• Schwarzenegger says he’s not ready to endorse Trump — or anyone — just yet

    30/May/2016 // 823 Viewers


    “I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that,” Schwarzenegger said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “But I will do it my way, which is always an unusual way.”

    The Republican former governor of California announced his 2003 gubernatorial run on “The Tonight Show.”

    Schwarzenegger, who earlier this year campaigned for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, said he plans to “study the various different candidates, what they represent, all of them” before making his endorsement.

    But Schwarzenegger also carefully avoided criticizing the soon-to-be Republican nominee, whom he will replace as host of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

    “I think it is important that we go and bring both of the parties together,” he said. “The more we go to the left, the more we go to the right, I believe of what President Eisenhower said, ‘Politics is like the road. The left and the right represents the gutter, and the middle is drivable.’”

    The 68-year-old bodybuilder turned actor turned two-term governor said he doesn’t think about the similarities between his unlikely political rise and the one Trump is currently experiencing.

    “I don’t really study that much of what is the difference,” Schwarzenegger said.

    While stumping for Kasich in February, Schwarzenegger compared the Ohio governor to his most famous role.

    “This is you,” Schwarzenegger said. “You are the Terminator.”

    Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — whom Trump is refusing to debate — is forging ahead in the Democratic race against Hillary Clinton with the California primary and its 475 delegates just 10 days away.

    “Obviously, if we don’t do well in California, it will make our path much, much harder,” Sanders said on “Meet the Press.” “California is the big enchilada.”

    Sanders was asked if he would consider being Clinton’s running mate.

    “Well, right now, here we are in California,” Sanders said. “I’m knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination.”

    He added: “That’s where I am right now. What happens afterwards, we will see. But right now, my focus is on winning the nomination.”

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  • China's Yuan now an international reserve asset - IMF

    30/Nov/2015 // 183 Viewers

    The Yuan, China's monetary unit is to join the currencies the International Monetary Fund uses as an international reserve asset, IMF said today in its Washington headquarters.

    Yuan will henceforth be on a par with the Japanese Yen, US dollar, British pound. This heralds China's recognition and ascendance  in the global economy.

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  • Breaking! After Trump pledged to keep Carrier jobs in U.S., company says it won’t move nearly 1,000 to Mexico

