularly in the aftermath of the visit to Beijing by the Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli. Although China has asked India to be part of the Maritime Silk Road, New Delhi is in two minds over whether to join owing to the suspicion of India and other nations. Moreover, China put a “technical hold” over India’s attempts to designate the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief, Maulana Masood Azhar, as a terrorist since New Delhi views him to be the mastermind behind a host of terror attacks in India, with the most recent being the Pathankot terror attacks in early January this year.
China accused Modi of “playing little tricks” over border disputes and security issues, hoping to boost his domestic prestige while increasing his leverage in negotiations with China and went on to criticize the Indian elites’ blind arrogance and confidence in their corrupt democracy, as well as “the inferiority of India’s ordinary people.”

Political economy

China is India’s largest trading partner and like with many other countries, this relationship too is imbalanced. Trade between the two countries has been expanding annually at 15 percent since 2007. The bilateral trade between the two countries stood at $70.4bn last year with India reeling under a huge trade deficit of $52.67bn. Unfortunately for India, so has its trade deficit with China. In the financial year 2016 that ended March 31, India exported a little over $9 billion worth of goods to China, while it imported goods worth $61.7 billion, taking the trade deficit to a whopping $52.7 billion. Therefore trade experts said India’s dependence on China for export oriented growth is limited.

India mainly exports raw materials to China such as cotton and copper and as the Chinese economy rebalances to become more consumer led, there will be a further fall in exports. This is evident from the 2015-2016 figures that show Indian exports to China fell by over 24 percent.. China is a huge market for Ayurvedic and agro products and IT services India is eager to expand there in a big way.
The bilateral trade hovers around $70 billion, less than half the dollar figure of commercial ties between China and Australia. When President Xi visited India last September, the trip was hailed as groundbreaking — the first time a Chinese President had stepped on Indian soil in eight years. Yet Xi’s visit resulted in an underwhelming $20 billion in promised Chinese investment over a five-year period. By contrast, Xi vowed $46 billion in infrastructure spending for ally Pakistan during a trip there last month. As Xi was in India, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army reportedly dispatched hundreds of soldiers past the Line of Actual Control to a remote section of the India-China frontier.

Over the past 13 years, 142 Chinese companies have invested a total of $27 billion in India in sectors such as automotive parts and consumer electronics, according to CII. Top Chinese companies investing in India include Huawei Telecommunications, ZTE, Alibaba and Xiaomi. During the same period, 139 Indian companies have invested $12 billion in China, largely in the software and Information technology (IT) services sector. Many small manufacturers are sourcing products as diverse as firecrackers and religious idols from China. During Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to China, 24 agreements worth $22 billion were signed between Indian and Chinese companies to finance and invest in projects across sectors.

 
Meanwhile, China’s relations with its “all-weather friend” Pakistan are at an all-time high, with Beijing announcing that it will invest $46bn in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will connect Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province with the port of Gwadar in Pakistan.
Large Indian firms have traditionally been more interested in looking for mergers and acquisition in the West rather than investing in China. Dependence on China to fund the budget deficit is far more limited compared to some global peers. India’s total external borrowing as of the end of 2015 stood at $480 billion and the share of sovereign debt was just 19 percent with the rest made up of commercial borrowings and nonresident Indian deposits, according to government data.
Tourism is an area of cooperation and many Buddhists from China come to India while visiting the birthplace in neighboring Nepal of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of the religion.

American link
The relations between China and India are worsening rapidly as India supports US pivot in Asia against China. Unless the situation changes dramatically, the two countries could even go through armed conflict against each other. It would be no strange thing if this really happens, because they really went through armed conflict due to Sino-Indian border dispute in the early 1960s.
Part of the reason for the growing bonhomie between India and the USA is China’s growing belligerence. India and the USA say they have a common interest in ensuring the safety and security of the sea lanes of communication in the Indo-Pacific region which was reflected in the joint statement released by the two sides during the visit of the US President Barack Obama to India in January last year.
And under Modi, India has slowly, but surely, moved away from its traditional stance of non-alignment to multi-alignment. He has given a vigorous push to India’s “Act-East Policy” which aims at improving India’s ties with its neighbours in Southeast and East Asia. His first visit outside the Indian subcontinent after taking charge was to Japan, which has seen frayed ties with Beijing, of late.
The US-India Joint Statement notes that they “affirm the importance of safe-guarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.”

Observation
The reason behind such confrontation between the two countries is not complicated. First, their disputed borders are the major cause of tensions between them. They even had a war against each other 50 years ago, but failed to make any progress on the border dispute. Besides, the gap between the positions of China and India over Tibet is wide. While China sees Tibet as one of its local governments, India sees it as a government in exile.

Other reasons such as China’s expanding footprint in Nepal and its ambition to keep Southeast Asia under its control are also driving the bilateral relationship to the gate of armed conflict. Perhaps, the relations between the two countries should pass the crisis in order to find a string of efforts for normalization.
The bilateral relationship cannot be very good unless the border dispute is solved. Yes, not just that. In order to facilitate the bilateral ties on a large scale, India has to solve the Kashmir issue as Kashmir nation lies between India and China.
China’s has opposed India’s entry into the 48-member grouping, which is one of the irritants in Sino-India ties. China on January 16 warned India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) cannot be a “farewell gift” to the outgoing US President Barack Obama. Beijing’s reaction came after US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal of Indian origin described China as an “outlier” in the process of letting India joining the nuclear trade bloc. “Regarding India’s application to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, regarding non-NPT countries admission to the NSG, we have made our position clear before so I will not repeat it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here. “I just want to point out that NSG membership shall not be some kind of farewell gift for countries to give to each other,” Hua said, obliquely referring to Obama who will be succeeded by Donald J. Trump. The US government, under Obama, has strongly backed India’s membership in the NSG, which regulates the global nuclear trade. Beijing objects to New Delhi’s inclusion in the bloc, citing rules that India’s non-signatory status to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

While it is unlikely that India will be a part of any Western-led attempts to bandwagon against Beijing any time soon, it also wants to ensure that Beijing does not seize the initiative in India’s backyard.
Of course, China is also preparing for the worst. According to military sources in Beijing, China has deployed more troop along the India border, showing off its will to respond immediately if the worst really happens.
India requires prudence and pragmatism in dealing with countries with different economic and political systems, like China and Pakistan, while core media in the country should shed extra elements of arrogance and over confidence.

 

Premises of Trump’s foreign policy orientation and future of international order – A study in Trumpism!

Premises of Trump’s foreign policy orientation and future of international order – A study in Trumpism! -Dr. Abdul Ruff ______   Today’s international order is being decided almost entirely by…

Source: Premises of Trump’s foreign policy orientation and future of international order – A study in Trumpism!

Turkey’s parliament backs new constitution!

Turkey’s parliament backs new constitution!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
_____

Turkey’s parliament has given preliminary approval to a new constitution which will increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The parliament approved the two final sections of the 18-article new constitution 15 January after a marathon week of debating that began on 9 January and included sessions that often lasted late into the night.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mustered the necessary 330 or more votes – a three-fifths majority – needed for the adoption of the constitutional change and sending it to a referendum for final approval. The constitution plan will now go to a second reading in the Ankara parliament expected to start on 18 January where the 18 articles will again be debated one by one.
The proposed changes, which will create an executive presidency for the first time in modern Turkey, are controversial and far-reaching. The president will have the power to appoint and fire ministers, while the post of prime minister will be abolished for the first time in Turkey’s history. Instead, there will a vice president, or possibly several.
The debates have been fractious and last week saw some of the worst fighting seen in the parliament in years with punches thrown, deputies bloodied and one lawmaker even claiming to have been bitten in the leg. To secure its necessary majority, the AKP has relied on the support of the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party, the fourth largest in the legislature.

Critics are quick to claim it amounts to a power grab by President Erdogan. But the president says the changed system will resemble those in France and the United States. The new constitution will allow the president to appoint and dismiss ministers, and it will abolish the post of prime minister for the first time in Turkey’s history. Instead there will be at least one vice-president.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) boycotted the vote. Several of their MPs have been jailed on charges of supporting Kurdish militants, which, the HDP says, makes the vote controversial as they have no right to participate.
Debates over the constitution changes have been heated. Last week a fight broke out in parliament after the AKP clashed with Republican’s People Party (CHP) members when an MP tried to film a voting session during a debate. The CHP, the biggest opposition party, opposing the changes, is being used by anti-Islamic forces from the West to try and derail the ruling AKP government’s reforms.

The constitutional amendments will give the president more scope for declaring an emergency. President Erdogan, 62, came to power in 2002, a year after the AKP’s formation. He spent 11 years as Turkey’s prime minister before becoming, in 2014, the country’s first directly-elected president – a supposedly ceremonial role. Not since the days of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of the modern Turkish Republic, has any figure dominated the country for as long Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The president’s grip on power was seriously challenged by an attempted coup on 15 July. Yet he was back less than 12 hours later, some say in an even stronger position than before. And he had out-maneuvered the plotters. Turkey has been in a state of emergency since a failed coup in July. The status was extended after a series of attacks on the country, including a mass shooting in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve.
As Premier and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has brought Turkey years of economic growth, but to his critics, seeking to destabilize the former Ottoman Empire so that it would appear to be a part of weakened Mideast and deny it the status of being an European nation, he is an autocratic leader intolerant of dissent who harshly silences anyone who opposes him. And dissenters range from plotters and their supporters, a 16-year-old arrested for insulting the president to a former Miss Turkey who got into trouble for sharing a poem critical of the Turkish president.
Last year’s failed coup claimed at least 240 lives and, according to officials, also came close to killing Erdogan, who had been staying at the Aegean holiday resort of Marmaris. Within hours, he appeared on national TV and rallied supporters in Istanbul, declaring he was the “chief commander”. But the strain on the president was clear, when he sobbed openly while giving a speech at the funeral of a close friend, shot with his son by soldiers during the attempted coup.
All ant-Islamic nations seek Turkey to undo Islamist ideology and adopt the system of “open politics” and deformed culture and civilization of the West and the rest. .They say President Erdogan is known to harbour ambitions of creating an executive presidency, to regain some of the powers he relinquished when his tenure as prime minister ended in 2014.
While the ruling AK Party enjoys a fierce and loyal support among Turkey’s conservative, Muslim base, his silencing of critics after the coup has caused alarm in anti-Islamic media abroad. Turkish journalists who oppose the islamist government have been investigated and put on trial, foreign journalists working against the government have been harassed and deported.
Critics have accused Erdogan of using the judiciary to silence political opponents who seek to destabilize the Islamist nation, and there have been many allegations of trumped-up charges. But his supporters applauded President Erdogan for taking on previously untouchable establishment figures that saw themselves as guardians of the state created by Ataturk. Erdogan also unleashed the power of the state to crush mass protests in Istanbul in June 2013, focused on Gezi Park, a green area earmarked for a huge building project. The protests spread to other cities, swelled by many secularist Turks suspicious of the AKP’s Islamist leanings. A major corruption scandal battered his government in December 2013, involving numerous arrests, including the sons of three cabinet ministers. Later it turned out to be an opposition tactics to discredit the ruling party and Erdogan.
And Erdogan’s strong (‘authoritarian’) approach is not confined to Turkey’s borders. A German satirist is under investigation in his home country for offending the Turkish president on TV. In June 2015 the AKP suffered a dip in the polls and failed to form a coalition. But the party swept back to power in November with 49% of the vote, in elections overshadowed by the end of a ceasefire with the Kurdish militant PKK.

Parliamentary elections and presidential ballots will be held simultaneously, with the draft giving 3 November 2019 as the poll date.

Erdogan’s rise to power
Born in 1954, Recep Tayyip Erdogan grew up the son of a coastguard, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. When he was 13, his father decided to move to Istanbul, hoping to give his five children a better upbringing. As a teenager, the young Erdogan sold lemonade and sesame buns on the streets of Istanbul’s rougher districts to earn extra cash. He attended an Islamic school before obtaining a degree in management from Istanbul’s Marmara University – and playing professional football.

