Devilish American Zionism: Netanyahu-Trump evil axis!

Devilish American Zionism: Netanyahu-Trump evil axis!
Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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It is not a strange phenomenon that USA and Israel behave alike or they operate jointly. It has been so ever since USA-UK twins forcefully erected the Zionist criminal regime inside Palestine. Jews were actively and dangerously engaged in terrorist operations Europe and both big powers decided to fix the “trouble guys” with falsehood and fake claims in West Asia so that Israel could fight the Arabs and kill each other. They gave Israel money and terror goods.
Israel-US axis and American neoconservativism
Over the past two decades, Netanyahu and his US allies, whether in or out of office, consistently pursued some objectives of ensuring the support of USA and its allies for its crimes and expansionist proliferation of illegal settlements inside occupied Palestine. It has been a joint operation against Islam and Palestinians and other Arab nations.

To a great extent, they have succeeded. This unholy alliance between US neoconservatives (Neocons) and Netanyahu was no accident. They had long been partners. Back in the late 1970’s, Netanyahu convened many of these same “thinkers” to Israel for a summit at the Jonathan Institute—an event which some have called the birth of the American neoconservative movement.

Even while they focused on USSR and its Eastern allies, the ideology they spawned was decidedly pro-Israel and anti-Arab, and extremely hostile to all things Palestinian. Their focus was also hostility to the Soviet Union and the “national liberation movements” alleged to be Soviet pawns.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Oslo peace process, and the election of Bill Clinton, the focus of both the Neocons and Netanyahu shifted. They sought to influence and control the US Congressmen by bribing them.

Neoconservatives and anti-Palestine goals

Netanyahu focused on genocides of Palestinians and stealing their lands illegal expansionism for proliferation of illegal settlements inside Palestine, and in doing this, he ensured the support of the republicans. Whenever Netanyahu met with resistance from former President Bill Clinton, he turned to the Republican-led Congress for support. He was dogged in his efforts to sabotage peace and largely succeeded. Even the one agreement Clinton finally forced him to sign with Arafat only served to lock the Palestinians into an untenable situation by consolidating Israeli control over much of the West Bank and their nightmarish presence in the heart of Hebron.

Seeing US Republicans as his allies in the effort to sabotage the Mideast peace process that would lead to the establishment of Palestine, Netanyahu’s Likud party set up a shop to provide talking points to GOP members of US Congress. Their goal was to make Republicans partners in their fight with the Clinton administration/Labor Party endorsed peace process. With the GOP take-over of Congress in 1995, followed by Netanyahu’s election in 1996, the stage was set to kill the Oslo process. It was an unholy alliance of Likud and the GOP squared off against Labor and the Clinton Administration.

The anti-Palestine goals laid out in “A clean break” were not so much prophetic as they were a road map in which the Neocons and Netanyahu laid out their plans for a new US-Israel partnership, a destabilized Arab World, and an end to Palestinian aspirations for independence.

US presidents openly promote Zionist crimes in Palestine. Shortly after his first election as prime minister, and before his maiden address to the US Congress, a team of Reagan-era neoconservatives, who later worked as senior positions in the George W. Bush government, wrote a paper for Netanyahu to guide his remarks before Congress and to US audiences. The paper, echoing many themes from Netanyahu’s own writings, was called “A clean break.” Since he was already aligned with these views, he repeated the policy proposals during his many public appearances in Washington. “A clean break” theme can be seen as Netanyahu’s road map to relations with the US and the Middle East region.

Netanyahu encouraged Hamas to fight the PLO and Fatah, thereby weakening the Palestine movement and infighting and civil war. . With the “break” envisioned in “A clean break’, the impact of Netanyahu’s first term created conditions that ultimately led to his hopes for end of the peace process once for all. Hamas-Fatah leaders help him achieve his pet goal. In order to end the peace agenda of Ariel Sharon, the CIA, Mossad and hardcore Zionists brought back Netanyahu. After his return to office in 2009, he was forced to endure eight years of a Democratic government of Barack Obama. Once again, he turned to his relations with a Republican-led Congress to resist pressures to make peace.

Though Obama did not trust Netanyahu or Jewish leaders, he could not end the huge military aid to Israel.

Limited autonomy

US-Israeli twins allow only a limited autonomy for the Palestinians. The rule was upheld by Madam Clinton and Obama. Use of toy missiles against the powerful Zionism military attacks only helped Israel to claim ‘victory’ over the so-called “terrorists” and more high precision terror goods from Washington.

With the election of Donald Trump coupled with Republican control of Congress, Netanyahu feels more comfortable as a special guest at White House- which is inviting the Israeli criminal leaders for dinner. His pre-paid allies in Congress are vigorously pushing his agenda. There are bills designed to: further punish and discredit the already weakened PLO or PA; deny funding to UNWRA; outlaw the BDS movement; and recognize, through clever slight of hand language, Israel’s control over the Palestine “territories.”

The Trump regime began its tenure, proposing, perhaps as a gimmick; to deliver “a great deal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reportedly lowered its ambitions to a proposal mirroring a long-discredited 40-year-old Likud concept of “limited Palestinian autonomy” denying Palestinians full sovereignty and any rights in Jerusalem, while releasing large areas of the West Bank to Israeli expansion.

But the point is Palestine today is a defacto UN member with limited powers and it is going to be a full member soon even without US-Israeli approval. . .

For half of the past two decades Netanyahu has served as prime minister of Israel he did maximum to divide the helpless Palestinian leaders and kill even the children. Whatever his ultimate fate (given the ongoing criminal investigations he is currently facing), it is clear that he has had a profound impact on Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire region.

Netanyahu, other than the desire to retain power, also had some core beliefs in the superiority of Jews and Judaism over Christianity and Islam. He also believes the Jews in USA are responsible for what the USA is today. Even with his blood thirst, maneuvering and his penchant for prevarication, these core beliefs have directed his career.

Israel coerces USA to resist peace move
While Israel proceeds along its merry way, each day building more settlements, demolishing more Palestinian homes, dishing out more hardships to an embittered captive people, far from being the secure and stable dream Netanyahu envisioned, it is seething cauldron waiting for the next explosion.

Right from the day one after the US-UK imposition of a Jewish criminal state inside Palestine America had taken the responsibility of ‘maintaining and repairing” Israel so that it can solidly and militarily stand on its own, attack the neighboring Arab nations, coax and terrorize the Palestinians. USA also maintained the weapons depots of Israel first with conventional arms and then with WMD.

Indeed, the USA and Israel have forged an anti-Islamic alliance along with a few foolish Muslim nations. The central themes of the secret talks between Israel and America (Jews and Christians) have been: confronting Iraq and overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s rule and his w own assassination; ending the Oslo process and rejecting “land for peace” formula; reasserting Israel’s claim to the “land of Israel”; weakening the ability of the PLO or Palestinian Authority to govern; and poisoning the PA’s image in the USA to damage its standing; securing Israel’s northern border, by confronting Iran, promoting internal conflict in Lebanon, and destabilizing Syria, strengthening ties with US Republicans, including proposing ending US economic aid in favor of military aid and buying into the Reagan-era idea of a “missile defense” system—a concept favored by the GOP. .

Cool guys -both Americans and Israelis who are educated in USA and trained by the CIA!
The strong Islam-hate ideology has formed bond between Israel and USA which cannot be broken easily because of their secret terror attacks globally . They used the Hamas and Saudi Arabia to create problems for themselves and Islam.

Showcasing  Iran as threat

Israel dreamt of a US attack on Iran to weaken that Persian nation as well but Obama did not show interest in that terror project. But Netanyahu has found a fascist fellow traveler in Donald Trump who also opposes US nuclear deal with Iran for peace.

Killing the nuclear deal with Iran will put the USA back on a path to war and that is exactly what the Israeli leader has sought for the past twenty-five years.

Terror wars let Israel continue with expansionism and genocides freely like wild beasts. The Trump plan is to certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal ― both the IAEA and the U.S. intelligence services have consistently reported that Tehran is living up to its obligations, but Israel argues that the deal and its sanctions relief nevertheless is unjustified due to ‘Iran’s policies’ in the region that are anathema to US national security interests.

The Trump government has desperately sought a pretext to quit the nuclear deal and shed the limits the deal imposed on the US ability to pursue aggressive policies against Iran ― even if it also sheds the limits the deal imposed on Iran’s legitimate nuclear activities as a modern state.

Once again Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the USA to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: America’s adherence to the nuclear deal cannot solely depend on Iran’s compliance with the agreement, but also whether Iran’s other policies challenge US national interests. It’s a more honest argument compared to the slogans Netanyahu has used in the past. But it is also a line that fundamentally contradicts Netanyahu’s central message of the past decades: That Iran’s nuclear program constitutes an existential threat to Israel.

Israel has new idea to kill the deal. The idea is to use the Congressional certification ― due every 90 days ― where the president has to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the deal or not. But unlike the reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency ― who is tasked to oversee the implementation of the nuclear deal ― the president’s report to Congress goes beyond the nuclear issue: Trump must also report whether the suspension of sanctions against Iran is appropriate and proportionate to the measures taken by Iran and vital to US national security interests.

Zionist crocodile tears have some impact on the US congressmen who regularly receive huge cash from Israel. USA happily joins its Zionist ally in spreading lies. In her by now infamous presentation at AEI ― riddled with falsehoods and lies ― Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that the nuclear deal was “designed to be too big to fail” and that an artificial line was drawn “between the Iranian regime’s nuclear development and the rest of its lawless behavior.”

