• Security council adopt annual report to General Assembly

    21/Oct/2015 // 99 Viewers

    By Sadiya Hamza
    United Nations, Oct. 20, 2015(NAN) The Security Council on Tuesday in New York unanimously adopted its annual report to the General Assembly for the period of Aug. 1, 2014 to July, 31 2015.

    Earlier, Council President Román Marchesi, expressed appreciation to the delegation of New Zealand, which he said had prepared the introduction of the draft report as President of the Council in July, with the participation of other Council members.

    He also thanked the Secretariat for its contribution.

    Marchesi pointed out that the report had been prepared in accordance with a July 26, 2010 note.

    Responding, Mr Gerard van Bohemen of New Zealand said that at the Council’s request, his Government had taken a revised approach by providing an introduction that was half the length of recent introductions, attempting to provide a summary.

    He said that the intensive process had taken place over three months.

    Noting ongoing efforts of the Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions to determine the best approach in the future, he expressed appreciation for efforts by Lithuania and Russian Federation in that regard.

    He also called for increased dialogue with the Assembly.

    Acknowledging that the introduction “would not go as far as some would wish”, he added that he would have hoped for more reflection on the Council’s performance.

    Nonetheless, he said, it required the Council’s support.


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  • White House Slams Russia For Assad s Red Carpet Welcome

    21/Oct/2015 // 342 Viewers

     The White House on Wednesday slammed Russia for its red carpet treatment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who made a rare visit to Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin.

    We view the red carpet welcome for Assad, who has used chemical weapons against his own people, at odds with the stated goal by the Russians for a political transition in Syria, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Air Force One. 

    Reuters with DailyGlobeWatch


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  • US singer Pharrel faces protest at S. African concert

    21/Sep/2015 // 190 Viewers

    © Getty/AFP/File | Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are campaigning against Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams' partnership with major South African retail group Woolworths, over its imports from Israel
    CAPE TOWN (AFP) -
    Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams will face a protest by thousands of Palestinian supporters at a concert in Cape Town on Monday, organisers of the demonstration said.
     
    Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are campaigning against the singer's partnership with major South African retail group Woolworths, over its imports from Israel.
     
    The South African branch of the BDS movement vowed to hold "the largest protest any artist would have faced since the end of apartheid" at Pharrell's concert at Cape Town's Grand West Casino.
     
    On Friday the group won a court battle against an attempt by Cape Town authorities to limit the number of demonstrators to 150, and said it expected 40,000 people to turn out.
     
    Earlier this year, Pharrell became Woolworths' new style director "in a ground-breaking collaboration across a series of sustainability-focused projects", the upmarket retailer said.
     
    BDS accuses Woolworths of importing Israeli agricultural produce from the occupied territories, a charge the company denies.
     
    It says less than 0.1 percent of its food products are sourced from Israel, and the imports comply fully with South African government guidelines.
     
    Pharrell shot to stardom in 2014 with his global hit "Happy", which sparked a wave of cover videos on the Internet.
     
    BDS said that if Pharrell wanted to make the world "happy", he should join "the growing list of artists from Stevie Wonder to Lauryn Hill, Alice Walker, Roger Waters and others who have backed the non-violent BDS movement".
     
    ? 2015 AFP


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  • Breaking: Fear grips rogue nations as TRUMP makes another powerful appointment on Thursday

    22/Dec/2016 // 3203 Viewers

     

    Kellyanne Conway, who was the first female campaign manager of a winning presidential campaign and has served as a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, will join the White House as counselor to the president, Trump announced.

    Conway, who has publicly weighed whether to join the administration or lead an outside political group to help Trump, will be part of the senior leadership team in the West Wing with responsibility for messaging and other priorities.
    This is a developing story. It will be updated.


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  • Berlin market & Turkey Attacks: No going back on my decision to ban MUSLIMS from entering America - DONALD TRUMP insists

    22/Dec/2016 // 1266 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 22, 2016: (DGW) Irked by the recent terrorist attack on a Berlin Market in Germany on Tuesday, the US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he is not going back on his decision to ban Muslims from entering the United States of America.