In the decades before the AKP’s rise to power, the military intervened in politics four times to curb Islamist influence. And Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years embraced Islamist-rooted politics. When he became mayor of Istanbul in 1994 he stood as candidate for the pro-Islamist Welfare Party. He went to jail for four months in 1999 for religious incitement after he publicly read a nationalist poem including the lines: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”
When he became prime minister in 2002 as head of the AKP, he asserted civilian supremacy over the army. In 2013 he triumphed over the military elite when senior officers were among a large group of people convicted of plotting to overthrow him in what was known as the “Ergenekon” case. Those convictions were later quashed.
Erdogan raged against “plotters” based outside Turkey, condemning supporters of cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally turned rival in self-imposed exile in the US. He also lashed out against social media, vowing to “wipe out” Twitter. Erdogan has denied wanting to impose Islamic values, saying he is committed to secularism. But he supports Turks’ right to express their religious beliefs more openly. He opposes efforts to discredit Islam and Islamist government in Europe. Turks love him for what he is and how much he loves his country. That message goes down particularly well in rural and small-town Anatolia – the AKP’s traditional heartland. Some supporters nicknamed him “Sultan” – harking back to the Ottoman Empire.
In October 2013 Turkey lifted rules banning women from wearing headscarves in the country’s state institutions – with the exception of the judiciary, military and police – ending a decades-old restriction. European nations condemn this. Critics also pointed to Erdogan’s failed bid to criminalize adultery, and his attempts to introduce “alcohol-free zones”, as evidence of his alleged Islamist intentions.
Erdogan’s political opponents saw a lavish new presidential palace only as a symbol of his alleged authoritarian tendencies. Perched on a hill on the outskirts of Ankara, the 1,000-room Ak Saray (White Palace) is bigger than the White House or the Kremlin and ended up costing even more than the original £385m ($615m) price tag.

Erdogan owes much of his political success in the past decade to economic stability, with an average annual growth rate of 4.5%. Turkey has developed into a manufacturing and export powerhouse. The AKP government kept inflation under control – no mean feat, as there were years in the 1990s when it soared above 100%. But in 2014 the economy began flagging – growth fell to 2.9% and unemployment rose above 10%.
Turkey has been increasingly playing a positive role as Islamic leader globally. On the international stage President Erdogan has bitterly condemned Israel – previously a strong ally of Turkey – over its ill-treatment of the Palestinians as Zionist policy to eliminate them from Palestine lands. Turkey sent an aidship “Marmara” to breach the Israeli blockades at Gaza strip where Israeli military keeps killing the Palestinians, including children. .Israel pursues expansionist fascist policies to clear the lands for proliferation of illegal settlements in Palestine territories. Both Israel and Egypt cause severe problems for the Gaza Palestinians by maintaining terror blockades around.

Although there is now a rapprochement, the policy not only galvanized his Islamic base, but also made Erdogan a hugely popular leader across the world, particularly in Middle East. He has backed Syria’s opposition in its fight against autocratic Bashar al-Assad’s government in Damascus. He has also supported the freedom struggle of Kashmiris and condemned killings of Kashmiris by occupation forces under Israeli supervision.
Erdogan’s tentative peace overtures to the Kurds in south-eastern Turkey soured when he refused to help Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State militants just across the border.

Turkey, like Saudi Arabia, is a strong candidate for UN veto status, but it has pressed for its so far as the UNSC is not seriously thinking of increasing the strength of veto members on UN.
Veto has harmed genuine interests of many nations like Palestine but fascist nations like Israel have benefited greatly from it.

Important dates
1994-1998 – Mayor of Istanbul, until military officers made power grab
1998 – Welfare Party banned, Erdogan jailed for four months for inciting religious hatred
Aug 2001 – Founds Islamist-rooted AKP (Justice and Development Party) with ally Abdullah Gul
2002-2003 – AKP wins solid majority in parliamentary election, Erdogan appointed prime minister
Aug 2014 – Becomes president after first-ever direct elections for head of state
July 2016 – Survives attempted coup by factions within the military

Premises of Trump’s foreign policy orientation and future of international order – A study in Trumpism!

Premises of Trump’s foreign policy orientation and future of international order – A study in Trumpism!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
______

 

Today’s international order is being decided almost entirely by US super power – at least by and large.

In fact, international order since the World War II, though launched b y Germany, is being controlled and regulated by USA while Europe and bulk of Asian nations lend support for this arrangement made after the WW-II.

Needless to say that veto power USA enjoys has been major reason for American prowess, though there are four more states that enjoy the super status, viz UK, France, Russia and China.  Awkwardly, USA has misused the veto in order to shield the crimes perpetuated by Israeli regime that follows fascist ideology of old Nazi Germany which eventually had been attacked by Russia but soon divided into zones by USA and Russia.

US precedent wields enormous power to control not just the USA but also entire world.  Ronald Trump who has been elected president would so from January 20 when he formally assures power in Washington as undisputed world leader.

 

World of Donald Trump
Since the day Donald Trump, disrupter-in-chief and disaster speculator, announced his campaign 18 months ago, he has flouted convention at nearly every turn – and so far, has come out ahead. To be the US president in three weeks time, Trump has opted out of most the decades-long practice for presidents-elect, including sitting for near-daily intelligence briefings, raising questions about his interest in mastering complex global issues.
Trump has been elected the US president to chair the world affairs when foreign policy everywhere begins to seem an elite dogma, rather than a collective choice, as a reflection of national consciousness. Arrival of Trump and victory for Brexit are seen to be negative consequence of ugly imperialism as they have crossed the limits of conventional wisdom and would “pull down the pillars” of liberal internationalism and retreat USA and EU into isolation.
World continues since the end of WW-II to be regulated by US made intentional order to which every big nation as well tries to adhere, making its policies a part of US imagination.
Americans weary of outsourced jobs and continuing war are entitled to ask what they are getting in return without being written off as isolationists. By repudiating American exceptionalism, Trump has unintentionally invited the country to reimagine its place in the world—to find a vision, perhaps, one that is neither hierarchical nor conflictual. Politicians who talk up America as a “city upon a hill” can appear to be content with the status quo.
Trump asks Americans to seek more immediate victories. Consider his criticism of the war in Iraq: his signature objection is that the United States did not “take the oil” before getting out. For Trump, states are similar because they compete for the same fixed pot of resources.

One needs to work in depth to ascertain the possible polices of man like Trump who became fame with contradictory rhetoric.

Any proper analysis of foreign policy of Trump can be done only after January 20 when he assumes power at the White House as its legal custodian because after that whatever he says and does makes sense to the analysts.

Unconventional US President

Undoubtedly, Donald Trump has defied all expectations from the very start of his presidential campaign more than a year ago. He opposed and criticized his own party men. His election victory was unexpected by most and still incomprehensible to many even in USA as media had taken Hillary win against an erratic Trump for granted. First, very few people thought he would actually run. They thought he wouldn’t climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, then he did. Finally, they said there was no way he could compete for, let alone win, a general election. Toss-ups were tossed aside. One after another, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina went to Trump. Now he’s President-elect Trump.

That left unhappy and highly disappointed Mrs Clinton’s blue firewall, and the firewall was eventually breached. The Democrat’s last stand largely rested on her strength in the Midwest. Those were states that had gone Democrat for decades, based in part on the support of black and working-class white voters.

Those working-class white people, particularly ones without college education – men and women – deserted the party in droves. Rural voters turned out in high numbers, as the Americans who felt overlooked by the establishment and left behind by the coastal elite made their voices heard.

While places like Virginia and Colorado held fast, Wisconsin fell – and with it Mrs Clinton’s presidential hopes. When all is said and done, Mrs Clinton may end up winning the popular vote on the back of strong support in places like California and New York and closer-than-expected losses in solid-red states like Utah. The Trump wave hit in the places it had to, however. And it hit hard.
Trump insulted decorated many stalwarts, Ms Clinton and war veteran John McCain. He picked a fight with Fox News and its popular presenter, Megyn Kelly. He doubled down when asked how he once mocked the weight of a Hispanic beauty pageant winner. He offered a half-hearted apology when the secret video surfaced of his boasting about making unwanted sexual advances towards women.

Trump gaffed his way through the three presidential debates with clearly lightly practiced performances. None of it mattered. While he took dips in the polls following some of the more outrageous incidents, his approval was like a cork – eventually bouncing back to the surface. Perhaps the various controversies came so hard and fast that none had time to draw blood. Maybe Trump’s personality and appeal was so strong, the scandals just bounced off. Whatever the reason, he was bulletproof. He ran against the Democrats. He also ran against the powers within his own party. He beat them all and emerged victorious.
Trump built a throne of skulls out of his Republican primary opponents. Some, like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Ben Carson, eventually bent knee. The holdouts, like Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich, are now on the outside of their party looking in.
Trump didn’t need the help of anybody – and, in fact, may have won because he was willing to take a stand against them. Trump’s pox-on-them-all attitude is likely to have proved his independence and outsider status at a time when much of the American public reviled Washington (although not enough to keep them from re-electing most congressional incumbents running for re-election). It was a mood some other national politicians sensed – Democrat Bernie Sanders, for instance, as well as Cruz. No one, however, captured it more than Trump, and it won him the White House.
The polls clearly did a woeful job predicting the shape and preferences of the electorate, particularly in Midwestern states. In the final days of the campaign, however, the reality is that the polls were close enough that Trump had a pathway to victory. That pathway didn’t look nearly as obvious about two weeks ago, before FBI director James Comey released his letter announcing that they were reopening their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

True, the polls were tightening a bit, but Trump’s sharpest rise in the standings came in the weeks between that first letter and Comey’s second, in which he said he had put the investigation back on the shelf. It seems likely that during that period, Trump was able to successfully consolidate his base, bringing wayward conservatives back into the fold and shredding Mrs Clinton’s hopes of offering a compelling closing message to US voters.
Of course, Comey’s actions never would have been a factor if Mrs Clinton had decided to rely on State Department email servers for her work correspondence. That one is on her shoulders.
Trump ran the most unconventional of political campaigns, but it turned out he knew better than all the experts. He spent more on hats than on pollsters. He travelled to states like Wisconsin and Michigan that pundits said were out of reach. He held massive rallies instead of focusing on door-knocking and get-out-the-vote operations. He had a disjointed, sometimes chaotic national political convention that was capped by an acceptance speech that was more doom-and-gloom than any in modern US political history. He was vastly outspent by the Clinton campaign, just as he was during the Republican primaries. He turned consensus wisdom about how to win the presidency on its head.

All of these decisions – and many more – were roundly ridiculed in “knowledgeable” circles. In the end, however, they worked. Mr Trump and his closest confidants – his children and a few chosen advisers – will have the last laugh. And they’ll do it from the White House.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama says he could have won against Donald Trump — an unprofessional, undignified war of words against Trump that almost borders on insecure immaturity. Why did Obama feel it was necessary to say that? What is/was he trying to prove?
Team installation
Even for a failed gambling czar, Donald Trump has been surprisingly quick to show his hand as he sets the course of his forthcoming presidency. With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards into the future. Trump has picked people as his core team he always orbited: wealthy, white, male-dominated and business-minded, against what he called “politically correct crap” during his no-holds-barred presidential campaign. The current Cabinet nominated by Trump is being touted as the wealthiest administration ever. The 17 people picked for the Cabinet happen to have combined wealth of over $9.5 billion. The collection of wealth is “greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined—over one third of the 126 million households total in the USA.

Trump has accomplished this feat through the first wave of nominations to his Cabinet and White House staff. His bizarre selection of men and women marinated either in corporatism or militarism, with strains of racism, class cruelty and ideological rigidity. Many of Trump’s nominees lack an appreciation of the awesome responsibilities of public office and they do not like regulation of big business, such as those for auto, aviation, railroad and pipeline safety. Trump selected Congressman Mike Pompeo to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Pompeo is a cold war warrior who believes in a militaristic, interventionist CIA, especially toward Iran, cook up fake intelligence, thereby taking that agency even further away from its original mission of gathering intelligence.
Secretary of Defense, “Mad Dog” Marine General James Matti believes Barack Obama to be too weak, is an anti-Islamist, a believer in the American Empire and the USA being the policeman for the world. Most of the nominees are adamantly against raising the federal minim wage of $7.25 an hour and his labor views are so extreme; who make no bones about her hatred of public schools and her desire to have commercial managers of school systems; who are big on police surveillance, weak on civil rights enforcement, a hard-liner on immigration and very mixed on corporate crime… Another magnet for Trump’s nominations are those who made big donations to his campaign. For Linda McMahon’s $7 million to pro-Trump Super PACs, she gets to head the Small Business Administration. As a highly controversial professional wrestling CEO, she worked to monopolize the professional wrestling market and stifle competition.

Though the Trump team makeup suggests an extra capitalist regime in the making, some diplomatic appointments like the one for Israel also suggest continuity of Zionist fanaticism and fascism in Mideast, if Trump really goes ahead with what the Neocons and Zionists want against Palestine.
American exceptionalism
The doctrine of exceptionalism has traditionally led Americans to believe that their country is leading the world. Exceptionalism has proven durable because it can vindicate opposing foreign policies: it justified the United States’ political and military separation from the corrupt Old World before World War II, and has lent legitimacy to US interventions thereafter. Even President Barack Obama has proclaimed the USA to be “exceptional” more frequently than any other US president.
Though explicitly rejects American exceptionalism as the first president to take office, Trump vowed to build up the military, make friends with Russia, go after Islamist terrorism, and counter Chinese aggression. American exceptionalism is the belief that the United States stands in the vanguard of history, chosen by providence to redeem mankind. “We shall be as a city upon a hill—the eyes of all people are upon us.” . Yes that has been proven time and again. US presidency poll that crowned Trump the winner, remains the most important occurrence of the time.
Trump has exposed the fragility of the old consensus, and the best response is not simply to try and restore it. American exceptionalism may be well established, but voters want change in the system.