The push to keep the deal, Haley argued, was put above all other concerns about Iran’s policies. As such, the deal is constraining America’s ability to act aggressively against Iran, much to the chagrin of hawks such as Haley and her neoconservative allies at AEI. But it is not President Barack Obama, or the proponents of the deal for that matter, that Haley and Trump should blame for the nuclear deal not addressing non-nuclear issues.

It is only ultra fanatic fascist Netanyahu.

Netanyahu celebrates the triumph of Jewish diplomacy, has argued ever since the mid-1990s that Iran’s nuclear program and its enrichment of uranium constituted an existential threat to Israel. During the George W. Bush era, he repeatedly warned that “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany.” The implication being that the US must attack Iran before Tehran invades the West. No Israeli leader pushed this line harder than Netanyahu.

Fake existential threat

US-Israel twins always talk about existential threat to Israel and Jews. The joke that Israel would be removed from the world map is being quoted by them as the “proof” though everybody knows Israel cannot be erased from world map by Palestinians or Arabs. The truth is Israel can destroy entire world with its illegally obtained nukes if it is threatened by any power on earth. Netanyahu’s bogus argument that nuclear Iran is already or on the verge of being able to destroy Israel served to achieve several objectives. An existential threat combined with the claim that the Iranians were irrational and suicidal could ensure that preemptive military action needed to be taken. After all, he argues, an irrational, suicidal entity cannot be negotiated with it.

That is trick Israel employs to force USA to terror attack Iran.

The existential issues take precedence over all other matters. With the nuclear program defined as an existential threat, it superseded all other concerns ― and opportunities ― the USA had with Iran. In case Israel would fail to prevent negotiations from taking place, defining the nuclear issue as an existential threat ensured that there could be no bargaining between the nuclear question and other regional matters. Ideally, it would ensure that the USA would not even negotiate with Iran over non-nuclear issues, but rather only focus on Iran’s atomic program.

Largely due to pressure from Israel and Saudi Arabia (which is now an ally of Zionism), the USA has adopted the position that the negotiations would solely address Iran’s nuclear activities. Iranians originally insisted that the agenda would have to include a whole set of issues, including global warming.

From Netanyahu’s perspective, the sole focus on the nuclear issue would ensure that the talks should fail. Leaders in the region were saying to President Obama, that USA should quickly bomb these guys,” then-Secretary of State Kerry recently commented. “That’s the only way to resolve this issue.”

Israel has nukes but Iran should not have them. The need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons therefore is Israeli objective. Notwithstanding the Zionist tricks, the peace deal came through but Israel has not given up its lust for Islamic blood. .For the Obama government, the opposite held true: In order to ensure unity between the countries negotiating with Iran, it was critical to only focus on the matter they all agreed on:. Had the agenda been expanded to include regional questions such as Syria, Tehran could split the major powers as Russia and China were closer to Iran on that question than to Washington.

Now, Washington’s hawks and Netanyahu are complaining about the nuclear deal’s singular focus on Iran’s nuclear activities. Expansionist Israel says the real ‘threat’ is Iran’s regional “expansion. Allowing the nuclear deal to restrain the USA from confronting Tehran in the region, or allowing sanctions relief to proceed under these circumstances, would not serve US national security interests, both Israel and the Trump regime argue.

It is not invalid to point out that the sanctions relief put an end to more than three decades of US efforts to completely isolate and contain Iran. That argument, however, cannot be combined with the central assertion made by Netanyahu and Washington hawks in the past:

Iran’s nuclear program does not constitute any existential threat for Israel or USA. If the hawks truly believed in that contention, they would not complain about the nuclear deal’s singular focus on this existential threat. In their effort to kill the deal, the Zionist Americans are twisting and turning, contradicting the very premise that ensured that Iran’s nuclear program would top the USA and the international community’s security agenda for the first fifteen years of this century.

US war on Iran would make Israeli expansionism safe and secure.

Nevertheless, whatever line Netanyahu uses to compel Trump to quit the nuclear deal, the end result is inescapable: Killing the deal will put the USA back on a path to war with Iran and continue the terror war in Islamic world, further accelerating the climatic change . .

This is exactly what Netanyahu has sought for the past twenty-five years.

With Trump in the White House, he finally has not only a readymade meal at White House but also a receptive ear in Trump for his shifting and contradictory arguments to push the USA into yet another war in the Middle East.

Observation

USA has steadily lost its international prestige thanks to its support and promotion of Zionist expansionist crimes and it has lost the capacity to mediate between Palestine and Israel that enjoys the US WMD.

Trump can only trumpet the Zionist crimes as his own. .

All these years Zionist got whatever wanted from Washington directly and through the UN. Israel badly wants a war with Iran and it wants the USA to perform it on behalf of Zionism. Trump cannot be expected to be a humanist or genuine statesman. Therefore, whatever line Netanyahu uses to compel aimless Trump to quit the nuclear deal, the end result looks inescapable: Killing the deal will put the USA back on a path to war with Iran. This is exactly what Netanyahu has sought for the past 25 years even as his terrorist military kept on attacking the Palestinians, killing even women and children.

The nuclear agreement with Iran has materially improved not only Europe’s security but also global security. US-Israeli secret terror operations even before their launch of September 11 hoax, killing thousands of innocent people and Israel cannot survive without US terror goods and assistance at UN and international criminal courts. . If he does ultimately decide to undermine the nuclear accord against the advice of global community, though, Trump will have an eager partner in Netanyahu, who is in deep trouble indoors and has repeatedly claimed—contradicting all available intelligence—that Iran is fast-tracking the development of a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu’s only goal in moving aggressively to undermine the Iran nuclear deal is to push the USA to take military action against Iran. Just ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on September 18 that he will come to a decision on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal “very soon,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned in an interview on CNN that ending such an agreement would carry a high cost for the Super power America. Scrapping the nuclear accord, he concluded, would “yield no results for the United States but at the same time it will generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust.”

Rouhani’s comments came just a day prior to the start of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, where Trump met with another ardent opponent of the nuclear accord, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The remarks also came amid a tense back and forth between the USA and Iran, with each nation accusing the other of violating the terms and “the spirit” of the nuclear deal.

Any unilateral U.S. action that jeopardizes the Iran nuclear deal would harm US.-Europe relations, particularly if US nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were resumed

As top opponent of nuclear deal with Iran and seeking to oblige his Jewish son in law, Trump, for his part, has reportedly been working to find any possible justification for abandoning the agreement—efforts critics have characterized as overt and potentially disastrous “sabotage”—despite repeated insistence from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran is complying with the accord.

Critics of the nuclear accord in Israel and USA have been “twisting and turning” in their attempts to undermine the nuclear agreement, arguing in one moment that the deal does not address the “real problem” of Iran’s “territorial expansion”, and in another that Iran’s nuclear program is what constitutes the true “existential threat.”

Netanyahu, the Likud, and their neoconservative allies can rightly claim that the vision they projected for the Middle East in “A Clean Break” is being realized. But, in reality, what they have created is an unsustainable mess that includes: a weakened and dependent PA that was denied the ability to govern causing it to lose legitimacy; a fractured Palestinian polity, with Hamas in control of a humanitarian disaster in Gaza; an Iraq in shambles and in its wake, an empowered and emboldened Iran and a metastasized terrorist threat that now challenges many countries; and a hardened, though divided Israeli electorate from which it is unlikely to see any new peace-oriented leadership emerging.

The reality is Israel causes existential threats to Palestinians and other Arabs as well as Iran.

America is keen to showcase its military prowess and project WMD as a serious threat. Israeli nukes, stolen from USA, have been lying idle for quite some time now while the UN and IAEA do not bother to question the threat being posed by Israeli nukes.

With Trump firmly fixed in the White House that controls entire world, Netanyahu finally has a receptive ear for his shifting and contradictory arguments to push the USA into yet another war in the Middle East/West Asia.

 

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China, Nepal to focus on cross-border Railway!

 

China, Nepal to focus on cross-border Railway!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Pivot

 

Like USA and Russia that have assumed Asia pivot to influence the continent, China also has its own Asia pivot but it also has South Asia pivot too trying to woo the nations to come under its  new Silk  route program nicknamed the ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative.

China’s South Asia pivot is yielding fruits as it has been able to rope in maximum of the region: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are now the satellite countries of Beijing, leaving very little scope for India to manipulate or maneuver. Only one country that stays behind the military prowess of India is Bhutan which maintains economic relations with New Delhi as most of the food stuff and other manufactured goods is has come from India. Afghanistan has plenty of compulsions not to annoy economic power India that liberally releases funs for Kabul and also to bowl harmless balls to Indian military batboys for 100s and 50s. It is under US pressure that India is trying to help Afghanistan in redeveloping the Islamic nation of brave Afghans. , destabilized by USA and NATO terror organization. .  .

Nepal is one of nations that benefits maximum from Chinese extra enthusiasm for recapturing the Old Silk Road for making itself the real super power and for this reason Katmandu is willing to  annoy New Delhi, though it takes care not to  strain the relations with India.

China and Nepal have agreed to start technical works to build a cross-border railway link via Tibet to boost connectivity.  This was decided during the recent visit of Nepalese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara to Beijing. “Both sides have agreed to move forward technical works relating to construction of Nepal-China cross-border railway line.

China has also developed close relations with Sri Lanka during the regime of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa whose nearly decade-long tenure was ended by Sirisena in 2015.  Also, the USD 1.5 billion Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project had sparked off security concerns in India.

