Understanding the US - Again

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 11 Sep 2019 04:45

I wouldn't give any credit to IG for something like reducing quota. Any of her decisions were likely based on political tit for tat unlike Desai's clear cut ban on the basis of it's just not done.

Sounds familiar.

A mosque welcomes Beto O'Rourke in New Hampshire
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-shaken-m ... ampshire/#

"To be honest, I'm scared at times to come here for the prayers," Erum Usmani of Londonderry, New Hampshire told CBS News of the Manchester mosque. "Because you never know. It's an open carry state. You worry about your kids."

The former physician who calls herself "as American as apple pie" emigrated from Pakistan three decades ago. "When I see Trump rallies, it literally gives me chills," Usmani said. "Because my kids are born and bred here. They've never been made to feel like they are outsiders. And somehow, with this president, they're made to feel as if they don't belong."

An independent voter, Usmani called it a "mistake" for candidates to bypass the Muslim community. "We vote as a block. I remember the first time I voted was the George Bush election. He reached out to the Muslim community. And we voted for him," Usmani said.

Tariq Omer echoed that sentiment after grabbing a selfie with O'Rourke.

"It's important to reach out to marginalized groups," the graduate student at Georgetown said. "I feel like one of the mistakes Hillary Clinton might have made when she was campaigning —I mean she won the popular vote, but she took a lot of her constituents for granted during her presidential campaign. It's nice to come out and get some face time with a community you may not be familiar with and pick up those anecdotes that you can drop during the presidential debate."

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Rahul M » 11 Sep 2019 07:22

Darshan ji, to give credit where it's due, IG did have a soft corner for nature. She initiated quite a few initiatives in nature protection that didn't have an obvious political pay-off.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby ramana » 12 Sep 2019 00:58

Gautam, Yes there was lot of news about how rhesus monkeys were being ill used in US 'research' labs for sundry purposes.
Morarji Desai took form decision.
And did not waffle on reducing export quota.
Tirupati hills were being denuded of these monkeys by trappers.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Gyan » 12 Sep 2019 22:04

Whether dropping Bolton will have effect on Pakistan & China policy of USA?

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Vayutuvan » 12 Sep 2019 22:54

It most certainly will. But it all depends on whether US-Iran meeting at the highest level takes place and the outcome.
For China, NoKo is more important than Pakistan. My two cents.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Philip » 13 Sep 2019 06:14

Media reports:
The US has accused Israel of planting sophisticated devices know as " Stingrays", to eavesdrop on calls, etc. near the White House and in the capital.The devices that mimic mobile towers after examination by US agencies were according to them to have most likely come only from Israel.The Israeli embassy has stoutly denied the accusations saying that it does not conduct espionage in the US.However, one J.J.Pollard, a former intel analyst is still in custody in the US for life , arrested years ago, with the US regusing to release him despite intense pressure from Israel.

Bibi N. is battling for his political survival with elections due shortly, and has gone to Russia to ostensibly woo Putin for the Russian origin Israeli vote, putting up hoardings of himself and Putin, Russian lingo ads, etc. He has also vowed to take back the West Bank infuriating the Palestinians,UN, EU,etc.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby g.sarkar » 14 Sep 2019 09:23

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... estruction
John Bolton is finally gone. But can his path of destruction be reversed?
Ben Armbruster, Wed 11 Sep 2019 09.12
Washington DC’s most famous warmonger might have lost his job, but this probably won’t be the last we hear of Bolton
Our long international nightmare of John Bolton is over. For now.

Did Bolton resign? Was he fired? It doesn’t matter. John Bolton is now no longer in charge of US national security policy and thus, we can all breathe a little easier.
Indeed, Bolton’s top priority has always been to go to war with Iran. One of the biggest concerns among those of us who understand that going to war with Iran is a bad idea was that Bolton, an experienced bureaucrat, would take advantage of a naive commander-in-chief and use innocuous enough policy decisions to slow-walk Donald Trump into a corner where war was the only way out.
Bolton – who has made a career of scuttling arms control agreements – also had his sights on cancelling the Obama-era New Start Treaty, an agreement between the US and Russia that placed limits on the number of deployed nuclear warheads, missiles, bombers and launchers.
Bolton has spent the better part of his tenure in the Trump administration disparaging the treaty, repeatedly signaling that the US wouldn’t put much effort toward renewing it before it expires in February 2021.
But while our collective outlook going forward is promising without Bolton anywhere near the levers of power, the trail of flames he has left behind will have lasting damage.
Yes he wasn’t successful in convincing Trump to attack Iran, but Bolton helped create the conditions for war by pushing Trump to finally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal mere weeks after assuming the top national security job. As predicted (even by the CIA), that policy has turned out to be a complete disaster, with the US isolated from its European allies, Iran’s nuclear program less constrained, and the Trump administration failing miserably in its quest to rein in Iran’s nefarious regional behavior or to spark internal strife toward the regime.
And even though Bolton’s departure gives New Start a new lease on life, he convinced Trump to ditch diplomatic efforts at saving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia and instead shepherded a US withdrawal, which officially went into effect last month. Experts are already citing the move as the catalyst for a renewed cold war-esque arms race.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Cain Marko » 15 Sep 2019 02:44

Petition by academics and civil society members to rescind Gates Foundation award for PM Modi.


Who are these people? Shouldn't there be a counter petition? This reminds of the Visa denial petition. Butcher of Gujrat crap continues...... Unbelievable

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby darshan » 15 Sep 2019 09:04

CAIR shows up at everything where there's any hate crime whether muslim or not.

What if Hinduphobia starts piggybacking islamophobia and returns the favor? Let CAIR spend money and setup stages like following and learned entities raise hand and ask but what about Hinduphobia

Slowik: Peace activists hold forum on Islamophobia and other forms of hate
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ ... story.html

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