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Greece refuses extradition of Turkish coup soldiers!

Greece refuses extradition of Turkish coup soldiers!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Turkey and Greece with common borders continue to face mutual tensions and Greece is a major reason for Turkey’s efforts to enter the EU as a European power.
Also, those EU members who oppose Turkey to be a EU member mainly because Turkey is the only Muslim nation in entire European continent. For most of EU members find it embarrassing to have a Muslim nation in their estimably Christian continent and create problems to deny Turkey its legitimate claim to be in the EU, though economically and politically Turkey, a stable and prospective nation both ways, would not gain anything being in this weak association.
The Turkish military helicopter that landed in the Greek border city of Alexandroupolis just as an attempted coup was being quashed in Turkey has turned into one of the toughest diplomatic challenges to date for Greece’s relatively inexperienced government. On board were eight Turkish military personnel — all unarmed helicopter crew members, it later turned out — who issued a mayday signal and were granted permission for an emergency landing. The eight immediately surrendered to Greek police. They insist they were not involved in the attempted coup, had been tasked with transporting wounded soldiers and civilians and had fled for their lives after coming under fire from Turkish police.
Turkey disputes their claim, and has demanded their return to stand trial for alleged participation in the violent attempt to overthrow the government. But the eight have applied for political asylum in Greece, saying they would be in danger if returned to Turkey amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s widespread purges of the military and civil service in response to the failed coup.
Turkey has been demanding from its neighbor Greece to hand over the former military personnel involved the failed coup in Turkey to kill President Erdogan and destabilize Islamist Turkey but Greece by using the issue as an important asset to belittle Istanbul has refused to oblige the Turkish government, citing some technical problems.
Greece’s Supreme Court has ruled against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, a decision which angered Ankara and further strained relations between the two neighbours.
Turkey has demanded Greece extradite them to try them for their possible involvement in the coup attempt and has branded them traitors.
The coup men who fled Turkey after their coup failed– three majors, three captains and two sergeant-majors – landed a helicopter in northern Greece on 16 July and in oreer to get the support of Greece and EU sought political asylum saying they feared for their lives in Turkey.
Without giving reason to use the military helicopter and fled Turkey after the failed coup, the soldiers deny playing a role in the attempt to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which led to a purge of the military and civil service. “The possibility of their rights being violated or reduced regardless of the degree of guilt or the gravity of the crimes they are accused of does not allow the implementation of extradition rules,” a Supreme Court president said.
The soldiers have been kept in protective custody pending final decisions on their asylum applications in Greece. Their lawyer Christos Mylonopoulos said the verdict was “a big victory for European values”, but he has not explained how those who tried to engineer ac coup to destabilize Turkey and kill the Islamist leaders as it has happened in Egypt is victory for Greece..
The court decision brought an angry response from the Turkish foreign ministry, which accused Greece of protecting plotters and said relations between the two countries would be reviewed. Turkey would “use all avenues of law” to ensure the soldiers’ extradition and prosecution, it added. “Once again Greece, an ally and a neighbour, has failed to fulfil the basics of the fight against terrorism,” it said. “The impact of this decision thought to be made with political motives on our mutual ties, our cooperation in the fight against terrorism and our work on other mutual and regional issues will be subject to a comprehensive review.”
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported earlier that Turkish authorities had issued arrest warrants for the soldiers. The soldiers have been accused in Turkey of attempting to abrogate the constitution and dissolve parliament, seizing a helicopter, using violence and attempting to assassinate President Erdogan who is already facing problem form his former allies like Gulen who is being shielded by USA for his involvement in the coup and other anti-Turkey activities. President Trump is likely send Gulen back to Turkey for facing legal procedures to clear himself of all charges of treason.

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Relations between Greece and Turkey, neighbours and NATO allies, have improved over the years but they remain at odds over territorial disputes and ethnically split Cyprus. In 1996, they almost reached the brink of war over an uninhabited islet.
Today, the two countries play an important role in the handling of Europe’s worst migration crisis in decades and the EU depends on Ankara to enforce a deal to stem mass migration to Europe. Turkey has been on the forefront to help EU solve the explosive migration crisis by accepting thousands of refugees.
The relations between the Greek and the Turkish states have been marked by alternating periods of mutual hostility and reconciliation ever since Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832. Since then the two countries have faced each other in four major wars—the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the First Balkan War of 1912 to 1913, the First World War (1914 to 1918) and finally the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22). The latter was followed by the Greco-Turkish population exchange and a period of friendly relations in the 1930s and 1940s.
Both countries entered NATO in 1952 and normalized their ties without tensions. Relations deteriorated again in the 1950s due to the Cyprus issue, Greek destabilization moves, the 1955 Istanbul pogrom and the expulsion of the Istanbul Greeks in the 1960s, leading to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, and subsequent military confrontations over the Aegean dispute. A period of relative normalization began after 1999 with the so-called “earthquake diplomacy”, which notably led to a change in the previously firmly negative stance of the Greek government on the issue of the accession of Turkey to the European Union.
Both countries entered NATO in 1952 and normalized their ties without tensions. Relations deteriorated again in the 1950s due to the Cyprus issue, the 1955 Istanbul pogrom and the expulsion of the Istanbul Greeks in the 1960s, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, and subsequent military confrontations over the Aegean dispute. A period of relative normalization began after 1999 with the so-called “earthquake diplomacy”, which notably led to a change in the previously firmly negative stance of the Greek government on the issue of the accession of Turkey to the European Union.
After the failed 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt several Turkish military personnel sought political asylum in Greece while Turkey requested their extradition. Also, the Greek armed forces and Coast Guard was on alert and increased the patrols and a contingent of the Greek It seems, police was dispatched to some Greek islands to conduct checks there in order to prevent the arrival of participants in the failed coup to Greece and arrest anyone who might manage to enter the country. No details of detentions are available.
There has been a flow of anti-government Turks seeing asylum in neighboring countries like Greece and Italy. The coup in Turkey was a deep rooted one but failed because President Erdogan could detect the trouble well in advance or before it was too late to do anything, so that coup could not succeed and some plotters fled the nation. Also, the two Turkey’s military attache in Athens fled to Italy. The Greek Foreign Ministry canceled the two attache’ accreditations on August 7, 2016, upon the request of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. At August 11, 2016, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that they left Greece to Italy on August 6 and added that Turkey will officially ask Italian authorities to extradite the two soldiers.
On August 25, 2016, seven Turkish citizens who supported the coup were seeking asylum in Greece. A couple, both of whom are university professors, and their two children applied for asylum in Alexandroupoli after they illegally entered the country from the northeastern border. Also, three businessmen have illegally reached the Greek island of Rhodes, and they also applied for asylum.
On August 30, 2016, interestingly, a Turkish judge arrived in the Greek island of Chios on a migrant boat and sought asylum in the country. He told the Greek coast guard and police officers that he is against Islamist government and is being persecuted in Turkey for his political beliefs by the government of President Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish judge had been arrested for illegally entering the country and, also, he transferred to Athens for his asylum proceedings.
On September 21, 2016, ten Turkish civilians, two men, two women and six children landed by boat illegally on the Greek island of Rhodes and sought asylum. They told to the Greek authorities they were working in the private sector in Turkey and they were being persecuted by the Turkish government for opposing it and due to their political beliefs. On September 29, 2016, five Turkish nationals, a couple and their child and two other men, arrived in Alexandroupolis by crossing the Evros River by boat illegally and requested political asylum
The arrival of coup plotters on board a Black Hawk helicopter on July 16 – and their asylum applications in particular – have created a diplomatic headache for Greece, which has a long history of delicate relations with its much larger and more powerful eastern neighbor. The two countries last came to the brink of war 20 years ago over a territorial dispute in the Aegean Sea that separates them, and while they have since enjoyed far warmer ties, tensions are never far away. Greece often complains of Turkish fighter jet violations of its airspace in the Aegean.
Greek officials quickly returned the helicopter, and have suggested they would like to return the eight as well as per international law but has not kept their word. . .Many in Greece supporting the coup say the frequent comments by Turkish officials, including Erdogan himself, about reinstating the death penalty are complicating matters. If death penalty legislation is introduced in Turkey’s parliament, Greece or any other European Union member would struggle to extradite someone to a country where they might be executed.
Turkey’s ambassador to Athens, Kerim Uras, has warned that the Turkish public is closely watching the case, and a failure to return the military personnel could have repercussions on bilateral relations. “If they are returned as soon as possible, this can really turn into a great, positive thing for bilateral relations,” Uras said. if Greece indicates that the military personnel would be returned, Turkey might refrain from turning up the pressure on Athens.
Greece apparently now serves as the safe haven for the coup plotters and anti-national operators in Turkey and Greece supports the anti-Turkish protester sand agitators and plotters as a policy. And hence the Supreme Court also supports the coup plotters and refuses to extradite them.
Extradition of outsiders from neighboring countries is a law that is followed by most countries even without request from the countries where they belong. But Greece and USA still refuse to extradite those from Turkey with anti-government charges.
This attitude strengthens the anti-Islamic movements particularly in Islamic world.

