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

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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.

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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

Quit Kashmir Movement in Kashmir – is it a mere gimmick and a bit late call?

Quit Kashmir Movement in Kashmir – is it a mere gimmick and a bit late call?

(A sovereign Kashmir: Random thoughts-272)

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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By very closely following the Zionist colonialist traditions, India also has been making strenuous efforts to make Kashmir an “integral” part of Indian territory Indianite Kashmir with Indian military personnel, police, intelligence, officals, Hindus, regular Jewish visitors, and others to outnumber Kashmiri Muslims as quickly as possible.

 

Land grabbing in Kashmir valley has been going on for years officially. By accelerating Hindu religious operations like Amarnath yatra with help from pro-India elements who rule and promote colonialist operations, New Delhi has been very apt in saffronize Kashmir for pure political advantages.

 

.In carefully pushing  the RSS backed  BJP  into a post poll alliance (only after the elections with a hung assembly) .with  major Kashmir political outfits like national Conference  or PDP,    India has achieved full control over Kashmiri Muslims as well. Now literally the BJP and Indian government decides the political course in Kashmir.

 

Indian Forces damage property worth millions in North & Central Kashmir

Thus far world looks at Kashmir as a dispute between India and Pakistan where Kashmiris do not play an role at all. Thus far, Kashmiris freedom seekers projected their fight with India only to win Kashmir for Pakistan.  In other words, world understands that Kashmiris are not fighting for sovereignty and freedom for reestablishing an independent Jammu Kashmir but only to become a part of a destabilized and weak Pakistan. Maybe Kashmiris want the support of Pakistan to obtain sovereignty but Pakistan has made it clear it has been fighting for Kashmir not to enable Kashmiris to build up their own home but in order only to make Kashmir a part of Pakistan. This impression, for whatever reasons, has only complicated the desire of Kashmiris for freedom as India and Pakistan continue to  let the world know that Kashmir belongs to  them and are only using Kashmiris to  to get Kashmir for themselves as per  joint strategy.

 

For the first time since Jammu Kashmir was invaded and made a part of both India and Pakistan in bits, Kashmiri freedom fighting pro-Pakistani leader Syed Geelani has announced a struggle to oust India from Kashmir.

 

“STOP VIOLENCE, GO HOME!!

INDIAN SOLDIERS, GO HOME!!”

 

Syed Ali Shah Geelani has launched a Quit Kashmir Movement today asking deployed Indian soldiers in disputed Jammu & Kashmir to go home. An email received by Kashmir Watch here today says that the chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani will march tomorrow (27th August) to 15 corp Hqs of Indian Army at Badami Bagh Srinagar at 2:00 pm and handover  the following letter to GOC in-charge asking him to vacate Jammu and Kashmir. People in Jammu and Kashmir and all over the world are urged to mail this letter to Indian Army, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Navy, BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF stationed in the UN recognized disputed states of Jammu & Kashmir.

Geelani said: “Even though your actions have killed one lakh people, disappeared ten thousand and orphaned more than sixty thousand children to subdue us collectively and to make us surrender our fundamental right of freedom, yet the emotion of love and reverence that martyrdom of Commander Burhan Wani mobilized across and beyond Kashmir, should open your eyes. The more you strike us down, the more we shall rise with renewed determination and vigor. We are in the process of liberating our minds and the days of freedom are in sight. This is the time for you to see the writing on the wall and think upon what you always intended to do and what it has presented you with always.

 

You thought your violence would kill our dreams for freedom. They have not. You thought our spirit would break; we would turn against each other. We will not. You have succeeded in murder, but not in the death of our dreams. Before more violence, before more sorrow, before more graves, we ask you to stop.

 

Ours is a rich and resilient culture. We are proud people whose hospitality has defined our history. We welcome guests, invited or uninvited, not invaders. We understand your deception, your psychological warfare. You will be tired of killing us; some day you might be horrified at what you have done to humanity. We will never tire of struggling for our history, for our future, our freedom. We will not forgive. We will not forget.

 

Since we believe, there must be some humanity left in your persons as sons, brothers, husbands, fathers and as people; we appeal you to lend solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir for our rightful self-determination, and the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be free. We call on your conscience to end the long chapter of deception, tyranny and death. Therefore, we appeal and urge you to leave our land. Save your individual conscience and help your national soul with healing that only comes from acknowledgement and acceptance of truth, i.e. People of Jammu and Kashmir are not with India and will never be…..”

 

 

“AN APPEAL TO INDIAN SOLDIERS

“PLEASE GO HOME!!”

 

Yet, Geelani has not clearly mentioned about a soverign Kashmir for Kashmiris. He ahs not made any effort to link Kashmir freedom struggle with international freedom movements or initiated any steps to coordinate the Kashmiri struggle with other such movements across the globe – that would have got the political mileage it deserves globally.

 

Geelani should know only “united, they stand” and can force the government in New Delhi to initiate steps for withdrawal from Kashmir. He needs to change his own mind in favor of an independent Kashmir and lead the people to achieve that sacred goal.

 

In Kashmir military decides everything. A recent report that Kashmiri kids have been thrashed by CRPF in South Kashmir reveals what India has been doing in Kashmir with support from pro-India elements.

 

While Kashmiris would never forgive Mehbooba led government for atrocities against Muslims in Kashmir, the way India has been preceding with its plan of grabbing lands in Kashmir makes it clear about Indian future agenda in there. As Kashmiri separatists continue to promote Pakistani interests, property worth millions was damaged by Indian forces in Bangdara Kreeri village of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday when they went on a rampage hitting parked vehicles, entering into houses smashing television sets, electronic gadgets, furniture and other goods. Locals told news agency CNS that government forces went on rampage in the village.

 

Indian government forces hit people with gun butts and sticks, even didn’t spare women and children. Every house was targeted. We are shocked to see the extent of damage caused by these government gunmen. Locals said that a peaceful mild protest was going on in the area when government forces emerged in the village. “They let loose a reign of terror. Every parked vehicle was targeted and windshields were damaged. Motorcycles and scooters were targeted. The tv sets, refrigerators, laptops, and other electronic gadgets were smashed into pieces,” said locals.

When contacted a police official said that he will look into the matter.  Similar reports from Wusan Kangan said that government forces created mayhem in the area, thrashed people and damaged property. “The unbridles men in uniform were so rude that they didn’t even spare teenage girls and little children. They beat up all, damaged our houses, vehicles and electronic gadgets. We will never forgive Mehbooba led government for these atrocities,” locals said.

Meanwhile, the family members of three minor kids from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district alleged that ‘unbriddled’ CRPF personnel beat them to pulp while they were on way to their orchards. The minors who have received multiple injuries were identified as Basit Ahmed (12), Muhammad Huzaib (8) and Sahil Ahmed (10) all residents of Gulshan Abad Koimouh. “It were local policemen who saved our kids from CRPF. These kids are unable to walk due to sound thrashing,” the family members told CNS. The family members said that neither any protest nor stone-pelting was going on in the area nor yet their kids were targeted. “The incident speaks volumes about the lawlessness prevailing in the district,” they said.

While pro-India elements serve the cause of India, the pro-freedom or separatists only help Pakistan. Thus they promote colonialism in South Asia.

Leaders of Kashmir should stop and end betrayal of Kashmiris.

They should also stop confusing the world.

They have to erase the impression that they work and speak for India or Pakistan, thereby promoting colonialism and state terrorism.

Quit Kashmir Movement in Kashmir could remind India of its own “Quit India movement” that eventually won freedom from British government, even though that freedom meant only for the rich and compote lords. Today, both India and Pakistan, backed by both USA and UK, are being looted by the corrupt politicians.

Will Kashmir freedom movement leaders be sincere and honest with people?

That indeed is a trillion dollar question!

West Asia: John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov to finalize Syria deal!

West Asia: John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov to finalize Syria deal!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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The war in Arab Syria, still going on for years, is a sort of world war as many powers are  killing Muslims there as part of  America’s permanent war project on Islam and Muslims, launched  in Islamic world following theSept-11 hoax.

The war has become intense with Russian forces joining the party in Damascus. As in the case of Palestine issue, USA maintains it wants to find a credible solution to the crisis and end war in Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Aug. 26 to try to finalize a deal on Syria, after an initial US-Russian understanding reached at meetings in Moscow on July 15 was upended by intensified fighting in Aleppo. “We want to be very measured in our expectations as we go forward … but we believe this meeting is worth having,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told journalists on Aug. 24 about the upcoming Kerry-Lavrov meeting in Geneva. When asked if the scheduling of the meeting was a sign a deal was imminent she said: “We still have issues that need to be resolved. However, we are meeting. We are going to put Secretary Kerry and the foreign minister in a face-to-face meeting to try to resolve some of the issues that remain. I don’t know where we will be after this. … We are committed to this … advancing.”

Kerry, speaking to reporters in Kenya on Aug. 22, said he hoped that meetings between US and Russian technical teams in Geneva this week would make sufficient progress on a plan to expand a cessation of hostilities in Syria nationwide so that a deal could be announced by the end of the month.  “Foreign Minister Lavrov and I would meet,” Kerry told reporters in Kenya. “But I wouldn’t be surprised, if they are positive and constructive, that we do get together sooner rather than later. And, therefore, it is possible that something could be agreed … upon before the end of the month. … I wouldn’t express optimism; I would express hope.” “This has to end — this Syrian travesty,” Kerry added. “It has gone on far too long. It has cost too many lives.” A resumption of intra-Syrian political talks “has to be empowered by a legitimate cessation of hostilities and that is what we’re working to achieve,” he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Kerry and Lavrov spoke by phone Aug. 24. They “discussed the situation in Syria, including in Aleppo … as well as possibilities for coordinating Russian and US efforts to combat terrorism, building on earlier agreements, including the need to draw a clear line between pro-American Syrian opposition groups and terrorist groups using them as cover, and to whom the cease-fire provisions do not apply,” the ministry said in a press release.