But Trump does not think USA is great. Trump depicted the United States in speech after speech as a retrograde nation. “We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again.” “We’re like a Third World country,” he declared. It was once great, but the country would now have to claw its way back, first to first world standards and then, perhaps, to preeminence. In place of confident exceptionalism, Trump offered insecure nationalism, recasting the United States as a global victim.

Trump pointed to the country’s airports, citing them not only as examples of crumbling national infrastructure, but also as places that elicit international disdain. When travelers leave Dubai or China, he said, they land at LaGuardia or LAX and see rubble: “All over the world, they’re laughing.” Trump has inverted the exceptionalist dogma, repeated by both Obama and his 2012 challenger, Mitt Romney, that the United States is the “envy of the world.” Trump, to be sure, assumes that the whole world is watching the United States—not out of envy, but to mock it. Trump explained that he would instead like to make America exceptional, by taking back what it had given to the world. Trump is redefining exceptionalism.

Whereas previous presidents have taken it to be a permanent trait, and an intrinsic part of American identity, the current president-elect views it as a conditional state. A nation becomes “exceptional” by snatching up more wealth and power than others.
Trump rejects American exceptionalism mainly because he thinks it paralyzes the United States: it prevents the country from playing to win. Under the rubric of Cold War exceptionalism, which cast the United States as the defender of the free world, U.S. leaders rebuilt old enemies such as Germany and Japan, lavished dollars and troops on allies, and set up multilateral institutions to ensure broad-based prosperity.

The Democratic candidate Sanders during the primary campaign declared upon announcing his presidential campaign that USA has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. Trump just extended the idea further. Sanders campaign represents an assault on American exceptionalism generally denoting Americans’ peculiar faith in God, flag, and free market. Trump supports all three. Trump’s supporters like the fact that he’s super rich, blunt, and hasn’t spent his life in politics. But his pledges to keep the rest of the world at bay are core to his appeal.
The so-called insiders within the Washington ruling class are the people who got USA into trouble, Trumps said: what we are doing now isn’t working. And years ago, when I was just starting out in business, I figured out a pretty simple approach that has always worked well for me: “When you’re digging yourself deeper and deeper into a hole, stop digging.” The state of the world right now is a terrible mess. There has never been a more dangerous time. Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance. The career diplomats who got USA into many foreign policy messes think that successful diplomacy requires years of experience and an understanding of all the nuances that have been carefully considered before reaching a conclusion. Trump wants to disprove them all.
In the 1980s, flying from place to place in his Trump helicopter and Trump jet, he offered opinions on everything from politics to sex, and continually declared himself to be superior in every way. He frequently referred to many people who thought he should run for president and sometimes acted as if he were a real candidate. During one especially tense Cold War moment, he even offered himself to the world as a nuclear-arms-treaty negotiator.

Trump thinks as a man who can make high-end real estate deals he should be able to bring the United States and the Soviet Union into agreement. He offered himself as Cold War nuclear-arms-treaty negotiator. “Pulling back from Europe would save this country millions of dollars annually. The cost of stationing NATO troops in Europe is enormous. And these are clearly funds that can be put to better use.” Would you want to end the NATO alliance completely?

As for nations that host US military bases, Trump said he would charge those governments for the American presence. “I’m going to renegotiate some of our military costs because we protect South Korea. We protect Germany. We protect some of the wealthiest countries in the world, like Saudi Arabia. We protect everybody and we don’t get reimbursement. We lose on everything, so we’re going to negotiate and renegotiate trade deals, military deals, many other deals that’s going to get the cost down for running our country very significantly.”

Trump then got into a specific example: Saudi Arabia, one of the more important US allies (than Israel but USA uses Israel to get what it wants from Saudi and other Arab nations) in the Middle East. Saudis “make a billion dollars a day. We protect them. So we need help. We are losing a tremendous amount of money on a yearly basis and we owe $19 trillion,” he said. Walking back trade deals and agreements that allow the US military to operate overseas is easier said than done. But Trump has tapped into a powerful anti-Washington populist sentiment.

NATO economics

One of the major headlines in world media is Trump’s intention of asking the NATO nations to finance the organization instead of making USA to foot the entire bill for maintenance. Trumps want every NATO member to pay for the US shield.  Currently only USA and Turkey make maximum contributions.

Economics of NATO funding by its 28 members is an issue that worries Trump and many others in the West. Donald Trump said USA cannot spend on the security of Europe. “We are spending a fortune on a military in order to lose $800 billion,” Trump said. “I think NATO’s great. But it’s got to be modernized. And countries that we’re protecting have to pay what they’re supposed to be paying.” In fact, it is a position that Trump has stated several times before, saying he believes that the US is getting “ripped off” and that some NATO members are getting an unfair “free ride.”

As the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, in a New York Times interview, outlined a sharp break in US foreign policy tradition, suggesting the US wouldn’t defend NATO allies like the Baltic States against Russian aggression if they haven’t “fulfilled their obligation to us.” Trump seemed to reject core assumptions of US military and foreign policy thinking — including foreign troop deployment and advocating for civil liberties — and argued for an unprecedented global retrenchment, frequently framing his argument in economic terms. Trumps vice presidential choice, Mike Pence, however, said that Trump would “stand with our allies.” “We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends,” Pence said. But Trump reiterated that suggested that the massive expense of maintaining an international order that is contributing to trade losses for the US “doesn’t sound very smart to me.” He questioned the forward deployment of American troops when answering a question about the tension in the South China Sea. According to the Times interview, Trump explained that “it will be a lot less expensive” for the United States to deploy military assets domestically. “NATO now does need to redefine itself,” he said
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the United States’ commitment to the mutual defense pact is “ironclad.” Hillary Clinton said “For decades, the United States has given an ironclad guarantee to our NATO allies: we will come to their defense if they are attacked, just as they came to our defense after 9/11. Donald Trump was asked if he would honor that guarantee. He said… maybe, maybe not.” The former secretary of state continued, “Ronald Reagan would be ashamed. Harry Truman would be ashamed.
Republicans, Democrats and Independents who help build NATO into the most successful military alliance in history would all come to the same conclusion: Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our Commander in Chief.”
New spending data released recently show the US shells out far more money on defense than any other nation on the planet. According to NATO statistics, the US spent an estimated $650 billion on defense last year. That’s more than double the amount all the other 27 NATO countries spent between them, even though their combined GDP tops that of the US.

NATO is based on the principle of collective defense: an attack against one or several of its members is considered as an attack against all. So far that has only been invoked once — in response to the September 11 hoax. To make the principle work, all countries are expected to chip in. NATO’s official guidelines say member states should spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense.

Of the 28 countries in the alliance, only five — the USA, Greece, Poland, Estonia and the UK — meet the target. Many European members — including big economies like France and Germany — lag behind. Germany spent 1.19% of its GDP on defense last year and France forked out 1.78%.

American military spending has always eclipsed other allies’ budgets since NATO’s founding in 1949. But the gap grew much wider when the US beefed up its spending after the 9/11 attacks. NATO admits it has an “over-reliance” on the US for the provision of essential capabilities, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air-to-air refueling, ballistic missile defense and airborne electronic warfare. The US also spends the highest proportion of its GDP on defense: 3.61%. The second biggest NATO spender in proportional terms is Greece, at 2.38%, according to NATO. Iceland, which doesn’t have its own army, spends just 0.1% of its GDP on defense, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Five other countries spend less than 1%, according to NATO’s estimates for this year: Canada, Slovenia, Belgium, Spain and Luxembourg.

All member countries that fall below the threshold committed in 2014 to gradually ramp up military spending to reach the target within the next decade. Additionally, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has also called on other NATO members to spend more on defense.

One can’t verify whether the United States is getting “ripped off,” but it’s clear that most NATO member countries are not spending what the alliance’s official guidelines require. Trump’s statement may be true. The issue never came up for public debate.
Trump’s comments aimed at getting NATO allies to raise defense spending and do more to fight terrorism could be beneficial. NATO could boost its force size, and its ability to deploy forces.

Trump on Russia and China
Like his predecessors had done before, Trump seems to be interested in extending cooperation and trade with both Russia and China and encourage reforms in their internal policies and he is particularly positive about Russia with which he has maintained bossiness. “I don’t understand why American policymakers are always so timid in dealing with Russia on issues that directly involve our survival. Kosovo was a perfect case in point: Russia was holding out its hand for billions of dollars in IMF loans (to go along with billions in aid the USA has given) the same week it was issuing threats and warnings regarding our conduct in the Balkans. We need to tell Russia and other recipients that if they want our dime they had better do our dance, at least in matters regarding our national security.
These people need us much more than we need them. We have leverage, and we are crazy not to use it to better advantage”. For USA the lack of human rights prevents consumer development in China. “Why am I concerned with political rights? I’m a good businessman and I can be amazingly unsentimental when I need to be. I also recognize that when it comes down to it, we can’t do much to change a nation’s internal policies. But I’m unwilling to shrug off the mistreatment of China’s citizens by their own government. My reason is simple: These oppressive policies make it clear that China’s current government has contempt for American way of life. We want to trade with China because of the size of its consumer market. But if the regime continues to repress individual freedoms, how many consumers will there really be? Isn’t it inconsistent to compromise our principles by negotiating trade with a country that may not want and cannot afford our goods?
We have to make it absolutely clear that we’re willing to trade with China, but not to trade away our principles, and that under no circumstances will we keep our markets open to countries that steal from us”.
Outgoing US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping always agreed that their nations’ relationship was the most important in world affairs.

President-elect Trump spent more time on the campaign trail talking about China than anywhere else. Complaining that China is “raping” the United States by its unfair trade practices, Trump has pledged to restore equity to commercial ties. He has also hinted that he might take a fresh look at Washington’s “one China policy,” which acknowledges that Beijing claims Taiwan, but leaves the island’s precise status ambiguous.

Trump said America’s biggest long-term challenge will be China. The Chinese people still have few political rights to speak of. Chinese government leaders, though they concede little, desperately want us to invest in their country. Though we have the upper hand, we’re way to eager to please. We see them as a potential market and we curry favor with them at the expense of our national interests. Our China policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush has been aimed at changing the Chinese regime by incentives both economic and political. The intention has been good, but it’s clear that the Chinese have been getting far too easy a ride. Despite the opportunity, I think we need to take a much harder look at China. There are major problems that too many at the highest reaches of business want to overlook, primarily the human-rights situation.

Another potential flashpoint: the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety – along with the islets, reefs, and shoals that dot its waters – in defiance of an international legal ruling this year and of US policy. So far, in its drive to build those reefs into military airstrips, China has stayed below the threshold that might provoke a strong American reaction. But a Trump dispensation could lower that threshold, and show less tolerance for Chinese adventurism.

The Trump government would likely be very confrontational with China. not sure if Americans really appreciate China’s sensitivities or strength; Beijing could do all sorts of things to make life difficult and painful for America. The risk is that a general mood of confrontation between Beijing in Washington could spawn an incident that could get out of hand. “China is our enemy; they’re bilking us for billions” by manipulating and devaluing its currency. I’ve been criticized for calling them our enemy. But what else do you call the people who are destroying your children’s and grandchildren’s future? (Israelis are destroying Palestinians) What name would you prefer me to use for the people who are hell bent on bankrupting our nation, stealing our jobs, who spy on us to steal our technology, who are undermining our currency, and who are ruining our way of life? To my mind, that’s an enemy. Trump said during the campaign: If we’re going to make America number one again, we’ve got to have a president who knows how to get tough with China, how to out-negotiate the Chinese, and how to keep them from screwing us at every turn”.
So, under Trump, “it won’t be business as usual,” predicts Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. What kind of business it will be, it’s probably too early to say. But even before he has taken office, Trump’s barrage of tweets and other public comments suggest that he could be ready for a major overhaul of Washington’s China policy.

However, any even worst case scenario, as veto members deciding global issues together with other 3 veto members, they would not come to blows in a military clash, though many specialists do not rule out war, saying: “That is not out of the question.”

 

Middle East
USA has built up close tie s with Arab world even while providing a large scale aim package to Israel as a regular free gift in terror goods and money.
Trump said and he must not take sides with Israel the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, so USA can lead negotiations. How can USA neutral when it considers Israel to be America’s closest ally in the Middle East? Trump said “Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I don’t want to say whose fault it is; I don’t think it helps.”
Apparently, President Obama has treated Israel not so horribly as Israel claims. I have very close ties to Israel. Israeli president had said I’ve received the Tree of Life Award and many of the greatest awards given by Israel. He thinks a Palestine and Israeli settlement is a real estate deal. As president, however, there’s nothing that I would rather do to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors generally. And I think it serves no purpose to say that you have a good guy and a bad guy”. It doesn’t do any good to start demeaning the neighbors, because I would love to do something with regard to negotiating peace, finally, for Israel and for their neighbors.