 

Indian strategy in sports

Indian strategy in sports

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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It is quite normal if countries try ot outsmart one another in sports and tournaments but sport-fixing by any means is illegal and the immorally gotten titles do not stand scrutiny of time. Money won’t save a nation forever.

The case in point is India- an emerging economy in South Asia and trying to overtake the sport powers and big economies like USA, Russia, China and Japan, etc.

Until recently China reigned in Badminton in all formats- single doubles, etc as one could see the results of all important international tournaments.  Chinese shutters occupied top positions in most categories, if not all.

Badminton has been traditionally forte of China and South East nations but in recent times India has made inroads but it could not overwhelm the Chinese players in any format.

Apparently, now days, Beijing, the sport superpower of Asian continent,  seems to have developed “soft” corner for India withdraw it top players from the field altogether, leaving the field manly for India, while Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia etc just play to promote Indian cause. The reason for the self denial approach of all these nations It is not clear but China has a border issue with India and fought with it a war in 1965.

So much so, Indian badminton board and mafias are eager to fix matches in India’s favor by adjusting the schedules, timings, weak opponents- Indian players would insist that no strong payers are pitted against poor Indians. Generally Indian top players face tough opponents only in final or semi finals. That they generally lose, unless some fixing is done in advance for they are very lucky.

In order to promote Indian players, some top players lose matches to weak players who in turn would lose to Indian players. That is a grand strategy of badminton  community.  In semi-fianls of Syed Modi International in New Delhi On January 28  Indonesian Hanna RAMADINI [6] lost to ordinary fellow  player Gregoria MARISKA obviously so that  she would easily lose to Indian Siandhu in the final if  the Indian wins the semi final by defeating Fitriani FITRIANI [4] of Indonesia. This is a classic case of prior fixing to promote a particular  player for some reasons. The Indian got Padma award o n January 26 and so they allwant to make her the  title winner of the Indian tournament.

Simple. . .

India now seems to claim “ownership” of BWF badminton a sit wants everything according to its whims and fancies. Other teams obey or tolerate Indian dictates.

In fact, upon its huge success in cricket where it now decides many things as its privilege India is focused on badminton. In fact after IPL, India has floated such joint spots in many sports like hockey, football badminton, tennis, etc and obviously influences the players from aboard to help India at the “appropriate time” when countries play international tournaments.

So far India has managed some success in its efforts.

Though failed badly in sports in outside India competitions, it has an element of success in one field Badminton through matchfixing tactics with other nations, including China.

Today, India is top sport team in South and South East Asia and but for China and Japan it would emerged the sport super power of Asia.

 

Is US-UK special relationship under threat under Trump presidency?

Is US-UK special relationship under threat under Trump presidency?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Like US-Russia relations, the bilateral ties between USA and UK also play important role in stabilizing international relations.

UN veto members America and Great Britain have maintained special relationship for decades, notwithstanding changing governments in both western capitalist nations. Arrival of ultra nationalist Donald trump on US political arena directly as US presidency candidate with his ideas of greatness for USA alone has sent cold waves even in UK which is known to toe the US line of thinking on all aspects- even on Palestine issue well where both opposed Palestine and supported Israel for ages since the Jewish state was impose on Mideast by both in 1948 and quickly made a full-fledged UN member- but now both indirectly support the idea of establishment of Palestine state and condemn the illegal Jewish settlement proliferation in Palestine.
However, the British doubts over Trump approach towards its closest ally looks untenable as President decided to receive at White House British premier as his first foreign guest. Thus the British PM Theresa May has won the race to be the first foreign leader to meet President Donald Trump in Washington. But her trip to the US capital is anything but a victory lap.
Theresa May gets a warm welcome at the Republican retreat and in the White House. Trump has already pronounced Britain “very special!” in one of his tweets. He has also has restored to the Oval Office a bust of Britain’s World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill that was removed while Barack Obama was president, to the chagrin of some patriotically minded Britons. May’s office says she intends to admire the bust when she visits the White House. She’ll also give Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, a Quaich, a traditional Scottish cup of friendship.
Of course, history has proved that political positions are not always a guide to personal relationships, however. Former PM Tony Blair and Republican President George W. Bush formed a friendship that surprised many — and led Britain into the divisive, costly War on Iraq. May and Trump could hardly be more different. He is a brash, spotlight-loving businessman whose closest British ally to date has been the bantering former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. She is a small-town vicar’s daughter who has risen to the top of politics through prudence and by avoiding personal ostentation or controversy. Her most flamboyant feature is a fondness for leopard-print shoes.
Apparently, Theresa May’s staff worked feverishly to secure the two-day trip, which includes a meeting with the president on Friday at the White House. British officials hope it will help cement the UK’s place as a pre-eminent American ally and provide proof of what Britons — more often than Americans — call the trans-Atlantic “special relationship.”

Trump has also been generally cool on trade agreements. He is pulling the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a deal Obama worked hard on — and has promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. In other challenges for May, Trump has called NATO “obsolete” and called the EU “basically a vehicle for Germany” that Britain was “smart” to leave.
Excerpts from the speech were released in advance by PM May’s office. May’s seeming embrace of Trump — in the wake of his commitment to building a Mexico border wall and other recent edicts — drew criticism from her domestic opponents. UK PM Theresa May insists she’s up to the task of being America’s steadfast but plain-speaking friend, telling British lawmakers that “I am not afraid to speak frankly to a president of the United States.” Her message in the USA will include elements of gentle history lesson, as she urges the two nations to “lead together.” In a speech to Republican legislators in Philadelphia, May plans to say that the trans-Atlantic relationship “made the modern world” and built the institutions that have underpinned the global order since the end of World War II.

Donald Trump welcomed the UK decision to leave the EU and even asked other European nations also to follow suit. Linking Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation European Union with the win of political outsider Trump, she’ll say that “as you renew your nation just as we renew ours, we have the opportunity — indeed the responsibility — to renew the special relationship for this new age.” Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Today he starts on wall, praises waterboarding, bullies climate scientists. She says they can lead together. Surely decent Tories feel queasy?”

The effusive tone coming from Trump’s White House marked a change from the Obama years. “Obama has been a more Asia-Pacific-focused president (with his Asia pivot theme) so this is a return — at least in rhetoric — to the good old days of the USA-UK special relationship,” she said. “But it’s very difficult to know exactly what Theresa May is going to get out of this other than warm words.”
While former President Obama warned that Britain outside the EU would go to the “back of the queue” for a US trade deal, Trump told the Times of London newspaper that a trade deal could be done quickly and he backs it. Experts argue that any talks in Washington this week would be preliminary, since Britain is barred by EU rules from substantial negotiations on new trade agreements until it actually leaves the bloc — which is likely to be in 2019 at the earliest. And May will face strong domestic opposition to any deal that forces Britain to bring its standards into line with the USA on things like genetically modified food — currently banned under EU rules — or the private sector’s role in health care.
May told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week that although the UK is leaving the EU, “it remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain’s national interest” that the bloc still succeed. And while Trump said in his inauguration speech that “from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” May vowed in Davos to stand up for free markets, free trade and globalization.

Britain needs more than words from the USA as it prepares to start divorce talks with the European Union. May has said the UK will be leaving both the bloc and its single market in goods and services, which now stretches over 28 countries including Britain and involves half a billion people. By leaving, the UK is gaining the opportunity to strike new trade deals around the globe, and the USA, as the top destination for British exports, is one of the biggest prizes around.