 

Earlier, diplomatic sources in Geneva had said that a Kerry-Lavrov meeting was tentatively planned, but that whether one materialized depended on whether there was sufficient progress on Aleppo discussions. “It depends on how the talks progress,” a diplomat in Geneva, speaking not for attribution, said on Aug. 24. “Clearly, both sides want a deal … but there is so much mistrust.”

Syrian war grew out of the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad’s government violently repressed protests calling for his removal. The Syrian civil war is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria in which international interventions have taken place. The war is now being fought among several factions: the Syrian Government, a loose alliance of Syrian Arab rebel groups, the Syrian Democratic Forces, Salafi jihadist groups (including al-Nusra Front) who often co-operate with the rebels, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The factions receive substantial support from foreign actors, leading many to label the conflict a proxy war waged by both regional and global powers.

Syrian opposition groups formed the Free Syrian Army and seized control of the area surrounding Aleppo and parts of southern Syria. Over time, factions of the Syrian opposition split from their original moderate position to pursue an Islamist vision for Syria as al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).In the north, Syrian government forces largely withdrew to fight the FSA, allowing the Kurdish YPG to move in and claim de facto autonomy. In 2015 the YPG joined forces with Arab, Assyrian, and Armenian and Turkmen groups forming the Syrian Democratic Forces.

As of February 2016 the government held 40% of Syria, ISIL held around 20-40%, Arab rebel groups (including al-Nusra Front) 20%, and 15-20% is held by the Syrian Democratic Forces. Both the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Army have made recent gains against ISIL.

International organizations have accused the Syrian government, ISIL and other opposition forces of severe human rights violations and of multiple massacres. The conflict has caused a considerable displacement of population. On 1 February 2016,a formal start of the UN-mediated Geneva Syria peace talks was announced by the UN but fighting continues unabated.[

Syria became an independent republic in 1946, although democratic rule ended with a coup in March 1949, followed by two more coups the same year. A popular uprising against military rule in 1954 saw the army transfer power to civilians. From 1958 to 1961, a brief union with Egypt replaced Syria’s parliamentary system with a highly centralized presidential regime. The secular Ba’ath Syrian Regional Branch government came to power through a successful coup d’état in 1963. The next several years Syria went through additional coups and changes in leadership. In March 1971, Hafez al-Assad, an Alawite, declared himself President, a position that he held until his death in 2000.

 

The Assad government opposed the US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Bush administration undertook to destabilize the regime by increasing sectarian tensions, showcasing and publicizing Syrian repression of radical Kurdish and Sunni groups and financing political dissidents. Assad also opposed the Qatar-Turkey pipeline in 2009. A classified 2013 report by a joint U.S. army and intelligence group concluded that the overthrow of Assad would have drastic consequences; the opposition supported by the Obama administration was dominated by jihadist elements.

 

In 2000, Bashar al-Assad took over as President of Syria upon Hafez al-Assad′s death. He and his wife Asma al-Assad, a Sunni Muslim born and educated in Britain,[110] initially inspired hopes for democratic reforms. A Damascus Spring of social and political debate took place between July 2000 and August 2001. The Damascus Spring largely ended in August 2001 with the arrest and imprisonment of ten leading activists who had called for democratic elections and a campaign of civil disobedience.[112] In the opinion of his critics, Bashar Assad had failed to deliver on promised reforms.]

 

Syrian President Assad continues to be adamant, refusing to step down, allowing the situation to calm down especially after Russia, on pretext of supporting Assad, also began attacking the Syrians. Meanwhile, in September 2015, an announcement was made about the formation of the New Syrian Army (NSA), which would initially begin its operations by fighting the Islamic State (IS), without any mention about it possibly confronting Bashar al-Assad’s forces. This is despite the fact that the NSA commander, Khazal al-Sarhan, told various media outlets that Assad and IS were but two sides of the same coin, and that his army would fight Assad once IS is defeated.

Russia said Aug. 18 that it would be willing to consider cease-fires that would last 48 hours for Aleppo on a weekly basis, provided there could be security guarantees that would enable aid to reach both government-held western Aleppo as well as rebel-held eastern Aleppo. But follow-up meetings on how to implement the plan only resumed in Geneva on Aug. 23 and have been complicated, the diplomatic source said.

 

US officials said Russian actions had served to bolster popular support for al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (recently renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), which played a key role in breaking an attempted Syrian regime besiegement of rebel-held eastern Aleppo. “The recent escalation in airstrikes and ground fighting in Aleppo is of deep concern to the United States,” a US official, speaking not for attribution, said on Aug. 23. “The Syrian regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, are driving this escalation that is bringing more suffering to an already deplorable humanitarian crisis and complicates efforts to get Syrian parties to the negotiating table. “Russia has pledged to focus its military actions against ISIL (new name given by the CIA to Islamic State) and al-Qaeda in Syria.

 

The US official said instead of degrading these terrorist organizations, however, Russia’s actions have empowered the Syrian regime — which uses barrel bombs and, reportedly, toxic chemicals, like chlorine, on its own people. These actions threaten to galvanize popular support for extremists like al-Qaeda, which claim to defend the population suffering under the rule of a brutal dictator and his allies.” “By intervening militarily in this civil war, Russia assumed enormous responsibility for Syria’s future,” the US official said. “It is long past time for Russia to take the necessary steps to reduce violence against civilians, guarantee open access for humanitarian agencies and create conditions conducive for a political transition.”

 

Meanwhile, Turkey launched its most ambitious operation of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it targeted the double threat from Islamic State extremists and Syrian Kurdish militias.  Turkey says the air and ground operation dubbed “Euphrates Shield” will clear jihadists from the Syrian town of Jarabulus, which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karkamis.

The operation was launched just days after Ankara appeared to soften its often-confrontational line on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Turkey wants to see removed. Turkey views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which it has denounced as a terror organisation along with the EU and the USA. The Syrian Kurds “already occupy a large strip of that border but there is this part in the middle that is still held by ISIS.

At the weekend, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim for the first time acknowledged that Assad was one of the “actors” in Syria, saying he may need to remain as part of any transition. Turkey is also working more closely with Iran and Russia, Assad’s last remaining major allies. So far, no world power has objected to the Turkish operation, which began just hours before US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ankara.

 

There have also been signs of a less confrontational Turkish foreign policy since Yildirim took over from Ahmet Davutoglu as premier in May. Stopping Kurdish advances in the north was now Ankara’s primary goal in Syria rather than Assad’s removal. “Following the ouster of Ahmet Davutoglu, the architect of Turkey’s foreign policy in the last decade, Ankara has recalibrated its Syria policy.”Blocking PYD Kurdish advances in Syria, previously Ankara’s secondary goal, now trumps Turkey’s erstwhile policy of ousting the Assad regime.”
The Kerry-Lavrov Geneva discussions “will be the big meeting,” Bassam Barabandi, a former Syrian diplomat now with the Syrian opposition High Negotiating Committee, told Al-Monitor on Aug. 23. “Now I think it is very difficult to talk about a cessation of hostilities,” Barabandi said. Rebel gains in Aleppo in recent weeks are “very difficult to use as leverage, because part of them are Nusra, so I don’t see how Kerry can leverage that” in his discussions with the Russians, Barabandi said.

 

Even as Kerry expressed hope that a US-Russia deal on Syria could be finalized this month, the Pentagon pushed back on reports a deal was imminent. “Contrary to recent claims, we have not finalized plans with Russia on potential coordinated efforts,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told journalists Aug. 22. “Serious issues must first be resolved before we can implement the steps Kerry and Lavrov discussed in Moscow last month…We are not there yet, and the regime and Russian’s recent actions only make it harder to consider any potential coordination,” Cook added.

Whether or not the Kerry-Lavrov talks on Syrian war would put an end to war and other forms of hostilities in the country and whether or not Assad would step aside at least now when thousands of Syrians have lost their valuable lives because of him and Syria is in shatters.

It would take years for Syria to revive its economy and trade even if a deal is struck by the top powers of the world.

Once destabilized by US led terror forces, chances of revival is a difficult talks as we have seen in Afghanistan and Libya.

Pakistan is perhaps destabilized once for all.

 

UN: Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri Lanka!

UN: Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri Lanka!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) stated recently that Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country.

UN CERD is a body of independent human experts monitoring the implementation of ICERD by the state parties.

No cases of sexual violence – during the horrific civil war in Sri Lanka – had been submitted, even though this had affected thousands of women, said Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, committee member and country rapporteur for Sri Lanka, during a review of Sri Lanka in the 90th session of the UN Committee on CERD. Last week, CERD concluded the examination of the combined tenth to seventeenth periodic report of Sri Lanka – on its implementation of provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The Tamil population continues to suffer discrimination, including through lack of access to public services in their own language, and the fact that police agents in the north of the country did not speak Tamil, he noted. People continue to live in fear due to the big military presence.

The recently-promulgated Law for Witness and Victim Protection had no dedicated funds for the mechanism to facilitate its implementation on the ground. What measures have been taken to protect Tamil women from multiple discrimination, the Guatemalan expert who has been on the Committee since 2004, asked, warning that discrimination against Tamils, particularly for not having access to public spaces to bury their dead would continue to hinder lasting peace and reconciliation.

Since 2009, there have been several issues that have remained unaddressed, brought about by violations of humanitarian laws and human rights by both sides, leading to anxiety, fear and suspicion, said Ravinatha Aryasinha, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN office at Geneva, while presenting his country report. Successive governments have failed to reach a political settlement with the groups. Aryasinha referred to the various steps that have been taken since the Maithripala Sirisena government assumed power in January 2015, including the introduction of the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution – which imposed a two-term limit for the mandate of President and recognized national reconciliation as a duty of the President. The amendment also established a special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation and an Office for National Unity Commission for Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation that would consult with South African authorities.

