Category: International

Torso of a journalist surfaces

The headless torso of a woman journalist named Kim Wall was found in Koge Bay, south of Copehagen, police says. The police have confirmed on the the identification stating that is was Kim, a freelance journalist who went aboard to interview eccentric Danish inventor Peter Madsen in his DIY-Submarine on August 10th.

Peter Madsen has been accused of preliminary manslaughter but has denied the charges and is currently under custody while the investigation continues on this matter.

The submarine, Nautilus went down on August 11th and the inventor Madsen swan to safety. The preliminary reports suggest that the torso was weighed down with a heavy piece of metal. It has also been reported that several parts of her body were deliberately dismembered.

Further investigation and information are pending in this matter.

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Trump’s New Plan for Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has announced that US plans to increase troop presence in Afghanistan. He emphasises on taking a strong stance against terrorist organisations like Taliban and ISIS.

“We must acknowledge the reality I’m here to talk about tonight, that nearly 16 years after the September 11 attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory,” said Trump in a speech from Virginia’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

“I will be in consultation with the Secretary General of NATO and our allies — several of which have also committed to increasing their troop numbers,” he added. “Together, we will assist the Afghan Security Forces to destroy the terrorist hub.”says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He added by saying, “I have directed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make preparations to carry out the president’s strategy”.

Though the escalation of U.S. participation would amount to a shift of the position he held prior to his bid for the presidency, “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” said Trump on Monday night. “But all of my life I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office”, he added.

The Messy Trump Administration

The Messy Trump Administration

White House, the residence of the President of the United States has been the mark of status and civility for years now. But since the appointment of Donald Trump, the politics in the White House has taken a turn towards the dirty. In the 6 months that he has been in power at the helm of the US Government, the smooth flow of the mundane and menial functioning of the administration has taken a heavy blow.

Donald Trump is an eccentric person, whose views and ideologies differ from the people around him and this has led him to publicly admonish several high ranking officials using the much-hyped microblogging site, Twitter. It was a shock to the world when the head of Trump organisation was listed as one of the most powerful men on earth, by Forbes. A man who likes to be among controversies and on the news (usually for the wrong reasons) has had turbulent times since his opening address and this unsteadiness is on a rise.

Mr Trump came to be the President by striking the deep seated racism present in the Americans mingled with a bit of misogyny. Trump has already rolled back several of the progressive policies made by the erstwhile president Barack Obama; the Paris Climate Accord, ObamaCare and the recent ban of transgenders in military  are among many others. Also, to add to these ridiculous set of policies, he enforced a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump administration has had several exits of high ranking officials, too.  James Comey (former FBI Director), Michael Flynn (former National Security Advisor), Sean Spicer (former White House Press Secretary) are among the list of people who have been dismissed from the services or have resigned due to several (mostly personal) differences. The recent casualty in this sacking saga is Anthony Scaramucci, who was the Communications Director in the Trump administration following his interview with the journalist from New Yorker, Ryan Lizza. Scaramucci was under fire after his declining relationship with former Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus who resigned a few days earlier.

To add on to all this the Congress has passed a law to issue sanctions against Russia on the basis of a report by the director of Intelligence which suggests the manipulation of the 2016 US Presidential Elections, which has led Mr Trump to do something which he clearly doesn’t want to do. Also, there is a possibility of impeachment of Trump looming over which has led Vice President Mike Pence to get ready to shift from the Number One Observatory Circle to the White House.

Will Donald Trump be able to finish his term, and be capable of seeking reelection? Or will he be impeached? We’ll find out in the years to come.

No transgenders in the US military says, Trump

No transgenders in the US military says, Trump

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has announced via his Twitter account that “transgenders” will not be accepted or allowed to serve in any position of the US Military. The President focused on the increasing medical costs pertaining to this fragment of the population. This came as out-of-the-blue as Defense Secretary, Jim Mathis was only given a day of notice about this.

There has been a brewing topic for the fight on using taxpayer’s money for hormone therapy and gender transition. But Mr Trump has tactfully avoided this side of the conflict to impose the ban. There have been opposing views on how this will be implemented which concerns open-transgenders actively serving in the military.

“That’s something that the Department of Defense and the White House will have to work together as implementation takes place and is done so lawfully,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said.

Proclaiming himself as an ‘ally’ to gays, lesbians and transgenders, Mr Trump has contradicted himself by issuing such an order. Several rights and activists group have come out in protests to challenge such an order.

This decision reverses the gradual change of the military which was brought about Former President, Barack Obama, whose administration had announced last year that transgender people would be allowed to serve openly in the army.

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Metal Detectors to be removed from Temple Mount

After a week of violence and protests by the people, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the metal detectors installed at the Mount Doom, Al Aqsa, among many others will be removed. The Israel PM says that the Government will look towards subtler means of security to keep the wrongdoers at bay.

The metal detectors at these religious institutions were installed after a fight between two armed civilians and policemen in the area. These led to the Government taking up new measures to strengthen the security. But this has led to protests by people all over the country and abroad as it defiles the place of worship and prayer.

The Palestine Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah has suspended all forms of communication with Israel. Various religious groups have condemned the Israeli PM for such an act.

 

Kushner denies colluding with Russia

Kushner denies colluding with Russia

Son-in-law and Senior advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner has emphasized on Monday, that he “hadn’t colluded or know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded with any foreign government“. This comes after a January 2017 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated that Russian leadership preferred presidential candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an “influence campaign” to harm Clinton’s electoral chances and “undermine public faith in the US democratic process.”

This reminds us of the hit Netflix series House of Cards where becoming the most powerful man on earth, is the road less traveled by. Mr. Kushner says that his 4 meetings with Russia interlocutors were not special, following his closed door meeting with the US Senate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the official investigating over the matter has been publicly admonished by President Trump. Even Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has seen worsening relations with the US President, after Tillerson disapproved of the snub.

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Polish Outrage with un’polished’ brand of Politics

Polish Outrage with un’polished’ brand of Politics

Poland Prime Minister and leader of the Governing party, Karslow Kaczynski has a proposed law to bring the judicial system under the executive control. Currently, the Supreme Court appoints its judges by the decision of an independent council, but the reform will lead the Polish government to choose the judges who represent the judiciary at the apex court of the country. This has led to protests from the citizens over the country. Former President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Lech Walesa has urged his countrymen to fight for the “freedom that was given to them in 1989”, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The citizen have taken to the streets with many candle-lit marches as well as demonstrations to protest against such an un-democratic law.

The opponents have marked this as a threat to the democracy, the very edifice on which the country was built on. The current President, Andzrej Duda has been appealed to veto such a law, and to keep the democracy of the country intact. The reform will bring in more political influence on the Supreme Court and will be robbed of it’s integrity and independence.

The European Union has warned the Polish Government against said judicial reforms and threatened to strip Poland of it’s voting rights in the European Union.