China already has strong ties with Pakistan and the two countries are working closely on developing the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

Connectivity

 

The bilateral relation between Nepal and China has been friendly and is defined by the ‘Sino-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship’ signed on April 28, 1960 by the two countries. The government of Nepal, though initially unenthusiastic about its ties with People’s Republic of China, has been of late making efforts to increase trade and connectivity with China while also simultaneously trying to decrease its reliance on India.

 

The Araniko Highway that connects Kathmandu to Kodari and onwards to Tibet did not encourage dreams of multi-laned container traffic flowing down even before the 2015 earthquake. Post the quake, China closed the route after massive landslides in Tibet, leaving only one road that connects Kathmandu to Tibet – the Rasuwagadhi highway, built upon an old trade route that connected Nepal to Tibet via the Kerung pass.  It was through this highway – still under construction in most sections in Nepal, and perhaps the most affected highway during the quake – that petroleum arrived in Kathmandu in 2015 during the infamous Indian blockade. It is also this highway that will connect Nepal to the much-flaunted Chinese Belt Road Initiative (BRI), with the Chinese interested in building Kathmandu itself.

 

 

Relations between Nepal and China got a boost when both countries solved all border disputes along China–Nepal border by signing the Sino-Nepal boundary agreement on March 21, 1960. The government of both Nepal and China ratified the border agreement treaty on October 5, 1961. From 1975 onward, Nepal has maintained a policy of balancing the competing influence of China and Nepal’s southern neighbour India, the only two neighbors of the Himalayan country after the annexation of the Kingdom of Sikkim by India in 1975. Since 1975, Sino-Nepal relations have been close and grown significantly with China being the largest source of FDI, while India still remains one of the major sources of remittance to Nepal. As per the estimate of Nepalese government, there are around 2-3 million Nepalese migrant workers in India while the number of Nepalis in China is minuscule (3,500 in Mainland and 15,950 in Hong Kong) as of 2017.

 

In the late 1970s after the annexation of Kingdom of Sikkim by India, King Birendra of Nepal proposed Nepal as a “zone of peace” between India and China and in the 1980s, Nepal began importing Chinese weaponry. When the United States, United Kingdom and India refused to supply arms to the regime of King Gyanendra of Nepal, who had assumed direct rule to suppress the Maoist insurgency during the Nepalese civil war (1996–2006), China responded by dispatching arms to Nepal, in spite of the ideological affinity of the Maoists with China.

 

After the peace process and national elections in Nepal in 2008, the new Maoist-led government announced its intentions to scrap Nepal’s 1950 treaty with India, indicating a stronger move towards closer ties with China. In 2007-08, China began construction of a 770-kilometre railway connecting the Tibetan capital of Lhasa with the Nepalese border town of Khasa, connecting Nepal to China’s wider national railway network   In a meeting between Chinese and Nepalese officials on 25 April 2008, the Chinese delegation announced the intention to extend the Qingzang railway to Zhangmu (Nepali: Khasa) on the Nepalese border. Nepal had requested that the railway be extended to enable trade and tourism between the two nations. On the occasion of the Nepali premier’s visit to China it was reported that construction will be completed by 2020. The section Lhasa-Shigatse opened in August 2014.

 

China last year agreed to consider building a railway into Nepal and to start a feasibility study for a free trade agreement with landlocked Nepal, which has been trying to lessen its dependence on its other big neighbour India.

 

 

 

Belt and Road

 

Nepal also signed up to President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative which is opposed by India as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Of late, India takes special interest about parts of Jammu Kashmir being controlled by Pakistan while does not want anyone to mention about its own occupied and heavily militarized and hence highly terrorized parts of Jammu Kashmir. As an ambitious South Asian power  India is also engaged with both USA and Israel to jointly control the world,  It has of late developed double speaks as well.

 

During the high-level talks in Beijing, Mahara had requested China to forward the work relating to preparation of a Detailed Project Report for the construction of inter-country railway line giving it high priority, it said. However, China’s state-run People’s Daily has claimed that during Mahara’s visit to China early this month a deal has been struck to establish the rail link. It said the rail link includes two lines: one connecting three of Nepal’s most important cities and two between China and Nepal.

 

The daily, however, did not identify the Nepalese cities. The Sino-Nepali railway, which passes through the Chinese border town of Zhangmu and connects with routes in Nepal, will be the first railway by which China enters South Asia, said Zhao Gancheng, director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies. “Although the railway connection between China and Nepal is intended to boost regional development and not for military purposes, the move will still probably irritate India,” he was quoted as saying by the daily – the ruling communist party’s official mouthpiece.

 

Prime Minister Prachanda today said Nepal was keen to be involved in the One Belt One Road project proposed by China and reiterated Nepal’s commitment to the One China policy during a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister here.  General Chang Wanquan, who leads the 2.3-million-strong Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest, arrived here today with a 19-member delegation on a three-day goodwill visit at the invitation of Defence Minister Balkrishna Khand. Chang, the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit Nepal in 16 years, discussed with Prachanda bilateral military cooperation and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, an ambitious project viewed with suspicion by India.

 

Prachanda said Nepal was keen to be involved in the OBOR project, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He also reiterated Nepal’s commitment to the One China policy and said it would not tolerate any activity against Tibet and Taiwan. Prachanda also expressed his happiness over the cooperation that armies of Nepal and China have developed of late, the Prime Ministers Secretariat said in a statement after the meeting.

India has some concerns over the OBOR, which includes a maze of projects connecting China with Euro-Asia and is floated by Beijing as a connectivity and economic project. Thanking China for its support to Nepals economic development, Prachanda wished a complete success of Changs visit.

 

Prachanda is the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit Nepal after a gap of 16 years, which is a matter of pleasure for us,” said a senior official at the Defence Ministry.  The visit comes ahead of the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawats four-day official visit to Nepal from March 28.

 

The Chinese defense ministers visit coincides with the first joint military exercise between the Nepal Army and the PLA scheduled later this year. Chang will receive a briefing on the joint exercise and also visit Nepal Army’s Kathmandu Valley unit. He called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari tomorrow and meet his Nepalese counterpart Balkrishna Khand and Nepal Army chief Rajendra Chhetri.

 

Chang and Nepalese officials discussed issues relating to bilateral military cooperation and proposed joint military exercise, according to officials.

The delegation accompanying Chang discussed the ideas floated last year by then Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Oli during his visit to China. A possible support to Nepal Army from China was hinted at.

 

Prachanda visited China to take part in the Boao conference which is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals. He said that the main objective of his visit to China will be to build confidence though there is no plan to sign any new agreement. Prachanda said he will hold high-level talks with Chinese officials during the visit, which will be instrumental in strengthening bilateral relations. He will also meet Xi.

 

Hours before flying to China, Prachanda held discussions about agenda of the visit with former prime ministers, former foreign ministers and foreign policy experts at his official residence.

 

With Nepal willingly joining the BRI, commentators in both Nepal and India have argued that the move signals Kathmandu’s willingness to move away from the Indian ‘sphere of influence’. With India and China now locked in a stand-off in Doklam, commentators are also asking what this means for smaller nations like Bhutan and Nepal to be in the midst of two clashing giants.

 

 

Military

 

 

Sino-Nepalese military ties are growing stronger of late. Nepal and China today began their first-ever joint military exercise with a special focus on combating terror, amidst Beijing’s increasing forays into South Asia causing concern in India.  The 10-day-long military drill “Sagarmatha Friendship 2017” that will last till April 25 is being organised by the two countries as part of their preparedness against terrorism that has posed as a serious security threat globally, the Nepal Army said.  Sagarmatha is the Nepali name of Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak.

 

The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army’s squad arrived in the capital to participate in the military exercise that will focus on counter terrorism and disaster response. The joint training with China marks Nepal Army’s extension of military diplomacy. The Nepal Army has long been conducting joint military drills with Indian and American Army. “A small Chinese troop will be participating in the first ever drill with an equal number of Nepali Army personnel,” said military spokesman Jhankar Bahadur Kadayat.  He did not mention the strength of the participating troops. The exercise will take place at the Army’s Maharajgunj-based Training School, where Yuddha Bhairab, Mahabir and Bhairabnath Battalions are located.

 

 

The Nepali Army has said the joint military exercise with China is a step towards preparations against the possible threat from terrorism.

It maintains that the drill is a part of its regular bilateral and multilateral military exercises aimed at sharing experiences, skills and professional knowledge which it has been doing regularly with the nations that Nepal shares diplomatic ties.

 

Nepal had proposed joint military exercises during Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquans official visit to Nepal on March 24. Experts believe that the joint military exercise could make India uneasy as China attempts to exert influence in the region. Nepal, a landlocked country, is dependent on India for its imports.

 

 

 

Crises

 

Nepal has just come out of its two greatest crises namely natural crisis in the form of earthquake & constitutional crisis. Both the events have shaken the roots of Himalayan country.  However, two events had contrastingly affected the India-Nepal relations. Cooperation & timely support during the earthquake proved India’s worth for Nepal & its irreplaceable geostrategic position. However, forming of new constitution & its implementation created a tense scenario between the two nations & overshadowed the Indian rescue efforts during earthquake.

 

 

In both the events China took advantage to deepen its ties with Nepal & put India on the strategically disadvantageous position, whereas, Nepal also seems to play the China card with India on India’s suggestions for the demands of Terai people and constitutional reforms i.e. for more representation of Terai people in parliament, provincial territory demarcations and issues related to citizenship rights.

 

In September 1961, King Mahendra had embarked on a 17-day state visit to China, where he was feted as an ‘esteemed friend of the Chinese people’. Mahendra had carried out his royal takeover the year before, and Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru was not happy with this new development.

