Yagnasri wrote: from now onward we need to watch out for khan and his actions on us.
always have to watch what the other powers are up to... always
Mort Walker wrote:From the US Director of National Intelligence from Reuters:“Parliamentary elections in India increase the possibility of communal violence if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stresses Hindu nationalist themes,” Coats told members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
And what about the mass shootings everyday in the US where white men are killing women, children, and everyone else? That certainly merits a danger, no?
The challenges facing South Asian states will grow in 2019 because of Afghanistan’s presidential election in mid-July and the Taliban’s large-scale attacks, Pakistan’s recalcitrance in dealing with militant groups, and Indian elections that risk communal violence.
We assess that neither the Afghan Government nor the Taliban will be able to gain a strategic ilitary advantage in the Afghan war in the coming year if coalition support remains at current levels. Afghan forces generally have secured cities and other government strongholds, but the Taliban has increased large-scale attacks, and Afghan security suffers from a large number of forces being tied down in defensive missions, mobility shortfalls, and a lack of reliable forces to hold recaptured territory.
Militant groups supported by Pakistan will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests. Islamabad’s narrow approach to counterterrorism cooperation—using some groups as policy tools and confronting only the militant groups that directly threaten Pakistan—almost certainly will frustrate US counterterrorism efforts against the Taliban.
Indian Elections and Ethnic Tensions
Parliamentary elections in India increase the possibility of communal violence if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stresses Hindu nationalist themes. BJP policies during Modi’s first term have deepened communal tensions in some BJP-governed states, and Hindu nationalist state leaders might view a Hindu-nationalist campaign as a signal to incite low-level violence to animate their supporters. Increasing communal clashes could alienate Indian Muslims and allow Islamist terrorist groups in India to expand their influence.
We judge that cross-border terrorism, firing across the Line of Control (LoC), divisive national elections in India, and Islamabad’s perception of its position with the United States relative to India will contribute to strained India-Pakistan relations at least through May 2019, the deadline for the Indian election, and probably beyond. Despite limited confidence-building measures—such as both countries recommitting in May 2018 to the 2003 cease-fire along the disputed Kashmir border—continued terrorist attacks and cross-border firing in Kashmir have hardened each country’s position and reduced their political will to seek rapprochement. Political maneuvering resulting from the Indian national elections probably will further constrain near-term opportunities for improving ties.
We expect relations between India and China to remain tense, despite efforts on both sides to manage tensions since the border standoff in 2017, elevating the risk of unintentional escalation. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an informal summit in April 2018 to defuse tension and normalize relations, but they did not address border issues. Misperceptions of military movements or construction might result in tensions escalating into armed conflict.
UlanBatori wrote:I think it is a gross failure of the Indian Diplomatic Corps that this garbage happens in today's US circles. I mean, associating another term for the present elected Govt of India, with "communal violence" and calling that "intelligence"? WTH is the Indian Amb doing? I know... sitting at the airport in DupleeCity to travel to chai-biskoot-rasgolla in the Deep South to get away from the snow. If the planes are taking off from National airport today.
Shouldn't the GOI TAKE that statement as an expressed INTENTION to star communal violence, and point to the Haas School's (People's Republic of Berkeley) blatant program to train Indian urban Naxals to conduct communal riots? Sad to see that the DipCorps has again sunk into their 1990s incompetence. Modi's Ekshternal Aphairj Mantri-Alaya is the problem?
Surprised that the US hasn't enlisted NATO for Talks With Taliban. The French are the experts in Surrender Negotiations, with their experience of surrendering to all, hain? And the Germans, twice in the past century. Would fit right in with the Pak Army's own record.
if this is the article to which you refer, it is simply a review of a Hindi movie.
In fact whoever wins in 2020, from now onward we need to watch out for khan and his actions on us. So for we have not arrived at the international stage. Now we are. Efforts to contain, roll back and destroy us will only intensify.
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$117400 salary is been declared low income by government in San Francisco. Just imagine
San Francisco families making $117,400 annually now considered low income
(CNN) — Are San Francisco families earning $117,400 a year really considered low income?
That’s what the latest data from the US Housing and Urban Development Department seems to suggest.
No doubt San Francisco has seen both its incomes and home prices soar in recent years, thanks largely to money flooding in from the tech boom. But the figure from HUD, which is income for a family of four, requires a bit more explanation.