Trump could negotiate a deal with Israel and Palestinians, directly. The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald. A deal is a deal. Let me tell you that. I learned a long time ago. A deal is not a deal when you’re dealing with Zionist state terrorists. Have you ever negotiated with terrorists and criminal Jews? Negotiators have not been able over the years to achieve a credible deal through negotiation with Israel which is not willing for a peace deal in Mideast as that would cripple its control over the region and economy with western nations stopping aid packages. Israel wants the west to treat it as a special category. . It’s very important that we do that. The saddest thing ever seen in “talks” is they never bring peace.
Trump said USA is going to have to hit hard to knock out ISIS. “We’re going to have to learn who our allies are. We have allies, we have no idea who they are in Syria. Do we want to stay that route, or do we want to go and make something with Russia?”
If you look at the threats facing this country, the single gravest threat, national security threat, is the threat of a nuclear Iran. That’s why I’ve pledged on day one to rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal. The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I have ever seen negotiated in my entire life. It’s a disgrace that this country negotiated that deal. As far as Syria, if Putin wants to go and knock the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it, 100%, and I can’t understand how anybody would be against it. They blew up a Russian airplane. He cannot be in love with these people. He’s going in, and we can go in, and everybody should go in. As far as the Ukraine is concerned, we have a group of people, and a group of countries, including Germany–why are we always doing the work? I’m all for protecting Ukraine–but, we have countries that are surrounding the Ukraine that aren’t doing anything. They say, “Keep going, keep going, you dummies, keep going. Protect us.” And we have to get smart. We can’t continue to be the policeman of the world.

We’re going to open the gates to refugees from places like Syria, which is like extending a personal invitation to ISIS members to come live here and try to destroy our country from within. This is America today, the shining city on a hill, which other countries used to admire and try to be like.
Russia’s involvement in Syria reduced the economic burden on USA. Trump welcomed Putin’s involvement in Syria. Trump said USA is going to get bogged down in Syria and if the Pentagon does not learn from Soviet experience in Afghanistan when they went bankrupt, nothing can help Americans. Putin’s also going to get suckered into Syrian conflict. They’re going to get bogged down. Everybody that’s touched the Middle East, they’ve gotten bogged down. Now, Putin wants to go in and I like that Putin is bombing the hell out of ISIS. Putin has to get rid of ISIS because Putin doesn’t want ISIS coming into Russia. We’ve spent now $2 trillion in Iraq, probably a trillion in Afghanistan. We’re destroying our country. Stop sending aid to countries that hate us. More sanctions on Iran; I don’t trust Putin but the truth is, it’s not a question of trust. I don’t want to see the United States get bogged down.
Trade issues

As for next year’s outlook for world trade, the grease to globalization’s wheels, it is bleak. Some are calling it the end of globalization.

Trade among members of the Group of 20, the leading world economies, has been pretty much stagnant this year. And now a wave of protectionist, anti-trade sentiment is washing over the United States and Europe.

That seems to have put paid to plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a putative free-trade deal between the United States and the European Union that has run into strong political headwinds in Europe.

The political climate, with elections due next year in Germany and France, has put TTIP negotiations “on a very long pause,” says Caroline Freund, a trade analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington think tank.

And Trump’s election as US president appears to have sounded the death knell for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that had already been agreed on by 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US but not China.

Trump, who has long disdained international trade deals that he says make it easier to offshore US jobs to cheaper locations, has said he will tear up the TPP.

He is also threatening to slap 45 percent tariffs on all Chinese exports to the United States. This could be rhetoric, building up a position in advance of negotiations with Beijing to make China open its market more to US goods and investment.

“The most hopeful outlook is that this works,” says Dr. Freund, “and that instead of a trade war we get some change in China that boosts world trade and the US economy. But I do not think that is particularly likely.”

More probably, she forecasts, China would retaliate big time by canceling orders for Boeing aircraft and buying European instead, or making life even harder than it already is for US companies in China, or drying up the flow of Chinese students who have been flocking to US colleges and filling their coffers for the past decade.

Post-Cold War scenario reflected a switch from chess player to dealmaker in international relations. A dealmaker can keep many balls in the air, weigh the competing interests of other nations, and above all, constantly put America’s best interests first. The dealmaker knows when to be tough and when to back off. He knows when to bluff and he knows when to threaten, understanding that you threaten only when prepared to carry out the threat. The dealmaker is cunning, secretive, focused, and never settles for less than he wants. It’s been a long time since America had a president like that.
Trump said in the modern world you can’t very easily draw up a simple, general foreign policy. “I was busy making deals during the last decade of the cold war. Now the game has changed. The day of the chess player is over. Foreign policy has to be put in the hands of a dealmaker”. In the past, two dealmakers have served as president-one was Franklin Roosevelt, who got Americans through WWII, and the other was Richard Nixon, who forced the Russians to the bargaining table to achieve the first meaningful reductions in nuclear arms.

 

Domestic policy
The Republican said in March that abortions should be illegal and he supported “some form of punishment” for women who had them. His campaign quickly backed down from that statement, however, and asserted that the candidate believed the legality of the procedure should be left up to individual states, with any criminal penalties being reserved for abortion providers.

He has said he supports an abortion ban exception for “rape, incest and the life of the mother”. He has called for defunding Planned Parenthood. As recently as 2000, Mr Trump supported abortion rights but has said that, like Ronald Reagan, he changed his views on the matter.
Obamacare is one of the outgoing president’s signature policies – and Trump has vowed to repeal it. His alternative would give individual states greater control over their health plans, and allow more competition across state lines. With Republicans in command of Congress, revoking Obamacare seems a real possibility. But they could face a backlash from the millions of Americans losing coverage.

Violence and lawlessness is out of control in the US, according to Mr Trump. He says law enforcement agencies are unable to fight crime because of runaway “political correctness” and says they should be allowed to get tough on offenders. He says police profiling is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil. He supports “stop and frisk”, claiming the policy was highly successful in New York, even though many experts disagree. The practice was ruled unconstitutional and a form of “indirect racial profiling” by a federal judge in the city.

Rejecting Republican orthodoxy, Trump has called for six weeks of paid maternity leave, which would amount to what the mother would receive in unemployment benefit. But this would not apply to fathers. There are no details though on how this policy would be paid for.
Trump has blamed some shootings on lax gun laws, saying armed people could have intervened and saved lives. He frequently accused rival Hillary Clinton of wanting to eliminate gun rights during the campaign and promises his supporters that the Second Amendment would be safe.

One of the most important decisions for the next president is shaping the future of the Supreme Court. There is currently one vacancy, but with several justices of retirement age, Trump could have more than one appointment to make, shifting the court to the right for years to come.

Foreign policy
Trump has said that the USA is mishandling current Iran negotiations and should have walked away from the table once Tehran reportedly rejected the idea of sending enriched uranium to Russia. Walk away from nuclear talks. Increase sanctions. Trump wants to increase sanctions on Iran but add more terror goods to Israel to threaten Palestinians and other regional Arabs. Trump has been sharply critical of the Obama’s handling of relations with Israel and has called for a closer alliance with fanatic Israeli PM Netanyahu.
I’ve been all over the world. I’ve dealt with foreign countries. I’ve done tremendously well dealing with China and with many of the countries that are just ripping this country. I would have a good relationship with Putin. Take a look at what happened with their fighter jets circling one of our aircraft in a very dangerous manner. Somebody said less than 10 feet away. This is hostility. Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do. If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could knock the hell out of ISIS?
Putin called Trump a brilliant leader. When he calls me brilliant, I’ll take the compliment. The fact is, look, I’m a negotiator. We’re going to take back our country.
Donald Trump says he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to reengage diplomatically with Cuba. “50 years is enough,” Trump said, referring to Obama’s decision to re-establish U.S. ties with Cuba. “The concept of opening with Cuba is fine.” Trump joins libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul as the only Republican running for president to express his support for normalizing relations with Cuba. The rest of the GOP field has slammed Obama’s decision to reopen the U.S. embassy in Havana and engage diplomatically with the government of Cuba.

By 2027, tsunami as China overtakes USA as largest economy. There is a lot that Obama and his globalist pals don’t want you to know about China’s strength. It’s been predicted that by 2027, China will overtake the United States as the world’s biggest economy–much sooner if the Obama economy’s disastrous trends continue. That means in a handful of years, America will be engulfed by the economic tsunami that is the People’s Republic of China–my guess is by 2016 if we don’t act fast. For the past thirty years, China’s economy has grown an average 9 to 10 percent each year. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, China’s economy grew a robust 9.7 percent. America’s first quarter growth rate is an embarrassing and humiliating 1.9 percent. It’s a national disgrace.

Trump has criticised the Iraq War (although his claims that he opposed it from the start are unfounded) and other US military action in the Middle East. He has called for closer relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia and says the US must make allies in Europe and Asia shoulder a greater share of the expense for their national defence and emphasizes that US foreign policy must always prioritize American interests.

On the other hand, Trump has also taken a hard-line stance toward combating IS and has even at times asserted the US should commit tens of thousands of ground troops to the fight. He says Nato should do more to combat terrorism in the Middle East, maintaining that the US foots too much of the bill for the Alliance and that other allies should spend more on their own protection.
Once upon a time, Republicans were the party of unfettered free trade. Donald Trump has changed all that. While he says he is not opposed to trade in principle, any trade deals have to protect US industry. He is firmly against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has said that he will re-open negotiations on already signed pacts, such as the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), and withdraw if US demands are not met. He has accused US trading partners like Mexico and China of unfair trade practices, currency manipulation and intellectual property theft, threatening to unilaterally impose tariffs and other punitive measures if they do not implement reforms.
Trump has issued no position statements on environmental issues on his website. In speeches and debates, however, he has said he opposes what he views as economically damaging environmental regulations backed by “political activists with extreme agendas”. He says he supports clean water and air, but wants to slash funding to the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also called man-made climate change “a hoax” and said he would “cancel” the Paris Agreement and other international efforts to address the issue.

Trump wants to create restrictions on lobbyists, by first defining who is a “lobbyist”. Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an “adviser” or “consultant”. Trump says this is a loophole that must be closed. Trump proposes there be a five-year ban preventing government officials who have recently departed the government from immediately joining lobbying firms. He also wants a lifetime lobbying ban on any former administration officials who have previously worked on behalf of foreign governments. He has called on Congress to change campaign finance laws to stop anyone who lobbies for foreign governments from raising funds for US elections. He has claimed to be “self-funding” his campaign, but has also employed a former hedge fund manager to solicit campaign funds from deep-pocket donors.
This is his signature issue. Despite critics who call it unaffordable and unrealistic, the Republican has stood by his call to build an impenetrable wall along the 2,000-plus-mile US-Mexico border. He has also called for reductions in legal immigration, ending President Barack Obama’s executive actions deferring deportation proceedings for undocumented migrants, and more stringent efforts to reduce the number of these migrants living in the US. The candidate has backed away from earlier calls for the forced deportation of the more than 11 million undocumented migrants living on US soil and temporarily closing the US border to all Muslims – but not dropped them.
Trump has been warning that the US policy of admitting refugees from certain regions – the Middle East or, more generally, Muslim nations – presents a serious threat to US national security. He has attempted to bolster his case by citing often debunked internet rumours, such as the Syrian refugees are largely young, single men. He has called for the US to suspend resettling refugees until “extreme vetting” procedures can be implemented, including ideological tests to screen out extremists. He asserts that nations in the Middle East – which have already received millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees – must do more to create safe zones for those fleeing the violence.

Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria. I love a safe zone for people. I do not like the migration. I do not like the people coming. Trump would help them economically, even though we owe $19 trillion. US should not train rebels it does not know or control. The Russians are hitting Assad as well as people we’ve trained. Where they’re hitting people, we’re talking about people that we don’t even know. I was talking to a general two days ago. He said, “We have no idea who these people are. We’re training people. We don’t know who they are. We’re giving them billions of dollars to fight Assad.” I’m not saying Assad’s a good guy, because he’s probably a bad guy. But I’ve watched him interviewed many times. And you can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there– it’s a mess– if you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there– it’s a mess– it’s going be same thing.

Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos. The Middle East would be better today if Gaddafi, Saddam and Assad were stronger? That the Middle East would be safer? Iraq is a disaster. And ISIS came out of Iraq.