 

 

Big brother

 

Despite talks between Nehru and Mahendra, the Delhi-Kathmandu relationship continued to deteriorate under the face of cross-border attacks by the Nepali Congress rebels, and in September 1962, India imposed an “unofficial and undeclared economic blockade on Nepal” – but even as Mahendra began to get frantic and Kathmandu’s response turned ‘hysterical’ to the blockade, the Sino-Indian war began on October 20 that year.

 

 

China proposed the establishment of an economic corridor among the three countries to promote trilateral cooperation and common prosperity. Nepal can become a stage for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and India, rather than an arena for competition.

 

India poses to be a Big Brother in the region and refuses to make the region tension free by quickly resolving the Kashmir issue by surrendering them their sovereignty that would eventually herald a new peaceful and genuinely surrounding in the region. India needs to work to resolve the issues through diplomacy and mutual cooperation.

 

 

Indian blockade caused economic problems and social tensions problems as well as irritation in Nepal. Nepal had witnessed a shortage in essential supplies from India during the 2015 Madhesi blockade. China at that time had extended its help to Nepal to ease the situation.

 

 

Observation

 

 

India is treating South Asia and the Indian Ocean as its backyard with a hard-line manner and the way the Indian Pm Modi went around the region soon after his rise to power vindicates that impression. .

 

Now it is necessary to analyze the current situation whether growing proximity of China and Nepal is a real threat for India or it’s just an overemphasized perception and if it’s a new reality in triangular relations how India is going to be affected by it.

 

Nepalese nationalists in Nepal lauded the king for taking the country away from the Indian dependence. One can conclusively argue it was the 2015 blockade that turned Kathmandu towards Beijing.

 

China’s deepening economic ties in South Asia – set to be further strengthened through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative – would likely be followed by closer security ties as well, despite Delhi’s unease.

 

China hopes India can understand the pursuit of China and regional countries for common development, and be part of it. However, New Delhi doesn’t share this thinking, instead seeking to balance China and overtake it. If such tendencies in India continue, China may even fight back, because it cannot digest if its core interests are violated. “This is not what we hope for, but the ball is in India’s court,” so reads a Chinese the commentary.

Beijing warns India of action if its interests are threatened by New Delhi’s actions. China’s Defence Minister and People’s Liberation Army General Chang Wanquan made a rare visit to Sri Lanka and Nepal, and Chinese state media warned India that Beijing will “fight back” if Delhi interferes into China’s relations with South Asian countries.

Indian politics: 18 rebel MLAs lose membership as Tamil Nadu assembly speaker sacks them!

 

Indian politics: 18 rebel MLAs lose membership as Tamil Nadu assembly speaker sacks them!
Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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As a sort of climax, the ruling AIADMK has finally has shown the door to the problematic rebel MLAs who are being used as a useful tool of threatening the government by TTV Dinakaran on behalf of jailed Sasikala.
In a massive setback for ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam member T T V Dinakaran, the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker P Dhanapal on September 18 disqualified 18 MLAs backing him. The Dhinakaran camp finally went to the Madras High Court in desperation after one rebel lawmaker switched sides.

The decision was immediately challenged by the Dinakaran camp. P Vetrivel, a senior MLA supporting Dinakaran and leading the rebels, said the order was patently illegal and “we will challenge this in the court.” “The speaker has done this disqualification so that the government wins the floor test. The decision is unfair as well as illegal as 19 MLAs had given in writing to the governor that they had lost faith in the EPS as the chief minister,” he added.
Following the revolt of the MLAs against the Edappadi Palaniswami government, Dinakaran initially put them up at a resort in Puducherry. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since staying there. One of them shifted camps to support Palaniswami later.
Tamil Nadu Ministers Jayakumar and RB Udaykumar are in Delhi to meet Election Commission officials to submit a copy of AIADMK general council meeting. The ruling party is eager to regain the party symbol Two-leaves.

Earlier, in a dramatic move, the O Paneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami factions had come together to remake AIADMK as reunited party and recently removed V K Sasikala as the party’s interim general secretary in its general council meeting held last week. It also resolved that all the announcements made by her dear nephew TTV Dhinakaran will not be binding on the party. The punitive measures by the ruling party came as a shock to Sasikala-Dinakaran duo.

The rebel lawmakers, who have been enjoying 5-Star ‘Hideout’ comforts, have been sequestered in different resorts for days by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was also removed recently as the party’s number 2.

As eighteen Tamil Nadu legislators loyal to sidelined AIADMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified by the Speaker of the Assembly, the disqualified MLAs of Dhinakaran camp have filed a case in the Madras High Court.

The rebel lawmakers who do not care for the people who have elected them to the state assembly and enjoy life in top posh hotels with swimming pool and play courts, among other high class facilities have been sequestered in different resorts for days by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was also removed recently as the party’s number 2. Following the revolt of 19 party MLAs against Palaniswami, they were all initially put up at a Puducherry. They later shifted to a resort in Coorg in Karnataka and are since then staying there. Currently, they are at the luxury Paddington Resort and Spa in Karnataka’s Coorg. Dhinakaran thought putting the MLAs in posh hotels would force the AIADMK government to give a ministerial berth to one of his associates. One of them shifted camps to support Palaniswami later.
The move is a massive setback for Dhinakaran, who arranged for lawmakers backing him to stay in a Kodagu resort after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam merged their party factions.
The acting trouble maker in chief, Dhinakaran, as well as the opposition DMK, had told the court that the Palaniswami government has been reduced to a minority after 19 lawmakers submitted letters withdrawing their support. In the 234-member state assembly, the Chief Minister has the assured support of 112 lawmakers. In case of a trust vote, the EPS government could have been three short of a majority.

Earlier, the MLAs disqualified had told Governor Vidyasagar Rao they had no confidence in Palaniswami, and accused him of being corrupt. Their loyalty to Dhinakaran put the Tamil Nadu government in a precarious situation, for it needs more support in the Assembly. The move clearly indemnifies Chief Minister E Palaniswami, should he face a trust vote. It would need 117 MLAs to reach the halfway mark in the legislature, where the RK Nagar seat has been vacant since J Jayalalithaa’s death. Right now, it falls well short of that number.

Meanwhile, the DMK could use this opportunity to precipitate legislative elections. The DMK’s MK Stalin and Dinakaran’s group had met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao over the last few weeks urging him to ask EPS to prove his majority. If a certain number of its MLAs resign, the Assembly will have to be dissolved, and fresh polls conducted within six months. If that happens, MK Stalin’s party will fancy its chances – given that after Jayalalithaa’s death, the AIADMK has seen months of melodramatic infighting, its former general secretary Sasikala jailed in a disproportionate assets case, and Dhinakaran jailed in a case of alleged bribery.

Action against them under the anti-defection law comes just before a Madras High Court decision on whether the Chief Minister should face a trust vote. With the disqualification of 18 legislators, the half-way mark has come down to 107, which means the Chief Minister will breeze through a test of strength.

The state government’s top lawyer had earlier declined to give any assurance on the proceedings before the Speaker. “I can’t say there would be no action against the MLAs,” he told the court last week.

Before taking action, assembly Speaker P Dhanapal had asked the rebels to rebut charges of anti-party activity by Friday. The legislators had been demanding the removal of EPS since he joined hands with the faction led by O Panneerselvam or OPS, a former Chief Minister who had revolted against Ms Sasikala when she took control of the party and tried to become Chief Minister after J Jayalalithaa’s death.

The Palaniswami government claims support of 114 MLAs, who had attended a general council meeting that ousted jailed leader Sasikala and Dinakaran from party posts.
The Tamil Nadu assembly speaker’s action came just two days before a high court deadline for a floor test by chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami. The decision by assembly speaker P Dhanapal brings down the magic number in the 234-member House to 110 as against 117 before the disqualification, in the case of a floor test.
The opposition DMK, hoping to fish in the troubled AIADMK waters, also challenged the speaker’s decision. A Saravanan said it was precisely to prevent this that “we had moved the high court asking for a direction on holding floor test. “We had reports that the government would disqualify the MLAs at 10am and hold the floor test at 10.30am so that no time would be given for challenging this,” he added. MK Stalin, the leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly, criticised the speaker for disqualifying the MLAs, saying he has done this deliberately to reduce majority of the house.
However, the Madras high court has stayed any floor test till Wednesday, when it takes up a plea filed by the DMK and Dinakaran camp MLA P Vetrivel.
The MLAs were disqualified under the 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law. The MLAs were disqualified under the 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law. The disqualification of the 18 MLAs means it should be slightly easier for the E Palaniswami-led AIADMK government to pass the high court-ordered floor test on September 20.
Meanwhile, having felt the earth moving fast under his feet, Dinakaran seems to have stopped removing the party functionaries from their posts as such actions have become ridiculous. . He has been doing that exercise as the Dy. Secretary of the party which was not really recognized in order only to show importance of Sasikala’s power in Tamil Nadu politics.

Unfortunately, basic ethics is missing in Indian politics which is based on money power and rampant corruption, permitted by the state.

Threat of Holocaust of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar!

Threat of Holocaust of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar!

–Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Myanmar, formerly Burma, is as much a criminal state as Israel has been and as a criminal state it has been fully engaged in killing people. Muslims has been its favorite target for centuries and when Burma became Myanmar the new constitutional extra fittings made the state persecution of Muslims fairly easier.

The story of pathetic existence of Muslims in Myanmar and their ill treatment by Burmese military, police and criminalized Buddhist monks has been narrated by many world writers. Since USA and other world powers back the military regime in Myanmar the crimes continue unabated. USA and Israel sell terror goods to Myanmar so that the military could “deal” with Muslims.