Obviously, there is big queue of foreign signatories, especially presidents and premiers, seeking through their diplomatic channels, an appointment with president Trump and he would go in his own way in picking his guests. In fact many leaders are in waiting list to receive a presidential call form Washington. Many leaders around the world — who will make their own visits to Washington in the coming months — will be watching closely to see if they do.

The US-UK leaders try to create the chemistry that they need to create. When leaders of governments really want to make it work, they can make it work, anyway.

PM May faces the challenge of persuading a president who has vowed to put “America first” of the benefits of free trade with Britain and the vital role of the 28-nation NATO military alliance. And she must build a working relationship with a populist president whose protectionist outlook and loose way with facts have alarmed many European politicians, including some of May’s own allies.

As it stands, the top English allies do not face any real threat to their historic ties. Meanwhile, as President Donald Trump is gaining diplomatic niceties in office, the US-British relations have no reason to stumble even during the Trump era.
A businessman is always a business man and business cannot thrive without essential diplomatic skills-

And President Trump knows that.

 

Is US-UK special relationship in strain under Trump presidency?

Is US-UK special relationship in strain under Trump presidency?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
_________

UN veto members America and Great Britain have maintained special relationship for decades, notwithstanding changing governments in both western capitalist nations. Arrival of ultra nationalist Donald trump on US political arena directly as US presidency candidate with his ideas of greatness for USA alone has sent cold waves even in UK which is known to toe the US line of thinking on all aspects- even on Palestine issue well where both opposed Palestine and supported Israel for ages since the Jewish state was impose on Mideast by both in 1948 and quickly made a full-fledged UN member- but now both indirectly support the idea of establishment of Palestine state and condemn the illegal Jewish settlement proliferation in Palestine.

However, the British doubts over Trump approach towards its closest ally looks untenable as President decided to receive at White House British premier as his first foreign guest.

Thus the British PM Theresa May has won the race to be the first foreign leader to meet President Donald Trump in Washington. But her trip to the US capital is anything but a victory lap.

Theresa May gets a warm welcome at the Republican retreat and in the White House. Trump has already pronounced Britain “very special!” in one of his tweets. He has also has restored to the Oval Office a bust of Britain’s World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill that was removed while Barack Obama was president, to the chagrin of some patriotically minded Britons. May’s office says she intends to admire the bust when she visits the White House. She’ll also give Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, a Quaich, a traditional Scottish cup of friendship.

Of course, history has proved that political positions are not always a guide to personal relationships, however. Former PM Tony Blair and Republican President George W. Bush formed a friendship that surprised many — and led Britain into the divisive, costly Iraq War. May and Trump could hardly be more different. He is a brash, spotlight-loving businessman whose closest British ally to date has been the bantering former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. She is a small-town vicar’s daughter who has risen to the top of politics through prudence and by avoiding personal ostentation or controversy. Her most flamboyant feature is a fondness for leopard-print shoes.

Apparently, Theresa May’s staff worked feverishly to secure the two-day trip, which includes a meeting with the president on Friday at the White House. British officials hope it will help cement the UK’s place as a pre-eminent American ally and provide proof of what Britons — more often than Americans — call the trans-Atlantic “special relationship.”

However, May faces the challenge of persuading a president who has vowed to put “America first” of the benefits of free trade with Britain and the vital role of the 28-nation NATO military alliance. And she must build a working relationship with a populist president whose protectionist outlook and loose way with facts have alarmed many European politicians, including some of May’s own allies.
UK PM Theresa May insists she’s up to the task of being America’s steadfast but plain-speaking friend, telling British lawmakers that “I am not afraid to speak frankly to a president of the United States.” Her message in the USA will include elements of gentle history lesson, as she urges the two nations to “lead together.” In a speech to Republican legislators in Philadelphia, May plans to say that the trans-Atlantic relationship “made the modern world” and built the institutions that have underpinned the global order since the end of World War II.

Excerpts from the speech were released in advance by PM May’s office. May’s seeming embrace of Trump — in the wake of his commitment to building a Mexico border wall and other recent edicts — drew criticism from her domestic opponents.
Donald Trump welcomed the UK decision to leave the EU and even asked other European nations also to follow suit. Linking Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation European Union with the win of political outsider Trump, she’ll say that “as you renew your nation just as we renew ours, we have the opportunity — indeed the responsibility — to renew the special relationship for this new age.”

Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Today he starts on wall, praises waterboarding, bullies climate scientists. She says they can lead together. Surely decent Tories feel queasy?”
A politics lecturer at the University of Leeds, said the effusive tone coming from Trump’s White House marked a change from the Obama years. “Obama has been a more Asia-Pacific-focused president (with his Asia pivot theme) so this is a return — at least in rhetoric — to the good old days of the USA-UK special relationship,” she said. “But it’s very difficult to know exactly what Theresa May is going to get out of this other than warm words.”

Britain needs more than words from the USA as it prepares to start divorce talks with the European Union. May has said the UK will be leaving both the bloc and its single market in goods and services, which now stretches over 28 countries including Britain and involves half a billion people. By leaving, the UK is gaining the opportunity to strike new trade deals around the globe, and the USA, as the top destination for British exports, is one of the biggest prizes around.
While former President Obama warned that Britain outside the EU would go to the “back of the queue” for a US trade deal, Trump told the Times of London newspaper that a trade deal could be done quickly and he backs it.

Experts argue that any talks in Washington this week would be preliminary, since Britain is barred by EU rules from substantial negotiations on new trade agreements until it actually leaves the bloc — which is likely to be in 2019 at the earliest.

And May will face strong domestic opposition to any deal that forces Britain to bring its standards into line with the USA on things like genetically modified food — currently banned under EU rules — or the private sector’s role in health care.

Trump has also been generally cool on trade agreements. He is pulling the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a deal Obama worked hard on — and has promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. In other challenges for May, Trump has called NATO “obsolete” and called the EU “basically a vehicle for Germany” that Britain was “smart” to leave.

May told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week that although the UK is leaving the EU, “it remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain’s national interest” that the bloc still succeed. And while Trump said in his inauguration speech that “from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” May vowed in Davos to stand up for free markets, free trade and globalization.
The US-UK leaders try to create the chemistry that they need to create. When leaders of governments really want to make it work, they can make it work, anyway.
Obviously, there is big queue of foreign signatories, especially presidents and premiers, seeking through their diplomatic channels, an appointment with president Trump and he would go in his own way in picking his guests. In fact many leaders are in waiting list to receive a presidential call form Washington. Many leaders around the world — who will make their own visits to Washington in the coming months — will be watching closely to see if they do.
Meanwhile, as President Donald Trump is gaining diplomatic niceties in office, the US-British relations have no reason to stumble even during the Trump era.
A businessman is always a business man and business cannot thrive without essential diplomatic skills-
And President Trump knows that.

Why should US President Trump invite me to USA? Random Thoughts-29

Why should US President Trump invite me to USA? Random Thoughts-29 -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal _________ -Hello! So you are very busy these days? You are not seen as you used to be. -I am very much ar…

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Tensions in South Asia: Pakistan releases 210 Indian prisoners, test-fires multiple target nuclear missile!

Tensions in South Asia: Pakistan releases 210 Indian prisoners, test-fires multiple target nuclear missile!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff

Pakistani effort to catch up with India
Pakistan on January 24 Tuesday successfully test-fired its second indigenously-developed nuclear-capable missile Ababeel, capable of engaging multiple targets with high precision with a range of 2,200 km, which brings many Indian cities within its striking range. The test firing comes two weeks after the launch of submarine-fired Babar III that Indian side military analysts as usual dubbed as “fake”.

Pakistan military said Pakistan has successfully conducted the flight test of surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile ‘Ababeel’. Ababeel is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology, Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a statement. “The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” he said. Ghafoor said: “The development of the Ababeel weapon system was aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment and has the capability to engage multiple targets with high precision, defeating the enemy’s hostile radars.”
The missile has a maximum range of 1,367 miles, and is capable of carrying multiple warheads using the Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle technology. According to Inter Service Public Relations, the media arm of Pakistan’s military, the test was conducted to validate the weapon’s abilities.
On 8 January, Pakistan conducted its first successful test fire of submarine launched cruise missile Babur III having a range of 450 km. The missile was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy.