    While calling the attacks in Germany and Turkey ''terrible'' he said that he does not intend to reevaluate his plans to ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States, boasting that he had been “proven to be right”.

     His words: 
    "You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.”
     
    He described the attack at a Berlin Christmas market as an Berlin Christmas market as an “attack on humanity."
     
    "Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday.”
    Trump also said he had not spoken with President Obama since the attacks.
     
    At least 12 people were killed on December 19 when a truck plowed into crowds at a Christmas market in the German capital of Berlin.
     
    48 people were wounded, some of them seriously. German police previously said that 9 people had died and at least 50 were injured.
     
    In Turkey, Russian Ambassador Karlov was shot dead by an Islamic fanatic on December 19. The man shouted "Allah Akbar" and "this is the revenge for Aleppo" before shooting nine times to the diplomat's back.
     


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  • Donald Trump: US must greatly expand nuclear capabilities

    22/Dec/2016 // 243 Viewers

     

    (BBC) Donald Trump has called for the US to "greatly strengthen and expand" its nuclear capabilities. The president-elect, who takes office next month, said the US must take such action "until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".
    His spokesman later said that he was referring to the need to prevent nuclear proliferation.
    Mr Trump spoke hours after President Vladimir Putin said Russia needs to bolster its military nuclear potential. The US has 7,100 nuclear weapons and Russia has 7,300, according to the US nonpartisan Arms Control Association. Mr Trump's comments came in the form of a tweet, giving no other details.
     
    Trump tweet
     
    Hours later, Jason Miller, the communications manager for the Trump transition team, explained he "was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it - particularly to and among terrorist organizations and unstable and rogue regimes".
    Mr Miller also added that the president-elect "emphasised the need to improve and modernize our deterrent capability as a vital way to pursue peace through strength".
    Mr Trump's tweet came after President Putin met with his military advisers to review Russian military activities in 2016.
     
    Putin meeting with military guys
    Russia is stronger than any potential foe, Mr Putin told his advisers
     
    "We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems," Mr Putin said.
    Russia, he added "must carefully monitor any changes in the balance of power and in the political-military situation in the world, especially along Russian borders", possibly referring to US missile defences in eastern Europe which the Pentagon says are to counter Iran.
    During Mr Trump's campaign he referred to nuclear proliferation as the "single biggest problem" facing the world, but also said he could not rule out using nuclear weapons against Europe.
    Mr Trump's defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton repeatedly cast her opponent during the campaign as too erratic and lacking in the diplomatic skills required to avoid a nuclear war.
    She mocked him by saying "a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes".
     
    A new era dawns: By Laura Bicker, BBC News, Washington DC

    This is a radical departure from President Obama's current policy. Mr Trump has offered no further details on his plans but he has hinted in the past that he favoured an expansion of the nuclear programme.
    He was asked in interviews whether he would use weapons of mass destruction against an enemy and he said that it would be an absolute last stance, but he added that he would want to be unpredictable.
    In contrast, President Obama has talked about  the US commitment to seek peace and security without nuclear weapons. He has sought to reduce the nation's arsenal of nearly 5,000 warheads in favour of more special operations forces and precise tactical strikes. But in 29 days the nuclear codes and the nation's defence policy will no longer be in his hands.
     
    In interviews before his surprise victory Mr Trump said that other countries should spend more on their own defence budgets, and forgo US protection, because "we can't afford to do it anymore".
    He has said he is in favour of countries such as Japan and South Korea developing nuclear weapons "because it's going to happen anyway".
     
    "It's only a question of time," he told the New York Timed editorial board, adding that "they're going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely."
    Mr Trump is spending the festive season at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he has been meeting with campaign advisers.

    Syndicated from BBC


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  • OBAMA gives Nigeria 'parting gift' as he hands over to TRUMP in January

    22/Dec/2016 // 1158 Viewers

     

    The United States President Barack Obama has signed into law, S. 1632, "An Act to require a regional strategy to address the threat posed by Boko Haram."

