THE WORLD WIDE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Canada

While the world is busy in building walls and concrete parapets to keep the immigrants at bay and out of reach, Canada brazenly announces to welcome I million permanent residents over the next three years, just one percent of the total population yearly.

This is in addition to the 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and could reach 350,ooo this year.

The Canadian Parliament has confirmed its plans to

add 360,000 in 2020.

And 370,000 in 2021.

Ahmed Hussen ,Canada’s minister of Immigration ,Refugees and Citizenship(IRCC) said

“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,”

Hussen, himself an immigrant from Somalia, clarified that the influx will help Canada to offset ageing population and reducing birth rate while growing its labour force

Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes in contrast to other Western nations, including the United States, adopting more restrictive immigration policies to bar the immigrants coming and settling permanently.

Canada is dedicated to offering protection to refugees. IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.

 

Japan

The recent revision to the immigration law in Japan opens a gateway for as many as 345,000 migrant workers to enter Japan in the next five years.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has vehementally clarified amply that this new visa system does not constitute an immigration policy.

“This system is needed for talented foreign personnel to play bigger roles in Japan amid the nationwide labor shortage,” Abe said in justifying the revision at a Dec. 10 2018 news conference.

“We will clearly present a cap for the numbers and time frame for acceptance. This is not an immigration policy.”

He said further to the question of a reporter. Of Japan Times.

Experts ,however, differ with the Abe administration and admit that this new visa system epitomizes the contradictory realities surrounding it. They rather say that Japan has already brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants and the number will go on rising.

Akihiro Koido, a sociology professor who studies immigration policies at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, said “the law is an immigration policy regardless of Abe’s staunch denial.”

So get ready and pack up your bags off to Toronto or Tokyo.

SYRIA

Following Trump’s announcement last month to pull out American troops from the war ravaged Syria in about 30 days,

the American military has begun to withdraw some equipment, but not yet troops, from Syria to wind down the troops from the battle ground against the Islamic state.

There are about 2,000 troops — mostly Army soldiers and Marines in Syria currently.

Mr Trump has made no secrets of his desire to bring troops back home stating the mission of fighting the Islamic state has been accomplished.

The United States had intervened in Syria to work with local, Kurdish-led militias to fight the Islamic State, which had occupied the border between Syria and Iraq.

Before Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the troops, American air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria were accelerated . According to American Air Force data released , American bombers conducted 1,424 strikes in November, a more than 60 percent increase from the month before.

Additionally, American Force reported that 221 civilians killed by the American-led air campaign in November — an increase in casualties similar to the number of civilians killed in the bloody culmination of the battle of the northern Syria city of Raqqa in October 2017.

Syria is now a balkanized version after pushing itself in a calamitous civil war since eight years .

Tehran is also celebrating the exit of American troops, as it may give Iran “solid control over the entire arc of the Levant from Baghdad to Beirut,” said Nicholas Heras, Middle East expert .in an interview with NBC NEWS.

Let us pray wisdom finally dawns on the world leaders of America and Russia to bring peace and tranquility to the people at large.

 

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THE INDIAN PRINCESS WHO SPIED FOR BRITAIN

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Noor –un-Nisa Inayat Khan, suggested as a strong contender for the face of new British pound 50 note, among others like Margatte Thather , Mathematician Alan Turing , physicist Stephen Hawk ,was Indian princess who spied for Britain in the world war 11 successfully.

Born on New Year’s Day in 1914 into royalty to an Indian father and American mother.

A direct descendant of Tipu Sultan ,the Muslim ruler of Mysore India.

She was musician playing piano , and a writer of short stories especially children stories.

She wrote the book “ twenty Jataka tales” in 1939 which established her as a writer.

Jataka Tales relate to the incarnations of lord Budha.

Her father Inayat khan was living in Baroda but left country to teach Sufism in the west. Sufism emphasizes the renunciation of worldly things, purification of the soul and the mystical contemplation of God’s nature.

He married an American lady Ora Ray Baker who changed her name to Begum Amina Sharda .after marriage. During world war 1 Inayat khan moved to Paris and eventually settled there.

Inayat khan died while on pilgrimage in India .

Noor with her mother had to look after the family and her three siblings.

Noor Inayat’s family moved to England in 1939 to volunteer for the war services. At the age of 25 in 1940 she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force    (WA A F) and became radio operator.

She spoke French very fluently and thus was chosen in 1942 to join the special operations Executive(SOE) ,a secret British organization set up to offer resistance to Germany through “espionage and sabotage”.

She was flown to Gemany occupied France to work for the ‘prosper’ with code name ‘Madelina’.Many of her colleagues in the network were arrested soon after but she managed to move from place to place avoiding her detection and capture .

Despite Noor Inayat Khan had worked hard assiduously to master the art of translating Morse codes during combat training but some of colleagues in her intelligence network had second thoughts about her efficacy to do the job efficiently.