Both Sinhala and Tamil were made the languages of administration and of the courts, he added. Article 22, per the provisions of the 16th amendment to the Constitution, ensures that Sinhala will be the official language in all provinces except in the north and east where Tamil will also be used.

Replying to questions by experts on application of customary laws, the Sri Lankan delegation said that any change of customary law had to change from the communities themselves. As such, those people of Islamic faith have the option of subscribing to Muslim personal laws (including statutes) while Tamils hailing from the Jaffna Peninsula fall within the ambit of the ‘Thesavalame Law’. Any Sri Lankan had the right to return – and the Government had re-established the possibility for dual citizenships – said the Sri Lankan delegation, replying to a question from a human rights expert that if Indian Tamils were allowed to return to their country.

The CERD members said that the situation of refugees and internally displaced persons, war widows, inter-ethnic violence, reconciliation, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and the lack of human rights education were all “issues of concern” for the Committee. Reports presented by civil society organisations and the UN human rights mechanisms along with UN resolutions, offered a very different picture of the current situation than that presented by the Sri Lankan government – the discrepancies were concerning, Tzay stated.

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, were on an official visit to the Buddhist nation this year. Both the experts had said that “more reforms are needed before Sri Lanka can be considered to be on a path to sustainable democratization”. “Severe forms of torture continue to be used, although probably less frequently, while both old and new cases of torture continue to be surrounded by total impunity,” Méndez had said. Reiterating her concerns on the issue of massive rape by the military, a CERD expert noted that many of the perpetrators were still in the north of the country, and emphasized the need for newly-recruited Tamil elements there.

Experts were concerned about the 18-month period for pre-trial detention, and raised a number of questions in relation to the application of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). “Suspects are subjected to lengthy remand periods with many being detained for years, some even up to 15 years before trial,” Méndez had said after his Sri Lankan tour. The Act allows for arbitrary detention without charges, admissibility of statements obtained under duress in courts and limits access to a lawyer.

The Sri Lankan government, however, maintained that persons arrested under the PTA were entitled to all safeguards, including visits by family members and the National Human Rights Commission. Questions were also raised by the UN committee on risks of political interference, referring specifically to the removal of judges for politically-motivated reasons, urging the country to adopt better provisions for ensuring the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. Pinto had also stated that the government needs to “reinforce the independence and impartiality of the justice sector” during the drafting of its new Constitution. This is the first interaction between the Sri Lankan government and the CERD experts since August 2001, when the last formal meeting took place in the midst of hostilities perpetrated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
UN should convene an extra ordinary meeting to discuss the problems being faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka even after the defeat of Rajapksha regime that had been extra cruel to Tamils. Tamils in Lanka and India as well as entire world expected a real change o f mind and heart in Sri Lanka with the onset of the Sirisena government that officially committed to reconciliation and faire treatment of Tamils.
Tamils and other minorities overwhelmingly voted the Sirisena’s party to power hoping for a change in state attitude towards minorities but the new government also seems to be pursuing the same old racially discriminatory policies detrimental to common good of the nation. .
President Sirisena has to rewind the old anti-human system of racial discriminations and targeting of Tamils and help a democratic system dawn on the island nation, already facing extinction owning to deadly climate change processes.

 

India: Supreme Court slams TN CM Jayalalithaa on numberless defamation cases!

India: Supreme Court slams TN CM Jayalalithaa on numberless defamation cases!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Indian Supreme Court on August 24 asked the Tamil Nadu government to chin up and face criticism of its policies. The apex court observed No other State in the country seemed to have filed so many criminal defamation cases, that too using the state machinery and the public prosecutor’s office, in the recent past. Rebuking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during a hearing on a defamation case filed by her, the Supreme Court today said a public figure must be prepared to face criticism. “You are a public figure and you have to face criticism,” the apex court told the AIADMK chief, whose government has filed several defamation cases against her critics. The Supreme Court was not pleased. “No other state misuses the state machinery like the Tamil Nadu government,” the bench noted.

One of those defamation cases refers to a report on Jaya’s medical condition. “Defamation cases can’t be slapped for merely reporting on the Chief Minister’s health condition,” the apex court said. It was for the second time in as many months that the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu was slammed by the Supreme Court over the batch of defamation cases.

Last month, a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton Faliman had said such defamation cases against the critics of a government have a “chilling effect”. “It amounts to curbing of free speech. There has to be tolerance for criticism. The defamation law cannot be used as a political counter weapon,” the bench said. The apex court by its May 13, 2016 judgment had rejected the challenge to the constitutional validity of penal provisions for criminal defamation.

A Bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, perused the history of defamation cases filed in the past five years and said criminal defamation cases were filed even for reports about the Chief Minister’s health condition. “This is not the way… this is not the sign of a healthy democracy. This shows State’s control over the sanctioning authority and prosecutor’s office in filing defamation cases against opponents, media and political rivals,” Justice Misra observed orally. “If somebody criticises the policy of the government, if the person criticised is a public figure, he has to face it instead of using the state machinery to choke criticism,” the Bench said.
The court issued fresh notice to the State government and the authorities and directed them to file their responses on the issue within three weeks. The court then posted a hearing after five weeks.
On August 17, the government provided the Supreme Court with a list of defamation cases filed by the State through the public prosecutor in the past five years. The list shows a spectrum of cases filed against the DMK, the DMDK, the Congress, the media and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The 70-page list, in a tabular form, is titled the “list of defamation cases filed by the Government of Tamil Nadu for defamatory speeches made against Honourable Chief Minister from May 16, 2011 to July 28, 2016”.
A broad count of the list shows that 213 criminal defamation cases have been filed by the Tamil State. Of this, 85 were registered against the DMK, 48 against the DMDK, 55 against media persons, seven against the Congress and five against Dr. Swamy. The submission of the list was based on a July 28 order by the court, which was alarmed by the row of criminal defamation cases unleashed on political opponents of Ms. Jayalalithaa through the state machinery. This was barely 10 days after the apex court sought a personal explanation from Ms. Jayalalithaa about the series of criminal defamation cases being lodged against political opponents.
The Bench was hearing a criminal defamation case filed against DMDK leader Vijayakanth through the local public prosecutor on the government’s sanction against his remarks at a public event in Tirupur district on November 6, 2015. During an earlier hearing on a similar defamation case against Mr. Vijayakanth for remarks made in Dharmapuri district, Justice Misra had orally observed that a “public prosecutor is not a postman” to settle political scores.

The Supreme Court on August 24 said defamation cases should not be used as a political counter weapon against critics of governments and stayed non-bailable warrants (NBW) issued against DMDK Chief and actor politician Vijayakanth and his wife Premlata in such a matter. “Anyone calling a government corrupt or unfit cannot be slapped with defamation case,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said. The apex court further said, “there has to be tolerance to criticism…defamation cases cannot be used as a political counter weapon. Cases for criticizing the government or bureaucrats create a chilling effect.”

The court also sought the list of defamation cases filed by the public prosecutors in Tamil Nadu on behalf of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa against her critics in two weeks. The penal provision on defamation (section 499 and 500 of the IPC) should not be used to throttle dissent, the bench said, adding that the court must step in, if there are continuous efforts to harass persons by filing a number of defamation cases.

Whether calling a Chief Minister “corrupt” amounted to criminal defamation or not was the crux of a debate between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s lawyers and the Supreme Court . “You can’t call a Chief Minister ‘corrupt’ and then say there is no defamation,” senior advocate L. Nageshwar Rao August 23, 2016 told a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant. Justice Misra reacted saying that “then there cannot be any criticism in this country”. “Saying corrupt is all right,” Justice Misra remarked. But Rao persisted that comments in the nature of a personal attack of the Chief Minister amounted to defamation. The exchange came on a petition filed by DMDK founder and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijayakanth against criminal defamation cases filed against him in various courts in Tamil Nadu.

 
The petition by actor turned political leader Vijayakanth, represented by advocate G.S. Mani, was part of a batch led by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and diverse leaders seeking decriminalization of defamation. The Apex bench told the counsel for Tamil Nadu government that there should not be abuse of defamation provisions. A Tirupur trial court had yesterday issued a non-bailable warrant against Vijayakanth and his wife after they failed to appear before the court with regard to the defamation case against them. The case lodged by Public Prosecutor of Tirupur district was on the allegation that they made false remarks against Jayalalithaa and criticised the functioning of the State government on November 6, 2015.

Penal provisions of defamation amounted to a chilling effect on free speech, and thus unconstitutional, they had argued. “Why should this court give an exception to people who have come here to this court? Why show this exception to people who speak about somebody’s personal life? The comments in question ranged from accusation of sand mining to making Rs.100 crore of illegal benefits… It is all right to criticize the government, but these comments are personal,” Rao submitted.
Incidentally, the Centre, represented by Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, also agreed with Ms. Jayalalithaa’s side that the cases “should go to trial”. The court then reserved the petition for final orders.

Earlier, the apex court had issued notice to Jayalalithaa on a plea by Vijayakanth seeking stay on proceedings on a criminal defamation case filed against him through public prosecutor. Besides Jayalalithaa, the court has also issued notice to the public prosecutor who has filed the defamation case. “A sustained democracy is predicated fundamentally on the idea of criticism, dissent, and tolerance, for the will, desire, aspirations and sometimes the desperation of the people on many an occasion are expressed through such criticism,” the bench had said while reproducing the submission made by DMDK counsel G S Mani.

Meanwhile, the apex court is hearing an appeal filed by Karnataka challenging the acquittal of the 68-year-old AIADMK chief and three others in the disproportionate assets case. the Karnataka government in June told the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterJ Jayalalithaa’s acquittal by the state High Court in an illegal assets case is perverse and defeats the mandate of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Jayalalithaa and others were accused of allegedly amassing disproportionate asserts to the tune of Rs 66.65 crores during her first term as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. After a trial that lasted for 18 years, a trial court in Bangaluru had convicted Jayalalithaa and sentenced her to four-year jail term and a Rs 100 crore fine.