The Babur weapons system incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, according to ISPR. It has been described as a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.

ISPR adds the missile will be a powerful deterrent for the country. Ababeel can be armed with nuclear weapons, and engage multiple targets while overcoming enemy radars.

High-ranking Pakistani government officials praised the flight test as a landmark achievement for the country’s military.

Pakistan’s demonstration follows its nuclear-capable Babur-III launch on Jan. 9, and a number of test-firings conducted by its neighbor India, which have contributed to escalating tensions between the historically hostile nations.
India’s Defense Research and Development organization test-fired its Agni IV ballistic missile on Jan. 4, and launched its guided Pinaka Rocket Mark-II on Jan. 12.
Indian military prowess
This development comes just weeks after the neighbouring rival India ill-focused on Muslim neighbors, successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Babur-3, its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450 kms. In an apparent reference to India, the release said, “The development of the Ababeel weapon system was aimed at ensuring survivability of Pakistan’s ballistic missiles in the growing regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.”
India considers itself the super power of the SA region having first obtained nukes threatening the regional nations, especially Pakistan and Bangladesh. .
Referring to India’s test of its nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile on January 2, Pakistan had also cautioned members of MTCR that introduction of destabilising systems such as “missile defence programmes” and “inter-continental ballistic missiles” in South Asia pose a “risk” to regional stability.
A country’s non-proliferation record is one of the key criteria to join MTCR.
Like India Pakistan has also intensified its efforts to join the exclusive club of countries, controlling exports in missile technology, since India joined the elite grouping last year as its 35th member.
Notably, India was successful in joining MTCR, ahead of Pakistan’s all-weather ally China, whose application is pending since 2004. However, experts say that Pakistan’s controversial record in nuclear proliferation and absence of its patron China inside the club are major obstacles in Islamabad becoming a formal member of MTCR. India has reason to celebrate with semi-explosives all over the country just as it does when it wins a cricket match after fixing it in its favor. .
Pakistan has cautioned members of MTCR that introduction of “destabilising systems” like “missile defence programmes” and “inter-continental ballistic missiles” in South Asia pose a “risk” to regional stability, in an apparent reference to India. Pakistan’s “serious concerns” over the introduction of such systems in South Asia were expressed to a delegation of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a 35-member elite grouping that includes India and controls export in high-end missile technologies, a Foreign Office (FO) statement said. “Pakistan highlighted the risks posed to regional peace and stability due to the introduction of destabilising systems such as missile defence programmes and inter-continental ballistic missiles,” the FO statement said.
India is the only country in South Asia having successfully tested inter-continental ballistic missiles. “Pakistan was, however, committed to avoiding any kind of arms race in South Asia,” it said, adding that Pakistan’s proposal on establishing Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) in South Asia which covers nuclear and missile restraint remains on the table. “Pakistan believes that progress on this proposal (SRR) through meaningful dialogue can promote peace and stability in the region,” it said.
Concerned about regular rissole tests in India and Pakistan and their seemingly never ending conflict over Kashmir, the United States also weighed down on Pakistan’s test of Babur-3 missile urging it to ‘exercise restraint regarding the use and testing of their nuclear capabilities’. “We continue to urge all states with nuclear weapons to exercise restraint regarding nuclear and missile capability testing and use, and we encourage efforts to promote confidence building and stability with respect to those capabilities,” former US state department spokesperson John Kirby had said.
Highlighting Pakistan’s non-proliferation credentials, Additional Secretary, FO, Tasneem Aslam told the MTCR that Pakistan has always remained in the “forefront to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction” and has “always followed international standards while delivering weapons”. Aslam also briefed the delegation led by Ham Sang-Wook, the current MTCR Chair, about the administrative, legislative and regulatory measures taken by Islamabad for the establishment of a robust command and control system, an effective and comprehensive export control regime, and the steps taken to improve physical security at all levels. “Pakistan’s export control regime is at par with the best international standards and its national control lists encompass the items and technologies controlled by the MTCR,” Aslam said.
Pakistani diplomacy
Pakistani diplomacy is indeed commendable. On the eve of test firing, Pakistan released 218 Indian fishermen who had allegedly strayed into its waters. Despite a thaw in bilateral ties, Pakistan has now released 439 Indian fishermen as a “goodwill gesture” in the last 10 days.  The 218 fishermen were freed from Malir jail on instructions from the interior ministry as a goodwill gesture, jail superintendent Hasan Sehto said.

This is the second batch of Indian fishermen released from Pakistan jails since relations between the two countries became tense after the September terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri for which India has blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed organisation.

On December 25, the Pakistan government had freed 220 Indian fishermen who were in jail for more than a year as goodwill gesture after Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday.

The Indian fishermen who were released will be handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah border. He said that around 110 more Indian fishermen remain in Landhi jail in Karachi.

Last March, the Pakistan government had released 87 Indian fishermen who had been languishing in jail in Karachi for the last two and half years.

Fishermen are being increasingly used as useful foreign tension tools by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the troubled Indian Ocean/Arabian waters further complicating the regional tensions being generated by nuclearized South Asian powers India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest each others’ fishermen for violating the territorial boundary. Poor fishermen from both countries routinely find themselves arrested for illegal fishing as there is no clear demarcation of the boundaries between the two countries in the Arabian sea near Sir Creek and lack of technology has made life difficult for the fishermen of both countries.

Last Friday, Pakistan maritime security agency arrested 66 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in Pakistan’s territorial waters. Fishermen from both countries end up languishing in jails for years even after serving their sentences and their only hope of getting released is through ‘goodwill’ steps.

Pakistan released 220 Indian fishermen in December as a goodwill gesture aimed at easing tensions with its neighbour and pawing way for good neighborly relations to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue in favor of Kashmiris to regain sovereignty from occupation nations.

Sri Lankan atrocities

Meanwhile, India and Sri Lanka with strained relations over Lankan army’s war crimes against minority Tamil community during the Rajapksha era – agreed to release fishermen in each others’ custody, a joint statement said on Monday, a move that is likely to ease tensions between the countries which have held fishermen captive for crossing territorial waters.

After ministerial level talks in Colombo, Sri Lanka reiterated its demand to end the practice of bottom trawling, a technique that involves sweeping the sea bed for fish, and India gave assurances that it would gradually phase it out.

Critics oppose the method because the catch is indiscriminate and could wipe out entire fishing species, making areas unsustainable for fishing.
It was not immediately clear from the statement issued by the two governments and published on the website of the Indian ministry of external affairs how many fishermen were being held by either side, or for how long they had been detained.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea states that fishermen who cross territorial waters can be warned and fined but not arrested. But India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka do exactly that, clearly violating all sea laws. They expect their respective “protectors” on the UNSC would shield their crimes.

And, they are not entirely wrong! Veto members seems ot enjoy their power to gain fortunes form these countries, among other such “troubled’ nations. No surprise, India is deadly focused on a possible UN veto handle to control the world with its corporate lords that sponsor joint cricket exercises.
While India and Pakistan continue to test missiles to retain the parts of Jammu Kashmir under their respective control, Sri Lanka does not testifiers missiles in the absence of any such Indo-Pakistan problems. However, Sri Lanka is scared of India more than Pakistan with which it does not have any close sea links to fight territorial claims.