If Saddam and Gaddafi were still in power, things would be more stable, of course it would be. You wouldn’t have had your Benghazi situation, which is one thing, which was just a terrible situation.

Nuclear policy

At the Nuclear Security Summit, the president was asked for his reaction to Trump’s suggestion that US allies Japan and South Korea manufacture their own nuclear weapons as a defense against North Korean aggression. Obama said the comments “tell us the person who made the statements doesn’t know much about nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally.” White House aides pointed out that Trump’s policy would reverse decades of bipartisan US foreign policy and would increase nuclear proliferation.
Trump has argued that allowing Japan and South Korea to get the weapons would relieve the US of defending their East Asia allies. Foreign leaders from both countries have dismissed the idea. “You have so many countries already–China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia–you have so many countries right now that have them,” Trump said during a CNN town hall. “Now, wouldn’t you rather, in a certain sense, have Japan have nuclear weapons when North Korea has nuclear weapons?”

Trump was asked how he would respond to North Korea’s nuclear threat. “I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly,” Trump said. He didn’t clarify whether disappearing was equivalent to being assassinated but said “I mean, this guy’s a bad dude, and don’t underestimate him,” Trump said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Any young guy who can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably want the position, this is not somebody to be underestimated.” Trump maintained that China has control over North Korea and the US has control over China. They don’t say it, but they do,” Trump explained. “And they should make that problem disappear. China is sucking us dry. They’re taking our money. They’re taking our jobs. We have rebuilt China with what they’ve taken out.”Without China, North Korea doesn’t even eat. China is ripping us on trade. They’re devaluing their currency and they’re killing our companies. We’ve lost between four and seven million jobs because of China. “we have very unfair trade with China. We’re going to have a trade deficit of 505 billion dollars this year with China. I would start taxing goods that come in from China.
Trumps said diplomacy and respect crucial to any relationship with Russia. I’ve been saying relationship is so important in business, that it’s so important in deals, and so important in the country. And if President Obama got along with Putin, that would be a fabulous thing. But they do not get along. Putin does not respect our president. And I’m sure that our president does not like him very much.

With regards to the Iranian nuclear deal: Nobody ever mentions North Korea where you have this maniac sitting there and he actually has nuclear weapons and somebody better start thinking about North Korea and perhaps a couple of other places.

Trump and Obama: Shared policy priorities

Although the Obama government has not used the same slogan, it has adopted an America First strategy. Vice President Joe toured Asia in July 2016 as part of the administration’s “rebalance” to Asia. “We’re not doing anyone any favors,” Biden stated, referring to the administration’s special focus on the region. “It’s overwhelmingly in our interest. “We don’t work with other nations as a luxury, or as charity,” Blinken explained.
Apparently, Trump and the Obama have always shared many of the same foreign policy objectives, they intend to ensure that the USA remains the most dominant military power in the world, even though Trump made every effort during his campaign to condemn Obama’s policies as dangerous and destructive to both the United States and the world. Both Trump and Obama have also made it clear that they intend to completely destroy the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). In November 2015, Trump outlined his position during a radio commercial in which he pledged to “quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.”
In March 2016, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter presented the basic position of the Obama government saying that the Department of Defense “will keep ensuring our dominance in all domains.” The following month, Trump declared his support for the same objective. “Our military dominance must be unquestioned,” Trump stated.

Furthermore, Trump has displayed similar commitments on other fundamental issues. Trump has made it clear that he intends to prioritize the interests of the United States above everything else. “America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” Trump announced during his campaign. Indeed, Trump insisted that he would base his foreign policy on the premise that the United States should only take actions in the world that work to the advantage of the United States. “We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies,” Trump stated.

President Obama has confirmed that he adopted an America First strategy. When he recently commented on his decision to commit the United States to the Paris Agreement in order to address the threat of global climate change, Obama confirmed that he was primarily motivated by the US interests at stake. Currently, Obama said, “the biggest threat when it comes to climate change and pollution is going to come from China with over a billion people and India with over a billion people.” With his remarks, Obama indicated that the USA needed to join the Paris Agreement to prevent countries such as China and India from harming the United States with their pollution.

In fact, the Obama government has been busy working to fulfill its mission. In the time since USA began its air campaign in August 2014, USA and coalition forces have conducted more than 15,000 airstrikes against IS and have killed more than 45,000 ISIS fighters. In other words, the administration has been bombing the hell out of ISIS.
Observations: Inexperience a plus point or mystery ?

Humanity should be happy with US voters for defeating a dangerously positioned Democratic party, pursuing the aggressive Republican policies as its own, under first ever Black President Obama who is leaving behind a failed foreign policy, very arrogantly, terrorizing Arab world with his drone threats. That is indeed unlike the core principles of Democratic Party. Republican Donald Trump emerged victorious by defeating the formidable Hillary Clinton because Americans are fed up with Democratic regime and Hillary Clinton’s Zionist approach in Mideast.
Obviously, Trump is new phenomenon in US politics as well as world scene in recent times. Earlier, before the World War two, Germany and Italy saw fascist political tendencies tasking roots in national scene and wining the polls and initiating fascist rule. The international experience in fascist trends warns American people who, in order to get rid of Democratic party using Republican war policies, had to vote the Republican Ronald Trump with contractor views on several issues, reminding the world of return of fascism in US poll politics, to power.
Evolution of Trump as a politician is indeed remarkable. Trump’s campaign rhetoric was essentially of a hawkish nature meant to gain votes from American voters who wanted a strong president but after winning the presidency, however, Trump has revised his statements on foreign policy of USA.
Since the signing of the Paris Agreement a year ago, addressing climate change has remained a major imperative for most of the world’s nations. Enough countries quickly ratified the accord so that it entered into force early, in November. Most countries also signed on to two other agreements this fall: one to reduce potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and another to cap emissions for the aviation industry. President-elect Donald Trump may dismiss the Paris Agreement on Climate but the world that takes the climate crisis. On January 20 the new US President Donald Trump enters a complex web of diplomatic relations, where issues like trade, finance, migration, security, poverty, food aid and disaster relief are all intertwined and all have important links to the climate agenda. It’s a world already dealing with significant climate impacts and sold on climate action.

As the new global leader Trump has to devise his productive polices to promote healthy international order and revise his own misunderstanding on climate change and help the world check and correct climatic disorder. Saying things for votes is one thing in today’s world of anti-Islamism, and Islamophobia and terror wars, but sticking to them could spell disaster to USA and Trump’s chances for second term.

The same is true of Palestine issue as well. His intentions to mend ways with rival Russia would cut Israeli fanaticism to size in a big way and make the ME region and even world over tension free.

Ultimately, the Trump presidency is a grand experiment – the election of a larger-than-life character with a big megaphone and big promises but no experience in government. From beginning to end, it will be a presidency without precedent. Any steps that called current American policy into question “would risk a major confrontation with China,” warns Ms. Glaser. “Beijing is not ready to re-negotiate agreements … that they see as the bedrock of US-China relations.”

As Trump has put it, using the standard language of the foreign policy establishment, his government will mainly be “focusing on creating stability in the world.” President Trump would use the essentially anti-Islamic media to sugarcoat, falsify, distract, intimidate, glorify and massify the millions of people who believed, once upon a recent time, that he would “Make America Great Again.”

It is one thing for Trump to break the mold as a candidate or as president-elect, but quite another as leader of the free world. The questions are nearly endless, ranging from the seemingly stylistic to matters of profound global consequence. Is he really ready to risk a trade war with China? With a pro-nuke US president, is the world indeed heading for a new arms race?

Trump’s situation is unprecedented – the wealthiest person ever to win the presidency, with a global business empire that’s virtually impossible to separate from his dealings as president, at least anytime soon. Trump’s business interests – and those of his children – are another matter, raising serious questions about conflicts of interest and what he must do under the Constitution.

Despite the president-elect’s own political history, at various times identifying as a Democrat, an independent, and a Republican, and to this day, holding some socially liberal views, such as on gender issues, one doubts if Trump could land USA in greater troubles. .
As the first ever Presidential candidate without political experience the showman billionaire Donald Trump had experience neither in state governance nor in foreign policy matters and as such he made statements during the campaign depending on the circumstances knowing that arrogance and aggressive rhetoric would fetch m him more votes that his rival experienced politicians Hillary Clinton. Now after his election, Trump makes statements without any serious thoughts, as usual.

In the end, the outgoing Obama will soon hand over power to a Trump team that shares some of the very same foreign policy commitments. Despite the fact that the foreign policy establishment remains uncertain about Trump’s intentions, the president-elect has provided many signals that he intends for the United States to continue playing an active role in enforcing a system of global order.

Future of Trump’s foreign policy still remains a mystery as the President elect has given out a conflicting signals to the world with his approximant of a pro-Russia American as his foreign minister while appointment of a hard core Zionist as US ambassador to Israel. While in the first case USA is eager to mend ties with Russia, in the second appoint, a further deterioration of Mideast crisis and more problems for the Palestinians even after a Palestine state is established. It is quite likely, in appointing a Zionist American as US diplomat in Tel Aviv, Trump wants to assure the criminal state of Israel the continued military and economic support to Israel, provided Israel agrees and extends full support for the creation of much delayed Palestine state.

Will President Trump let history define Trumpism a terrible disaster the humanity had to endure – worse than Zionism?  First, he mist shift his focus from business to people in order to devise polices for the people.

After all, Americans have not elected to White House a nonsensical man! By failing to live up to American expectations, Trump in fact defeats American overs. Hopefully, he won’t do that.

That the president elect has ruled out promoting democracy abroad signals a departure from the US policy of invasions for regime change especially in energy rich Arab nations but however, Israel is left free to promote its own fascist ideology and regime making Palestinians and other Arabs worried about the future of their children in Mideast if Israel continues to dictate its terms to them. US policy for Israel and Mideast would determine if Trump would be different President. Anti-invasion position of Trump could spell a good start for the USA.

January 20 is not far away; nor does Trump’s presidential action. Hopefully President Trump won’t pursue an erratic foreign policy to give chance for Madam Clinton camp to celebrate victory!

 

Trump meets press, condemns leak of fake news by spy agencies!

Trump meets press, condemns leak of fake news by spy agencies!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

_______

 

Ready to assume power on Jan 20 at White House as its legal custodian, President-elect Donald Trump met the press on January 1, accusing US intelligence agencies of leaking allegations that Russia has compromising material on him. “That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done,” Trump said while replying to unsubstantiated allegations that his election team colluded with Russia and there were salacious videos of his private life.

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference in nearly six months, as scheduled, on January 1, lambasting the circulation of unverified allegations about his dealings with Russia while continuing to advocate for a warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The press conference was scheduled in order for Trump to give details about his business affairs but was dominated by the allegations of compromising material. Trump said the information “should have never been written and certainly should never have been released.”It’s all fake news, it’s phoney stuff, it didn’t happen,” he said, adding that “sick people” had “put that crap together… it’s an absolute disgrace”.

 

Trump said he could not talk about what he had heard in last week’s intelligence agency briefing but said there had been “many witnesses” there and that it would be a “tremendous blot” on the reputation of intelligence agencies if they had been responsible for leaking the details. He added later in the briefing: “I think it was disgraceful – disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace… and that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” In response White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was “deeply misguided for anybody, at any level, to question the integrity and motives of the patriots” in the nation’s intelligence agencies.

Trying to be cleaver, Trump either skipped crucial issues like China, Mideast, Syria, Palestine, etc. or did not specifically address questions regarding whether members of his staff were in contact with Russian officials during the campaign.  Trump, whose public comments in the wake of the election have been limited to a handful of media interviews and daily Twitter missives, also turned the podium over to an attorney who outlined his plans to shift the management of his company to his sons. But he will not create a blind trust or fully divest of his assets.. Trump also refused to take questions from news organizations whom he felt had reported inaccurately on his relationship with Russia, calling Buzzfeed “a failing pile of garbage,” and telling a CNN reporter “you’re fake news.”

Trump continued to repeat the damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign exposed by the hacks. While he declined to weigh in directly on intelligence assessments that indicate that Putin himself ordered operations to aid Trump’s victory, Trump reiterated his favorable language about Putin during the campaign, saying “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.”

 

Buzzfeed published an unverified dossier claiming to detail Russia’s efforts to cultivate Trump — including by direct interactions with Trump surrogates — and to collect compromising information about him. The document has not been authenticated by Buzzfeed.. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Vice President-elect Mike Pence both denounced Buzzfeed’s report from the podium as false and irresponsible. A 35-page dossier of allegations has been published in full on Buzzfeed and reported by CNN. Trump called Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage” and accused CNN of “going out of their way to build it up”. He refused to take a CNN reporter’s question at the press conference. CNN later defended its decision to publish what it called “carefully sourced reporting”, saying it was “vastly different from Buzzfeed”.