    The new US law provides that the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense jointly develop and submit to the U.S. Congress within 180 days a five-year strategy to enable the Nigerian government and relevant partners counter the threat of Boko Haram.

    The strategy should also seek to assist Nigeria and its neighbours to accept and address legitimate grievances of vulnerable populations in areas affected by Boko Haram, says the law.

    According to the law, the strategy must address the Nigerian "military capabilities" and of the partner nations in the region to counter the threat posed by Boko Haram, as well as addressing the provision of humanitarian support to civilian populations impacted by Boko Haram's activity.

    The US law also provides that the strategy must address specific activities through which the American government "intends to improve and enhance the capacity of Multinational Joint Task Force to Combat Boko Haram partner nations to investigate and prosecute human rights abuses by security forces and promote respect for the rule of law within the military."

    It must also address a means for assisting Nigeria to counter violent extremism, including efforts to address underlying societal factors shown to contribute to the ability of Boko Haram to radicalize and recruit individuals.

    The law also provides that Nigeria's capacity should be strengthened "to enhance security for schools such that children are safer and girls seeking an education are better protected, and to combat gender-based violence and gender inequality."

    According to the law, the Director of National Intelligence shall submit to the US congress an assessment regarding the "willingness and capability" of the Nigerian Government and regional partners to implement the strategy developed.

     


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  • US special forces traveling 'very soon' to Syria

    22/Nov/2015 // 279 Viewers

    © AFP/File | US administration official Brett McGurk, photographed in Washington on July 23, 2014, told CBS that US special forces will arrive in Syria "very soon" to assist locals with anti-Islamic State operations

     

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - 

    Dozens of US special operations forces will arrive in Syria "very soon," as promised by President Barack Obama's administration, a senior official said Sunday.

    The troops will have the task of organizing local forces battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State in northern Syria, according to special envoy Brett McGurk.

    "They will be going in very soon," McGurk told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program.

    In late October, Obama authorized no more than 50 special operations forces to deploy to northern Syria in a non-combatant, advisory role to help coordinate local ground troops and anti-IS coalition efforts.

    It marks the first official deployment of US troops on the ground in Syria since an international coalition formed to counter the violent extremist group.

    The US troops will assist an Arab-Kurd coalition that includes the main Syrian Kurdish militia the People's Protection Units (YPG), Arab groups and Syriac Christians.

    These local forces "have been doing a very successful operation," McGurk said.

    "This is focused on isolating the capital of ISIL in Raqa."

    He said they have retaken about 1,100 square kilometers (435 square miles) in the last two weeks and killed about 300 IS fighters.

    The US-led coalition aims to "suffocate and strangle them in the core" of IS in Iraq and Syria through multiple coordinated offensives, McGurk said.

    The coalition is also trying to cut off access for IS to the Syrian border in order to cut off the main access route between Raqa and the Iraqi city of Mosul, McGurk explained.

    © 2015 AFP


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  • BREAKING: TRUMP has just announced the prosecution is moving forward

    22/Nov/2016 // 473 Viewers

    Another dramatic change of events
    Earlier this week, rumors surfaced out of Trump Tower that Donald Trump did not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her years of illegal activities, most notably her use of a private email server and deleting 33,000 emails.
     
    Sources indicated that Trump planned to let the issue go as a way to let the country “heal” and work beyond the divisiveness. It appears that the sources speaking on this issue were dead wrong.
     
    In a scheduled meeting with the New York Times today, President Elect Donald Trump was asked if he would take prosecuting Hillary Clinton off the table, and he replied “no.”
     
    The comment was released by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in a tweet.
     
    While Trump did indicate that he wanted the country to heal and move on from the election, he realizes that she does deserve to be held accountable for her actions. Hillary Clinton intentionally and deliberately obstructed justice and committed perjury on several occasions.
     
    There are two things very important to keep in mind going forward with Trump charging Hillary Clinton.
     
