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По его словам, на президентских выборах 2016 года “избирателям было плевать” на данные о его налогах.
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Former White House Counsel Don McGahn really, really doesn’t want to go down for Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice. He documented everything. He eagerly ratted Trump out to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Now McGahn is preparing to publicly testify about Trump’s obstruction to Congress. Trump has responded by trying to block McGahn from turning over supporting documents. Then yesterday McGahn fired back. Now Trump has made a huge mistake.
In a New York Times story yesterday that was obviously leaked by McGahn’s camp, it was revealed that the Trump regime recently tried (twice) to pressure McGahn into publicly stating that in his view, Trump’s actions didn’t constitute obstruction of justice. It’s pretty clear that McGahn wants everyone to know that he’s not on Team Trump, even as he waits for House Democrats and Trump to finish fighting a legal battle over McGahn’s documents.
In response to McGahn’s latest move, Trump posted this whacked out tweet: “I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!”
The trouble: Donald Trump is lying, and once House Democrats win the legal battle and McGahn hands over his notes, they’re going to prove Trump is lying. Not only is Trump setting himself up for failure, he’s motivating McGahn to find a way to hit back. Meanwhile, even as the battle over McGahn’s documents continues, Trump hasn’t tried to make a move to stop McGahn from testifying, because there’s no way for Trump to even try to do that.
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The Yenicag newspaper said columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with baseball bats after appearing on a TV show Friday. The assailants escaped the scene in a vehicle.
The reason for the attack was not known, but it came amid tensions over the top electoral authority’s decision to cancel the results of the March 31 mayoral race for Istanbul, which was won by the opposition. It ordered a revote June 23.
Erdogan’s party said the Istanbul vote was marred by fraud, but the opposition said the electoral board was pressured by the government, which wants to hold on to power in Turkey’s largest city.
The nationalist party that Demirag supports is part of an opposition alliance whose candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, won control of Istanbul’s city hall before his mandate was revoked this week.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, visited Demirag in the hospital and condemned the attack.
‘Where is Turkey going to?’
“How can a journalist be beaten with intent to kill just because he participated in a program, voiced his views or criticized someone?” he told reporters. “Where is Turkey going to?”
The assault also drew condemnation from Turkey’s Journalists Association, which said the attack on Demirag raised concerns about media freedoms.
“Politicians who have difficulty espousing the idea of freedom of media and of expression and turn newspapers and journalists into targets play an important role in these types of attacks,” the group said.
The journalist was in stable condition and was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.
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Back in June 1989 a Colonel Omar al-Bashir led a bloodless military coup in Sudan. Once he had ousted the previous regime, it was not long before he assumed full executive and legislative powers, declared himself President and established a dictatorship. He held sway in Sudan for a full 30 years with an iron grip.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Bashir’s 30-year rule came to an end on 4 April 2019, when widespread popular uprisings precipitated a coup by the military which ousted him. The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the umbrella group representing those agitating for complete change in Sudan, are determined that this uprising will not be hijacked by another military junta.
Currently the military group that engineered the coup rules through a Transitional Military Council (TMC). Sensitive to the popular mood, the TMC have agreed to hand over power to civilian rule, but the two sides are by no means in one mind about the details. Still to be settled is the composition of the “presidential council” that will temporarily replace the head of state, and also how and when an interim parliament and government will be established.
The African Union (AU) has been acting as honest broker. It is well-placed to do so. Founded in 1999, its membership consists of 55 nations located on the African continent. After a meeting on 6 May 2019 between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat, representing the AU, a joint UN-AU communique welcomed “AU-led efforts to facilitate a consensual and civilian-led transition, in close coordination with the UN”.
The AU initially gave the military coup leaders 15 days to hand over power, but extended the deadline to 60 days. It strongly supports the concept of a civilian-led transitional government as the next step for Sudan.
When Bashir seized power in 1989, Sudan – then Africa’s largest country – was in the midst of a 21-year civil war between north and south. Eventually Bashir acknowledged that secession by the south was the only way forward. Following a referendum, South Sudan split from the north and became independent in July 2011. It was the culmination of more than a century of armed struggle by southern Sudanese activists.
Demography lay behind the conflict. Most inhabitants in the north are Arab by descent, and Muslim by religion. The south is home to most of the 570-plus Sudanese tribes, very few of whom are either Arab or Muslim. A fair proportion were converted to Christianity by western missionaries.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century Sudan became the focus of interest by Western European colonial powers. The Blue and White Niles converge just outside Khartoum, Sudan’s major city, and Britain, France and Belgium laid claims to it. Britain had plans for an irrigation dam at Aswan, in Egypt, and needed control of the Nile’s headwaters. In line with the gung-ho philosophy of the time, the British government authorized Brigadier Horatio Herbert Kitchener to conduct military campaigns against the unstable Sudanese regime, nominally in support of the Egyptian government which had previously held power. Kitchener’s campaigns culminated in a decisive victory in the battle of Omdurman in September 1898 – and as a result he was created an Earl, and took the title Lord Kitchener of Khartoum.
Sudan was subsequently administered by Egypt, under Britain’s watchful eye, in an arrangement known as the Condominium Agreement. It lasted from 1899 to 1955, but tensions were present from the start between the northern part of the country and the south, which soon began demanding autonomy if not outright independence. Fifty years of continuous civil conflict ensued, only brought to an end with the signing of a peace agreement in January 2005. Subsequent negotiations led eventually to southern Sudan splitting from the rest of the country in 2011 and achieving independence.