    30/Nov/2016 // 191 Viewers


    President-elect Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday night when Carrier, an Indiana-based manufacturing company that had announced plans to move 1,400 jobs to Mexico, said it would keep 1,000 jobs in the state.
    Trump and his vice president-elect, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will travel to the state this week to celebrate the decision, a Trump transition official said. "We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy," the company said in a Twitter post.
    While Trump is certain to celebrate the announcement as fulfilling his promise to keep jobs in the U.S. and rebuild American manufacturing, many questions remained open about the deal Tuesday night. It was unclear whether 1,000 new jobs were being saved in the U.S. or whether that figure included 400 jobs the company agreed to preserve earlier this year under pressure from Indiana officials.
    It's also not clear how much personal involvement Trump had in the deal, versus Pence or other officials — or whether any incentives were offered to keep the jobs in the state.
    [Trump just scored perhaps the biggest victory of his new tenure. But it comes with a huge asterisk.]
    CNBC reported the deal includes new inducements from the State of Indiana, the sort of package typically negotiated by a governor and not a president or president-elect. The New York Times reported that Trump was planning to reiterate his campaign plan to lower taxes and reduce regulation on businesses while toning down his threats of tariffs on imported products from companies who move jobs out of the United States.
    Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, said neither Trump nor Carrier involved the union in the process.
    “We’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on,” he said.
    About 1,400 Carrier employees work at the Indianapolis plant, which builds furnaces. United Technologies has also planned to shutter a plant in Huntington, Ind. and transfer 700 jobs south of the border. It was also unclear Tuesday whether they still intend to do so.
    The planned closures are part of United’s wider strategy to slash costs. Representatives have told state officials that the company will save about $65 million annually by shifting production from Indiana to Mexico.
    This is the second time since his election that Trump has claimed credit for a company's decision not to move production to Mexico.
    In the first instance, which involved a Ford plant in Louisville, Ky., the automaker said it had chosen not to move sport-utility vehicle production to a Mexico facility - a move that would not have resulted in any lost American jobs.
    Analysts have pointed to several reasons that United Technologies might have been persuaded to keep its Carrier plant in Indianapolis.
    One is that while the annual savings of $65 million are substantial in the context of any single facility, United is a massive international conglomerate that reported $56 billion in sales last year. The company's managers might have decided that maintaining its plant in Indianapolis was worth the additional cost in order to maintain good relations with Trump and possibly win concessions of some kind from him when he takes office next year.
    For instance, United Technologies owns Pratt & Whitney, a major supplier of jet engines used in military aircraft. Some observers have been doubtful that Trump could make a credible threat to deny United contracts for the Pentagon's jets, however, arguing the company is indispensable to military procurement.
    Pratt & Whitney manufactures the engine used in the costly -- and controversial -- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. While the company has had some problems producing the engine, it is unclear what other supplier could fill their place.
    On the stump, Trump also promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, threatening to impose punitive tariffs on goods imported from Mexico. These actions could make it uneconomical for Carrier to shift production to Mexico and bring the completed furnaces back across the border.
    It remains unclear whether Trump will deliver on these promises, as he and his allies have been quieter about them since the election.
    Economists are likely to view the deal with skepticism.
    While it is common practice for governors and local officials to offer special treatment to companies that locate facilities in their jurisdictions, many economists say that doing so amounts to government interference in the free market.
    These deals, they say, discourage companies from making the most productive and efficient decisions from a business point of view, while draining public coffers through tax breaks and other favors.
    Whether Carrier received such perquisites from Trump remained unknown Tuesday, but it was clear that he had made a rare presidential intervention in the nuts and bolts of a specific company's busines

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  • Breaking! Donald Trump tweets that he will leave his business ‘in total’ to focus on presidency

    30/Nov/2016 // 111 Viewers


    Responding to worries over conflicts of interest, President-elect Donald Trump says “the presidency is a far more important task!” He says he’ll hold a news conference with his children on the subject on Dec. 15.

    This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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  • TREASON: OBAMA sending top officials to mourn CASTRO’s death revealing true colours in final days

    30/Nov/2016 // 619 Viewers


    An absolute disgrace
    Fidel Castro was a brutal dictator that suppressed the people of Cuba for more than six decades. He was nothing more than scum that deserved to rot in the pits of hell, but some do not see it that way.
    Following the news of Castro’s death Saturday morning, many Democrats sent out statements praising Fidel Castro and his years of “service to his people.” Yes, statements like that were actually sent out by elected members of Congress.
    According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama will send an unofficial U.S. delegation to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral.
    “The President has decided not to send a presidential delegation to attend the memorial service today. I can tell you however that Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will attend the service as will the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jeff DeLaurentis,” Earnest said.
    Fidel Castro was one of the most evil humans to walk the earth. He murdered thousands upon thousands of Cubans that opposed him, jailed millions of people for simply disagreeing with him, and tortured many for not abiding by his “rules.”
    This is just another example of President Obama’s weakness as he praises a brutal dictator.
    Outside of Trump, Marco Rubio was one of the strongest voices against Castro and slamming Obama for his statements.
    “I would hope they would send no one to the funeral,” Rubio said in an interview with Fox News Sunday morning.
    Rubio reminded viewers of Castro’s decision to shoot down two United States private civilian Brothers to the Rescue planes, which were saving Cuban exiles stranded on rafts trying to leave the country.
    Obama sending American representatives to the funeral is an endorsement of a dictator who murdered American citizens.
    “One thing is clear: history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator, who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people,” Rubio added.
    Like Cubans, the world should be celebrating the death of one of the planet’s most barbaric dictators. Instead, the vile, wicked rulers of this world are in mourning.
    President Obama allowing the United States to be present for  dictators funeral is treason and a harms our relationship with Cuba and the people that lived under his savage rules for decades.

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  • Barack Obama’s Brother Reveals SHOCKING SECRETS About the President

    30/Nov/2016 // 1605 Viewers


    Mark Obama Ndesandjo, President Barack Obama’s half brother is interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He agreed to the interview to promote his new book ‘Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery,’ which covers the intense encounters with Barack over the years. In the explosive book, he also offers painful details about the domestic abuse from their late father, and explains Barack’s strong affinity for African culture.

    Image result for Mark Obama Ndesandjo, President Barack Obama’s half brother

    Their father, who died in a car crash in 1982 at age 46, was mostly an absent figure in their lives. Ndesandjo takes issue with many stories told in Barack’s 1995 autobiography, ‘Dreams from My Father.” Once such issue involves a quote wrongly attributed to Ndesandjo’s mother:

    “It’s a correction. A lot of the stuff that Barack wrote is wrong in that book and I can understand that because to me for him the book was a tool for fashioning an identity and he was using composites,” Ndesandjo said.
    “I wanted to bring it up because first of all I wanted the record to be straight. I wanted to tell my own story, not let people tell it for me,” he said.
    The book also recalls alcohol-fueled beatings his father gave his mother. He even recounts one incident in which his father held a knife to his mother’s throat because she took out a restraining order in the courts against him.

    However, throughout his conversation with Hannity, it seems clear that Ndesandjo knows more about Barack than he’s willing to admit. For how open he is about past-family pain, he is cautiously guarded about just what he thinks about Barack. Why do you think that is? Please leave us a comment and let us know.

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  • New York battles to save Manhattan from rising tides

    30/Oct/2015 // 174 Viewers

    Three years after the New York metro area was devastated by the US Northeast’s most destructive storm in history, Manhattan is set to undergo a flood-proof transformation that could change the very shape of the iconic island.

    With more than $19 billion in damages to New York City alone, Hurricane Sandy was one of the United States’ most costly storms. Bridges, roads and tunnels were left in ruins, some 305,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, and more than eight million people lost power, some of them for weeks.

    After years of rehabilitation, New York today is looking towards a disaster-free future.

    The city’s first-ever recovery and resiliency director, Daniel Zarrilli, is driving an ambitious project to reshape Manhattan’s coastlines in order to keep flood waters out when the storm comes in.

    Sandy was a wake-up call for New York, Zarrilli says, and “there is no time to waste”. While much of the city sits higher than many world metropolises, lower Manhattan isn’t much further from the rising tides than Venice or Amsterdam, and yet, little has so far been done to protect it.

    “Before Sandy there was no roadmap, no clear next step,” Zarrilli told a summit on urban planning in New York on Friday. “But the key lesson learnt is that this is not something that’s going to happen to us 100 years from now. This is something that’s happening now.”

    Zarrilli said it was near impossible to get funding for climate-change related projects before Sandy hit. Today, the city is close to guaranteeing almost a billion dollars to safeguard Manhattan from future storms.

    Much of that money will finance bold designs by Danish architecture firm the Bjarke Ingels Group, or “BIG,” which staved off fierce global competition in its bid to build the critical defences for Manhattan, with a multipurpose, sustainable and spectacular-looking prevention plan.

    'Playful fortress'

    BIG’s “Dryline” (originally called the “Big U” for its shape), acts as a coastal barrier of raised land and deployable walls, but also provides a ribbon of much-needed public space on a cut of the island where skyscrapers dominate.

    Speaking to FRANCE 24, BIG spokesperson Daria Pahhota summed it up as “both physical and social resiliency,” pointing out the importance of waterfront accessibility. Until recently, New Yorkers paid little attention to the water that surrounds them. Today, the Hudson and East rivers are recognised as a boon to the city, with parks, bars and art installations springing up along the water’s edge (a similar transformation has been taking place elsewhere, notably in Paris)

    The Dryline initiative has been applauded for turning an environmental quagmire into an urban opportunity, and has already won several prizes around the world for its ingenuity.

    “It’s a response to a direct and imminent threat, one we can no longer rationalise nor ignore,” New York-based architect Ben Olschner told FRANCE 24. “But it’s also a compelling attempt to make a playful fortress. The playfulness distracts us from any real danger the city might perceive”.

    The entire project covers 10 miles of the Manhattan coastline, but the city’s projected one-billion dollar budget will only fund around three miles of the work.

    Zarrilli’s office, acting under left-wing mayor Bill de Blasio, has chosen to fund a largely poor and particularly vulnerable stretch of the so-called “Big U” running from 23rd Street on the Lower East Side to Battery Park on the lower tip of the island. Areas covered include Chinatown, Alphabet City, two major social housing developments and critically, the Con Edison power plant that exploded when water poured in from the East River during Hurricane Sandy, leaving millions without electricity.

    City officials are quietly hoping that the rest of the “Big U” project will be privately funded, as developers point out that if only a part of the island is protected, then water might easily overwhelm other areas.

    “Water moves on its own, it doesn’t have boundaries,” Eric Kaufmann, head of sustainability group The Natural Resilience Fund and a leading advocate of the Dryline project, told FRANCE 24. “Water is not going to stop at 23rd Street.”

    Kaufman is hopeful for the rest of the project – it’s not unusual in New York for public space initiatives to be privately funded (Central Park being the prime example), and climate change is considered a real threat by a majority of the city, which is crucial in a country where only 48 percent of the population views global warming as “happening and a result of human activity”. In New York that number is 70 percent. 

    Eric Kaufman, a public advocate of the Dryline, says that once the work has been completed, Lower Manhattan should be protected for the next century. © Sophie Pilgrim

    .“When the very fabric of our life in the city is threatened, impossibly large projects suddenly find themselves becoming quite feasible because we have a common enemy to unify us,” Olschner argues, while pointing to New York’s failure to act on other issues, such as the dire public transport links between the five boroughs of New York.

    Changing the shape of Manhattan?

    Looking even further ahead, Zarrilli’s office is examining proposals to expand Manhattan into the East River, building a multi-purpose levee with some 20,000 homes on it. Authorities have ruled the plan “technically, legally and financially feasible,” but it is likely to face fierce opposition from residents on the current waterfront, whose view of Long Island would be blocked by new towers, half of which are planned to house low-income New Yorkers.

    Kaufman, who acts as a bridge between the city and residents, expects “10 or 15 years of fighting” before locals agree to the project. The levee is hoped to be finished by 2050. BIG is hoping to break ground for the Dryline in 2017 and finish the first of three stages within four to five years.

    But even if the entire "U" and the levee are built, they may not protect the island for much more than a century. Sea levels are expected to rise by three feet (90 centimetres) by 2100 – which the 19-foot Dryline and levee would handily tackle – but some scientists say the world’s ice caps could melt more quickly. If Greenland and Canada’s ice caps alone were to disappear, water would start pouring into lower Manhattan.

    While Kaufman is a keen advocate of the Dryline, he sees it as a short-term solution to a problem that generations to come will inevitably be left to handle.

    “As human beings we don’t think much longer than 50 to 80 years ahead,” he said. “Will Mother Nature wait for us to get our s**t together? Probably not. But you’ve got to do something.”

    Olschner agrees that the Dryline is Manhattan’s best bet, at least for the time being.

    “When the floods come, they might come quietly,” he said. “But in the meantime, we have a playground for adults and children alike to enjoy. We will certainly have a richer and better city because of it.”

    Source: France24


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  • US State Department order citizens to leave Turkey, citing threats

    30/Oct/2016 // 411 Viewers


    The U.S. State Department updated its travel warning on Turkey on Saturday, ordering family members of consulate employees in Istanbul to leave the country, citing threats against U.S. citizens.

    “The Department of State made this decision based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent,” the department said in a statement.

    The State Department said the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul remains open and said the order does not apply to any other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey.

    Saturday’s warning updates previous State Department advisories of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.” The department advises U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeast Turkey and also advises caution on the risks of travelling anywhere in the country, reports Reuters.

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  • Obama, Putin clash over role for Assad in Syria

    30/Sep/2015 // 111 Viewers

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                                                    Obama, Putin Talks 'Surprisingly Open' After Frosty Beginning

    US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin called for cooperation to bringing an end to the war in Syria on Monday, but clashed over whether any peace plan should include Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

    Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Obama said the US would be willing to work with both Russia and Iran to find a solution to the bloodshed that has ravaged Syria since civil war broke out more than four years ago.

    “The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict,” Obama said. "But we must recognise that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the pre-war status quo.”

    In voicing a willingness to deal with Iran and Russia, both staunch backers of Assad, Obama was openly acknowledging their influence in Syria and swallowing a somewhat bitter pill for the United States.

    Obama was adamant over Washington’s continued refusal to support Assad, referring to him as a “tyrant” who “drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children”.

    However, he did not explicitly call for Assad’s ouster and he suggested there could be a “managed transition” away from his rule, the latest sign that despite US hostility towards the Syrian leader, it is willing to see him stay for some period of time.

    The rise of the Islamic State (IS) group, as well an influx of Syrian refugees in Europe, has pressed some Western leaders into softening their stance on cooperation with Iran, Russia and even Assad in establishing peace in Syria.

    'Enormous mistake to shun Assad'

    Putin, speaking after Obama, called for a “broad coalition” of international actors in dealing with the conflict, particularly in combating the IS jihadist group, which has capitalised on the chaos in the country to gain huge swathes of territory.

    But the Russian leader reaffirmed Moscow’s belief that support for Assad was the best way to stop the spread of the IS and other extremist groups.

    “We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces who are valiantly fighting terrorism face to face,” Putin told the General Assembly.

    “We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s armed forces and (Kurdish) militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in Syria,” he said.

    Tehran has armed the Syrian government and, through its backing of Hezbollah fighters, helped Assad fight rebels seeking to end his family’s four-decade rule. Russia has recently engaged in a military build-up in Syria, where it has a naval base that serves as its foothold in the Middle East.

    Frank discussion

    The two leaders held a bilateral meeting later in the day, reaffirming their differences on Assad. A US official, speaking anonymously, told AP that the pair agreed to discuss a political transition in Syria, but remained at odds about what that would mean for the Syrian leader’s future.

    The official said Obama and Putin’s 90-minute meeting – their first in two years – was dominated by discussions of the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

    Putin said Russia had not ruled out joining air strikes against the IS group in Syria but would not send ground troops into combat.

    The Russian leader said the talks were "very good, business-like and frank".

    US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters outside the meeting that the talks were “very constructive”.

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  • Palestinian flag flies at United Nations for first time

    30/Sep/2015 // 205 Viewers

    AFP | Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas kisses the Palestinian flag as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looks during the flag raising ceremony on September 30, 2015 at the UN in New York
    The Palestinians raised their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday for the first time, a symbolic gesture approved by a General Assembly vote at the world body earlier this month.
    The red, black, white and green Palestinian flag was erected around 1:15 pm (1715 GMT) in the rose garden of the UN headquarters.
    "In this historical moment, I say to my people everywhere: raise the flag of Palestinians very high because it is the symbol of our identity," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told a huge crowd.
    "It is a proud day."
    Ominous dark clouds gathered in the sky, threatening to mar with rain an occasion condemned by Israel and the United States as a gesture that would not serve the cause of peace.
    The General Assembly voted September 10 to allow the flags of Palestine and the Vatican -- both have observer status -- to be raised at the world body alongside those of member states.
    The resolution was backed by 119 countries, with 45 abstentions and eight votes against, including Australia, Israel and the United States.
    ? 2015 AFP

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