Joint cricketism: Why did England betray Indian team? (Batboys want national awards for their fake records)

Joint cricketism: Why did England betray Indian team? (Batboys want national awards for their fake records)
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Indian batboys and the highly paid media commentators are now down with high fanatic favor as England badly crushed India in the third ODI on January 22 night. Indian government agencies want take revenge on UK by offering national awards to Dhoni and others as recommended by BCCI boys.
India invited England team without any good bowlers on condition of making Indian batboys look great because republic Day is approaching Doni, Kohli, etc are looking for national awards for their bogus records.
As per understanding between the cricket boards of India and Britain as well as cricket mafias, India managed good marks in test cricket matches where English bowlers refused to hit properly so that Indian batboys could shine. India has also got the ODi except the last one. The third ODI was also taken for granted by India but England boys seem to have played mischief by not giving 100 to Kohli, Dhoni or Singh expected by BCCI. Not only that. England did not let Indian boys eat the entire cake as well by defeating India in Calcutta. Eden garden in Kolkata seems to have favored the British team as Indian black magic failed to work in their favor.
Indian bowlers did not offer another 100 to England captain Morgan in the third ODI and perhaps that could be the reason why they defeated India, disregarding the understating between the teams. English boys were upset that India removed their skipper just before he was to get his 50 to be added to his bogus records. England also did not offer any 100 to Doni or Koli. But that is simple betrayal. Dhoni said he has retired from cricket but he is still playing. Sachin is very weak otherwise he would have played even now.
Indian boys are deeply worried and a disappointed by the unexpected fortunes in Kolkata.
Now England and India would play third format the T20 as sponsors want 100 for top batboys in Indian towns after heavy drinks and cocktail parties in the previous nights so that they get national awards at aprt with Sachin tendulkar whom the mafia and BCCI worked for many 100a obviously on payment basis.
The question is will PM Modi would allow himself to be fooled by BCCI and corporate media lords to offer national honors to drunkards and black money holders in cricket. .
In fact these blackmoney holders are pestering the Modi government and President Pranab, now busy with fighting black money, to make Indian batboy shine with national awards.
Are the national awards meant for those make runs on payment basis and mafia support, frauds, blackmoney people and, thereby, promote negative image of India?
Doe s not indie have people who have contributed to nation building and not the fake record holders?
If the government doesn’t find really worthy persons for national dignity, why not it scrap the awards all together until it finds some genuine personalities?

Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu Assembly in India passes bill revoking judicial ban order!

Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu Assembly in India passes bill revoking judicial ban order!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Tamil nadu in India has witnessed a youth led agitation to restore the jallikattu as part of Pongal festivities. This popular move reminds of anti-corruption movement led by Arvind Kejriwal-Anna Hazare in New Delhi that sought Lokpal Bill to check corruption in high offices.

The youth agitation for reinstating Jallikattu has made the Pongal sport known all over the world as global media also have begun reporting the state vs. people conflict. .

Unable to pacify the angry but peaceful protestors with mere promises, the Tamil Nadu assembly on Monday passed a bill that replaces an ordinance and legalizes Jallikattu, the bull taming sport, in the state. The Bill was earlier was tabled in the assembly for approval. Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday approved the ordinance issued by the state government revoking ban on Jallikattu. . Jallikattu Bill passed unanimously in TN Assembly.

Jallikattu is the bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu played on its soil for several centuries. Jallikattu is an integral part of the ancient tradition of Tamil Nadu and is inextricably linked to rural and agrarian customs and has religious significance for the people of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu also addresses the cause of conservation of native breeds

Despite some unfortunate incidents, it has been a victory for the Tamil people. The Jallikattu Bill has been passed by the Tamilnadu Legislature, and after some formalities ( assent of the Governor and President of India ) will become a permanent law. So instead of demonstrating any further, Tamilians and others should prepare a grand celebration. It has been a victory of the people. You can hear me at 6 p.m. on Ajtak channel. Although it is a Hindi channel, I will put in some English words so that non Hindi speakers can understand.

Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ordinance promulgated by the state government and said that Jallikattu is to be conducted with customary fervor with all necessary safeguards.
From the past one week, Chennai’s Marina Beach has been thronged by massive crowds demanding to lift the ban of the traditional sport, and now seeking a permanent solution.
Yesterday, protesters in Alanganallur did not allow Panneerselvam to inaugurate the Alanganallur jallikattu which was cancelled. Later talking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that even though jallikattu was not held at Alanganallur, it was organised smoothly in many places all over the state. This is the first session of the Assembly after the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Monday morning witnessed a renewed clash between agitated locals and the police here at Marina Beach, now a battleground for the Jallikattu issue, as protesters swarmed in droves demanding a permanent solution and not a ‘temporary’ ordinance.

Students leading the Jallikattu protests here torched several vehicles and fought pitched battles with police. The police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters who assembled at several roads leading to Marina and started throwing stones. All routes to Marina Beach have been cordoned off.

The police action came as the state assembly met here on Monday for the first time in 2017 with Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao’s address. The eviction began after week-long protests across the state. The protesters demand a “permanent” solution by amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in the Assembly.

The police physically pulled out the demonstrators sitting at the protest venue. The scene reminded of a ‘tug-of-war’ game but without ropes as protesters held back the colleagues who were being pulled out by the police. In Coimbatore, protesters from VOC Ground were also removed. The police pounced on a protester who stood up with a kerosene canister and threatened to self-immolate. They were successful in taking away the inflammable liquid. The protesters in Madurai remained adamant and the police were trying to convince them to disperse.

At Alanagnallur, villagers singing not Tamil anthem but vande matharam and saare Jahan se achcha while saying we won’t stop protest

Tamil Nadu: Clash between protesters and Police in Madurai’s Alanganallur, an injured protester being taken to hospital

The state government on Sunday organised Jallikattu in several places following the promulgation of an ordinance enabling the same. But the protesters demand the central government take out bulls from the list of performing animals.
The police has asked protesters in other parts of the state to disperse. Agreeing to the request, demonstrators in Tirunelveli district have decided to call off the protests. However, the protesters have decided to continue their agitations in Madurai, even as talks are still on between them and the police.
There has been a lot pressure from federal government in New Delhi on Tamil Nadu government and TN government on the protesters to end protests to enable the government to proceed with republic Day celebrations. A few leaders of protestors signaled they want to end the agitation at least for the time being and allow the government a couple of months to make the necessary amazement to make Jallikattu a regular feature in the state. However, majority of protesters want to continue the struggle until jallikattu is legally cleared for the usual celebration.

Indian Supreme Court has disallowed the Jallikattu celebrations as part of Pongal festival and rejected the appeals for resumption.
After the promulgation of the ordinance, P. Rajasekhar, President of the Jallikattu Pathukaapu Peravai, appealed the protesters to call off their agitation. ‘Hip-Hop Tamizha’ Adhi, a rap musician whose song support of Jallikattu attracted the protesters, also distanced himself as the demonstrations were progressing in a different direction, he said.

While the protesters anger is severe against the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in most of the protest venues there were slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. Some of the placards held by few protesters were vulgar and indecent and there were also signs demanding separate Tamil land.

Further, thousands of regular commuters have been facing inconvenience due to cancellation of trains and termination ahead of destination owing to protests on rail tracks and bus services in the city of Chennai. . The Southern Railway on Monday announced cancellation of 16 trains. “Around 40,000 passengers are affected daily due to disruption in train services. Many passengers may be travelling to attend interviews, join duty or even for health reasons,” a senior Southern Railway official preferring anonymity told IANS.
Amid Jallikattu protests, fire breaks out at police station near Chennai’s Marina beach

The Jallikattu protest remained peaceful for a week in Tamil Nadu but turned violent with demonstrators throwing stones at police following eviction action against them at the Marina beach here. A fire broke out at Ice House police station near the Marina Beach. Vehicles near the police station were set on fire by protesters. Vehicles near Ice House Police station Chennai set on fire. All MTC buses stopped.

In a street in Triplicane area near Marina beach, protesters in large numbers threw stones at police which later retaliated with a baton charge. The police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters who assembled at several roads leading to Marina and started throwing stones. All routes to Marina Beach have been cordoned off. The eviction began after week-long protests across the state. The protesters demand a “permanent” solution by amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in the Assembly. Jallikattu is a popular bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu. The police action came as the state assembly met here on Monday for the first time in 2017 with Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao’s address. The police physically pulled out the demonstrators sitting at the protest venue. The scene reminded of a ‘tug-of-war’ game but without ropes as protesters held back the colleagues who were being pulled out by the police.

The Jallikattu protest that remained peaceful for a week in Tamil Nadu suddenly turned violent early in the morning with demonstrators and police seen throwing stones at each other, following eviction action against them at the Marina beach here. Furious that they had been ousted from the beach, the pro-Jallikattu protesters set fire to the vehicles parked at the Ice House police station.

Who is the mischief maker? And why? BJP leader S Swamy said the Republic day celebrations on Marina beach are more important than the protests for jallikattu. Who are the anti-national elements he talks of there? This sort of explanation justifies the police action. Youth and students have been evicted from Marina beach but the pain and insult of police action would not die down as easily as Swamy thinks.