But as Bashir was signing the 2005 peace agreement with the south, another conflict was breaking out in the western region of Darfur. Claiming government discrimination against the region and its non-Arab population, rebels took up arms. The brutal measures employed by Bashir to suppress this led to his being accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Despite an international arrest warrant issued by the ICC, Bashir organized, and unsurprisingly won, consecutive elections in 2010 and 2015. And so far he has avoided arrest, even when he ventured outside Sudan. For example in 2017 he visited Jordan for an Arab League summit. On 6 May 2019 the ICC ruled that Jordan failed to meet its international legal obligations to arrest Bashir during that visit. The ICC appeals chamber said that a sitting head of state does not have immunity from arrest for alleged grave crimes, even when the leader is from a country that has not joined the ICC.
Media reports claim that he is being held in Kober prison in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. The transitional military council that assumed control in the country has said they would not hand Bashir over to face justice at the ICC, but could try him in Sudan or a forthcoming civilian government could do so. Meanwhile not only is Bashir wanted by the ICC, but Sudan’s public prosecutor has ruled that he is to be interrogated on charges of financing terrorism and money laundering.
Bashir’s fate has become one element in the negotiations aimed at settling the civil conflict and returning the country to civilian rule.
In the last Presidential election in USA, Presidential candidate Trump used the slogan “America first” very effectively, which largely caught the imagination of US citizens and satisfied their ego. Aided by this single slogan, Trump successfully became the US President.
In the last several decades after the second world war, US citizens have been believing and have been made to believe by the political leaders in USA that USA is the super power in the world and would remain so for all time to come. This thought process created a sort of superiority complex amongst US citizens in general and many of them even started imagining that God has created USA to police the world.
It is not as if the so called superiority of USA has not been challenged on several times in the past. The cold war with Soviet Union was the major challenge and ultimately USA emerged triumphant, with Soviet Union disintegrating and communist movement in the world almost entirely collapsing.
While USA tried to dominate the world under the impression that everything in the world should take place only with the approval of USA, this view was challenged by national leadership in a few countries such as Vietnam, Korea, Iraq , Cuba, Iran and others. Of course, in all these cases, US emerged triumphant due to it’s military muscle power and financial strength, backed by a large agricultural base , technological achievements and natural resources.
Will such situation of USA remaining first in the world continue to be prevalent in the coming years? Many observers think that it would not be so, as the challenges ahead for USA remaining first in the world will be increasingly become stronger and more severe.
At present, the three challenges faced by US in maintaining it’s super power status in the world arise largely due to the following factors.
China is emerging as a strong economic and military power, though not matching USA till now, but likely to do so in not distant future, due to the strong and totalitarian government in China with ambitious leadership (somewhat similar to Nazi government in Germany under Hitler’s leadership).
The steady growth of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic terrorists have now reached alarming proportions, with Muslims constituting around 22% of world population and with steadily increasing population growth amongst Muslims that is likely to touch 50% of world population in the future.
September 11, 2001 attack on World Trade Centre by determined Islamic extremists, killing and injuring thousands of innocent citizens in the heart of USA, clearly exhibited the vulnerability of US to the attack by Islamic extremists. Though attacks of such magnitude have not taken place in USA since then, the threat is real and possible at any time, in spite of the vigilance exercised by US government.
There is increasingly visible divisiveness and lack of cohesion amongst the US population due to dilution of population caused by steady increase in the influx of Asians, Muslims, refugees / illegal entrants from Mexico, apart from historical blacks and whites divide.
Such scenario is leading to spread of suspicions and hatred , which is an internal threat that can weaken USA considerably. Of late, shoot outs in universities , shopping malls and other public places have become disturbingly too frequent and US government has offered no tangible explanation for such violent incidents, which are disturbing social stability. While it is vaguely argued that gun culture is the reason, no efforts have been made by US government to curb the gun culture effectively with the seriousness that it deserves.
Above three challenges to the status of USA as super power in the world is clearly evident and US President is certainly aware of this.
US government has taken some definite steps to checkmate China by launching a trade war and is condemning Islamic terrorism around the world. However, many people think that US President’s efforts to control such trends appear to be weak, lack fundamental strength and even look like cosmetic. The forces challenging USA remain growing and strong.
The very fact that US President thought it necessary to meet the President of North Korea, which is a weak and isolated country, by travelling to Singapore to talk peace, makes one suspicious whether US lacks confidence that it can continue to browbeat the world.
The recent shootings and violent incidents all over USA , though isolated ones, is clearly showing rising trend and nothing worthwhile has been done by US government to solve this issue so far.
In the past decades, US was able to manage many challenges largely by using it’s military power and economic strength. In the case of the present three challenges faced by USA, it appears that military supremacy and strong financial strength by themselves, would not be adequate.
US President Trump gives an impression of remaining confused, not knowing how exactly to go about in meeting the challenges ahead.
In the case of trade war with China, both USA and China are losing, in view of the mutual dependence built over the years by way of large scale US investments and technology going into China and US market becoming the largest dumping ground for China.
The Muslim terrorists cannot be defeated by a war process and alternate strategies to tackle them are needed and are yet to be evolved.
The internal unrest in USA needs a strong, responsive and matured leadership, which present USA does not seem to have.
US has to keep it’s fingers crossed whether it can continue to be “America first”.