Karnataka government has challenged the state High Court’s May 11, 2015 verdict reversing a September 27, 2014 Bangaluru trial court order convicting Jayalalithaa, her aide N Sasikala Natarajan and the latter’s two relatives VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi in the case. Karnataka had argued before the apex court that the accused had conspired to camouflage the disproportionate assets by creating a web of companies.

Last month, in a historic victory, Jayalalithaa bucked the trend to beat anti-incumbency – and allegations of corruption – to retain power in Tamil Nadu, a first since 1984. In a coincidence, the AIADMK supremo took oath as Chief Minister for the second time in a span of one year on the same day – May 23. Jayalalithaa had assumed office on May 23, 2015, exactly a year ago, as Chief Minister for the fifth time of the state then following her acquittal.

 

 

India: Supreme Court slams TN CM Jayalalithaa on numberless defamation cases!

India: Supreme Court slams TN CM Jayalalithaa on numberless defamation cases!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
______

 

Indian Supreme Court on August 24 asked the Tamil Nadu government to chin up and face criticism of its policies. The apex court observed No other State in the country seemed to have filed so many criminal defamation cases, that too using the state machinery and the public prosecutor’s office, in the recent past. Rebuking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa during a hearing on a defamation case filed by her, the Supreme Court today said a public figure must be prepared to face criticism. “You are a public figure and you have to face criticism,” the apex court told the AIADMK chief, whose government has filed several defamation cases against her critics. The Supreme Court was not pleased. “No other state misuses the state machinery like the Tamil Nadu government,” the bench noted.

One of those defamation cases refers to a report on Jaya’s medical condition. “Defamation cases can’t be slapped for merely reporting on the Chief Minister’s health condition,” the apex court said. It was for the second time in as many months that the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu was slammed by the Supreme Court over the batch of defamation cases.

Last month, a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Rohinton Faliman had said such defamation cases against the critics of a government have a “chilling effect”. “It amounts to curbing of free speech. There has to be tolerance for criticism. The defamation law cannot be used as a political counter weapon,” the bench said. The apex court by its May 13, 2016 judgment had rejected the challenge to the constitutional validity of penal provisions for criminal defamation.

A Bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, perused the history of defamation cases filed in the past five years and said criminal defamation cases were filed even for reports about the Chief Minister’s health condition. “This is not the way… this is not the sign of a healthy democracy. This shows State’s control over the sanctioning authority and prosecutor’s office in filing defamation cases against opponents, media and political rivals,” Justice Misra observed orally. “If somebody criticises the policy of the government, if the person criticised is a public figure, he has to face it instead of using the state machinery to choke criticism,” the Bench said.
The court issued fresh notice to the State government and the authorities and directed them to file their responses on the issue within three weeks. The court then posted a hearing after five weeks.
On August 17, the government provided the Supreme Court with a list of defamation cases filed by the State through the public prosecutor in the past five years. The list shows a spectrum of cases filed against the DMK, the DMDK, the Congress, the media and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The 70-page list, in a tabular form, is titled the “list of defamation cases filed by the Government of Tamil Nadu for defamatory speeches made against Honourable Chief Minister from May 16, 2011 to July 28, 2016”.
A broad count of the list shows that 213 criminal defamation cases have been filed by the Tamil State. Of this, 85 were registered against the DMK, 48 against the DMDK, 55 against media persons, seven against the Congress and five against Dr. Swamy. The submission of the list was based on a July 28 order by the court, which was alarmed by the row of criminal defamation cases unleashed on political opponents of Ms. Jayalalithaa through the state machinery. This was barely 10 days after the apex court sought a personal explanation from Ms. Jayalalithaa about the series of criminal defamation cases being lodged against political opponents.
The Bench was hearing a criminal defamation case filed against DMDK leader Vijayakanth through the local public prosecutor on the government’s sanction against his remarks at a public event in Tirupur district on November 6, 2015. During an earlier hearing on a similar defamation case against Mr. Vijayakanth for remarks made in Dharmapuri district, Justice Misra had orally observed that a “public prosecutor is not a postman” to settle political scores.

The Supreme Court on August 24 said defamation cases should not be used as a political counter weapon against critics of governments and stayed non-bailable warrants (NBW) issued against DMDK Chief and actor politician Vijayakanth and his wife Premlata in such a matter. “Anyone calling a government corrupt or unfit cannot be slapped with defamation case,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said. The apex court further said, “there has to be tolerance to criticism…defamation cases cannot be used as a political counter weapon. Cases for criticizing the government or bureaucrats create a chilling effect.”

The court also sought the list of defamation cases filed by the public prosecutors in Tamil Nadu on behalf of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa against her critics in two weeks. The penal provision on defamation (section 499 and 500 of the IPC) should not be used to throttle dissent, the bench said, adding that the court must step in, if there are continuous efforts to harass persons by filing a number of defamation cases.

Whether calling a Chief Minister “corrupt” amounted to criminal defamation or not was the crux of a debate between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s lawyers and the Supreme Court . “You can’t call a Chief Minister ‘corrupt’ and then say there is no defamation,” senior advocate L. Nageshwar Rao August 23, 2016 told a Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant. Justice Misra reacted saying that “then there cannot be any criticism in this country”. “Saying corrupt is all right,” Justice Misra remarked. But Rao persisted that comments in the nature of a personal attack of the Chief Minister amounted to defamation. The exchange came on a petition filed by DMDK founder and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijayakanth against criminal defamation cases filed against him in various courts in Tamil Nadu.

 
The petition by actor turned political leader Vijayakanth, represented by advocate G.S. Mani, was part of a batch led by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and diverse leaders seeking decriminalization of defamation. The Apex bench told the counsel for Tamil Nadu government that there should not be abuse of defamation provisions. A Tirupur trial court had yesterday issued a non-bailable warrant against Vijayakanth and his wife after they failed to appear before the court with regard to the defamation case against them. The case lodged by Public Prosecutor of Tirupur district was on the allegation that they made false remarks against Jayalalithaa and criticised the functioning of the State government on November 6, 2015.

Penal provisions of defamation amounted to a chilling effect on free speech, and thus unconstitutional, they had argued. “Why should this court give an exception to people who have come here to this court? Why show this exception to people who speak about somebody’s personal life? The comments in question ranged from accusation of sand mining to making Rs.100 crore of illegal benefits… It is all right to criticize the government, but these comments are personal,” Rao submitted.
Incidentally, the Centre, represented by Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, also agreed with Ms. Jayalalithaa’s side that the cases “should go to trial”. The court then reserved the petition for final orders.

Earlier, the apex court had issued notice to Jayalalithaa on a plea by Vijayakanth seeking stay on proceedings on a criminal defamation case filed against him through public prosecutor. Besides Jayalalithaa, the court has also issued notice to the public prosecutor who has filed the defamation case. “A sustained democracy is predicated fundamentally on the idea of criticism, dissent, and tolerance, for the will, desire, aspirations and sometimes the desperation of the people on many an occasion are expressed through such criticism,” the bench had said while reproducing the submission made by DMDK counsel G S Mani.

Meanwhile, the apex court is hearing an appeal filed by Karnataka challenging the acquittal of the 68-year-old AIADMK chief and three others in the disproportionate assets case. the Karnataka government in June told the Supreme Court that Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterJ Jayalalithaa’s acquittal by the state High Court in an illegal assets case is perverse and defeats the mandate of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Jayalalithaa and others were accused of allegedly amassing disproportionate asserts to the tune of Rs 66.65 crores during her first term as chief minister from 1991 to 1996. After a trial that lasted for 18 years, a trial court in Bangaluru had convicted Jayalalithaa and sentenced her to four-year jail term and a Rs 100 crore fine.

Karnataka government has challenged the state High Court’s May 11, 2015 verdict reversing a September 27, 2014 Bangaluru trial court order convicting Jayalalithaa, her aide N Sasikala Natarajan and the latter’s two relatives VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi in the case. Karnataka had argued before the apex court that the accused had conspired to camouflage the disproportionate assets by creating a web of companies.

Last month, in a historic victory, Jayalalithaa bucked the trend to beat anti-incumbency – and allegations of corruption – to retain power in Tamil Nadu, a first since 1984. In a coincidence, the AIADMK supremo took oath as Chief Minister for the second time in a span of one year on the same day – May 23. Jayalalithaa had assumed office on May 23, 2015, exactly a year ago, as Chief Minister for the fifth time of the state then following her acquittal.

 

 

US Presidency 2016: Trumpophobia is illogical!

US Presidency 2016: Trumpophobia is illogical!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Capitalist-imperialist America is destined to have hawkish presidents in future too for advancing global interests of USA, both legal and illegal.

After the successful launch of Islamophobia with full media backing, now the  Hawks in USA are now  busy introducing fear for the Trump phenomenon 0r Trumpophobia to terrorize the educated American  voters fed up with problematic Obamamania and Democratic misrule after republican variety. .

A major thrust in Democratic campaign against Republican hopeful Trump is presenting him as a serious threat to USA and world. They are generating fear of trump- Trumpophobia- to win points over him.

Ronald Trump may not the most sensible leader in USA but then he is not at all insane as many Clintonites fondly claim.  However, Trump is one the most needed statesmen Americans badly need as they face an arrogant regime still seeking prolongation of terror wars for resources and routes to ensure US energy security permanently.

Trump can end antagonism with Russia and will ask Americans and world at large to respect the rights of Palestinians, among some of his wise ideas. Of course, there’s more than a little irony in the uproar over Trump’s ostensible encouragement of using violence to knock off a political opponent a strategy of former Jewish state secretary of USA. But then that is how begins his topics and attacks. Trump is only reminding the Americans of violence a key feature of Hillary as the terror phenomenon characterizes so much of the statecraft of Hillary’s idol, Henry Kissinger.