What has been happening to Rohingya Muslims for decades of persecution by the military regime is nothing short of holocaust. That the UNSC does not take any steps to end persecution of and genocides of Muslims makes the situation explosive and worst. Burmese regime does not want any Muslim to be alive.

US-Israel terror twins have been aiming to end the Palestinian race once for all and the genocides and military expansionism inside Palestinian territories. They also support the Burmese Buddhist criminals to murder Muslims so that populations of Islam are reduced sharply. Already US led NATO and other rogue states are ransacking energy rich Islamic nations, destabilizing them, killing Muslims in millions.

Israel continues to arm Burma military amid ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims. Following the hoax known as 9/11 tragedy, the Zionist-Israeli-led America has been taking unjustified revenge of the Holocaust from the Muslims in particular.

Owing to collaboration of the US-led Israel and India with the past and present regimes of Myanmar that general masses, belonging to Buddhism have been incited against Rohingya Muslims, which has, now, resulted into humanitarian catastrophe.

Because of inaction by the US-led international community, this crisis can destabilize the whole region by jeopardizing political and economic interests of America and other Western countries.

Continued genocides and attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is an international shame- a shame for international community. .

 

World’s most persecuted humans

Rohingya Muslims  have been called one of the world’s most persecuted people….in addition to their almost total lack of legal rights, many have been regularly beaten by police, forced to do slave labor and jailed for little or no reason.

Historically, Rohingya Muslims arrived in Myanmar in early seventh century. The military junta always is allowed to play the pivotal role. It embarked on a systematic program of religious cleansing of the Burmese Muslims who are denied their basic rights, i.e. the right to freedom of movement, marriage, faith, identity, ownership, language, culture, citizenship, education etc. They have also been barred from government employment

Rakhine State or Arakan is one of the poorest provinces of Myanmar. Among the 3 million Rakhines, there are about 1.3 million Rohingyas in Rakhine State, who have been living there for centuries, and others are Buddhists who are in majority. In 1942, the criminal sections of majority Buddhists carried out massive genocide of Muslims and at least 150, 000 Muslims were massacred. During the military rule (1962-88) in Burma, Rohingyas were treated as foreigners and gradually their nationality was taken away. During that era, more than 200,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh. Only 32600 were given formal protection as refugees.

Continued violence against minority and their ill treatment by the Myanmar government has annoyed the entire world, especially the Islamic world. Even as Muslims are targeted by the colonialist regimes in New Delhi and Tel Aviv, the perpetual crimes being committed against the Rohingya Muslims try to overtake them.

Even going by the UN estimates, over 1,000 people may have been killed in the crackdown launched by Myanmar army in Rakhine state. Approximately 500 Muslims were slain during the military operations, while it continues unabated. But media of some Islamic countries pointed out that more that 3000 Muslims have been killed since August 25, 2017 and more than 100,000 civilians have been displaced in Rakhine.

 

Accelerated state attack

 

Since August 25, this year, brutal military operations against the Rohingya Muslims across the Rakhine State accelerated in Myanmar, which forced thousands of the Muslims to migrate to Bangladesh. Some of them have gone to India too.

The Burmese regime has launched the Zionist type onslaught on Rohingya Muslims but the UNSC and world powers do not raise their otherwise loud voice against the military controlled regime in Myanmar.

In 2012, thousands of Burmese Muslims were butchered, while brutal methods of torturing, killing, inflicting physical and causing mental harm on them were employed by the extremist Buddhists. Instead of resolving the problem by protecting the minority Muslims, the Burmese military regime was being backed by the US clandestinely and supported the Buddhist rioters.

In 2012, eye witnesses had revealed that Buddhist extremists have torched several mosques, shops and houses of Muslims. Even Burmese military and police have been found involved in massacre, targeted killings, disappearances and rape of Muslim women.

In 1992, 250,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the persecution, while more than 100,000 are living in the Gulf States, Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand. Due to fear of extreme repression, Rohingya Muslims left the northern Arakan region, especially Buthidaung and Maungdaw.

Human rights groups raised the pressure on Aung San suu Kyi, the de facto head of Myanmar’s government and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who once embodied her country’s fight for democracy and human rights, has drawn international condemnation for failing to address ongoing rights’ abuses of the Muslim minority.

About 270,000 refugees, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have fled to Bangladesh in the last two weeks. During the crackdowns, security forces committed deliberate human rights violations such as mass gang rapes, merciless killings, brutal beatings, beheadings of babies and children, arson and looting the houses of the Rohingya Muslims. They razed several villages to the ground.

Like people from war ravaged Syria who throng European nations as refugees, exodus of Rohingya Muslims takes shelter in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The pictures on social media and migrated persons verify “the rivers of blood, beheading of children and burning people alive—you do not have to be a Muslim to protest this or discern the truth, any person with even a tiniest bit of humanity, as to their hearts will quiver with pain.

Nobel mischief

Generally, anti-Islamism has taken root sin in Nobel peace committee that chose persons to promote crimes against Muslims. America’s former President Barack Obama who was behind the massacre of the Muslims in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and elsewhere in the world, was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

Same is true in case of Aung San suu Kyi who has been protecting the Israeli-led Western interests against the Muslims Suu is the recipient of Nobel peace prize as a reward for her endurance of persecution as she was persecuted by the military regime. But now she is also behind the military crimes against Muslims. She never criticized the crimes against Muslims.

It is known fact that the Nobel Prize was offered to Obama just after he assumed power at White house as the first ever black President. The impression gathered was that the Nobel Prize was offered to Obama as a token of appreciation of his diplomatic skills to outsmart the White Americans in his successful political fight to  become the US president.

However, the Nobel was given to him, apparently, to encourage Obama to fearlessly continue with the US imperialist war launched by his Republican predecessor Bush Jr. in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Not only innocent looking Obama continued the terror wars in both Muslim nations, but also accelerated it in Afghanistan by all adding more troops and terror goods. Obama launched his sown terror war in North African Libya to kill President Col. Qaddafi and destabilize Libya. Obama knows he was not going to get another Nobel Prize in any case ad so kill Muslims.

US presidents behave alike.

 

Burden for Bangladesh

Bangladesh already hosts around 400,000 Rohingya from previous crises. Thousands are arriving in Bangladesh each day, joining already overcrowded camps of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar over decades of troubles. The UN refugee agency UNHCR gave the latest figure of 294,000 for the new arrivals.

The UN has appealed for urgent donations of $77 million. The Red Cross in Bangladesh welcomed the ceasefire pledge as aid agencies struggle to meet the needs of an “overwhelming crisis”, battling monsoon rains to deliver relief to people who have fled with few belongings. “How can you handle such a big influx of people? They want shelter, they want a safe place,” Misada Saif, Prevention and Communication Coordinator of the ICRC Bangladesh delegation, told AFP.

Cradling her naked screaming infant, Rohingya refugee Zohra Begum was close to tears as several hundred people were ordered to leave a strip of forest alongside the beach near Shamlapur, where families were clearing land with hoes to build shelters. “We went to all the camps but there was no place to stay. That’s why we came here,” she told AFP. “If we have to move from here, where will we go? We will die.”

Better-known locally as Harakah al-Yaqin (Faith Movement), ARSA launched coordinated raids using hundreds of militants on August 25 on around 30 police posts and state offices in the north of Rakhine state.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say ethnic Rakhine Buddhists joined security forces in the indiscriminate killing of villagers. In an area split by claim and counterclaim, Rakhine villagers accuse militants of murdering their civilians while the government says fleeing Rohingya set fire to their own homes to foment fear and anger against the authorities.

At the makeshift camp near Shamlapur, Rohingya refugees doubted a ceasefire would allow their return any time soon.  “The Myanmar army is saying ‘go away or we’ll burn all of you’. How can we believe a ceasefire will have any effect?” Hafez Ahmed, 60, told AFP. But Hashem Ullah, a 33-year-old farmer from a village west of Maungdaw, said he would return “if I got compensation, and they accept us as Rohingya”. How can we live like this here?” he added, gesturing to the swampy earth.

ARSA says it is fighting to defend the Rohingya from persecution in Myanmar.  But Myanmar regime labels them “extremist Bengali terrorists” intent on carving out an Islamic enclave for the Rohingya.

The army says it has killed only about 400 militants so far, while some Rohingya refugees have complained they were forced to fight by ARSA.

Pakistan summon Burmese envoy

While the global Muslims are perturbed by the continued violence against the Muslims in Burma, the Saudi-alliance of 40 Sunni countries keep “dignified” silence over the holocaust of Muslims in Myanmar, which emboldens the military to step up their terror operations on Muslims. The Sunni group was formed by America to promote sectarian divide in the Muslim world and to revive the fake global war on terror has also been criticized in Pakistan.

PM of Bangladesh and leader of the ruling party, Awami League (AL) Sheikh Hasina Wajid who came into power with the secret support of India is following Indian-policies against some Muslim countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan. She does not want opposition in the country as she wants to rule for ever. In order to stay in power, she criticizes Pakistan and arrests and kills Muslims on various charges. She does not sympathize with Muslims in Myanmar.