 

Spicer called both the Buzzfeed and CNN reports a “sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks,” noting that Buzzfeed’s own report had acknowledged errors in the unsubstantiated document. The head of US spy agencies James Clapper denied that intelligence had leaked the content from a classified briefing. Intelligence agencies considered the claims relevant enough to brief both Trump and President Obama last week.

 

Trump said for the first time that he accepted Russia was behind hacking attacks that took place during the presidential campaign. In his first briefing as president-elect, Trump also confirmed he was handing total control of his businesses to his two sons.

 

The allegations claim Russia has damaging information about the president-elect’s business interests, and salacious video evidence of his private life, including claims of using prostitutes at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow. Denying any such claims, Trump said that as a high-profile person he was extremely cautious about all that he did when travelling abroad. The president-elect was also asked about the hacking scandal that dominated the US election campaign, with US spy agencies concluding Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails.

Trump said for the first time “I think it was Russia”, but added that “we get hacked by other people”. He said: “We talk about the hacking and hacking’s bad and it shouldn’t be done.” But he added: “Look at the things that were hacked, look at what was learned from that hacking… Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it.” Russia strongly denied the allegations. Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said they were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”.

Trump did not answer directly when asked whether his team had communicated with Russia during the election campaign but he did say that any hacking by Putin must stop. “He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it.” Other areas of the briefing: Trump said he had formally handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to sons Don Jr and Eric to avoid any conflict of interest, adding: “They’re not going to discuss it with me” The president-elect said there would be “a major border tax” on companies moving from the US to other nations David Shulkin was selected to head Veterans Affairs A plan was to be submitted “essentially simultaneously” to both repeal and replace Barack Obama’s affordable health care programme Obamacare The wall to be built on the Mexican border would start as soon as possible with US funding but  Trump added: “Mexico in some form… will reimburse us”

 

 

Before the briefing, the Trump team acted to dismiss news of the compromising material. Michael Cohen, a lawyer to Trump named in the 35-page dossier, denied a specific claim that he went to Prague in August or September 2016 to meet Kremlin representatives to talk about the hacking. “I’ve never been to Prague in my life. “fakenews,” he tweeted. US media suggest the alleged salacious videos were prepared as kompromat – a Russian acronym for compromising materials.

 

The allegations began circulating in political and media circles in recent months. They are based on memos provided to an independent organisation opposed to Trump by a former member of Britain’s MI6, Christopher Steele. Steele is a director of Orbis – which describes itself as a leading corporate intelligence company. He did not respond to a request for comment. Sources say the CIA regards the memos as “credible”. The original intention was to derail Trump’s candidacy, reports say. The media first saw the documents in October but has been unable to verify the claims included. Several material inaccuracies have been highlighted. However, past work by the British operative was considered by US intelligence to be reliable, US media say.

 

Earlier, Donald Trump used to regularly give press conferences. They were free-form events, bits of political performance art that dominated the news and helped the presidential hopeful win the Republican nomination. The last one came more than five months ago. That was when Trump urged Russia to hunt down Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Less than a week before – the day after he accepted the Republican presidential nomination – he went out of the way to belittle former Republican presidential opponent Ted Cruz, stepping all over his own post-convention bounce. It wasn’t particularly surprising, then, that the Trump team decided to end the practice, despite the fact that they had spent months mocking Mrs Clinton for her own efforts to avoid media queries.

As a Candidate, Trump would occasionally take questions in small media gaggles or offer one-on-one interviews – usually on Fox News – but the formal, free-for-all style press conferences were a thing of the past. Now, nine days before his presidential inauguration, the Trump press conference is back – and it turns out he hasn’t lost a controversial step. Before getting into the give-and-take with reporters, however, Trump explained why it had been so long. “We stopped having them because we were getting a lot inaccurate news,” he said.

In other words, he was punishing the press for what he saw as unfair treatment. On Wednesday, instead of punishing the press with his absence, he would punish them with his presence.

Trump made a fair amount of news in his press conference – on dealing with his sprawling business empire, his views on Russian hacking and his policy priorities – but the theatre of this press conference became a story in itself.Just over a week from his inauguration, Trump is still the same man he was on the campaign trail and on the reality show set. The Donald Trump on Wednesday is the Donald Trump who will govern the US, and the theatre of the event is something that will be a part of American lives for the next four years. Here are a few of the key takeaways.

Trump liked to focus on a key enemy or target of scorn in past press conferences, and Wednesday was no different. He arrived more than ready to air his latest round of grievances. Buzzfeed News – which posted an “intelligence dossier” full of unverified allegations against the president-elect – was a “failing pile of garbage” that is going to “suffer the consequences”. CNN, which published a multi-sourced reported article about the intelligence briefing Trump received based in part on that dossier, is “terrible” and traffics in “fake news”. The president-elect verbally sparred with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, refusing to take his questions.

 

 

The president-elect even took a swipe at BBC News.  He had a few carrots for media organisations he said were treating him fairly when it came to the latest round of allegations, singling out the New York Times by name (although the Times also listed the sordid details of specific allegations against Trump in one of its news stories). “I have great respect for the news and great respect for freedom of the press and all of that,” Trump said. “But I will tell you, there were some news organisations with all that was just said that were so professional, so incredibly professional, that I’ve just gone up a notch as to what I think of you.”

Trump also took a few questions from oft-overlooked conservative outlets, such as One America News Network and Breitbart, the alt-right media empire until recently headed by senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon.  Reporter Matt Boyle asked Trump what sort of reforms he might recommend for the media industry given the problems with “fake news”. It allowed the president-elect to take a few more swings at the mainstream press – criticising some of the reporters “sitting right in front of us”. “They’re very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with,” he said. “I guess the advantage I have is that I can speak back. When it happens to somebody that doesn’t have that kind of a megaphone, they can’t speak back, it’s a very sad thing. I’ve seen people destroyed.”

 

It was speculated, during the press conference, Trump would deliver a sharp rebuke and be greeted with applause.  Trump would crack a joke followed by laughter. Trump would ask a rhetorical question, and get a chorus of responses. It was enough to make some viewers wonder whether the normally reserved reporters were throwing their lot in with the soon-to-be president.

In fact, the animated reactions were coming from Trump supporters, political staff and business employees who were crammed into the Trump Tower lobby along with journalists. Given that  Trump seems to draw energy from a welcoming crowd, stacking a press conference with a friendly audience may not be a bad idea from a strategic standpoint. It made for an odd experience when juxtaposed with his sometimes aggressive press questioners – and will be even more peculiar if the practice is continued in the White House briefing room.

Trump says he’s “very much a germaphobe”. When confronted by evidence of leaked intelligence, he conducted a mole-hunting investigation within his own organisation. When he’s travelling abroad, he warns everyone with him to be on guard and watch for hidden cameras in hotels. “In those rooms, you have cameras in the strangest places,” he said. “Cameras that are so small with modern technology, you can’t see them and you won’t know. You better be careful, or you’ll be watching yourself on nightly television.” Part of the reason  Trump makes for such compelling viewing, is that when he goes off-script, there’s no telling where he’ll end up – and Wednesday was no different.

 

Another unusual characteristic of this press conference was that Trump was preceded on the stage both by Spicer and Vice-President Mike Pence. Spicer, who served as Republican National Committee spokesman before joining the Trump transition team, took his own swipes at the media, calling the Russian dossier reports “frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible”. Pence played the disappointed dad. “You know, I have long been a supporter of a free and independent press, and I always will be,” he said. “But with freedom comes responsibility.” Halfway through the press conference, Trump handed the stage over to lawyer Sheri Dillon, who read details of Trump’s efforts to avoid charges of conflict of interest from a prepared statement. Then Trump was back, ready to go a few more rounds with his press antagonists.

 

Donald Trump, lagging behind Hillary Clinton in polls, has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become US president. With 17 days until the election, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign. But in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he sought to highlight changes he would introduce. Among them were restrictions on lobbyists and a renegotiation on trade and climate change deals. Mrs Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine appeared at events on Saturday in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the race for the White House.

 

Trump’s advisers indicated before his speech that the measures announced would serve as the focus for the remaining two weeks of his campaign. Among the key details he announced were: restrictions on White House officials becoming lobbyists after they leave office;  term limits for members of Congress; the cancellation of all payments to UN climate change programmes and the redeployment of those funds to fix US infrastructure; the start of the process of “removing the more than two million criminal, illegal immigrants” – and the denial of visa-free travel to countries who refused to take back their citizens

 

Before the poll, Donald Trump’s final pitch to the American people caught the attention of US voters: It was a mix of Republican boilerplate (Lower taxes! Less regulation!), anti-establishment populism (Axing trade deals! Extreme vetting of immigrants!) and the kind of off-message asides that have bedeviled his candidacy (I’m going to sue all my sexual harassment accusers!)

It wasn’t exactly the Gettysburg Address, but it did have some lines that could have been the foundation of a compelling outsider campaign. “I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character,” Mr Trump said. “I am asking you to dream big.”

With just over two weeks left before Election Day, however, it was probably much too late for Trump to make “faith and optimism” the focus of a campaign that has often been typified by darkness and anger.

The speech was one of the most detailed by Trump during his candidacy, and also touched on matters of security, economy and trade. He said the country was facing a “fork in the road” over its future.

 

Trump said he would sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or inappropriate behavior as soon as his presidential campaign was over.  Ten women have come forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior, in the weeks after a video emerged of him boasting of groping women and kissing them.  “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” he told the audience in Gettysburg. He said the media was fabricating stories to make him “look as bad and dangerous as possible”.

In domestic policy, Trump pledged to gut Obamacare and replace it with new legislation “essentially simultaneously,” a break with congressional Republicans who have cautioned that complex new health care legislation will take time to negotiate and complete.

Before his speech, Trump again attacked leading media outlets and suggested they were biased against him. He vowed to break up media conglomerates, saying he would scrap the rumoured purchase of the Time Warner company, the owner of CNN, by AT&T. However, those comments were made outside of his main speech, and it was not clear if they were being put forward as policy.

 

 

Observation

 

Clearly, Trump, who becomes the 45th president of the USA be inaugurated on 20 January 2017, is slowly but steadily changing his views, approach and philosophy as it is evident from his performance at meet the press program where he avoided al difficult issues and evaded difficult questions. Trump is maturing as he is going to assume power at White House in a few days.

Americans love big dreams and candidates who, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, appeal to the “better angels of our nature”.

Will Trump live up to the expectations of US voters who  rejected Democratic party and its state terror sponsoring  leader Mrs. Clinton, by pursuing truly humanistic polices  in order to achieve the  national interest of USA?

Will Trump support the genuine cause of freedom struggle being waged for decades by Palestinians and Kashmiris, for instance?  This requires active role of American President and community to denounce aggressors in Israel and India so that world would take notice of honest mediation in regional disputes and end tensions.

Or, will he also, like his predecessors have done, continue to advance US interests by promoting  capitalism cum imperialism  and Zionist criminal regime?

Speculation is indeed interesting as Zionists and colonialists continue to seek to benefit from Trumps’ anti-Muslim and pro-Israeli rhetoric.

The press conference has given new insights of President elect Trump, however.

Mideast destabilized: Israel fires rockets into Syria, hitting air base near Damascus!

Mideast destabilized: Israel fires rockets into Syria, hitting air base near Damascus!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
______

 

For quite some time, energy rich Mideast has been the target of all anti-Islamic powers and upon dirty wars on fictitious pretexts, now the region is fully destabilized, except Israel which itself leads the anti-Islamic war and Islamophobia in West Asia.
Israel’s major agenda in Mideast is to forcefully retain Palestine by playing Fatah against Hamas and get both killed so that entire Palestine would belong to Israel without another claimant. For this reason, Tel Aviv keeps attacking Palestinians and imposes aggression as the Zionist policy on Palestine territories. USA promoted Israel after allowing it to become a part of Mideast on Palestine lands in 1948. In order to end the Palestinians race, Israeli military kills even children in Palestine.
That is the essence of Zionist fascism backed by the so-called democratic USA. America and Israel share fascist terror values.
As a result of successfully pursuing fascist policy, Zionist state fascism is working too well in West Asia where it seeks to maintain full terror control by all means with US backing. Israel is looking for opportunities to attack Palestinians and other Arabs and now seeing the blood bath in Syria, Israeli forces want to taste Syrian blood as well.
Israelis, like Indians in Kashmir, indeed enjoy Islamic bloodbath. Zionist tongues are too long and wide to taste blood with a sense of impunity. Of late, Israeli soldiers like the taste blood and flesh of Palestinian children. UN is yet to initiate punitive action against the Zionist criminal state for its crimes against humanity.
As a strategic partner in state terror tactics, Indian solders keep murdering Kashmiri Muslims in order to be a close ally of the anti-Islamic world and now Israel sells terror good to New Delhi to target Kashmiris with high precision techniques. .
It would have been surprising if Israel has not attacked a destabilized Syria as the bloody war led now by USA-Russia terror twins, is nearing to an ambiguous end. Having experience in hitting military targets in Palestine and seeing the hapless situation in Syria where the former cold war foes try to settle their old scores, Israel has hit important targets in Syria. USA is et to comment on this new Zionist mischief.
Syria accused Israel of firing rockets that hit near a major military airport west of Damascus, triggering a fire, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for the attack, the third such incident recently according to the Syrian government. In a statement carried on the official news agency SANA, the military said several missiles were launched just after midnight from an area near Lake Tiberias that fell in the vicinity of the Mezzeh military airport on the western edge of the capital. It did not say whether there were any casualties.
Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.
Residents of Damascus reported hearing several explosions that shook the capital. The Mezzeh airport compound located on the southwestern edge of the capital had been used to launch attacks on rebel-held areas near Damascus and has come previously under rebel fire.