Meanwhile, DMK’s Working President and Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu assembly, M.K. Stalin, condemned the police action as authoritarian. PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss said the party was withdrawing its plans to hold Jallikattu protest on January 26 as the state government has passed an ordinance that permits the sport.
Stalin condemned the police action on the protesting students and youth with ulterior motives

Former Attorney general Soli Sorabjee earlier in the day said that the Jallikattu Bill will pose a serious constitutional challenge. The Supreme Court had banned the sport resulting in a massive protest by students and the youth in the state starting on January 16.
While it is busy with poll process of state Assemblies n the country, the BJP ruled federal government seems to be worried about continuing Jallikattu protests on the Marina Beach among other venues in the state and the waning prospects of conducing the republic Day celebrations on Marina beach drive- the usual venue for national parades. The miscreants seemed to have cleared the way for the parade on January 26 and rehearsals before that.
CM Pannerselvam is unhappy about the turnoff events which if he could have controlled could have been avoided.
It was a distressing day for people of Chennai. I is unlikely that Tamils will take it lightly if state and federal government take them for an easy ride with promises.

Obviously there is a high level conspiracy to make the peaceful protest for Jallikattu go violent so that police could disperse them. Police that so far supported the agitators are thrashing them abruptly. TN CM Pannerselvam visibly is annoyed that he was not allowed to force agitators in Madurai to end agitation and celebrate “victory”. Is police also angry with the protestors or is it being regulated by some upper hands in Chennai or New Delhi?

Stalin has asked the governor Rao to investigate the police action on the peaceful agitators in Chennai and other places and the governor has assured him of prompt action to book the culprits.

Don’t people have the right to protest peacefully in India?
The agitation, now for jallikattu essentially to  make the MLAs and MPs, TN government to wake up to anti-Jallikattu move to insult Tamils, would be a permanent feature to protest in Tamil Nadu politics for fighting more issues in future.

 

 

Issues before USA as Trump inaugurates presidency!

Issues before USA as Trump inaugurates presidency!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Election of Republican candidate Donald Trump was possibly the top most world news of the year 2016. Donald Trump defeated the powerful Democratic candidate and former US foreign minister Hillary Clinton in a shocking way. Jews and Israel, looking forward to further squeeze the Palestinians in genocides and illegal expansionism with US backing, are particularly worried that their favorite lobbyist Hillary lost the election. They don’t trust Trump to promote the Jewish criminal regime in West Asia.

Trump Trump Trump

Upon a long wait after the poll on November 8, Republican billionaire Donald Trump has assumed power as world’s strongest leader at White House on January 20, officially removing the incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama. A complete change has taken place in Washington with President Trump promising new areas of his preference.
The eyes of the world was on President Donald Trump as he entered the Oath of Office, and offered his inaugural address, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the USA took place on Friday the January 20 after stunning America and the world by winning the US election. Trump replaced Barack Obama who spent two terms in the White House as its custodian.
On November 8, members of the public cast their votes – but not directly for who they want to be president, but Donald Trump did not officially become president until January 20 as per rules. Until 1933, the new president was inaugurated on March 4, four months after Election Day. This was then shortened to around two months with the ratification of the 20th Amendment. The time between US election and inauguration allows for the incumbent, or ‘lame duck’, president to tie up any loose ends, and for the incoming president to prepare for his tenure by working on policy and appointing his cabinet. But the main reason for the delay is to allow for the election to continue.

Trump will become the first US president in the 240-year-old republic who has never served in the military or held public office. At 70 he will also be the oldest in his first term, eclipsing Ronald Reagan’s record. The more people who live in a state, the more electors there are for that state. The candidate with the most electors wins all the state’s Electoral College votes and the first candidate to win enough states to get to 270 electoral votes is elected to that office. Trump was declared officially the president-elect when the Texas votes were counted, pushing him over the 270-vote threshold.
As a candidate, Trump’s campaign promises included building a border wall with Mexico and banning Muslims immigrants from the US. As president-elect, he has called NATO “obsolete” and the European Union “basically a vehicle for Germany”, put the One China policy up for negotiation, and threatened to renegotiate most trade agreements. He also threatened to impose duties of 35% on German and other foreign cars made in Mexico and imported into the United States, predicted that other countries would follow Britain’s lead and vote to leave the EU. He welcomed celebrating the British vote to exit the European Union, and praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, his inaugural address skipped all this.
European leaders still do not know how much of Trump’s comments will become official US policy. They are thus bracing themselves for unpredictability and inconsistency regarding Trump’s intentions and beliefs, as well as his tendency to contradict himself and his cabinet. With Trump in power, it is argued, these leaders are no longer the black sheep among Western political elites but rather partners in the building of a new illiberal international order that rejects liberal democratic values and freedoms.
Trump does appear to perceive Latin American as a problematic region. Donald Trump’s campaign was geared towards pushing the buttons of voters who, as the result of shifting economic opportunities, have seen their economic prospects decline in recent years: it was Mexico that took the jobs, and Mexico that sent the bad immigrants. Trump has expressed concerns about illegal immigration and US jobs lost as a consequence of trade agreements, open markets and industrial relocation. Trump may consider reduction of concessions to Cuba, a strongman’s posture towards strongman-led Venezuela and a distancing from Mexico. For other countries in the region, there is a huge question mark. Would Trump build a wall along the US-Mexican border?
Trump won the election in economically ravaged industrial states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin by cynically exploiting the social devastation in factory towns and rural areas, offering an entirely reactionary and bogus solution to the crisis, based on economic nationalism.
President Obama and Donald Trump – the pair have had a strained relationship. Trump previously claimed that Obama was born outside the US and was therefore not a legitimate president, and later suggested he was the “founder of Isis”, but later backed down on both claims.

Energy, Obama and his care

Bush-Obama plus Madam Clinton with their terror wars with ulterior imperialist motives have made the world devastatingly dangerous by first executing the Sept-11 hoax in perfection and invading and destabilizing energy rich Arab nations one by one on fictitious pretexts to which all western military regimes and eastern corrupt regimes lent support. These essentially rogue states, in fact going even beyond the Neocon ideas, have achieved their objective of slashing Islamic populations by genocides and looting their resources.

The victory of Trump reminds none in modern political history.

The energy of fighting on multiple fronts, the crises appear to be eroding his credibility, the base currency of any presidency. Fearing an asterisk is being painted next to his historic victory over Hillary Clinton, Trump has gone on the offensive. The incoming Republican leader has lashed out at “sleazebag political operatives,” the intelligence services — whom he compared to Nazis — and the media, reprising campaign tactics that played well with his base.

Trump should know the poor fate today of once very popular President Obama who has left behind a cold legacy for reference by future presidents. Obama’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, according to a Gallup poll — the lowest level of support for any outgoing president since the organisation began doing the surveys. When he began his presidency, Barack Obama enjoyed an 83 percent rating as people looked forward to his prudent foreign policy to bring the world back to normalcy but he, like his immediate predecessor, just obeyed notorious Neocons and got his second term in office. That unpopularity makes it much easier for allies to bolt. Republican lawmakers up for re-election or in moderate states and districts are unlikely to go to bat for a deeply unpopular president. Republican governors are balking at plans to repeal Obamacare, and all the time Trump’s victory is being called into question.

With this kind of sentiment swirling, Trump may be the first president to enter the White House with a bunker mentality.

Donald Trump enters the White House embroiled in scandal, in a pitched battle with the intelligence services and news media, and facing a world on fire. Even before being sworn in, he is facing a Congressional investigation into possible collusion between Russia and his election campaign- though the allegation would stand for close scrutiny. But add to that serious allegations of nepotism, legal problems over his business interests, the ill-preparedness of some of his cabinet nominees and a fracas over health care reform that has left Republicans in disarray, and the picture gets even bleaker.
After the December 19 vote, Trump finished with 304 electoral votes and his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton got 227. Seven electors defied convention and went against the popular vote, refusing to vote for either candidate. The results from December 19 were confirmed by Congress on January 6The event will be presided over by Roy Blunt, a Republican senator from Missouri and chairman of Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities. Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court administered the oath on the steps of the United States Capitol Building. I Donald J Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God

The pomp and circumstance

Barack Obama woke up in the White House on the morning of January 20.That night, Donald Trump went to sleep for the first time in his new home. The White House changed hands almost as instantaneously as the presidency does. While the inaugural ceremonies are underway, staff at the White House will  be frantically moving out the remnants of the Obama administration, and preparing the residence and offices for their new inhabitants.