Global Muslim community has raised their voice of protest against the crimes committed against Muslims in Burma. Protests and rallies also erupted in Pakistan and Chechnya, including some other countries over a military campaign against the Muslims in Myanmar. Particularly, in Pakistan, thousands of people participated in the rallies in various cities to protest against the massacre of the Muslims in Burma. The general public of Pakistan is set gather across the country after the Friday Prayers.. The Jmmat-e-Islami Chief Siraj-ul-Haq earlier announced a protest rally in Islamabad to record protest at the Myanmar embassy but police is stopping the rally. But Siraj-ul-Haq is not willing to comply unless Myanmar’s ambassador is expelled from the country.

Pakistan summoned the Myanmar envoy on September 09 and lodged a strong protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state, leading to the exodus of about 270,000 refugees to Bangladesh.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned Myanmar’s Ambassador to Pakistan U Win Myint and sought effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims, the Foreign Office said. She conveyed “a strong protest of the government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state in Myanmar”, it said.

Janjua asked for upholding their rights to live and move without fear and discriminations, urgent investigations into recent violence against the Rohingya Muslims and holding accountable those involved in these serious crimes, it said. She said that as part of a durable settlement of the problem, the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission was emphasized, which include urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship.

The Burmese envoy assured the foreign secretary to convey the concerns of the government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar government, the foreign office added.

 

Turkish helping hand

World’s largest democracies and economies refuse to support the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in any positive manner because they want to see the reduction of Islamic populations.

Only Turkey is the only European nation that comes with a timely help. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Endrogan has condemned the military crimes in Myanmar “…this has been happening for a long time now, innocent Muslims are being killed with extreme barbarism, not only in Burma but across the globe. Why does no one take any stand against them…Is it because the Rohingya Muslims are not from Paris or Britain…Or may be just because they are not Christians, Hindus or Jews…Is being Muslim a crime..He would bring up the issue at the next UN general assembly. Nearly, 150,000 civilians from the Rohingya Muslim minority have now taken refuge in the relief camps of Bangladesh to escape the atrocities of the Burma’s security forces. Turkey has requested Bangladeshi authorities to “open your doors”, adding “Turkey would cover the costs associated with letting in more Rohingya Muslims.

Around 400,000 Rohingya refugees before the latest crisis—struggle to cope with the influx…Many are sleeping in the open air and are in dire need of food and water after walking for days to reach safety. Despite Ankara’s statement to pay the expenditures of the refugees, Bangladeshi government has closed the border, and more than 2,000 Muslims are trapped on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

In recent years, Turkey has been on an Islamic mission starting with helping the defenseless Palestinians in Gaza Strip. It raises its voice in defense of people of Kashmir.

Latest Burmese arrogance

 Buddhist Myanmar does not recognize its stateless Muslim Rohingya community, labeling them as “Bengalis” ─ illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.  Like in Afghanistan and elsewhere, expansive state terrorism led in Myanmar emergence of terrorist groups to defend the Muslims. However, state sponsored Buddhist criminal gangs and military prowess cannot be  fought successfully.

Rohingya militants, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), who sparked an army crackdown in Myanmar that has seen nearly 300,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh, on Sunday declared a unilateral ceasefire to allow aid to reach the increasingly desperate refugees. A further 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also fled violence that has gripped the northern part of the state.

The first ARSA attacks in October last year were less ambitious, but the subsequent military response by a security force notorious for its scorched earth response to insurgency sent 90,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border.

That means over a third of the estimated 1.1 million Rohingya in Rakhine state have fled in less than a year.

The United Nations said 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since the militants’ attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state on August 25 sparked a major military backlash.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine after more than a fortnight without shelter, food and water.

The backlash by security forces prompted the Rohingya exodus. International aid programs in Rakhine have been severely curtailed, as the fighting tore through parts of the state.

India’s foreign ministry called for an immediate end to the violence, urging the situation “be handled with restraint and maturity”. But the Burmese government and military remain childish and fascist minded. Nobel peace laurite continues to enjoy the bloodshed in Myanmar.

Rohingya refugees say army operations against ARSA led to mass killings and the burning of hundreds of villages, sending them across the border.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) urged “all humanitarian actors” to resume aid delivery to “all victims of humanitarian crisis irrespective of ethnic or religious background” during the one-month ceasefire period until October 9. ARSA called on Myanmar to “reciprocate this humanitarian pause” in fighting.

There was no immediate response from Myanmar’s military, but on Saturday authorities said they would set up three relief camps in Rohingya-majority areas.

Observation

Anti-Islamic forces relish Islamic blood. GST (global state terror) media lords promote Islamophobia and genocides of Muslims globally.

USA, whose double standards and double speaks are well known, is annoyed about the nuclear efforts of North Korea and Iran and threatens them to wind up its legitimate rights in   the nuclear environment created illegally by Israel with US help but it notoriously shuts its globalized eyes on the military crimes of Myanmar against humanity.

Myanmar security forces enjoy attacking, killing and driving out Muslims as Pentagon and Mossad continue to applaud ruthless Burmese military action. Military in Myanmar is not scared of anybody or any power, not even the UNSC which is duty bound to protect the minorities in every nation. The Buddhist soldiers and civilians in Burma are attempting to cover up the massacre of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population by gathering their bodies and burning them.

Holocaust of the Muslims in Myanmar cannot be seen in isolation, as it is part of the worldwide holocaust which continues unabated against the Muslims and the Islamic countries. Under Trump administration, state terrorism in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories has been accelerated.

Extremist Buddhists have not only enjoyed the tacit assistance of politico-military regime, including CIA, Mossad and RAW, but are also being encouraged by Hindu religious extremists to wipe out the Muslims from Myanmar. As regards the present genocide of Muslims, Burma’s Hindu organisations which are in collusion with Buddhists have been propagating that the latter are the most peaceful citizens, and called Muslims as trouble makers and terrorists.

The military regime used Aung San Suu Kyi to improve their foreign relations and get aid and investments from USA and other western countries.

Having economic interests in Myanmar, USA does not talk about democracy there, refuses to play a proactive role in helping the Muslims in Myanmar. USA cannot be otherwise, but the revered Pope, who criticizes private terrorists, does not condemn the state terrorism in Myanmar, also has no sympathetic word for the persecuted Muslims mainly because he would raise the issue if only Christians are attacked or killed in large numbers.

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the UNO should undertake quick practical action in stopping the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. Both the OIC and the UN Security Council must hold special sessions in this respect.

US double standard is part of its strategic game in Burma. In order to achieve their political and financial goals, he US, India and Israel had given a free hand to their secret agencies CIA, Mossad and RAW to support the previous military regime’s repression of its people and particularly of Muslims—which is also part of the ongoing anti-Muslim campaign, noted in some other Muslim countries. Yet, US leaders talk about democracy and rule of law.

Unfortunately, Muslims do not have a unified world leader to raise such state criminal issues concerning genocides of Muslims. Absence of a global leader to represent Muslims has been advantage for the anti-Islamic rogue states.

Holocaust of Rohingya Muslims by military-majority fascism of Myanmar would make the Burmese military and Lady Suu “strong and happy” but the state barbarism would terrorize the humanity and turn clock back to Stone Age as per the wishes of US-Israel terror twins.

UNSC is supposed to protect every nation but unfortunately continues to be focused on shielding the fascist nations like USA and Israel and oppose those nations that do not toe the imperialist line and support US brand capitalist-imperialist designs.

It is high time both UN and UNSC convened a quick special meeting to discuss the state terror operations in and around and protect the people of Kashmir, Palestine and Myanmar. UNSC cannot pretend to be blind and promote state terrorism in Myanmar and elsewhere.

One hopes soon there will be peace in Myanmar with military regime behaving well in a dignified manner not like a state terror organization. That would herald a new epoch of better relations between Buddhists and Muslims.

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as a human community has got the right to live on earth. They are asking for as a separate nation to exist as a dignified soverign nation but live as a part of Myanmar. Fake Nobel laurite Aung San Suu Kyi  should have the common sense to comprehend it and let them in peace and dignity!

Genocides and holocaust is not a solution!

 

Bomb scares across Russia prompt mass evacuations!

Bomb scares across Russia prompt mass evacuations!

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Since September 09 Sunday, more than a dozen cities have been hit with a string of bomb scares, leading to mass evacuations at train stations, malls and other public places. In Moscow, around 10,000 people were evacuated from eight schools, the RBC news outlet reports, citing an unidentified official in law enforcement.

A wave of bomb scares has been largely ignored by Russian state television, with none of the prime-time news shows mentioning the incidents on Wednesday.  Dozens of buildings including schools and malls in more than 12 Russian cities have been evacuated since Sunday after authorities received a series of anonymous bomb threats, the Interfax news agency reports.  Interfax cited a law enforcement official in Chelyabinsk as saying that the evacuations were prompted by bomb scares across cities in Russia. “There’s reason to assume this was all organized abroad,” the official was cited as saying.

 

St. Petersburg has become the latest city in Russia to be targeted by suspected bomb threats with evacuations taking place in malls across the city, the Rosbalt news agency reported.

 

Witnesses told Rosbalt on Thursday that central St. Petersburg’s Galeria shopping complex and 12 other malls in the city were also being cleared. The news was confirmed by the local Fontanka.ru outlet. An unnamed law enforcement source told the outlet that authorities are trying to verify the bomb threats.

 

 

The wave of evacuations began in Omsk early on Sunday, when law enforcement cleared several cinemas, schools, malls and City Hall, Interfax reports. That evening, eleven buildings were also cleared in Ryazan after authorities received phone calls warning a bomb had been planted in several malls. On Monday, similar actions were taken in Chelyabinsk and Kopeisk, Ufa and Stavropol, which received as many as 42 bomb scares, Interfax reports.