Her superior officer , Col.Frank Spooner wrote in her personal file

“Not overburdened with brains but has worked hard and shown keenness, apart from some dislike of the security side of the course. She has an unstable and temperamental personality and it is very doubtful whether she is really suited to work in the field.”

But her excellent radio skills compelled the special operations unit in June 1943 to send her to France under assumed name Jeanne Marie Renier, as a children’s nurse.   Though SOE wanted her to return to Britain but she rebuilt the network on her own. and made great success of her espionage job. She often changed her guise to evade detection .

She sent transmissions from Paris to London constantly and carried her work with great success and conviction conterary to the expections of London superiors.

Her work had assumed greater importance for war efforts to help safe deliveries to come in.

Her work had become crucial to the war effort, helping airmen escape and allowing important deliveries to come in.

In October 1943 Noor Khan was tricked into by a Frenchwoman and arrested by the Gestapo.

She had carelessly, rather unwisely, left the copies of of her secret signals and Germans used her radio to send these straight to the waiting agents in Gestapo. She escaped from the prison but was rearrested a few hours later. And sent to Pforzheim prison in Germany , keeping her chained in solitary confinement .She was tortured to reveal information but she did not yield to any physical torture. On September12, 1944 Noor Inayat along with three other SOE agents were transferred to Dachau concentration camp and on 13th September they were shot dead.

NOOR INAYAT KHAN was just 30 years old .

Noor Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949.by Britain and the Croix de Guerre, with gold star, by France.

English Heritage ,a British group is planning to create a blue plaque in her name as a mark of respect.

In France, a primary school in Suresnes has been named after her. In 2014, a documentary, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.” Has been made. The writer Arthur Magida is working on her biography .

In Gordon Square in London, where Khan once lived, there is a statue of her in a quiet corner. It is engraved with the last word she reportedly said before being executed at Dachau — “Liberté.”

Noor Inayat khan lived and died in the dedication of her Duty to the last of her breath.

 

 

 

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREXIT. BY BRIJ KAUL

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THERESA MAY ADDRESSING  BRUSSEL SUMMIT

The British Prime Minister Theresa May had a turbulent time in unveiling  her Brexit deal compromise to the public last week.

Theresa May had to fight the political storm amidst the calls for her ouster from the members of her own party , facing the wrath of resignations of two of her cabinet Ministers as well.

The Union European leaders approved a landmark agreement on Britain’s exit from European union on Sunday .

British Prime Minister Theresa May will find it hard to sell the deal to her recalcitrant parliamentarians over the next two weeks — a huge responsibility to dispense off with , considering the intense opposition from her Conservative lawmakers having voiced towards the Brexit deal.

Looking to the vexed deal the new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is urging earnestly the colleagues to support the deal as May Theresa, British Prime Minister  fears “more division and uncertainty” in case law makers reject the hard fought deal.

Concluding the special summit in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Sunday a “sad day.”

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker further said “I don’t think that Britain will be a third country like other third countries.”

“There is, between us — something — which are the remainings of love,” he continued.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said with a regret  “the deal — the product of a year and a half of often grueling negotiations between Britain and the EU — was regrettable, but acceptable. I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving,” Rutte said. “But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners.”

 

It took minutes for the leaders at Sunday’s summit in Brussels to endorse the  withdrawal ,  a withdrawal agreement that settled the divorce of Britain from the European Union. However the bill protects the rights of U.K and EU citizens affected by Brexit and ensures that the Irish border to be open.

Speaking at the Brussels Summit May said “ the British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing for Brexit.”

When asked to explain if she shared the sentiment, May said, “No: but I recognize that others do; I recognize that some European leaders are sad at this moment.”

The most difficult task to get her deal passed by the House of Commons , striking a defiant note she expressed “one of the most significant votes for many years”

She further clarified that despite knowing the fact that the MPs hold the key of her fate but she would “directly talk to the people of Britain” and would most likely start the campaign of selling deal to the public at large in a few day’s time.

The campaign would essentially revolve round explaining the merits of deal ,halting “vast annual payments roughly 350m Pounds a week“ to the EU, diverting the same to the health services. ,and also ending jurisdiction of the European Court of justice some of the many other advantages of the Brexit deal. May stressed the government’s keenness to address to domestic priorities .

She refused to rule out resigning if the deal was rejected by parliament next month concluding “it is not about me”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the odds ends of the deal itself for smooth sailing are “ looking challenging “and could even collapse the government in case MPs reject it in the Parliament.

He told BBC : “It’s not possible to rule out anything, and that’s why all of us have to do is say, what do your constituents actually want in this situation, and we have to work out what’s in the national interest, and it’s all about the balance of risks. This isn’t a perfect deal for everyone, but does have a lot of what everyone wants.”

May insisted she would leave no stone unturned to see the Brexit deal through the Parliament and in an open “letter to the nation” released Sunday, May said she would be “campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”.