    First, Donald Trump has not ruled anything out. Sources originally indicated that he would not charge Hillary Clinton for deleting 33,000 emails and using a private email server, but he can still charge her with several crimes surrounding the Clinton Foundation.
     
    Secondly, Trump has created an atmosphere of suspicion while he waits to see what Obama will do. There is an old precedent that would allow President Obama to pardon Hillary Clinton before she is charged with any crime. If Obama pardons her, that opens the door for Obama to be exposed.
     
    If Trump were to reveal his plans now before he is sworn in, Democrats would have two months to plan for his move. Trump is using the Art of the Deal and keeping all options open. By doing this, we know that the Clintons are paranoid about what will happen to them after he is sworn into office on January 20th. They will have to contemplate Trump’s decision for months.
     
    It is important to remember that one of Donald Trump’s most supported ideas was to have Hillary prosecuted. If Hillary Clinton can get away with everything she has done, what will stop future politicians from carrying out the same actions and citing the Clinton Precedent?
     
    Hillary Clinton deserves prison, and it appears that Trump’s administration still plans to hold her accountable for her decades of corruption. He is playing a cat and mouse game with Democrats. He will attack when the best opportunity presents itself.


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  • WikiLeaks publishes CIA chief John Brennan's emails

    22/Oct/2015 // 227 Viewers

    AFP file photo | CIA director John Brennan pictured in March 2015.


    Anti-secrecy campaign group WikiLeaks on Wednesday published an initial tranche of documents it said were from the personal email account of CIA Director John Brennan.

    The leak is hugely embarrassing for America’s spy chief and WikiLeaks said more files would be released “in the coming days.”

    The six files did not include any top-secret documents but WikiLeaks said Brennan had “used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.”

    Perhaps the most revealing document is a draft version of Brennan’s background check questionnaire from a security clearance application he apparently made in 2008.

    It lists several of his friends and associates, as well as a detailed work history and a slew of other personal and family details.

    One of the names listed—along with a phone number—is George Tenet, who directed the CIA from 1996 to 2004. A woman who answered the phone at the number given said Tenet was not speaking to the press.

    The release also includes a 2008 letter from Christopher “Kit” Bond, then vice chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, calling for a ban of certain “harsh interrogation techniques.”

    Additionally, a fax from 2008 details a legal spat between the CIA and a firm called “The Analysis Corporation.”

    There is also a 2007 draft memo Brennan wrote about Iran, and another draft paper dated July that year in which he outlines challenges facing the US intelligence community.

    Early Internet

    The WikiLeaks release comes days after it was reported that a teenaged hacker had broken into Brennan’s AOL account and had taken mails and personal data.

    For many computer users, AOL is synonymous with the days of the early Internet, when the company offered dial-up web access, and the apparently low-tech method the hacker employed to access the account is sure to spark ridicule in Washington.

    The hacker has claimed he accessed the account by using a process called “social engineering” in which he tricked Verizon workers into divulging Brennan’s personal information, then convinced AOL to reset his password.

    The CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said it may release a statement later Wednesday.

    The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the claims, which, if true, would be a major humiliation for US intelligence after a string of high-profile leaks.

    Earlier this week, The New York Post reported that a hacker, who described himself as an American high-school student, had called reporters to describe his exploits.

    Using his purported Twitter account -- @phphax—the hacker taunted authorities with redacted images of what appeared to be government information.

    The Twitter account claims the hacker is 13 years old, and expresses support for the Palestinian cause.

    The US government has been dogged in recent years by high-profile leaks, including a trove of diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

    Hackers recently breached US government databases and stole the personal information from background checks of 21.5 million people.

    Senior officials have been criticized for not properly protecting sensitive and classified documents.

    Former CIA chief David Petraeus was forced to plead guilty to improperly handling documents after it emerged that he loaned his mistress his Afghan war diaries.

    And presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is under fire after she admitted that she only used a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

    (AFP with DAILYGLOBEWATCH)


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