 

The bomb scares continued on Tuesday when all schools in Perm were evacuated, alongside several malls and a bus and train station, Interfax reports, citing local journalists. Government buildings were also ordered to be emptied in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and bus stations were evacuated in Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg, according to Meduza. Meduza cited law enforcement in some regions as saying the evacuations were the result of drills.

 

A wave of bomb scares has led to tens of thousands of people being evacuated throughout the country, but the news has been ignored by Russian state television.

Since Sunday, cities across Russia have conducted evacuations after receiving anonymous bomb threats. On Wednesday, evacuations took place in Moscow at malls, including the GUM department store on Red Square, train stations, universities and hotels. The state-run TASS agency said 50,000 people were evacuated, while Interfax put the number at 100,000.  In Moscow, more than 100,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from malls, including the GUM department store on Red Square, train stations, universities and hotels, the Interfax news agency reported.”

 

But state television, through which most Russians get their news, has barely covered the evacuations. Out of the state-run television channels, only Rossia-1 mentioned the evacuations, the Bell said, citing data from the media-monitoring company Medialogia. The news did not make it into any of Russia’s primetime news programs, including Rossia-1’s “Vesty” and Channel One’s “Vremya” news shows. Only Rossia 24, Russian Public Television (OTR), RBC and the opposition-leaning Dozhd channels ran segments on the mass evacuations.

 

The bomb threats began in Omsk and Ryazan on Sunday, and were followed by anonymous phone calls in half a dozen Russian cities on Monday. By Tuesday, the threats had reached Siberia and the Far East, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 45,000 people in cities including Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg. On Wednesday around a dozen cities throughout Russia evacuated schools, stations, airports and government buildings.

 

There has been little official information about the wave of bomb threats, with some media citing local law enforcement officials as saying they are drills. Other media cite anonymous sources as saying the phone calls are being made online from abroad. An unnamed source close to the security services told RBC the calls have been tracked to an IP-address in Ukraine.

 

Earlier, Russia was rocked by a series of small-scale attacks and arrests this year after a bomber detonated a homemade device on the St. Petersburg metro in April, killing 16 people and wounding dozens.

 

A few analysts say the Irma hurricane has made the Trump regime happy or at least not unhappy.

Bomb scares across Russia prompt mass evacuations!

Bomb scares across Russia prompt mass evacuations!

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Since September 09 Sunday, more than a dozen cities have been hit with a string of bomb scares, leading to mass evacuations at train stations, malls and other public places. In Moscow, around 10,000 people were evacuated from eight schools, the RBC news outlet reports, citing an unidentified official in law enforcement.

A wave of bomb scares has been largely ignored by Russian state television, with none of the prime-time news shows mentioning the incidents on Wednesday.  Dozens of buildings including schools and malls in more than 12 Russian cities have been evacuated since Sunday after authorities received a series of anonymous bomb threats, the Interfax news agency reports.  Interfax cited a law enforcement official in Chelyabinsk as saying that the evacuations were prompted by bomb scares across cities in Russia. “There’s reason to assume this was all organized abroad,” the official was cited as saying.

 

St. Petersburg has become the latest city in Russia to be targeted by suspected bomb threats with evacuations taking place in malls across the city, the Rosbalt news agency reported.

 

Witnesses told Rosbalt on Thursday that central St. Petersburg’s Galeria shopping complex and 12 other malls in the city were also being cleared. The news was confirmed by the local Fontanka.ru outlet. An unnamed law enforcement source told the outlet that authorities are trying to verify the bomb threats.

 

 

The wave of evacuations began in Omsk early on Sunday, when law enforcement cleared several cinemas, schools, malls and City Hall, Interfax reports. That evening, eleven buildings were also cleared in Ryazan after authorities received phone calls warning a bomb had been planted in several malls. On Monday, similar actions were taken in Chelyabinsk and Kopeisk, Ufa and Stavropol, which received as many as 42 bomb scares, Interfax reports.

 

The bomb scares continued on Tuesday when all schools in Perm were evacuated, alongside several malls and a bus and train station, Interfax reports, citing local journalists. Government buildings were also ordered to be emptied in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and bus stations were evacuated in Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg, according to Meduza. Meduza cited law enforcement in some regions as saying the evacuations were the result of drills.

 

A wave of bomb scares has led to tens of thousands of people being evacuated throughout the country, but the news has been ignored by Russian state television.

Since Sunday, cities across Russia have conducted evacuations after receiving anonymous bomb threats. On Wednesday, evacuations took place in Moscow at malls, including the GUM department store on Red Square, train stations, universities and hotels. The state-run TASS agency said 50,000 people were evacuated, while Interfax put the number at 100,000.  In Moscow, more than 100,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from malls, including the GUM department store on Red Square, train stations, universities and hotels, the Interfax news agency reported.”

 

But state television, through which most Russians get their news, has barely covered the evacuations. Out of the state-run television channels, only Rossia-1 mentioned the evacuations, the Bell said, citing data from the media-monitoring company Medialogia. The news did not make it into any of Russia’s primetime news programs, including Rossia-1’s “Vesty” and Channel One’s “Vremya” news shows. Only Rossia 24, Russian Public Television (OTR), RBC and the opposition-leaning Dozhd channels ran segments on the mass evacuations.

 

The bomb threats began in Omsk and Ryazan on Sunday, and were followed by anonymous phone calls in half a dozen Russian cities on Monday. By Tuesday, the threats had reached Siberia and the Far East, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 45,000 people in cities including Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg. On Wednesday around a dozen cities throughout Russia evacuated schools, stations, airports and government buildings.

 

There has been little official information about the wave of bomb threats, with some media citing local law enforcement officials as saying they are drills. Other media cite anonymous sources as saying the phone calls are being made online from abroad. An unnamed source close to the security services told RBC the calls have been tracked to an IP-address in Ukraine.

 

Earlier, Russia was rocked by a series of small-scale attacks and arrests this year after a bomber detonated a homemade device on the St. Petersburg metro in April, killing 16 people and wounding dozens.

 

A few analysts say the Irma hurricane has made the Trump regime happy or at least not unhappy.

Ms. Halimah Yacob – First female president of Singapore!

Ms. Halimah Yacob – First female president of Singapore!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Ms. Halimah Yacob, 63, former Speaker of Parliament, became the first woman and first Malay in 47 years to ascend to the Presidency of Singapore- highest office, after successfully filing her nomination papers on Sept 13 as the sole eligible candidate for this year’s reserved Presidential Election. She will be officially sworn in as Singapore’s eighth President on September 14 at 6pm, at the Istana, the Prime Minister’s Office announced.

Returning Officer Ng Wai Choong declared Ms. Halimah as the President-elect at the People’s Association headquarters along King George’s Avenue to loud cheers by hundreds of Halimah’s supporters. The last Malay to hold the presidency ill he died in 1970 was Yusof Ishak, whose image adorns the country’s banknotes. Yusof Ishak was President between 1965 and 1970, the first years of Singapore’s independence following a short-lived union with neighbouring Malaysia, but executive power rests with Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s Prime Minister.

Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity in the multicultural country, Singapore had decreed the presidency would be reserved for candidates from the Malay community this time. Ms. Yacob’s experience as house speaker automatically qualified her under the nomination rules. Of the four other applicants, two were not Malays and two were not given certificates of eligibility, the elections department said.

 

First Malay President

This year’s Presidential Election was reserved for the Malays in a bid to ensure multiracial representation after Parliament passed into law changes to the Elected Presidency scheme last November. Apart from Halimah, two other hopefuls – chief executive of Second Chance Properties Mohamed Salleh Marican, 67, and chairman of marine services provider Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific Farid Khan, 62 – had also filed application forms to contest as candidates. However, both men were determined ineligible by the Presidential Elections Committee as they did not meet one of the qualifying criteria, which requires that private-sector candidates must have served as the chief executive of a company for at least three years, with the company having at least S$500 million in shareholders’ equity, on average, in the most recent three years.

While some members of the public have expressed happiness at Halimah’s ascension to the Presidency, others expressed disappointment that this was only made possible courtesy of a walkover. They want an election for full legitimacy.  However, others noted that Madam Halimah is fully qualified to become the President and will be able to perform her duties well, citing her track record of over 40 years in public service.

Malays make up about 13 percent of the population, and the government is dominated by ethnic Chinese, who make up about three-quarters. There are no Muslim Malays in the top echelons of Singapore’s army, and few among the senior ranks of its judiciary, but a member of its poorest ethnic minority is set to become the first woman President of the Southeast Asian city state this week.

The government initially narrowed the criteria last year to permit only a Malay to serve as the next president, on the ground that no Malay had held the post in the five preceding terms.

The Presidential Election Committee later tightened the criteria, including a requirement that any candidate from the private sector must have been a senior executive of a company with at least 500 million Singapore dollars in equity, or about $371 million.

Two other Malays were considered by the commission, including Mohamed Salleh Marican, chief executive of Second Chance Properties. He had said that if he was elected, he would begin an investigation into the allegations that Mr. Lee abused his power in his dispute with his siblings. Both potential candidates were rejected on the grounds that the companies they headed were not large enough.

 

President Halimah

Ms. Halimah Yacob is Singapore’s eighth president and its first woman head of state, in the country’s first presidential election reserved for candidates from the Malay community.

The 63-year-old former Speaker of Parliament was the only presidential hopeful declared eligible to contest by the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC) “Whether there is an election or not, my passion and commitment to serve the people of Singapore remain the same,” she told reporters.

Halimah Yacob, who was born to an Indian Muslim father and Malay mother, puts minority representation on agenda.