The next morning, Trump walked from his new White House residence to the West Wing to attend to his duties as President of the United States. Across Washington DC inaugural balls were held to mark Trump’s ascent to the presidency. They will feature dancing and entertainment and appearances by President and First Lady Trump, and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.
Trump has promised to shake up the postwar liberal order, issued contradictory policy statements and, even before taking office, sparked anger in foreign capitals with his volatile approach. Questions have been raised over the character and temperament of a man who boasted about groping women and still picks fights on Twitter.

Trump threatened to jail during the campaign. Mrs Clinton received 2.9 million more votes than he did last November but lost the Electoral College. Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Jimmy Carter will also be present.

The inaugural address

Today, US prestige and status in international arena has been very low. In fact owing to its failed mediation in Mideast peace talks, Arab nations do not trust America. So is negative attitude of the entire world except the imperialist states. New President Trump is expected to win over them on his side. Trump’s inaugural message was just the opposite: “We fear the world, but the whole world must be made to fear us.” The speech gave a jolt, signaling to the world that the new American president is an out-of-control megalomaniac.

During the election campaign, Trump said one of his first actions would be to try and erase the effects of Obama’s presidency. He promised to cancel every “executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama”, but again, he has backed down or softened his stance on several of Obama’s policies. He repeatedly described Obama as weak, “a disaster,” ineffective and “the most ignorant president in our history.” Obama savaged him throughout the election campaign as irresponsible and dangerous, warning that the “fate of the world” was at risk in the event of a Trump presidency. However, at their meeting after the US election, both men struck a conciliatory note after they met to discuss the transition from one administration to the next.

Trump used the economic problems to win poll and in his address he has gave solution. He argued Americans have “enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry… and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country have dissipated over the horizon.”

After the swearing in, Trump gave a speech that, as all inaugural addresses are, is recorded in the pages of history. In his second inaugural address, with the country emerging from devastating civil war, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “malice toward none and charity for all”. Franklin Roosevelt told a country ravaged by the Great Depression that all it had to fear was fear itself, and John F Kennedy urged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

It is notable that Trump’s speech discarded the democratic rhetoric that is traditional for inaugurations. There was not even an acknowledgement that he had received 46 percent of the vote, trailing his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes.
Many say that Trump is seeking to develop an American fascistic movement, offering a false enemy to be held responsible for the crimes and failures of capitalism, demonizing anyone opposed to his policies as disloyal, and presenting himself as the personification of the popular will and the only one who can deliver a solution to the crisis. Since Trump has assembled a cabinet of billionaires, right-wing ideologues and former generals, it is argued that his government will go much further than anyone imagines in pursuing a program of war, attacks on democratic rights and the destruction of jobs and living standards for working people.

Prior to Trump’s address there was musical performances and words from religious leaders. Afterwards, there will be a departure ceremony for Obama as his family. Trump then attended the traditional Congressional luncheon and take part in the inaugural parade. His motorcade traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, with well wishers and protesters lining the streets.

Then the Herald Trumpets performed four”Ruffles and Flourishes. The ruffles are played on drums and the flourishes on bugles, which are simple brass instruments with no valves. The ruffles and flourishes form a fanfare before a performance of the president’s anthem, “Hail to the Chief”, and the vice-president’s anthem, “Hail, Columbia”. There is then a 21-gun salute from the howitzers of the military district of Washington.
Following his speech, Senator Blunt introduced religious leaders like His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York; Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and Pastor Paula. Readings and benediction came from Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as son of famous evangelist Billy Graham; and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International.

It is customary for the outgoing president to attend the inauguration of the incoming president; however, it is not compulsory. Obama chose to attend.

Former presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter attended along with their wives, the former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter. Trump and Mrs Clinton came face-to-face for the first time since she lost a bruising election campaign. George HW Bush, the 41st president, was not be there as he is being treated at a Houston hospital suffering with pneumonia. His wife of 72 years, former first lady Barbara Bush, also was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing

Celebrity culture
One of the most iconic moments of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration celebrations came during one of that night’s galas. Barack and Michelle Obama danced together for the first time as president and first lady along with celebrities. The moment encapsulated everything that was new and exciting about the beginning of the Obama era: the youth and cool of the first couple, their unapologetic celebration of black culture, the pervasiveness and sincerity of the optimism that surrounded them. By the end of the song, both the Obamas were beaming through their tears. That’s what a really great celebrity performance can do at a presidential inauguration. Celebrities say It can help the new president calibrate and define his image:
All the celebrities invited to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, and their responses
Trump’s public struggle to secure A-list talent to perform at his inauguration signals a new and uncharted relationship between the office of the president and celebrity culture. Trump himself is a creature of celebrity culture, someone who rode his reality TV fame all the way to the White House. And now many of the famous performers he once rubbed elbows with have disowned him.
Hollywood’s relationship to politics has certainly undergone periods of tension in the past. But no incoming president has ever encountered such a high level of disdain within the entertainment industry — especially not to the point where many celebrities have patently refused to participate in his inauguration and have advocated for boycotting an administration before it officially begins. As a result, Trump has found himself without any effective celebrity mouthpieces, except for himself.
In the more immediate present, the celebrity inauguration boycott isn’t just sending a message to the people of the future. It signals that the traditionally cozy — or at least cordial — relationship between our biggest stars and the president of the United States is over. In its absence, Trump won’t be able to rely on celebrity proxies to spread his message for him. He’ll have to act as his own celebrity and do his own messaging. That’s a strategy that worked out well for him on the campaign trail. It remains to be seen how it will work for him as president.

Trump won the presidency in part on the strength of his celebrity credentials. He demonstrated that the platforms celebrities have at their disposal — adoring audiences, name recognition, press coverage — can translate into real, tangible political power. He also demonstrated that he is ready and willing to use that tangible political power in the service of far-right policies and ideas that liberals in Hollywood will not forgive. The fact that Trump and his team are so committed to these narratives suggests it is important to them that America believes the president-elect has easy, reliable access to celebrities, so much access that he doesn’t even really need them present at his inauguration to back him up.

Celebrities have not historically avoided Republican inaugurations. The number of celebrities who have declined an invitation to perform at Trump’s inauguration is more or less unprecedented. Although the entertainment industry tends to be liberal, celebrities generally do appear at Republican presidential inaugurations, regardless of their political affiliations.
Traditionally, the general attitude has been that the inauguration isn’t for the new president but for the American people, and performing there is an apolitical, patriotic act.
It’s purely symbolic, but the symbolism is important. “The unspoken audience is the people of the future, who will look back on this as a historical turning point. Since we don’t know how bad it’s going to get, and there is zero chance it’s going to work out great, there is no upside in going down in history as the one who sang patriotic songs to a tyrant.

The story of Trump’s inauguration entertainment is now a story about controversy — and he’s fighting to control the narrative. To be fair, Trump does have some celebrities performing at his inauguration. He’s got country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, and the rock group 3 Doors Down, teen classical singer Jackie Evancho, who may be most famous for coming in second on America’s Got Talent but is still at least a vaguely recognizable name. He has at least some of the Rockettes. And on the whole, the inauguration has become characterized by confusion and controversy. Multiple celebrities at first agreed to perform — most likely under the assumption that the gig would be as apolitical as it had been in the past — and then canceled after facing fan backlash.

Challenges for smooth ties with Moscow

The president-elect Trump has taken a more bellicose stance toward China, at just the time Beijing is feeling more assertive. Whereas Mao Zedong transformed Chinese society, and Deng Xiaoping made the country an economic power, current leader Xi Jinping wants to make China a diplomatic and military force t over take USA which tres to obstruct the Chinese plans.

