Sat, 30th July 2016

Anirudh Sethi Report


Archives of “Politics” Category

Hungary’s PM Orban: Trump “Better Option For Europe”

With terrorism raging in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary came out and publicly stated that the anti-terrorism proposals of Donald Trump make him the better option for Europe and Hungary.

 The anti-terrorism proposals of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump make him the better option for Europe and Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.

Orban, who has built razor-wire border fences to stop migrants, said in Romania that Trump’s ideas about the need for the best intelligence services and his opposition to “democracy export” were also applicable in Europe.

“I am not Donald Trump’s campaigner,” the Hungarian leader said at a cultural event in Baile Tusnad, Romania, an area with a large Hungarian population. “I never thought that the idea would ever occur to me that he is the better of the open options for Europe and Hungary.

“I listened to (Trump) and I have to tell you that he made three proposals to stop terrorism. And as a European, I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.”

BREAKING-WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Audio of US Democratic Party Voicemails

After releasing nearly 20,000 emails from the US Democratic National Committee, WikiLeaks has dumped audio recordings from the organization.

The new release includes 29 voice messages pulled from the emails of high-ranking DNC officials, totaling 14 minutes.

One file (#16014) involves a Clinton supporter calling to demand that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders be prevented from winning the primary.
The emails released over the weekend showed that officials within the ostensibly neutral organization had a clear bias toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders supporters were outraged, and the embarrassment forced DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign ahead of this week’s convention. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has pointed out, however, that her replacement has been shown to be equally guilty of anti-Sanders bias.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had promised the release of more documents.

The latest release comes on the same night that US President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the convention.

Hillary Clinton wins Democratic nomination for US presidency

Hillary Clinton has been crowned as the Democratic presidential nominee, making history as the first woman to be picked by a major political party to run for the White House, and firing the gun on a fierce battle with Donald Trump.
The former first lady, New York senator, and secretary of state, cleared the penultimate hurdle in her second run for president after Vermont, the home state of her opponent Bernie Sanders, carried her over the 2,383 threshold. There were huge cheers on the floor of the Democratic convention as Mrs Clinton officially became the nominee, ending what had been a bitter and unexpectedly close battle over the past year with the socialist Mr Sanders

The mood on the convention floor was electric as Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the mayor of Baltimore and secretary of the convention, called on the states to announce their primary votes.

As the Oklahoma delegation declared their results, just minutes before Mrs Clinton clinched the nomination, one woman in the group who was born in 1929, nine years after women were given the right to vote, said: “I never thought that I would live to see this day.”

Fact-checking 2016 Presidential Candidates

This is astonishing:

Over at Michael Sandberg’s Data Visualization Blog, Robert Mann did the heavy lifting of presenting all of the fact-checking of both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, and presenting them in a graphical format. The data comes from independent site PolitiFact‘s ongoing review of candidates statements called the truth-o-meter. (Note: PolitiFact won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their coverage of the 2008 election).

Among 2016 Republican candidates, Jeb Bush and John Kasich were the most honest; Donald Trump and Ted Cruz told the most lies. Among 2016 Democrats, Clinton was slightly more honest than Sanders or Biden. 3/4s of Trump’s statements are either mostly false, false, or “pant’s on fire.”

I am shocked but not surprised:

Who Lies More – A Comparison
click for ginormous graphic


Paul Craig Roberts Warns “Armageddon Approaches” After German Leak

The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany.

According to a report issued on June 6th in German Economic News (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN), the German government is preparing to go to war against Russia, and has in draft-form a Bundeswehr report declaring Russia to be an enemy nation. DWN says: “The Russian secret services have apparently thoroughly studied the paper.

In advance of the paper’s publication, a harsh note of protest has been sent to Berlin: The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted the Twitter message: ‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’”

This is the interpretation that some Russian politicians themselves have put on the NATO military bases that Washington is establishing on Russia’s borders.

Washington might intend the military buildup as pressure on President Putin to reduce Russian opposition to Washington’s unilateralism. However, it reminds some outspoken Russians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Hitler’s troops on Russia’s border in 1941.

Zhirinovsky is the founder and leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party and a vice chairman of the Russian parliament. In a confrontation with the editor of a German newspaper, Zhirinovsky tells him that German troops again on Russia’s border will provoke a preventive strike after which nothing will remain of German and NATO troops. “The more NATO soldiers in your territory, the faster you are going to die. To the last man. Remove NATO from your territory!” 