The youngest of five children, Ms. Halimah had described her childhood as a “terrible struggle” following the death of her Indian-Muslim father and family sole breadwinner. Her mother, who died in 2015, had to single-handedly raise the family by selling food on a pushcart. Halimah had studied at the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School, before applying successfully to read law at the then University of Singapore.

Starting out as a lawyer, Halimah, 62, had spent over three decades in the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). Before she became Speaker of Parliament in 2013, she had served as Minister of State at the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

She collected her certificate of eligibility at the Elections Department in the afternoon, shortly after witnessing the election of her successor as Speaker in Parliament.

Ms. Halimah was a Member of Parliament and a leader of the People’s Action Party before giving up her seat last month to run for president. “I can only say that I promise to do the best that I can to serve the people of Singapore, and that doesn’t change whether there is an election or no election,” she told reporters Monday after she was certified as the only eligible candidate. Her campaign slogan — “Do Good, Do Together” — was widely panned as ungrammatical.

World’s attention is focused on Ms. Halimah as she will take her oath of office on Thursday, which will mark the start of her six-year term.

Despite being the establishment candidate, Ms. Yacob wears a hijab, which is banned in state schools and public sector jobs that require uniforms. But she has seldom spoken publicly on the issue and there is little sign of change in official attitudes.

 

 

Mixed reactions

 

There were three candidates for the presidency poll and they were issued certificates by the Community Committee confirming that they belong to the Malay community. After scrutiny, the PEC found only Ms. Ms. Halimah was eleigible candidate and  informed the other two – marine services firm chairman Farid Khan, 61, and property company chief executive Salleh Marican, 67 – that they did not qualify to contest. Neither had helmed a company with $500 million in shareholder equity for the most recent three years, a key threshold required for candidates relying on their private-sector experience. In rejecting his application, the six-member panel said it was unable to satisfy itself that he had “the experience and ability” comparable to a chief executive of a company of that size and complexity.

The PEC noted the shareholders’ equity of Salleh’s company, Second Chance, averaged about $258 million, a sum “considerably below the minimum” required under the Constitution.  Farid declined to disclose his company’s financials, but its value is believed to be much lower. He declined to show his letter from the PEC to the media. Both said they were disappointed not to be given the go-ahead – but thanked their families and supporters for their support over the past few months, and said they would continue to serve Singaporeans.

 

Under the law, the decision of the PEC – chaired by Public Service Commission chairman Eddie Teo – is final and not subject to appeal or review in any court. The uncontested election drew mixed reactions from observers, who welcomed Madam Halimah making history as the country’s first woman president and the first Malay head of state in 47 years.

Institute of Policy Studies deputy director Gillian Koh said: “Madam Halimah is a double minority – not only is she a Malay-Muslim individual, but a female.” But Dr Koh felt “the statement of our acceptance of diversity would have been all the more powerful if there had been an open contest”.

However, political science professor Bilveer Singh of the National University of Singapore questioned the value of having a contest for a contest’s sake: “Being elected through a walkover does not undermine or delegitimize the winner.”

 

For Lee, whose son, Lee Hsien Loong, is now Prime Minister, the answer to social cohesion lay in creating a culture of meritocracy, rather than adopting policies of positive discrimination to boost the chances of advancement for Singapore’s Malay and Indian minorities.

 

Singapore

 

Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, is also referred to as the “Lion City”, the “Garden City” or the “Little Red Dot”, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.

It lies one degree (137 km) north of the equator, just south of the Malay Peninsula across the Straits of Johor, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 km2) and its greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens.

 

Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most “technology-ready” nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with “best investment potential” (BERI), second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre and the second-busiest container port. The country has also been identified as a tax haven.

Singapore ranks 5th on the UN Human Development Index and the 3rd highest GDP per capita. It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing. Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied. 38% of Singapore’s 5.6 million residents are permanent residents and other foreign nationals. There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin and Tamil, though almost all Singaporeans are bilingual.

Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959. The dominance of the PAP, coupled with a low level of press freedom and restrictions on civil liberties and political rights, has led to Singapore being classified by some as a semi-authoritarian regime. One of the five founding members of ASEAN, Singapore is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat and a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Singapore is a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government representing constituencies. The country’s constitution establishes a representative democracy as the political system Executive power rests with the Cabinet of Singapore, led by the Prime Minister and, to a much lesser extent, the President.[54]The President is elected through a popular vote, and has veto powers over a specific set of executive decisions, such as the use of the national reserves and the appointment of judges, but otherwise occupies a largely ceremonial post

The Parliament serves as the legislative branch of the government

Singapore’s foreign policy is aimed at maintaining security in Southeast Asia and surrounding territories. An underlying principle is political and economic stability in the region.[97] It has diplomatic relations with more than 180 sovereign states. As one of the five founding members of ASEAN,[99] it is a strong supporter of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN Investment Area, because Singapore’s economy is closely linked to that of the region as a whole.

 

The separation of Singapore from Malaysia gave ethnic Malays a clear majority in Malaysia, while ethnic Chinese formed the majority in independent Singapore. Leaders of both countries, however, recognised that peace and prosperity depended on preserving harmony between the two groups. But living in a Muslim-dominated neighborhood, with Malaysia and Indonesia next door, Singapore’s leaders have long worried about the risk of conflicted loyalties among Malays.

President

The President of the Republic of Singapore is Singapore’s head of state. In a Westminster parliamentary system, as which Singapore governs itself, the prime minister is the head of the government while the president is largely ceremonial, broadly analogous to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. A Constitutional Commission recommended changes to guarantee minority representation in the highest office in the land as well as to tighten eligibility criteria in keeping with the economy’s growth.

The President is the head of state of Singapore. The executive authority of the nation is vested in the President and exercisable by him or her or by the Cabinet or any minister authorised by the Cabinet. However, it is the Cabinet that has the general direction and control of the Government, and in most cases the President exercises powers in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or a minister acting under the Cabinet’s general authority. The President only exercises limited powers in his or her personal discretion to block attempts by the government of the day to draw down past reserves it did not accumulate, to approve changes to key appointments, and to exercise oversight over the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and decisions of the Executive under the Internal Security Act and the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act.. As a component of the legislature together with Parliament, the President is also jointly vested with the legislative power of Singapore.  The President usually opens each Parliamentary session with an address drafted by the Cabinet setting out the Government’s agenda for the session, and may address Parliament and send messages to it

The Constitution confers on the President certain executive functions to block attempts by the government of the day to draw down past reserves that it did not accumulate. Thus, a guarantee may only be given or a loan raised by the Government if the President concurs, and his or her approval is also needed for budgets of specified statutory boards and Government companies that draw on their past reserves.

 

Before 1993, the President of Singapore was chosen by Parliament. Following constitutional amendments in 1991, the Presidency became a popularly elected office with certain custodial powers, particularly over government expenditure of the nation’s past financial reserves and key appointments to public offices. In November 2016, further amendments provide for “reserved elections” for a particular racial group (Chinese, Malay and Indian/other minority) – if that community has not been represented for five presidential terms.

 

The President has been called “Singapore’s No. 1 diplomat” Ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Singapore present their credentials to him, and he is called upon by visiting foreign leaders. In addition, he or she contributes to the nation’s external relations by undertaking overseas trips on Cabinet’s advice. Presidents have also used the office to champion charitable causes.

 

The first President elected by the majority of the people was Ong Teng Cheong, who served from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999. The office of President was created in 1965 after Singapore became a republic upon its secession from the Federation of Malaysia that year. It replaced the office of Yang di-Pertuan Negara, which had been created when Singapore attained self-government in 1959. The last Yang di-Pertuan Negara, Yusof Ishak, became the first President. After his death he was replaced by Benjamin Sheares, who served until his death in 1981, when he was succeeded by Chengara Veetil Devan Nair. Owing to personal problems, Nair stepped down in 1985 and was replaced by Wee Kim Wee, who served as President until 1993.

In January 1991, the Constitution   was amended to provide for the popular election of the President, a major constitutional and political change in Singapore’s history. Under the revision, the President is empowered to veto the use of the country’s past reserves and key civil service appointments. He or she can also examine the administration’s enforcement of the Internal Security Act and Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, and authorize corruption investigations The first popularly elected President was Ong Teng Cheong, a former cabinet minister. He served as President from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999.

 

 

Discrimination

 

 

There are serious elements of discrimination in Singapore against minorities in all walks of life. A government report published in 2013 found Malays felt they were sometimes discriminated against and had limited prospects in some institutions, such as the armed forces.

Malays, who form just over 13 per cent of Singapore’s 3.9 million citizens and permanent residents, also underperform on measures such as university and secondary school education.

The election of a Malay President is by itself unlikely to resolve concerns over under-representation, but analysts and advocates say it could help foster trust among communities.

 

Singapore’s economic success and education policies have helped swell the ranks of middle-class Malays, but the last census in 2010 showed they lagged other ethnic groups on socio-economic measures such as household incomes and home ownership.

 

Farid Khan, one of the unsuccessful candidates and the chairman of marine services firm Bourbon Offshore Asia, told Reuters more Malays now hold political office, and some are making their way in the corporate world, but “there is still room for improvement.”

Yet the reserved election has also injured some pride. “It cheapens the credibility of a Malay person that it requires a token election for us to be President,” said Malay comedian and television personality Hirzi Zulkiflie. “Some people intending to run are very capable.”

 

 

Observation

 

After getting elected as the first ever female President Ms. Halimah said she is the president of entire Singapore as she is committed to Singapore and Singaporeans. She asked people to forget the differences and instead work on the similarities among them to make the nation achieve greater goals.