Every year, HUD sets income limits that determine who can qualify for housing assistance, including Section 8 vouchers, public housing and other assistance programs. The calculation is also used to set eligibility for affordable housing built by developers who receive tax credits.
The formula takes into account an area’s median family income, as well as its housing costs. Those who make 80% of the formula amount are considered “low income,” while those earning 50% are “very low income” and those making 30% are considered “extremely low income.”
In the San Francisco metro area, which includes Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, an income of $44,000 or less for a family of four is considered extremely low, while the upper limit for having a very low income is $73,300.
These numbers are certainly eye-popping — and they have been rising swiftly. In 2014, the extremely low income limit was $33,200, the very low was $55,350 and the low was $88,600.
Home prices have been rising at an impressive clip, too. The median home value in the San Francisco metro area was $947,500 at the end of April, while the median rent was $3,300 a month, according to Zillow, a real estate marketplace.
Only 15% of San Francisco county residents could afford a median-priced home in the first quarter of 2018, according to Paragon Real Estate Group. That compares to 57% in the United States overall.
All this, however, doesn’t mean that those earning six figures in San Francisco can now qualify for public housing or vouchers, a HUD spokesman stressed. In fact, those receiving federal housing assistance are typically making around $18,000 a year, according to the agency’s data.
Also, the poverty guideline in the city is $25,100 for a family of four — as it is across the continental United States, since it doesn’t take into account the cost of living. That’s the figure that matters in determining eligibility for many safety net programs, including food stamps, Head Start and some parts of Medicaid.
But San Francisco’s high HUD income limits do allow middle class workers to qualify for affordable housing developments, said Susan Popkin, an institute fellow at the Urban Institute.
“Teachers, firefighters, people who work in restaurants commute crazy hours because they live so far out,” said Popkin, recalling that a Lyft driver who is also a nurse at a hospital once told her he sleeps in his car during the week because his home is too far away.
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"If we wind the clock back two years, I'd say 99.5%-plus of the ISIS-controlled territory has been returned to the Syrians. Within a couple weeks, it'll be 100%," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters this week. But he also noted, "ISIS is no longer able to govern in Syria. ISIS no longer has freedom to mass forces. Syria is no longer a safe haven. We've eliminated the majority of their leadership. We've significantly diminished their financial capabilities."
CNN's Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.
UlanBatori wrote:Wonder why the intel/pengaton guys think that ISIS will return - some new scam in the works between Israel, KSA and USA?
Overall, looks like the entire General Staff of the Pentagon and CIA are rotters.
Makes the French look herrowic in comparison.
Gov. Ralph Northam said he was in a picture in his medical school yearbook of two people -- one in blackface, the other in KKK robes. He then recanted and said he wasn't in that picture. But he added that he *had* darkened his face to look more like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984.
State Attorney General Mark Herring, in a statement released Wednesday morning, acknowledged that he, too, had appeared in blackface at a party. "In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song," Herring said.
A woman named Vanessa Tyson accused Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of assaulting her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Fairfax angrily denied the allegations. Then on Wednesday Tyson released a statement, in which she said in part "what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault."
“I am talking about the radical conservatives in the Democratic Party,” said Saikat Chakrabarti. “That’s who we need to counter. It’s the same across any number of issues—pay-as-you-go, free college, “Medicare for all.” These are all enormously popular in the party , but they don’t pass because of the radical conservatives who are holding the party hostage.”
"If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion,"
Singha wrote:the militias have been a bit quiet lately....perhaps the quiet of furtive armies marching and getting ready inside forest, away from peeking sensors.
the next election cycle will make the last one look good imo.
UlanBatori wrote:The US is in an interesting bind in A'stan. If they don't bring the Pakis in again, the other players are (sorry India is not going to get militarily involved*): Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and ****tra la la!****** IRAN!
*: DT's frustration with Indian refusal to take the Afghan hot potato was reflected in his rant about NaMo going on and on for hours about the Library that India set up in Kabul. IMO NaMo was stalling, like the Naranatha Bhranthan eating his rice one grain at a time. Eventually DT gave up.
(sigh!) As they say, Ignorance can be fixed. Stupidity is Permanent.