The Syrian army statement said Israel through its attacks is indeed assisting “terrorist groups” fighting the Syrian government. “The Syrian army command and armed forces warn the Israeli enemy of the repercussions of this blatant attack and stresses it will continue its war on terrorism,” the army statement said. It was the third such Israeli strike into Syria recently, according to the Syrian government.
On 7 December, the Syrian government reported Israel fired surface-to-surface missiles that also struck near Mezzeh airport. A week earlier, SANA said Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of Damascus, in the Sabboura area. The Israeli military has declined to comment on those incidents, and there was no immediate comment on today’s reported attack.

Of course, Israel is widely believed to have carried out a number of airstrikes in Syria in the past few years that have targeted advanced weapons systems, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles, as well as positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah group in Syria.
The Shiite group has sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil war, now in its sixth year.
Israeli military minister Avigdor Lieberman, a leader of illegal settlers in Palestine, recently reiterated his government’s position to not get involved in the Syrian war. Israeli military officials have voiced concern that Hezbollah’s experience in the Syrian civil war, where it has played a significant role and recently helped the Syrian army regain the eastern sector of the city of Aleppo, has strengthened it. Rebels operating in the area have said Hezbollah’s major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on convoys of terror goods and other forms of weapons and warehouses. Damascus airport was also hit by air strikes in 2013. Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies involvement in striking targets inside Syria.
Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards. “Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators,” the army command said in a statement. The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties, but said the rockets caused a fire.

Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzah military airport compound near Damascus and ambulances were rushed to the area, without giving details. The airport, located southwest of the capital, had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus. Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranian-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army.

Assad, I know you read this so listen up and listen good. You want peace in your country? You want to stop the bloodshed? You know what you have to do. Tel Aviv is just over the border so load up every operational jet you have with as many bombs as they can carry. Restock your artillery and aim it all and those filthy zionist fucks and let loose the dogs of war.

The Zionists are desperate to bring about the prophecy of the utter destruction of Damascus. If that glorious, ancient city is going to burn (and believe me, they will make sure it does), then get in first and make it as though that centre of Satanic worship that is the Israeli capital is reduced to a state that will make it impossible to tell that it was ever there.

The Zionist jews are the new Nazis, they must be stopped at any cost. Like parisites, they are imbedded in the USA and will not be satisfied until they control the entire middle east. after that the world is their target. Christians must bow to their new master, or fucken wake up and send these bastards back to Hell where they came from, or just keep playing your video games and let the cards fall where they may.
They have lost patience waiting to sacrifice American kids to Syrian war, so they have to do it themselves. When Syria strikes back, then they will cry to uncle Trump, “We are terrorist victims. You must send your kids to fight for us!!” It’s a trick. Syria should refrain from striking back, but ask Russia’s help to improve their defense system instead….or China!
Two days ago the US bombed another Syrian town using a B52 killing citizens. Putin looks to be cutting and running. Assad cannot even hold the water supply to Damascus. All of Trump’s pro Israel talk has made Israel even bolder. Putin got the message and has moved his aircraft carrier away from Syria and has been moving ground based planes out of Syria as well.
Notice how Isis and al Qaeda have pretty much waged war against every Middle Eastern country but left Israel alone. This is no accident. It started when the USA armed the mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan. The mujahideen become al Qaeda, and ended up biting the USA in the ass. The US Government has spent trillions arming the radical Islamists on one hand and blowing them up on the other. It’s a perpetual money machine for US military contractors and the banks that own their stocks. The USA also spends $3.5 billion a year arming Israel, while selling tens of millions of dollars worth of weapons to the Saudi royals and Salafists.
Obviously, military contractors make billions, US taxpayers get fleeced, and American citizens are treated like suspected criminals when they try to board a US passenger plane. Israel, along with the US Neocons under Jews, just you continue to stir the pot.
Israel plays Sunnis against Shiites and get both killed. It has always backed the radical Sunni Islamists against the Shia. Israel has never gotten over their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Likud party wants the Shiites and Sunnis constantly fighting each other, because if they ever united, they would blow Israel off the map.
Earlier, it appeared had Assad quit presidency the war would end. There is no real threat to the life of President Assad who is still adamant to stay in power come what may. Russia has ensured his safety by killing other Syrians. Russia’s merciless bombing of civilian populations seems to have saved Assad. USA and IIS also are doing the same while turkey targets only its own “enemies”.
Unless USA, Russia and Turkey – the illegal occupiers of Sunni Islamic Syria being ruled by a Shiite lunatic, come together to end the war, Israel is likely to make inroads into Mideast.

 

Mideast destabilized by anti-Islamic nations: Israel fires rockets into Syria, hitting air base near Damascus!

Mideast destabilized by anti-Islamic nations: Israel fires rockets into Syria, hitting air base near Damascus!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
______

 

For quite some time, energy rich Mideast has been the target of all anti-Islamic powers and upon dirty wars on fictitious pretexts, now the region is fully destabilized, except Israel which itself leads the anti-Islamic war and Islamophobia in West Asia.
Israel’s major agenda in Mideast is to forcefully retain Palestine by playing Fatah against Hamas and get both killed so that entire Palestine would belong to Israel without another claimant. For this reason, Tel Aviv keeps attacking Palestinians and imposes aggression as the Zionist policy on Palestine territories. USA promoted Israel after allowing it to become a part of Mideast on Palestine lands in 1948. In order to end the Palestinians race, Israeli military kills even children in Palestine.
That is the essence of Zionist fascism backed by the so-called democratic USA. America and Israel share fascist terror values.
As a result of successfully pursuing fascist policy, Zionist state fascism is working too well in West Asia where it seeks to maintain full terror control by all means with US backing. Israel is looking for opportunities to attack Palestinians and other Arabs and now seeing the blood bath in Syria, Israeli forces want to taste Syrian blood as well.
Israelis, like Indians in Kashmir, indeed enjoy Islamic bloodbath. Zionist tongues are too long and wide to taste blood with a sense of impunity. Of late, Israeli soldiers like the taste blood and flesh of Palestinian children. UN is yet to initiate punitive action against the Zionist criminal state for its crimes against humanity.
As a strategic partner in state terror tactics, Indian solders keep murdering Kashmiri Muslims in order to be a close ally of the anti-Islamic world and now Israel sells terror good to New Delhi to target Kashmiris with high precision techniques. .
It would have been surprising if Israel has not attacked a destabilized Syria as the bloody war led now by USA-Russia terror twins, is nearing to an ambiguous end. Having experience in hitting military targets in Palestine and seeing the hapless situation in Syria where the former cold war foes try to settle their old scores, Israel has hit important targets in Syria. USA is et to comment on this new Zionist mischief.
Syria accused Israel of firing rockets that hit near a major military airport west of Damascus, triggering a fire, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for the attack, the third such incident recently according to the Syrian government. In a statement carried on the official news agency SANA, the military said several missiles were launched just after midnight from an area near Lake Tiberias that fell in the vicinity of the Mezzeh military airport on the western edge of the capital. It did not say whether there were any casualties.
Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.
Residents of Damascus reported hearing several explosions that shook the capital. The Mezzeh airport compound located on the southwestern edge of the capital had been used to launch attacks on rebel-held areas near Damascus and has come previously under rebel fire.

The Syrian army statement said Israel through its attacks is indeed assisting “terrorist groups” fighting the Syrian government. “The Syrian army command and armed forces warn the Israeli enemy of the repercussions of this blatant attack and stresses it will continue its war on terrorism,” the army statement said. It was the third such Israeli strike into Syria recently, according to the Syrian government.
On 7 December, the Syrian government reported Israel fired surface-to-surface missiles that also struck near Mezzeh airport. A week earlier, SANA said Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of Damascus, in the Sabboura area. The Israeli military has declined to comment on those incidents, and there was no immediate comment on today’s reported attack.

Of course, Israel is widely believed to have carried out a number of airstrikes in Syria in the past few years that have targeted advanced weapons systems, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles, as well as positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah group in Syria.
The Shiite group has sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil war, now in its sixth year.
Israeli military minister Avigdor Lieberman, a leader of illegal settlers in Palestine, recently reiterated his government’s position to not get involved in the Syrian war. Israeli military officials have voiced concern that Hezbollah’s experience in the Syrian civil war, where it has played a significant role and recently helped the Syrian army regain the eastern sector of the city of Aleppo, has strengthened it. Rebels operating in the area have said Hezbollah’s major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on convoys of terror goods and other forms of weapons and warehouses. Damascus airport was also hit by air strikes in 2013. Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies involvement in striking targets inside Syria.
Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards. “Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators,” the army command said in a statement. The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties, but said the rockets caused a fire.

Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzah military airport compound near Damascus and ambulances were rushed to the area, without giving details. The airport, located southwest of the capital, had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus. Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranian-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army.

Assad, I know you read this so listen up and listen good. You want peace in your country? You want to stop the bloodshed? You know what you have to do. Tel Aviv is just over the border so load up every operational jet you have with as many bombs as they can carry. Restock your artillery and aim it all and those filthy zionist fucks and let loose the dogs of war.

The Zionists are desperate to bring about the prophecy of the utter destruction of Damascus. If that glorious, ancient city is going to burn (and believe me, they will make sure it does), then get in first and make it as though that centre of Satanic worship that is the Israeli capital is reduced to a state that will make it impossible to tell that it was ever there.

The Zionist jews are the new Nazis, they must be stopped at any cost. Like parisites, they are imbedded in the USA and will not be satisfied until they control the entire middle east. after that the world is their target. Christians must bow to their new master, or fucken wake up and send these bastards back to Hell where they came from, or just keep playing your video games and let the cards fall where they may.
They have lost patience waiting to sacrifice American kids to Syrian war, so they have to do it themselves. When Syria strikes back, then they will cry to uncle Trump, “We are terrorist victims. You must send your kids to fight for us!!” It’s a trick. Syria should refrain from striking back, but ask Russia’s help to improve their defense system instead….or China!
Two days ago the US bombed another Syrian town using a B52 killing citizens. Putin looks to be cutting and running. Assad cannot even hold the water supply to Damascus. All of Trump’s pro Israel talk has made Israel even bolder. Putin got the message and has moved his aircraft carrier away from Syria and has been moving ground based planes out of Syria as well.
Notice how Isis and al Qaeda have pretty much waged war against every Middle Eastern country but left Israel alone. This is no accident. It started when the USA armed the mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan. The mujahideen become al Qaeda, and ended up biting the USA in the ass. The US Government has spent trillions arming the radical Islamists on one hand and blowing them up on the other. It’s a perpetual money machine for US military contractors and the banks that own their stocks. The USA also spends $3.5 billion a year arming Israel, while selling tens of millions of dollars worth of weapons to the Saudi royals and Salafists.
Obviously, military contractors make billions, US taxpayers get fleeced, and American citizens are treated like suspected criminals when they try to board a US passenger plane. Israel, along with the US Neocons under Jews, just you continue to stir the pot.
Israel plays Sunnis against Shiites and get both killed. It has always backed the radical Sunni Islamists against the Shia. Israel has never gotten over their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Likud party wants the Shiites and Sunnis constantly fighting each other, because if they ever united, they would blow Israel off the map.
Earlier, it appeared had Assad quit presidency the war would end. There is no real threat to the life of President Assad who is still adamant to stay in power come what may. Russia has ensured his safety by killing other Syrians. Russia’s merciless bombing of civilian populations seems to have saved Assad. USA and IIS also are doing the same while turkey targets only its own “enemies”.
Unless USA, Russia and Turkey – the illegal occupiers of Sunni Islamic Syria being ruled by a Shiite lunatic, come together to end the war, Israel is likely to make inroads into Mideast.

 

Indo-Pakistan crossfires and cross border trade in Kashmir!