Trump, like Obama, will take office at a time when rival regional powers are gaining more clout and are not afraid to use it. Preserving US primacy will be a full-time job.
Apparently Trump and Putin have hinted they would forge a new relationship to steady the bilateral ties by trying to resolve their tensions as well as regional problems.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin may be the strongest leader since Leonid Brezhnev, as he aggressively tries to renegotiate the terms of the end of the Cold War. Putin’s effort to re-establish Moscow’s influence in Syria already hobbled the Obama establishment. A similar Russian drive in Afghanistan, Libya or Eastern Europe could pose serious problems for Trump’s bid to smooth relations.

Trump and Xi’s rival ambitions dramatically raise the possibility that various disputes — from Taiwan to currency rates to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea — could become flashpoints.

NATO and military intervention

Apart from former ideological foes Russia and China, some more countries are the target of NATO. They include North Korea and Arab nations. But US allies in Europe are also perturbed by Trumps victory.

Few have been more perturbed by Trump’s election than America’s traditional allies during Trump’s tenure. Trump has questioned the value of both Nato — calling it “obsolete” in an interview with the German tabloid Bild and The Times of London published Sunday — and Washington’s treaty obligations to help secure allies in Asia, which underpin the global order. “Trump has long believed the United States is being taken advantage of by its allies,” said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution. “He would prefer that the United States not have to defend other nations, but, if it does, he wants to get paid as much as possible for it.”
So far, most — including Britain and Japan — have adopted a strategy of engagement, getting close to Trump in order to win his ear.
Every president will endure surprise national security crises, but perhaps the biggest foreign crisis facing Trump is well known — North Korea. The country has been working feverishly to fuse two lethal technologies, a ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental United States and a miniaturized nuclear device to be its apocalyptic payload.
Trump has already painted that as a red line. “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” he tweeted. Making sure of that will be far more difficult.
Sanctions against North Korea have had limited impact and Trump’s hostility to China would seem to forestall any help from Beijing in squeezing Pyongyang. He could turn to more dramatic responses, from disabling North Korean weapons systems by cyber-attack, airstrikes or invasion. “Trump will hear siren calls to launch a preventive war,” said Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council. But that would mean trusting US intelligence. “For a president who, as a candidate, repeatedly criticised US military intervention abroad and was skeptical of alliances,” Sigal said, “that option might be particularly unpalatable.”

Positive side
The US presidential election 2016 left many with the doubt that the reins of one of the biggest democracy of the world were in unsafe hands. Donald Trump, who became the 45th President of America on 20 January 2017, has over the span of his campaigning come across as xenophobic, racist, politically incorrect, ruthless businessman, who would like to ban all Muslims from the country and build a wall.
However, there is a flip side to everything and we were hard-pressed to find a silver lining to Trump’s presidency. When scoured the internet we found a few incidents which show his better side.
In 2008, long before rumours about his presidential nomination started circulating, he gave shelter to Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson and some of her relatives in his hotel Trump Tower in New York after three of her family members were murdered. “She’s a great girl. And we’re protecting them well,” Trump told People magazine when he was asked to comment on the issue.
Later acknowledging the kindness, Andrew’s father reportedly said, “He is a good man. He has three children of his own and he knows what being a parent is all about.” Trump once even offered his private Boeing 727 to transport an “Orthodox Christian child with a rare and still undiagnosed breathing illness” from Los Angeles to New York for better treatment. “The child, Andrew Ten, age 3, arrived with his parents — accompanied by three nurses who attend to him around the clock — to try to seek medical help in the New York area.
This was one of the rare moments where Trump displayed graciousness.
Michael Moore, the American documentary filmmaker who famously predicted Trump’s victory, recently confessed in an interview with Variety that Trump once tricked him into not being himself. In his account of first meeting Trump, Moore adds that people assume Trump is not smart, but Moore warns that that is exactly how Trump plays people. “People think he’s stupid — he’s not stupid at all. Only his tenure will prove which side of his personality he would like to favour. Here’s hoping for a relatively smooth presidency.

Observations

The speech delivered by Donald Trump Friday at his inauguration as president has no parallel in American history. It was a violent, nationalistic tirade, with distinctly fascistic overtones. Trump proclaimed his program to be “America First,” which many experts qualify as being a serious threat the rest of the world with dire consequences if they did not submit to his demands, both economic and political. However, Trump had earlier said his country won’t go for wars.
Trump summed up his chauvinistic perspective with the sentence: “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.” He has not criticised US capitalists who looted the economy of common people to finance imperialist wars abroad. The wealth produced by working people has indeed been stolen and “redistributed to the tiny elite of financial aristocrats like Trump himself and much of his cabinet, the billionaires and multi-millionaires. Ideology of Capitalism and imperialism is the cause of all this. US Jews manipulated the trend to become billionaires and gave a part of money to American politicians for supporting the fascist and expansionist causes of Israel.

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While President Trump’s declaration to make America great again or his “USA first” or outsourcing policy is well within his rights, his intention to remove Islamic terrorism from the face of earth isn’t in good taste as, conversely, he means he would tolerate and possibly promote other types of terrorism like American terrorism or Israeli terrorism. It is a fact that USA and Israel are, both individually and jointly, the root causes of terrorism globally. In the recent past US-Israeli terrorism in Mideast remains the largest challenge for the mankind. Of course, Americans have the right to get all employment opportunities in the country just as China, Russia or India are doing.
The perspective of restoring national greatness through economic autarchy and military expansion leads inevitably to war. Trump has already declared that the Muslims are to be banned from entering the USA – though a trick meant for votes. His blood-curdling pledge to destroy “radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth” will be taken as a threat, legitimately, by the broad masses of the Middle East and the entire Muslim world, some 1.9 billion people. When he said that “it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first,” he was announcing the onset of a dog-eat-dog struggle among the major imperialist powers for markets, sources of raw material and cheap labor, and key strategic positions. The inexorable logic of this struggle leads to world war.
Among the many challenges the president-elect known for his split personality will face after his inauguration on Friday, the most urgent may be to steady the ship. Barrack said Trump’s inaugural speech focused on “the issues that unite us” and claimed that the divisions from the campaign would “vanish”. “What you’ll hear in his address is a switch from candidate to president,” he told the CBS This Morning.
Peppering the first 100 days of his government with populist legislation and executive actions would help stem the bleeding — as would avoid unnecessary fights. To help him run the country, Trump has turned to a disparate group of billionaires, family members, generals, and establishment Republicans — few of whom have any White House experience. The CEO-turned-commander-in-chief sees his freewheeling style as an asset. It will have a massive impact on how his decisions are framed.
Trump can definitely contain Israeli fascist trends and force it to come down for a genuine final peace talk to resolve the vexed issue and help establishment of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital as per the Arab Peace Plan of 2002. Trumps intention of recognize Palestine and create an embassy there and demote importance of Israel by removing US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by just upgrading the consulate there.
President Trump, his use of vocabulary of fascism, could be a shot in Israeli terror arms. Instead, he would work for normalcy in international relations by stopping bullying other nations with imperialist threats. He must cut the fascist wings of the Zionist criminal regime trying to control the region with nuclear threat. Trump’s implied policy of military expansion and extreme nationalism has the most ominous implications for the democratic rights of the American people.
Israel needs to do away with settlements inside Palestine and would follow the Arab Peace Plan and line suggested by settler leader defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, which is to try to reach an agreement with the USA about stopping further settlement building outside the blocs and begin talks on the status of these terror settlements. It would fit in with George W Bush letter of 2004 and follows Obama’s statements on different kinds of settlements. That would be a step forward, and relatively doable. The Obama government wasn’t prepared to do that, perhaps Trump might be. While it wants to make West Jerusalem its new capital, Israel has not yet accepted the Palestinian demand for East Jerusalem as it their capital.
A variety of opinions inside the White House can be constructive, or fuel turf wars and jockeying for influence that can split the house asunder. Will Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jewish Jared Kushner be allowed to regulate US foreign policy?
Israel must be held for account for its perpetual crimes against humanity in Palestine and Mideast, but it wants Trump to focus on Iran and hold Iranians to account sufficiently for US-Israeli crimes.

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Hopefully Trump will not follow the Bush-Obama footsteps. If he follows Obama’s example, humanity cannot hope for peace perhaps forever.
Fascist forces across the globe want Trump to initiate World War III which has been looming large since the Sept 11 hoax.

Resolution of freedom struggle of Palestinians and Kashmiris for sovereignty would be a perfect feather in his cap.

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