 

Responsible for illegal bombing campaigns that caused millions of deaths throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, Zionist Kissinger also fomented genocides in East Timor, Bangladesh, southern Africa, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Argentina; the earliest Neocon boss  also notoriously enabled and supported the Pinochet regime in Chile, which seized power in a military coup – a coup that led to the deaths of thousands, including the democratically-elected president Salvador Allende in the presidential palace.

 

Hillary Clinton is a democratic bomber and, like Trump, is horribly wrong.. Interestingly, former first lady at White House Hillary Clinton sharing honors her husband was enjoying, openly emulates Zionist Kissinger. Not only has she verbalized her admiration for Kissinger, as she did in the Democratic debates this year, in her 2014 review of Kissinger’s World Order Clinton wrote that Kissinger is “a friend,” and that she “relied on his counsel,” and consulted with him regularly when she was Secretary of State. Aside from words, though, or, Clinton emulates Kissinger both in theory and practice, in deeds. Her support of the coup d’etat in Honduras in 2009, for instance, when she was Secretary of State, came right out of Kissinger’s playbook – as was her support of launching strikes against Libya, not to mention her plans to bomb Syria.

The character of the 2016 presidential election is the fascist demagogy of the Republican billionaire, on the one hand, and on the other, the militarist, “patriotic” claptrap of the Democratic imperialist.

Neither Trump nor Hillary would be expected draw down the terror wars launched by Bushdom rouges and accelerated by lefty Obama team, but one can still feel Trump could be trusted as a true representative of capitalist-imperialism.

Not many countries are interested in the US elections or the outcome as nothing is going to change in terms of policies of USA and republican or democratic the next president is going to repeat the show of Bush-Obama, citing the so-called national interest.  For instance, the Saudis have little hope that either of the two main US presidential candidates, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, will turn things around. The Russian deployment of combat aircraft into Iran to bomb Sunni targets in Syria is the latest step in what Saudi Arabia perceives as a steadily deteriorating regional security environment. The deployment of Russian bombers is the first foreign military presence in Iran since the fall of the Shah. It’s a nightmare for the royals. Riyadh sees the ever closer relations between Iran, Russia, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Iraqis as a fundamental shift in the strategic environment in the Middle East.

The Saudis have been frustrated for years by US President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to put more effort into eliminating Assad. Now the Syrian president seems more secure than ever. Saudis from the royals to the general population believe America and the world have betrayed Arab world and the Sunni majority in Syria. Arab nations view the Russian deployment a strategic “shock” that demonstrates how badly the USA underestimated Iranian and Russian aggressive intentions. The Saudis always feared the Iran nuclear deal would end Tehran’s pariah status and give it more strategic options. Saudi efforts to buy off Moscow have been a failure. With international sanctions lifted for the most part, Iran is a strategic partner more attractive than the kingdom. America cannot change the policies over night.  Riyadh has bought over $110 billion in arms from Obama. But there is no confidence in the Saudi leadership about the future of American leadership. Yet, they have no clear idea about future relations. Iran nuclear deal worries Riyadh more than anything else.

The fascistic character of the Trump campaign was displayed in the candidate’s frequent references to the need for “vicious” and “extreme” methods, not only against ISIS itself, but against immigrants from countries where ISIS is active Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made it clear he would not abandon the terror projects of Bush-Obama or permanent war agenda of Neocons just like that Trump, in a fascistic speech in Ohio, called for “vicious” and “extreme” methods to combat the threat of terrorism, including a crackdown on immigrants from the Middle East, expansion of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and a war of extermination against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

 

Trump seeks to combine this bogus antiwar stance with ferocious militarism in relation to ISIS.  A creation of USA, ISIS emerged out of the radical Islamist milieu in Syria, armed and financed under the auspices of the CIA, the Pentagon and US allies like Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The group only came into conflict with the US when ISIS fighters crossed the Syria-Iraq border in 2014 and began to wage war against the Shiite-dominated regime in Iraq.

US Vice President Joe Biden, in his first campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, denounced Trump for his professed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his suggestion that Russia could be a suitable ally in the struggle against ISIS because of its own conflicts with radical Islamists. He was on his way from Pennsylvania to Eastern Europe, including the Baltic States, to reassure the right-wing governments of these countries that the US would stand by its obligation under NATO to defend them in any conflict with Russia. Biden complained that Trump was lending credence to those in Turkey who were accusing the Obama regime of backing the coup attempt against President Erdogan.

The presidential polls taking place against background of unexpected Brexit. The “Brexit” vote in the UK, together with the growth of nationalism and populism in Europe, has doomed the elite project of creating a federal Europe that can act as a superpower in world politics. Brexit also has challenged US superpower status. Europe will be a rich but fragmented trading bloc surrounded by colossal continental powers, the USA, China.

 

Experts have made prediction that the world will have three economic poles or cores—China, the USA and Europe. However, the USA is in long-term relative decline. America’s share of global wealth will decline since countries like China and other regions like Africa, are growing more rapidly.  So will America’s share of global military power, which, is loosely rather than perfectly correlated with relative economic weight. Whether defined as polarity or hegemony, American global primacy is coming to an end.

 

Tomorrow’s world will be multipolar, not simply bipolar or tripolar. The rise of China as the second power after USA will allow regional powers, from Turkey to Vietnam and Brazil, to play the continent-states against one another and pursue their own independent interests.

 

The US president would be hawk and is expected to advance the global interests of the United States by employing all possible strategies and tactics to achieve the goals.

Trumpophobia is illogical mainly because any American who would assume office of White house would have to be aggressive, arrogant and hawk to prolong the terror wars as a permanent US foreign policy tool!

More than Trumpophobia it is Hillaryphobia which should terribly worry the American electorates.

 

Curtains down for Rio Olympics 2016 and India!

Curtains down for Rio Olympics 2016 and India!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The 31st Olympics Games held in Rio of Brazil from 5 August to 21 August 2016 ended after 16 days of healthy competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.
The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in Latin America on 5-21 August 2016. More than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees, including first time entrants Kosovo, South Sudan, and the Refugee Olympic Team, took part. With 306 sets of medals, the games featured 28 Olympic sports, including rugby sevens and golf, which were added to the Olympic program in 2009. These sporting events took place at 33 venues in the host city, and at five in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaus.
These were the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach. The host city Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. Rio became the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. These were the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, the first to be held entirely in winter, the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The USA topped the medal table for the fifth time in the past six Summer Olympics, winning the most golds (46) and most medals overall (121). Great Britain (27 golds) and China (26 golds) finished in second and third respectively. Host country Brazil won seven gold medals, their most at any single Summer Olympics. Even with doping charges, Russia could come forth in the tally of medals
The Rio Olympics concluded on August 21 with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colorful closing ceremony, lasting almost three hours on 21 August, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a marvelous Olympics, in a marvelous city,” said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach. “Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.” Bach officially closed the highest profile international sport event.
The Rio carnival anthem ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ played as the party reached a crescendo. Brazilian model Izabel Goulart led a parade of 50 women and 200 dancers, who were joined by a sound truck containing 12 carnival queens. The ceremony concluded with a confetti and firework show. These Games demonstrated that diversity is enrichment for everyone. These Games were a celebration of diversity.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, the  venue of next Olympics in 2020,  appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium. The Maracana was turned into a street carnival as the ceremony celebrated Brazil’s art, music and dance. Highlights included human formations of iconic Rio landmarks Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
The ceremony featured the symbolic handover of the Olympic flag. Rio mayor Eduardo Paes returned it to IOC president Bach, before it was passed to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. That was followed by an impressive 12-minute showcase of Tokyo, which included Prime Minister Abe’s star turn. The Olympic flame was extinguished by a rain shower, which then gave life to a large tree sculpture to symbolize rebirth.
Baring a few completions, the Olympics events were genuinely successful. The Games were not affected by any major incidents, but they did not pass without some hitches: The diving pool turned green. There were scores of empty seats at venues. Controversial decisions marred the boxing tournament. There were security problems, including a bullet shot into the media tent at the equestrian venue and a media bus being attacked. The layout of the cycling road race course was criticised. Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova, who had been banned for doping, was repeatedly booed.

 

Some interesting facts

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said goodbye to the Olympics by winning an unprecedented ‘triple triple’. The 30-year-old Jamaican won his seventh, eighth and ninth gold medals by claiming the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles for the third Games in succession. US swimmer Michael Phelps, meanwhile, took his medal tally to 28 from five Olympics by winning six in Rio – five of which were golds. The 31-year-old’s efforts helped the US top the medal table with 121, their most successful ‘away’ Games.
The Rio Games brought first medals for Fiji, Jordan and Kosovo – and all three opened their accounts with gold, Fiji in the first Olympic rugby sevens competition. Competitors from Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Vietnam and Tajikistan, too, won their first Olympic titles. Twenty-seven world records were set in Rio within the seven Olympic sports that recognize them – archery, athletics, modern pentathlon, track cycling, shooting, swimming and weightlifting.
The IOC announced in June that a group of 10 refugee athletes would compete in an Olympic Games for the first time. The team of swimmers, judokas and runners competed under the flag of the IOC. “We are equal now,” said marathon runner Yonas Kinde, who is originally from Ethiopia. “We compete like human beings, like the others.”
Brazil wins gold in football beating Germany on penalties. Neymar scored the winning penalty as hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in Rio to win their first men’s Olympic football gold medal. The game finished 1-1 after extra time, with Neymar’s first-half free-kick cancelled out by Max Meyer’s strike. In front of 78,000 at the Maracana, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. Two years ago, World Cup hosts and tournament favourites Brazil suffered their heaviest ever World Cup defeat as they fell 5-0 behind inside 29 minutes on their way to that 7-1 thrashing by the Germans. The capacity crowd created a fantastic atmosphere in the Maracana and got the result they desperately craved.

Rio 2016: Fencing: Ibtihaj Muhammad becomes 1st Muslim African-American woman to win Olympic medal Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete in a hijab, exploded for 10 points in her last bout of the match.

Russia’s biggest scare of the competition was a narrow semi-final win over the United States, who briefly took the lead when Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete in a hijab, exploded for 10 points in her last bout of the match.
The Americans fell just short against Russia, but earned the bronze with a clinical win over the Italians, following the example of the U.S. men’s foil team on Friday. The women painted a diverse picture on the podium with pink, blonde and purple hair, plus Muhammad’s Muslim headscarf.
“This is sport. It doesn’t matter what hair color you have, what religion you are. The point is to go out there and be the best athlete you can be,” said Polish-born Dagmara Wozniak of Team USA. “We’re the best explanation of what America is: a mix of so many different cultures and races and everything all together.”
The four fencing medals for the United States are second only to Russia so far, a testament to the growing American presence in a sport long dominated by Europeans. American anchor Mariel Zagunis took her fourth Olympic medal and has now medaled at three Games, a new U.S. fencing record.
‘I feel like it’s a blessing to be able to represent so many people who don’t have voices, who don’t speak up”

Ibtihaj Muhammad, ranked eighth in the world in sabre, beat Ukranian Olena Kravatska 15-13 in her first match before falling to France’s Cecilia Berder 15-12 in the round of 16.

The third day of the Rio Games featured a couple of notable firsts — Rafaela Silva captured host Brazil’s first gold medal of the Rio Games and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the only American ever to compete in the Olympics wearing ahijab (a veil that covers the head and chest).

 
In the women’s sabre tournament, Ibtihaj Muhammad, sporting a hijab, was a winner in her opening bout before bowing out. A New Jersey native, who started fencing in part because the uniform allowed her to adhere to the tenets of her faith, Ibtihaj Muhammad also competes in the team event later this week.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, ranked eighth in the world in sabre, beat Ukrainian Olena Kravatska 15-13 in her first match before falling to France’s Cecilia Berder 15-12 in the round of 16. “I feel like it’s a blessing to be able to represent so many people who don’t have voices, who don’t speak up,” Muhammad said. “It’s just been a really remarkable experience.”
She became an instant star when she qualified for her first Olympics earlier this year. And she embraced the spotlight, which helped make her an unlikely face of the U.S. team given how little publicity fencing typically receives.
Brave Ibtihaj Muhammad’s example can help and encourage Muslim women to come out to participate in sport events and whether they get medals oar not they should continue to be active in sport life but in Islamic way.

Earlier an Irani origin girl representing France was playing tennis by covering her legs and thighs but alter the Tennis association banned her from playing tennis in Islamic way.
That is cruelly sad.

Shooter Kim Rhode becomes first sportswoman to win six medals in six consecutive Games
American shooter Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women’s skeet shooting on Friday, an honor that put her in an elite record-holding group of just five other athletes who have won a medal in six different Olympic Games. The Californian and three-time shooting gold medalist also became the first sportswoman in history to win medals in six consecutive Games.
And she may not stop at six. Regardless of her health challenges, Rhode vowed to be back for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and if her hometown of Los Angeles wins the bid to host in 2024, she said she would have to compete there too. Despite all the cheer, she came perilously close to falling short of the sixth medal in tough conditions at the Olympic Shooting Centre in the hills outside Rio de Janeiro. After a tense shoot-off for the bronze with China’s Wei Meng, Rhode was overcome with emotion, as her husband and young son shouted from the stands.
Rhode has suffered from a string of health setbacks over her 27 years in competition, including shoulder problems, complications from pregnancy and most recently a bad hip. Three doctors told her to give up shooting as a teenager. She reveled in the presence of her son, Carter, holding him during interviews with her sixth medal around her neck. The American won gold medals in double trap in her first Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and in 2004 and in skeet in 2012, the most in women’s shooting at the Games. She added bronze in women’s double trap in 2000 and silver in women’s skeet in 2008.
The Rio Games, the first in South America, also mean that Rhode has won a medal on five continents. Rhode often fields questions about gun control and the powerful pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, with whom she started competing in rifle shooting at the age of 10.

 

Strong Chinese Badminton Wall at Rio Olympics

China is back with a big bang. China’s CHEN Long [2] defeats Malaysia’s LEE Chong Wei [1] in a convincing manner in direct sets. Score: 21-18, 21-18.

LEE Chong Wei has been playing extremely well these days and has own literally every tournament he participated. He returned to courts after completing his ban for some itme  for doping  charges and he had lost his ranking but after his return he has been consistently  improving his  standing and he was sure to get the  Olympics gold this time but the Chinese player with his effective hits thwarted his legitimate ambition.

LEE Chong Wei is involved in Indian joint badminton exercises like the IPL and has been the star player thee where China has refused to take part, thereby refusing to share its techniques with other players. However, the women players, who have been reigning for years, clinching the top medals   performed not fairly  well at Rio. .

In fact, the China’s CHEN Long -Malaysia’s LEE Chong Wei was the last match in badminton which China won, putting at rest all fancies of others about an end of Chinese domination in Badminton because woman title has been won by Spaniard Marlin Carolina. .

A great tournament to watch!  Strong Chinese Wall
Even real sports, America’s Asia pivot sinks in Rio. Strong Chinese Wall. America’s Asia pivot sinks in Rio.

 

Some bitter issues

Russian athletes banned

 

Many Russian athletes were banned owning to doping results and the cases are still pending about a few fake charges.  The ban affected the fortunes of Russia and that showed in the medal tally where Russia fell not only behind USA but also below UK and China.

 

IOC bans Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby for not shaking the blood stained hand of Israeli player
El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions. Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said. El Shehaby, who was sent home, he lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions. The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play. “The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement. After Sasson defeated El Shehaby and the pair retook their places in front of the referee, the Egyptian backed away when Sasson bowed and approached him to shake hands.

When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd. “The Disciplinary Commission (DC) considered that his behaviour at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic Values,” the IOC said. “The DC issued a ‘severe reprimand for inappropriate behaviour’ to the athlete. It noted … the shaking of hands after a match is not in the competition rules of the International Judo Federation.” “As well as a severe reprimand, the DC has asked the Egyptian Olympic Committee to ensure in future that all their athletes receive proper education on the Olympic Values before coming to the Olympic Games,” the IOC said.

El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would shame Islam. This is not the first time athletes from Arab nations or Iran refuse to compete with Israeli athletes in Olympics or other international competitions.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics then Iranian world champion Arash Mirasmaeili refused to fight Israeli judoka Ehud Vaks, earning praise back home. “Shaking the hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. It happens between friends and he’s not my friend,” El Shehaby said after his bout.”I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world,” he said. Egypt was the first Arab power to make peace with Israel, in 1979, but the treaty remains unpopular among many Egyptians.

 

Badminton RIO: Why did Marlin Carolina lose first set?

Marlin Carolina, world number one in badminton, played well and was ahead of her opponent sindu in the first set in the first half and throughout but it appears she suddenly she loosened her grip and let sindu take the first set because she knows she could get other two sets and win the title
Over confident Marlin but she has a valid point.
Maybe, Marlin thought of not to hurt Indians who take her in the IPL badminton, and let saindu win the eifrst set. Or she did not want to lose but only tried to let her make some points and wanted to take the first set by attacking aggressively towards the end but that did not happen and Marlin Caronin she lost.
India is going according to its strategy of wooing world players in joint sport exercises like IPL to make adjustments in tournaments. Ok. It is working well for India. While India is making strenuous effort to get some medals by spending huge resources and on players and others, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not to be seen anywhere in Rio. What a shame! Now Indian governments will have to somehow celebrate the two medals they have managed at Rio as their own by offering all awards and huge money perhaps including Bharatratna to them. Indian media lords think they have finally managed two medals.
But world powers would continue to ignore India. How can USA consider India strategic partner even if that means US agent in promoting American interests. However, USA would not ask Indi and Pakistan to quit Kashmir. How would Kashmir and Muslims matter to Washington when Muslims and energy rich Arab nations are being targeted d for their resources? Kashmir has no oil or gas or any other valuable “deposits” which could impress the Americans. .
Marlin took the second and third sets very easily and rather calmly, happily and it would not have been difficult for Marli to take the first set as well and win it without going for the third set.
OK she won it as she deserves it more than anybody else in badminton.

Why this India’s color hypocrisy?
India uses all possible colors and combinations except blue in order to win sport points but when they win once they quickly use the blue color dress to wrap themselves in to show that blue they cannot shed permanently. If they lose they become too small and look totally depressed. At times, they behave well if they lose.
Why this hypocrisy, India? Shutter sindu won a medal on Aug 19 ar Rio by using yellow color ( of Australia) but when she won it she quickly wrapped herself in blue color for a photo shoot. Why this hypocrisy?
Please shed hypocrisy and arrogance on the court. Be normal and cultured.
Indian shutter became normal and nice only when she lost to world number one Spaniard Marin Caterine who has driven the deadly witch off the possessed Sinddu. When she lost the final she became normal. Height is her advantage and the cause for the Chinese and Taipei players who took the Indian lightly. they lost because they did not realize they neglect playing with the required seriousness against a possessed and charged Indian player who out of blue became strong ( what was the secret? bribed gods?) .
Sindu is likely to fail hereafter. Her tricks are exposed.
Of course now they all know the secret as Carolina Marlin trimmed Sindu’s problem, making her become normal. For this special treatment service, Carolina Marin should be given an award by India. Not necessarily Bharatratna or next best award but at least a Khelratna.
Why a few Rio players develop fits if they win? And they become totally demoralized and silent if they lose. Stupidity!
A couple of participants behave rude and arrogant as they keep winning games in tennis and badminton, etc, Players like Nadal and many Indian players like Sindu top that list of funny characters. Maybe that is just a funny and non-sensical strategy meant for whatever reasons upset strong opponents. But that looks very ugly, immature and dirty from international players if they behave like little kids.  Look at the way Sindu behaves, She even gets fits and roams like a wounded animal when she gets a point. She was more interested in cash prizes and awards than really winning a medal. But that strategy failed when the opponent plays sensibly. In Olympics she is too ugly.

There are too many players who show humility and pleasantness as they win pints. Why can’t Indians learn from the positive players m instead of unruly likes of Nadal who, if wins a pint, becomes arrogant and beasty?

TOO BAD FOR OLYMPICS!

But for India, spending huge rare resources on sports and entertainments like cricket in order dominate the world scene,  had expected as many gold medals as possible but could not get even one, she, defeated by Spaniard player finally,  is too big- bigger than even PM and President of India.

So, neither the strategic partnership with USA nor strenuous efforts to dominate world sports have made any real progress. Third world cannot become super power; howsoever it tries shuttle diplomacy all the time.

However, India, with wounded feelings, being fueled by the media lords, would never learn anything. Bu tone of the positive outcomes of the Rio defeat is  its decision to discuss the Kashmir issue seriously and try to solve it sincerely. Agitation in Kashmir has forced India Home Minister Rajnath to visit Sri Nagar to discuss with leaders there.  
The IOC needs to put in place the ethical behavior code while playing for every player and without leaving the matter to individual organization of sports, like tennis and badminton, etc to allow misbehavior.

Also, since Olympics is considered to be the most important sport event to establish merits of players and nations,  IOC needs to check if schedule of any sport event or during the competitions is controlled by any country for its own advantages. IOC needs tie sure fair play and genuinity in competitions.

 

Why can Hillary Clinton not be US president?

Why can Hillary Clinton not be US president?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Like in Israel, US ruling elites plan for the future strategies and choose presidents to suit the needs.  After using a Black President Obama to attack North Africans and Arab nations for their energy resources in order to ensure energy security of the superpower, now the US leaders seem to think of using a female President in the name of Hillary to advance US interests globally.

Former US state secretary Hillary Clinton and associates are being pampered by those who are scared of any possible change in US foreign policy towards a possible thaw and neutrality in world affairs, notwithstanding what trump talks now.

So-called progressive bits like Sanders, the dummy candidate of President Obama the so-called lefty, was only promoting prospects of Hillary as the first ever “woman” president all Americans should be proud of.
Media publish very charming pictures and of Hillary Clinton while deliberately placing a terrorist cum drunkard looking Trump in order to promote the cause of democratic band of capitalist imperialism.
It seems, cutting across the bipolar political spectrum, there is some understanding to make Hillary to enter the White House to continue with the disastrous policies of Obama who has dutifully accelerated Bushdom war for resources and Muslims’ blood and flesh blood in Islamic world. Both bush and his ally Obama could reduce the Islamic population with backing from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other Muslim nations.

Only recently Turkey, the only Muslim nation in Europe with an Islamist ideology but promoting the joint interests of USA and Israel in Europe and Mideast, has realized its mistake of colluding with USA in killing Muslims under the banner of NATO terrorist organization.

 

Media not only in the West but also in third world as well try to see in Hillary Clinton all virtues of freedom, liberty, democracy, etc., as the so-called first ever woman president of the super power without comprehending the truth about this devastating woman candidate who as Secretary of State willingly dispatched Pentagon led NATO military into Arab world and is more than keen to control entire world, including the other America, Europe, Africa and Asia, to serve Israel – America’s illegally born, spoiled terror child.
Being in the company of extremist Neocons camp, not only Hillary is bent upon promoting the Zionist criminal regime in Mideast but also equip Israeli military with newer terror technologies to kill all Palestinians once for all.
Hillary Clinton must already have promised all colonialist, fascist and imperialist nations/forces the continued US support under her presidency as well and Israel would be chief beneficiary of Hillary’s reign. As such Hillary could be best candidate for the criminal Israeli regime, the Jews and Mossad agency to advance its fascist goals in Mideast.

On the contrast, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, despite all his sick rhetoric to impress the fanatic sections of US society, appears to suggest several positive things for USA and world at large. Trump said when he assumes presidency, he would revise the US policy for Mideast and neutralize its existing Palestine-Israel policy to promote peace in the region and he’d also recognize Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian territory in 2014.

 

Future Russia policy

Annexation of Crimea long appears to be on the agenda of Putin’s regime as it had earlier been a part of Russian empire and made a part of Ukraine Republic during the time of Khrushchev who belonged to Ukraine. Russia maintained close links to Crimea even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union as the region mostly has Russians and Russian speaking nationalities. More than half of Crimea’s 2 million people were Russian; Russia maintained a naval base in the region; and Russians retired in Crimea in large numbers. Also, Ukraine maintained the most pro-Moscow positions until 2014. But when Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted, the tensions over Crimea became apparent. USA claimed victory. In a referendum in May of that year in which an overwhelming majority of voters said they wanted to rejoin Russia. The West reacted with anger and imposed a string of sanctions on Russia—sanctions that even Putin acknowledged adversely affected Russia’s economy, which was already hurt by falling oil prices.
Last year, on the anniversary of Russia’s annexation, the U.S. State Department said: “We do not, nor will we, recognize Russia’s attempted annexation and call on President Putin to end his country’s occupation of Crimea.” However, Washington refuses to see Israeli occupation of Palestine territories or Indian occupation of neighboring Kashmir – both committing genocides of Muslims by regular aggressions and fake encounters. American democrats and republicans do not see any violation of human rights both by India and Israel against Kashmiris and Palestinians.
USA maintains doublespeak on occupation and double standards.

As president, Trump may reverse that policy, and if he does Ukraine won’t be the only country that worries. Another is likely to be Georgia, the former Soviet Republic. A brief war with Russia—brief in that Georgia was crushed—in 2008 resulted in Russia extending support to two breakaway Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and wielding its influence with the rebels there. Russia’s recent military exercises over Ukraine have worried US backed Eastern European states such as Poland and the Baltic nations that share a border with it.

However, it is premature to conclude that Trump would lead USA towards a normal course of diplomacy and his presidency would help herald a peaceful world in real sense of w the word. By nature USA, ever seeking to dominate the world and showcase it military prowess to the world, especially to those that refuse to budge and fall in line, cannot prefer peaceful course of diplomacy.
Now, with his comments on Crimea, Trump has given the foreign-policy establishment in the USA and Europe even more to consider before November.

Donald Trump’s recent call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails resulted in widespread criticism. But his comments on Crimea, coupled with ones he made last week on NATO, are likely to have greater significance if he is elected president in November. As President Trump would recognize Crimea as Russian and even might lift sanctions on Moscow imposed after its 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian territory. He would thus give a chance for peace to thrive globally. Under trump USA could develop new relations with Russians and pave way for consolidation of globalized relations.

Interestingly, Trump the man who could become the next American president has not only questioned the utility of NATO, though the critics say he only trying to repudiate the post-World War II security consensus, he also has seemingly removed whatever fig leaf of artificial protection from Russia the USA offered the post-Soviet republics and Moscow’s former allies in the Eastern bloc.
Trump policy would allow EU and European nations to chart their own independent foreign policies for the future regional discourses and security architectures. This would allow every nation to reduce expenditures on terror goods and military equipments and spend the money for the welfare of the common masses who have suffered a great deal over decades and centuries.
Having came to power after the death of Joseph Stalin, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, belonging to Ukraine, gifted Crimea, a region that had been part of Russia for centuries, to Ukraine in 1954—though, to be fair, Khrushchev thought the Soviet system is permanent and probably didn’t foresee that the mighty USSR would be the stuff of history books less than four decades later.

 

Democratic disaster

 

The foreign policy legacy of Bill Clinton is this: foreign interventions on the flimsiest of “humanitarian” pretexts. Bill Clinton embarked upon a series of military interventions, often in the absence of UN sanction, in Somalia (1993), Haiti (1994), Bosnia (1995), Iraq (1998), Sudan (1998), Afghanistan (1998) and Kosovo/Serbia (1999). Yet, rather than undertake serious steps to find and capture Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden after the bombing of the Khobar Towers (1996) and the USS Cole (2000), President Bill Clinton did little more than fire a tomahawk missile into a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. He repeatedly allowed the Saudis to block FBI Director Louis Freeh’s investigation into the Khobar Towers bombing which killed 19 servicemen and wounded 350. No one knows why.
In foreign policy, it was a period in which liberal hawks like Madeline Albright, Richard Holbrooke, Strobe Talbott and Samuel Berger took the reins of the foreign policy apparatus and abandoned the mostly nuanced realism, if any, of the government of George H.W. Bush, former CIA boss. It launched a crusade to spread “democracy” to achieve regime change in West Asia and Africa, and “open markets” abroad which, in practice, amounted to isolating plus targeting Russia, relegating America’s European allies into vassals and immiserating the developing world.
Under neoconservative pressure – including from Robert Kagan’s and William Kristol’s Project for the New American Century – Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act (1998) which helped set the stage for the Bush regime’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Meanwhile, Clinton embarked on a series of policies in the former Soviet Union which have had dire consequences. The decision to expand NATO by the alliance at its 1994 summit in Brussels came only 12 months into the Clinton presidency and only 24 months after the Soviet Union dissolved itself and peacefully disbanded its own military alliance, the Warsaw Pact.
The NATO alliance’s expansion to include its own former allies and protectorates remains a mystery. Indeed, by expanding NATO, Clinton and his team not only went against the advice offered by scores of distinguished Russian experts, savvy politicians and foreign policy thinkers, Clinton also sought to tie the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus to the USA. All this took place while Clinton studiously ignored the grotesque abuses of power by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. “Good old Boris,” as Clinton liked to call him, bombed the democratically elected Russian parliament in 1993, stole the 1996 election with the help of American political advisers and pseudo-academics, and launched a barbaric war in Chechnya, while simultaneously raiding the state treasury and enriching the circle of thieves around him.
Yeltsin was looking for a hawk to take over reign from him to finish off the Chechen war in Russia’s favor and former KGB man Vladimir Putin with enormous experience working in Germany suited for the occasion. It was Yeltsin who subverted Russia’s burgeoning democracy, not his successor, Vladimir Putin. And he did it all with Clinton’s help.