Indo-Pakistan crossfires and cross border trade in Kashmir!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
______

 

There is a general perception in the arena of international relations that if countries with tensed relations pursue useful trade between them that could help reduce tensions. Some counties have tried this formula but not much has been achieved and tensions resurface.
India and Pakistan, under pressure from USA, attempt this approach to mend ways and become friends. But, so far no progress has been forthcoming manly because their tensions are of their own making, directly linked to their joint occupation of Jammu Kashmir, a soverign nation in South Asia until 1947 when both of them invaded that heaven on earth lying as sandwich between them where prophets lived and passed away.
Jammu Kashmir is now under the control of India, Pakistan and China. Unlike other countries with tensions, India and Pakistan have a tough task at hands: they find it very difficult to solve the problems and resume better bilateral relations because in order enter a new era of fretful relations both India and Pakistan have to quit Jammu Kashmir.
New Delhi accuses Islamabad of having a hand in the audacious attack. Denying the charge, Pakistan itself criticizes India’s repression of pro-independence protests in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir that began last July, in which more than 100 Kashmiri civilians have been shot dead by Indian forces and thousands more injured.
In fact, the relations between the two South Asian nuclear-armed countries of India and Pakistan have been frosty for over six months. Their troops have engaged in heavy firing along their borders, targeting both civilians and military establishments and resulting in scores of deaths and injuries.
In Indian-administered Kashmir, people began protesting after the killing of a young militant commander, Burhan Wani, of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), which calls for the secession of Kashmir from the Hindu-majority nation and its merger with the Muslim nation of Pakistan. Tensions escalated into attacks on Indian army facilities by militants, which India blamed on Pakistan.
Without resolving the explosive Kashmir issue, trade between India and Pakistan cannot help -and has not helped – improve the ties between the South Asia‘s nuclear powers. In fact, growing diplomatic tensions coupled with frequent border clashes since last year’s militant attack on an army base in Jammu Kashmir have further shrunk the already meagre trade between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan’s exports to India total $402.7 million, or 1.6 percent of its overall exports – less than a fourth of India’s exports to Pakistan, which stand at $1.7 billion or 3.8 percent of its total exports. Pakistan accounts for less than 0.5 percent of India’s trade, and India represents a little over 3 percent of Pakistan’s total foreign trade. Neither for India nor for Pakistan
Pakistan’s major exports to India include leather goods, dried fruits, especially dates, surgical instruments, zinc, and oil seeds, while it imports cotton, organic chemicals, plastic, dried vegetables, artificial fibers, tires, faux jewelry, and woven fabrics.
Currently only 21 trade items of goods have been approved for trade between the two parts of Kashmir. Based on the prices of goods being provided by the traders, in the three years up to the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, commodities worth near 15 billion Indian rupees ($220 million) were exported to Pakistan on the Uri-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalkote routes. Imports of nearly Rs 13 billion ($190 million) were made during the same period. That’s up from 2011-12, when exports to Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK) were worth Rs 3.2 billion ($44 million), while imports were at Rs 5.31 billion ($78 billion).
Mounting hostilities have virtually shattered the dream of boosting the trade volume between the two nuclear-armed neighbours from the current $2.5 billion to $6 billion over the next two years as businessmen from both sides see no immediate signs of a thaw in ongoing tensions.
The bilateral trade has never been strong. There is already a 20 percent decrease in trade between the two sides, and it is likely to further decline in the months to come if the ongoing tensions are not stemmed. But India has complicated it by denying visas to Pakistani businessmen since last September, which is affecting the bilateral trade dynamics.
Bilateral trade takes place first between both sides of Kashmir and later between India and Pakistan as a long term consequence. Azad Kashmir and Indian side Kashmir serve as a trade corridor between India and Pakistan.
True, Pakistani or Azad Kashmiri products are not available in Indian shops. Indian government does not want any Indian to consume the products produced by them while India does not object to use of Chinese goods by Indians, though India and China are not even in talking terms. China sells cheap products in India.
In 1996 India gave most-favourite nation (MFN) status to Pakistan, but this was not reciprocated, mainly due to opposition from Pakistani stakeholders, especially agriculturalists, fearing that a bigger Indian market could engulf their far smaller one.
Meanwhile, India’s counterterror agency, the National Investigation Agency, is investigating whether the traders from Kashmir have been providing money raised through the exchange of goods to separatist political parties, which are seeking merger of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan. The NIA has seized the records of over 350 traders from Kashmir to investigate whether any money makes it to separatists. Kashmir government officials have also sought the balance sheets of their trade transactions and the details of bank accounts from the traders, looking for any violation of legal procedures.
Since a brazen attack last September near the town of Uri, in Jammu Kashmir, killing 19 Indian soldiers, the two sides have been engaged in frequent border clashes that have claimed over 60 lives on both sides, civilians and soldiers alike.
Last September’s attack led to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that Indian forces carried out surgical strikes in the Pakistan administered Kashmir (Pak) killing several “militants”.
Yet, despite frequent cross-border skirmishes, cross-LoC trade between both sides of Jammu Kashmir goes on. However, the hostilities between the two neighbors have ensured that there are no banking facilities to turn the barter trade, which started in October 2008, into a regular currency trade.
The provincial government in India occupied Jammu Kashmir is ruled by CM Mehbooba Mufti and controlled by PDP and BJP has asked Indian PM Narendra Modi of the BJP for the barter system to be replaced with formal currency trade.
In April last year, Mufti issued instructions to officers to work out the modalities for establishing banking facilities in order to begin trade in currency after approval was given by the Reserve Bank of India. But just as Mufti’s government was looking to take up the matter with the authorities of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the Indian part of Kashmir erupted in protests that continue even now.
In 2008, India and Pakistan had taken the step of running trucks on routes that connect the two parts of Kashmir, the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot roads. The opening to trade was seen as the biggest confidence-building measure since the two countries fought their first war over Kashmir in 1947 when both obtained sovereignty. The decision to start trade across the LoC was taken in the follow-up of a meeting between the Indian prime minister and the president of Pakistan in April 2005.
Indian and Pakistani officials held talks at Indian capital of New Delhi in May 2006, in which it was decided that cross-LoC would be started through a truck service, for which a list of goods would also be identified. Subsequently in a meeting between the Indian government’s Ministry of Home Affairs officials and the provincial government officials in Kashmir held on June 16, 2008, it was decided to develop the facilities in two places, at Uri and Poonch, to start the trade. After identifying land and creating other facilities, cross-LoC trade formally started between two countries in October 2008. Trade has remained particularly low in the last six months. Trade remained suspended on the Uri-Muzaffarabad road until September 28, nearly 87 days, due to the shutdown in Kashmir, preventing any vehicular movement.
Along the cross-LoC trade route, frequent exchanges of heavy mortar fire between Indian and Pakistani troops are witnessed. Intermittent firing has been reported across the LoC, which was delineated by India and Pakistan after the 1971 war and replaced an earlier ceasefire line.

However, Hussain continued, “Immediately after the agreement India asked United Nations that there was no need for the Observer Mission, which was to monitor the ceasefire line.

The UN Observer Mission existed in Srinagar, Delhi, Rawalpindi, and Muzaffarabad, deployment of the Mission being decided by the Security Council. Though the Observer Mission is in Sri Nagar but India is not cooperating as it wants to assume that.
For one thing, Pakistan insists that the LoC is not an international border, so the trade along the line can’t be conducted as international trade. But the legal status of the LoC would remain “unchanged if basic facilities like banking are provided to traders.” The uncertainty impacts the trade environment.
Like its secret ally congress party, the Hindu-nationalist party BJP-led government at the center in New Delhi was shying away from starting a dialogue on Kashmir. Kashmiri freedom fighters have been arguing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should follow the policy of former prime minister, A. B. Vajpayee, who took the initiative to extend the hand of friendship to Pakistan and visited Lahore in February 1999 to de-escalate tensions. During his visit Vajpayee had said that India was serious about establishing “friendly” ties with Pakistan.
Under Modi, the expectation was that there would be dialogue. There was some understanding during time of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian PM Manmohan Singh; the back channels were working and relations were somewhat cordial.”

Today, however, there is still no indication that the two countries will resume dialogue. The entire regional diplomacy is in reverse gear; there is no formal, structured dialogue process happening. The trade can’t be isolated from larger India-Pakistan bilateral process.
Recently, ties between India and Pakistan have gotten even worse. Unwilling to openly admit its crimes in Kashmir, India quickly blames Pakistan both for the civilian protests and for a militant attack at an army base in Uri in Kashmir. In response, India claimed to have conducted cross-LoC “surgical strikes” in Pakistan. The chain of events has left the relations between India and Pakistan at their worst in recent memory.
Senior Kashmir government official Farooq Ahmad Shah said that on average the trade between two parts of Kashmir is worth over Rs 30 million ($440,000) per day: “On average we are allowing 40-50 trucks each day, four days a week from both the sides.” He said that the need for banking facilities has been brought to the notice of the higher authorities.
A senior official who monitors the trade at the Poonch-Rawalkote cross-LoC point, said that every day about 30 trucks are allowed to travel from Indian-administered Kashmir to the other side, while nine trucks from PAK also carry goods in the other direction. Due to the lack of banking facilities, cross-LoC traders often confront debt-related disputes. A trader from Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad, who has been in the trade since 2008, noted that there were difficulties in carrying out the trade. Due to the barter system, money remains often held up with the traders from other side but there is no mechanism to resolve these disputes. It runs only on trust.

The lack of telephone facilities was further compounding the problems of traders. “We can’t call up the traders on the other side of the LoC, but they can call us, which is only making the running of trade difficult. There is only telephone facility is at the office of the Custodian Cross-LoC trade in Uri and the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla office, which are several kilometers away from Srinagar.
Earlier, the provincial government in Kashmir had decided to take up the matter of issuing multiple visit permits to the drivers with the central government in New Delhi, but due to the recent India-Pakistan hostilities the matter has remained held up.
A multiple visit permit would have ensured that the drivers could go to the other side of the LoC many times on a single permit. A senior Kashmir government official said that as of now the concerned police authorities issue permits to the drivers to travel to the other side of LoC, which must be renewed before every visit. In addition, plans to set up full-body truck scanners at Uri and Poonch, which would have replaced the manual checking of goods and helped increase the volume of trade, were scrapped due to the tensions between the two countries. Trade custodian Shah said that it was the “prerogative” of the Indian government to set up the scanner and to issue the multiple permits for the drivers who ferry items to the other side of the LoC.
There are hardly any other instances in the South Asian region of trade being run on the barter system. Today’s world trade is regulated by WTO regime without any provision of barter trade between the countries under the WTO regulations.
LoC trade is more or less symbolic in nature and in the process there are some economic misgivings… Initially only almonds and three to four other items were traded. It is not a huge trade.
However, trade was originally supposed to grow, a process that has long since stalled. The trade was to be revisited and banking facilities should have been established
Though the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cleared the proposal of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank to open a branch in Muzaffarabad in Pakistani Azad Kashmir, that was however not cleared by Pakistan.
Observation
India and Pakistan must think something new, may be out of box. The artificial LOC should be dismantled and removed for ever first by establishing soft borders and eventually remaking Jammu Kashmir as it existed until 1947- the memorable year when India and Pakistan became free from British occupation and Jammu Kashmir came to be occupied by Indo-Pakistan. The LoC was the outcome of Simla agreement between Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistan’s President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Both Gandhi and Bhutto pledged to honor the LoC, but the division has long been plagued by violence.
For now, then, cross-LoC traders continue to exchange goods the old-fashioned way – and under the radar of a long-simmering conflict.
Given the circumstances between India and Pakistan, it is not surprising that strengthening cross-LoC trade has not remained a priority for both nations. The 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan has been flagrantly violated, due to which the cross LoC trade has taken a backstage seat. There shouldn’t have been any problem in expanding the trade. It was a big confidence-building measure which couldn’t be carried forward.
Starting the LoC trade itself signified that Kashmir remained an unresolved dispute. The LoC across which the trade is taking place is not an international border. It was due to this that India and Pakistan agreed that no passports are required for travel and trade… The travel is allowed on local documents and the trade was also started in a manner keeping in view the sensitivities of India and Pakistan.
Recently, ties between India and Pakistan have gotten even worse. Unwilling to openly admit its crimes in Kashmir, India quickly blames Pakistan both for the civilian protests and for a militant attack at an army base in Uri in Kashmir. In response, India claimed to have conducted cross-LoC “surgical strikes” in Pakistan. The chain of events has left the relations between India and Pakistan at their worst in recent memory.
Despite the current tensions, the trade has not stopped, which is a positive indication. Otherwise the ceasefire is gone after the surgical strikes. There is frequent exchange of heavy gunfire along the border.
Trade between neighboring nations is of paramount importance. But, for India and Pakistan, trade could be fruitful and beneficial only in normal course and only after the Kashmir allowed sovereignty and freedom by these nations.

 

%d bloggers like this: