Fri, 28th October 2016

Anirudh Sethi Report


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Assange Predicts Trump Will Lose, Accuses Clinton Campaign Of Trying To Hack Wikileaks

In an amusing twist, Julian Assange whose Wikileaks has now had 20 individual releases of hacked John Podesta emails over the past three  weeks and who has been accused by Hillary Clinton of collaborating with the Russians in an attempt to disrupt and subvert the US electoral process, accused the Clinton campaign of attacking the servers used by WikiLeaks. Speaking via telephone at a conference in Argentina on Wednesday, RT reported that Assange claimed the daily email release ritual has “whipped up a crazed hornet’s nest atmosphere in the Hillary Clinton campaign” leading them to attack WikiLeaks.

“They attacked our servers and attempted hacking attacks and there is an amazing ongoing campaign where state documents were put in the UN and British courts to accuse me of being both a Russian spy and a pedophile,” he added.

Assange described Ecuador’s decision to shut down his internet for the duration of the presidential campaign as a “strategic position” so that its “policy of non-intervention can’t be misinterpreted by actors in the US and even domestically in Ecuador.” He said he was sympathetic with Ecuador, insisting they face the dilemma of having the US interfere with their elections next year if they appear to interfere with the US elections next month. He also said that he did not agree with Ecuador’s decision but did understand it. WikiLeaks will not be affected by the decision as they do not publish from Ecuador, he said.

He did, however, reject the idea that WikiLeaks is interfering with the US election, claiming, “this is not the interference of electoral process, this is the definition of electoral process – for media organizations and, in fact, everyone to publish the truth and their opinion about what is occurring. It cannot be a free and informed election unless people are free to inform.”

India’s stand vindicated as LeT claims responsibility for Uri attack

India’s stand that Laskar e Taiba was behind the Uri attack stood vindicated on Tuesday after the Pakistan-based terrorist group claimed responsibility of the same.

After the attack as many as 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives, angering the people of the country so much that government was under pressure to take some serious steps against the neighbouring country. The army then on September 29 launched surgical attack destroying some terrorist camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and also killing some of them.

Even though Pakistan continued to deny any surgical strike on its land and maintained that it was a cross border firing. However, the world community including the US, supporting India’s right of self-defence. It also asked Pakistan to keep their house in order. Recently it even threatened that the US would not hesitate to act alone to destroy Pakistani terror networks as the spy agency ISI is not taking actions against them.

After the Uri attack, India decided to revise the Indus Waters Treaty, where it decided to exploit the eastern rivers to the maximum. At the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted saying, “Rakt aur paani ek saath nahin beh sakta (blood and water cannot flow together)”.

India also succeeded in sidelining Pakistan from the SAARC as the countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan decided not to attend, which evetually had to be cancelled by Pakistan. During the recently concluded BRICS-BIMSTEC summit several countries also expressed their concern on terrorism menace.

German Chancellor Merkel Struggling to Find New President Amid Party Spat

Four months after Germany’s 11th post-war President, the popular Joachim Gauck announced he would not stand for another term, Merkel is struggling to find consensus over his replacement, exemplifying the splits within her own party and across the political spectrum

Gauck was nominated to the post of President, February 2012, by parties from across the political spectrum: Merkel’s CDU, her Bavarian sister party, the CSU and the opposition SPD, as well as the Alliance ’90/The Greens.

However, Gauck, aged 76, announced in June that he would not stand again in 2017, saying:

“I do not want to commit myself for a further period of five years when I cannot guarantee that I will have the adequate amount of energy and vitality that is required. How one considers one’s own age is a very individual, very personal question. This is the way I have answered it for myself.” Four months on — and with six months to go before the vote — Merkel has still not managed to find cross-party support for a single candidate to replace him and is facing the probability of each party putting forward its own candidate, further muddying the waters of next year’s federal election. No Candidate? Merkel is facing increasing criticism over her “open doors” policy for refugees and her popularity has plummeted. Relations with her own sister party, the Bavarian CSU have become strained over the migrant issue — Bavaria having borne the brunt of the migrant crisis, originally — and he coalition party, the SPD, has also voiced heavy criticism over her handling of the affair.

Syria Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia

Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria, the country’s legislative authority, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, told Sputnik she considered Crimea an integral part of Russia which rejoined the country following expression of free will in referendum.

“Due to the events which unfolded after the collapse of the Soviet Union until present times, this [federal] subject returned to its roots [Russia] after the expression of free will of the people at a Crimean referendum… We accept that Crimea is an integral part of Russia,” Abbas said.

The Crimean peninsula seceded from Ukraine and reunified with Russia after more than 96 percent of local voters supported the move in a referendum in March 2014. Kiev, as well as the European Union, the United States and their allies, did not recognize the move and consider the peninsula to be occupied territory. They imposed a number of individual and economic sanctions against Russia, driving Russia to retaliate with a ban on various imports from Europe.

The Crimean peninsula seceded from Ukraine and reunified with Russia after more than 96 percent of local voters supported the move in a referendum in March 2014. Kiev, as well as the European Union, the United States and their allies, did not recognize the move and consider the peninsula to be occupied territory. They imposed a number of individual and economic sanctions against Russia, driving Russia to retaliate with a ban on various imports from Europe.

Angela Merkel invites Putin for first talks in Germany since 2014

German chancellor Angela Merkel has invited Vladimir Putin for talks in Berlin, in the Russian president’s first trip to Germany since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis in 2014.

The summit will be held under the so-called “Normandy Format”, where representatives from Moscow and Kiev meet colleagues from the German and French governments

French president François Hollande and the Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will also take part in the meeting, according to the German chancellery. It would be the first meeting of the Normandy four since last October. 

A statement from the chancellery said it would be their first meeting since October 2015 in Paris. The purpose of the talks was “to assess the implementation of the Minsk accords” since then “and to discuss further steps”.

Last week Mr Putin called off a trip to Paris amid rising diplomatic tensions between Russia and the west over Syria. That decision came after Mr Hollande strongly criticised Russia’s role in the bombing campaign in Syria.

The last time Ms Merkel met Mr Putin was in Moscow in May 2015.

The Minsk accord was reached in February 2015 but since then fighting has continued between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops in the east of the country.

Ex-Obama Advisor: Clinton Should Skip Debate After Trump’s Call for Drug Testing

David Axelrod, former White House advisor and Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, suggested that Hillary Clinton should skip the third presidential debate after Donald Trump challenged her to undergo a drug test.

“You have to wonder if @HillaryClinton will/should reconsider next debate, given the depths to which this has sunk,” Axelrod tweeted.

Trump proposed that the candidates both undergo a drug test at a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday.

“Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right? I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” he said. “We should take a drug test, prior, because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up…  and at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down,’ ” Trump said, mocking Clinton. He also noted Hillary could “barely reach her car.”

Britain can’t get full single market access with free movement concessions – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Britain could not get concessions on the freedom of movement while retaining full access to the European single market, or other countries would want the same.

Britain, which is leaving the European Union, faces the challenge of securing a new trading deal with the EU while also giving London more control over migration from the bloc, potentially falling foul of the EU’s freedom of movement principle that is key for accessing its single market.

“If I start making concessions on the freedom of movement, then another country will tomorrow come and say: ‘I don’t want so many Bulgarians and Romanian workers either’,” Merkel told a conference of the youth wing of her Christian Democrats (CDU).

“And then a third country will come and then the extreme forces from Europe will come and then we’ll soon all be closing our borders again and not having any freedom at all and then that’s no longer Europe,” she added.