USA successfully worked for the dismantling of the mighty USSR and turned to Arab world. Now it is killing Muslims in Arab world with Russian backing. Joint operations!

 

Surrounded by Hawks

 

A Hillary Clinton presidency will more likely than not to be a faithful replication of her husband’s tenure. Her record as Secretary of State speaks to the kind of foreign policy she will pursue. She continually sought to embroil the U.S. in the Syrian civil war (2011-present), and pushed President Obama to unleash NATO forces in helping to overturn the Libyan government (2011) which cleared the path for ISIS to build dangerous footholds in both countries. Whenever the option was between military action and serious diplomacy, the nation’s chief diplomat would invariably opt for the former, as when she forcefully lobbied the President to send more troops to Afghanistan (2009).

As a candidate she has surrounded herself with regime change hawks, like former State Department Policy Planning chief Jake Sullivan and former the Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. She has also smothered the neoconservative establishment in a warm embrace. Leading members of the Neocon tribe like Eliot A. Cohen and Max Boot have signaled that “they’re with her” and on July 21 in Washington, D.C.’s tony Logan Circle neighborhood, leading Neocon Robert Kagan and former Biden adviser Julianne Smith spoke on Clinton’s behalf at a fundraiser.
A source who attended the Logan Circle soiree told me that Smith cited an outgoing memo to President Obama from Secretary Clinton which warned him of the danger of unchecked “Russian aggression.” Smith claimed that as someone who saw “Hillary in action,” that “it was the Secretary who pushed President Obama the hardest on checking Russian aggression.” Smith, according to my source, credited Clinton with pushing Obama “to turn up the heat on Putin.”
This effort by then-Secretary of State Clinton to “turn up the heat” on Putin, it should be noted predates the 2014 crisis in Ukraine by well over a year and predates. Russia’s annexation of Crimea (which occurred after a referendum in which Crimea’s voters, by a 96 percent margin, called for leaving Ukraine and rejoining Russia). In other words, if what Smith says is true, Clinton was actively working to subvert the “re-set policy” of which she was ostensibly in charge!

Hillary Clinton Is a known Neocon cum Zionist.
Donald Trump did something extraordinary even for him: He called on a foreign power to launch an espionage operation against his chief political opponent, hacking into Hillary Clinton’s email server to find 30,000 emails she allegedly deleted.
Trump has repeatedly expressed wild admiration for Putin personally; his campaign staff and businesses have extensive ties to Russian interests.
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Trump’s policy instincts are objectively pro-Kremlin and the sources of information that shape his policy ideas (his advisers and business interests) serve to reinforce rather than challenge these instincts. If the Kremlin is helping Trump win the election, it would be a perfectly rational thing for them to do.

 

Hillary‘s hilarious task

 

Money plays its “democratic” role in presidential poll of USA as well.
In the Democratic National Convention, Mrs. Clinton may have made history by becoming the first woman nominee for president of the United States. Her husband and former US president Bill Clinton’s task at the Convention may have seemed deceptively simple: to add “new dimensions” to his wife’s public image – elements of her life story with which US public is well aware of. As Hillary Clinton’s husband for the past 40 years, the popular ex-president was her ultimate character witness, portraying her as hard-working, persistent, and caring. Bill Clinton was charming and steely-eyed, and owned the arena as he told his wife’s story in personal terms, from their courtship through to her time as secretary of State.
Thus far, husband Clinton, who has become “explainer in chief” for his own record, played a more low-key role in his wife’s campaign, appearing at smaller events and fundraisers, and weighing in privately with advice. Eight years ago, when Mrs. Clinton ran for the Democratic nomination against Obama, Bill Clinton stumbled at times and hurt her cause by saying that Obama had won South Carolina only because he’s black.
Bill Clinton’s presidency was a time of relative peace and prosperity, including a balanced budget and he would be an asset to her while she’s in the White House. She cannot say Bill Clinton was a “total non-factor” in one delegate’s decision to support her as a candidate.
Hillary Clinton’s nominating convention has focused on domestic issues, but her foreign policy has even many anti-war Democrats worried, as she surrounds herself with Neocons with their favorite regime change proposals, and liberal hawks The Democratic convention leaves one with an uneasy sense of déjà vu about the potential foreign policy direction of a second Clinton presidency. We’ve seen this movie before and we know how it turns out: badly.
The mood among some of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy cognoscenti here is one of an unadulterated smugness bred of certainty mixed with a sense of global entitlement. One Democratic US senator lamented to a roomful of well-heeled donors and foreign policy experts that the US had “lost” Ukraine.Lost? Does Crimea belong to America? But the Democratic Party’s foreign policy elites are certain that that is so. Funny! They are certain NATO is the “cornerstone” of American national security and therefore any criticism of the alliance is “dangerous”; and many are certain that the Republican nominee is the Kremlin’s very own Manchurian candidate. They are also certain Donald Trump is dead wrong about everything.
As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be the most qualified candidate for the nation’s highest office since Republican hawk George H.W. Bush, but there the comparisons end. Clinton is not running to extend the Obama terror legacy (whatever that may be) but to extend the Clinton terror legacy, and this should worry the world deeply.

 

Observations: permanent war agenda of USA for resources

 

Divisions in Islamic world in West Asia allowed the hawkish foreign policy makers behind the doors like Neocons of USA to launch a permanent war program to control the energy resources of the region and promote the fascist interests of Israel by stretching the war tentacles across the region, killing millions of Muslims.  Now the USA has enlisted almost every country, including Saudi Arabia led GCC, Russia and China to fortify its imperialist misadventures.

As per its secret plan,   the USA has been at war continuously for a quarter century, beginning with the first Persian Gulf conflict of 1990–91. While using propaganda catchphrases, such as “democracy”, “defense of human rights”  “war on Terror,” to conceal the real aims of its interventions in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, as well as its confrontation with Russia and China, the United States has been engaged in a struggle for global hegemony.

Today, energy and energy routes globally have been brought under US control with as many military bases of U across the globe.

However, the contradictions of American and world imperialism can be discerned by the rift between USA and Europe on the one hand, and between Arab/Islamic world and USA, on the other. The progression of military interventions and geopolitical crises as they have developed over the past quarter century as per US schedule, is not a sequence of isolated episodes, as US media want the world to know but the moments in the unfolding of an interconnected historical process to make the USA the top most military power with which every nation world be forced to make “adjustments”.

Having got nukes for retaining the annexed parts of Jammu Kashmir and killed thousands of Kashmiri Muslims, Pakistan and India, for instance, fall at the US feet just to gain support for their illegal Kashmir agenda. By using the weakness of Pakistani leadership, USA has, as part of its anti-Islamic tirade, destabilized Pakistan which is supposed to be an ally of NATO. India pumps  a lot of money into US economy even as China stabilizes US finances by heavy lending, even while Pentagon .keeps pumping oil into  USA., thereby ensuring its energy security on permanent basis. .  This has been possible for US leaders only through a permanent war agenda.

Bush Sr. and Bush Jr., Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary represent the hawkish US imperialist agenda and carry forward the US war agenda

Hillary Clinton is wife of former President Bill Clinton and now both want to promote dynastic rule in USA. Daughter Chelsea, who will introduce her mother before her big acceptance speech, says she too may run for office someday. However, the failure of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republican primaries signaled, in part, a rejection of dynastic politics in America. The idea of American politics as a family business is not endorsed by true democracy.
In fact, Hillary is a monster in woman format and as US foreign minister she has proven fascist instinct without any iota of doubt. She is just waiting for the poll results to accelerate, if she wins presidency, her and those of the “regime change” oriented Neocons terror brains. Wanting a woman president is one thing but promoting a known terror mind for presidency is totally different as Americans and world at large would have to face the terror consequences of Hillary’s term.

Hillary Clinton as the proven state terrorist minister in the Obama government is unfit to be the president of USA but her daughter Chelsea who hands are free from blood stains from genocides of Palestinians and killing of their children at Gaza strip can contest for presidency nest time and even win.
However, if Bill and Hillary feel as their daughter Chelsea also shares the shame of what they did in Gaza Strip of Palestine and Arab world, then, Chelsea should also leave the field of politics for honest and sinecure people without any imperialist and fascist ideas.
An arrogant Zionist in USA, Madam Hillary violated all rules and norms with a sense of impunity because no one can punish her or Obama, for, republicans and democratic now collaborate against Islam and Muslims. Obama could get ‘resources” to Washington on the pretext of “security threats”.

As US President Hillary Clinton can fail both America and world and cause unbearable pains to humanity, including mothers, children and women.

If by chance Hillary makes her entry into the august White House as its custodian, obviously, Israel would officially decide both the domestic and foreign policy of USA.  That would make it clear as to how the US decision making apparatus operates

Americans are really fed up with war agenda of US leaders of both democratic and republican party. Though Trump has expressed his ideas and agenda, Hillary pretends to a good looking nice lady but she is a ruthless US leader who can destroy entire world for the sake of Israel.

Like other nations, US people also are eager to see a credible peace agenda of the government to defend the humanity from evil intentions of hawkish leaders who are indeed merchants of death. .
Certainly, if elected, Hillary, notwithstanding her oratory skills to fool the Americans, would prove to be a hell for USA and disaster for the world at large.

 

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