China Warns Japan: Stay Out of the South China Sea

Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015.China on Sunday called on Japan to restrain from intervening in the South China Sea issue as it is not directly concerned in the dispute and has no right to accuse other states, considering its “shameful” history.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida previously said that he would discuss the dispute over territorial claims in the strategic region with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi if he has a chance during the series of Foreign Ministers’ meetings involving Asean and other Asian countries. 

China reacted angrily to Kishida’s remarks, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang saying that the South China Sea arbitration by a UN-backed international panel based in the Hague was utterly and completely invalid.

“Japan is not a party to the South China Sea issue, and considering its shameful history, it has no rights whatsoever to accuse China on the matter,” Lu Kang said, as cited by Xinhua news agency. 

BREAKING -German Mayor Confirms Blast Killing 1, Injuring 11 was a Terror Attack

Mayor of German city of Ansbach Karda Seidel said that the cause of the explosion in the city center was an explosive device. “This is not a gas explosion, it was caused by a bomb,” said Seidel.

A bomb attack in the downtown area of the German City of Ansbach killing 1 and wounding 11 was not the result of a gas leak, but was in fact a terror attack. The parties responsible for the bombing and their motivations remain undetermined at this time.

The attack occurred in a wine restaurant in the downtown quarter right before the Ansbach Open, a three-day music festival that attracts many visitors. The organizers were forced to cancel the concert following the attack with around 2,500 visitors leaving the venue. Hotels and houses surrounding the bomb blast were also evacuated for safety.

The Nuernberger Nachrichten newspaper reported that the blast occurred at a restaurant in Ansbach. Police believe that the one deceased was the initiator of the blast using a suicide vest.

A spokesman for the Bavarian interior minister said that the explosion was in the Eugene Weinstube restaurant and was a “deliberate” act rather than an accident. “At present we assume it is not an accident,” the spokesman continued.

Authorities believe the attack was triggered by an “improvised explosive device.”



ASEAN Foreign Ministers Fail to Agree on S China Sea During Meeting in Laos

The meeting took place after the UN-appointed arbitration court in Hague rejected China’s expansive claims to the South China Sea resources. The trial was initiated by Philippines, China has stated that it would not accept the ruling.

According to the Kyodo news agency, 10-member bloc could not produce a unified stance after hours of negotiations. Senior officials from Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, which have close ties with China, were not able to narrow differences over the wording for a paragraph on the South China Sea issue.

A number of disputed islands, including the Paracel Islands and theSpratly Islands, are located in the South China Sea. Beijing’s territorial claims to the Spratly Islands, known as the Nansha Islands in China, which are believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves, run counter to those of the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

Boris Johnson claims India owes UK 4.4 million pounds in accumulated unpaid dues since 2003

Britain’s new foreign secretary Boris Johnson has told the Parliament that India is on a long list of foreign missions who owe the country millions of pounds in unpaid bills.

According to 2016 figures released by Transport for London (TfL), Indian diplomats allegedly owe them over 4.4 million pounds in accumulated unpaid dues since 2003.

The list is topped by the US Embassy in London, which owes over 10 million pounds, followed by Japan, Nigeria and Russia, adding up nearly 97 million pounds in what TfL believes are “unpaid fees” by a majority of diplomatic missions from around the world.

Boris Johnson released the details as part of a written reply in the House of Commons last week, which includes details of 11 serious offences committed by diplomats of nine missions who have avoided prosecution due to diplomatic immunity.

His statement said money owed for cleaning and lighting bills had jumped 22 per cent in 2015, to 907,976 pounds.

He said: “However, 40,838 pounds of this outstanding debt is owed by Syria – which is not currently represented in the UK and we have therefore been unable to pursue this debt.

Clashes in Kashmir Risk Taking India-Pakistan Back to Brink of Nuclear War

The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.

Tensions have reemerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region that has long been controlled by India, but whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers.

Ten years ago, Pakistan and India stepped away from the abyss, after decades of warring over the territory, by deciding in principle to dissipate tensions and allowing the free movement of people and goods across the line of control.

The win-win agreement would have seen the two countries withdraw one million soldiers from Kashmir and administer the territory jointly providing residents more autonomy as progress moved towards a final resolution – but it never happened with then leader Pervez Musharraf attempting to flex his leverage with the Bush administration over the fight against al-Qaeda by stepping away from the table not realizing at the time that he was playing his hand too deep. 

Apart from brinksmanship, Musharraf faced another staggering and unexpected challenge when he called on militant Islamist groups occupying Kashmir to disband and demobilize in 2003 to facilitate the diplomatic process – these militants turned into al-Qaeda affiliate Lashkar-e-Taiba that turned its weapons on the people of Mumbai.