Conclusions

May is doing her best to sell the Brexit deal to the recalcitrant House of Commons with a choice to back the deal or face the economic crunch of crashing out of Europe without an adequate plan.

However pro Europeans argue if the European court confirms that Britain has right to stop the countdown and return to European Union.

Under the   Article 50 of the European Treaty any member state can declare its intention to quit the union , and follow Britain to quit the EU on 29th March 2018, after the voters backed the Brexit in Nationwide referendum on 29th March 2017.

So the dice is cast. Theresa May is on tenterhooks awaiting the results  anxiously next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOMB AND GUN POLITICS IN AMERICA:

US FEDERAL authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with bombing campaign against the outspoken critics of President Trump.

The suspected person arrested is Cesar Sayoc .jr 56 resident of Aventura ,Florida.

Sayoc ,a registered Republican ,with a criminal record dating back to 1991that includes drug charges, felony theft apart from threatening to use a bomb.

As much as thirteen packages of pipe bombs were sent to the residences of the prominent Democratic figures including President Barack Obama ,vice president Joe Biden , former CIA director John Brennan and the offices of CNN.

His arrest did not end the threat unleashed on the leaders of the Democrats as per FBI director Christopher wray. He opined other packages with piped bombs could be “still in transit “.

Sayoc if convicted could be sentenced to 48 years in prison as per FBI officials.

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President Trump  addressing  the   Reporters  in Washington.

 

 PresidentTrump reacted casually through his tweet “ republicans are doing so well in the early voting (in mid term elections) ,and at the polls ,and now this ”bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows—news not talking politics” Trump said further “very unfortunate, what is going on .Republicans go out and vote”.

He further blamed the media for its “negative and often times false attacks and stories”.

But later on Friday just waking up from the voting delirium Trump said “ I have instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense to finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice”.

President Trump clarified he knows the pipe bomb suspect was one of his many supporters but said he did not bear “the blame’. Trump later pledged to prosecute those responsible for the pipe bomb scare “to the fullest extent of the law”

A travesty and tragedy that the prominent leaders of Democrats are facing grave threats from a registered liberal sycophant without any firm determined condemnation of the attack from the President Trump .

No doubt adversarial relationship with political opposition , a norm of present day democracies, but Donald Trump’s vitriol against his opponents is seemingly both vindictive and virulent . It is definitely not conducive for an oldest democracy of America standing as a model representative democracy.

The world looks to British and America as guide for the successful perpetuation of their fragile upcoming democracies.

But Trump has scant respect for the Institutions that stand for the will of the people in open and transparent manner.                                                                Source NYT,REUTER

Bombs Mailing history.

According to Beverly Gage ,a professor of History at Yale ,around May Day 1910 a spate of bombswere sent in identical packages to targets like John .D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan ,Attorney General A.Mitchell Palmer, Cout Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a dozen others prominent figures.

Among the first to receive the bombs was Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson perceived as enemy to labour.

As per Gage “it was a a coordinated mail bomb campaign with a political intent ,as united states was caught in political turmoil” .

 

The people behind the bombs were left wing radicals. Though nobody was prosecuted at that time in 1919,but supposition was correct .

The followers of Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani were behind the more damaging bombings of june 2 1919,when explosive devices were placed in eight American cities simultaneously.

The June 1919 bombings, Palmer Raids , led to the mass arrests of radicals across America.

There are plenty of differences between this week’s attempted bombings and those of 1919. The event from a century ago was probably perpetrated by a group;

The present political rivalry is simply less of a problem now than it once was. There have certainly been major incidents of violence in recent American history, but in different connotation than in the past.                                                               Source Time

 

Guns of America

The guns of America boom all across at the whim and will of the shooter, killing innocents in large numbers .

The gun culture has made inroads at alarming proportions in the recent past.

With 265million guns under 227 year old constitutional rights, 35000 deaths a year, the guns boom boom and boom without any respite.

On October 27th at least 11 persons were killed ,six seriously injured in Pittsburgh synagogue ,the killer hollering “All Jews must die” at a Saturday services .

The public safety director Wendell Hissrich described the hate crime in these words “ it is a very horrific crime scene ,one of the worst I have seen, and I have been on plane crashes”.

The federal Bureau leading probe into this horrific crime.

The killer Robert Bower 46, who was taken into custody.

The synagogue was holding a Shabbat religious service at that time and the worshippers ran helter skelter as the killer shot with AR15rifle and hand guns.

The synagogue would have nearly 40/50worshippers at the time of shooting. The attack took place at the baby naming ceremony. As per Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

President Trump said that “Pittsburgh synagogue killing had nothing to do with gun law, the killings could have been prevented if there was an armed guard inside the building.” When people do such heinous crime they should get “death penalty”.He told reporters who asked about a possible link to US gun law.

CONCLUSIONS

October has been somewhat unlucky month of the year for USA for last couple of years.

Exactly the same time on Sunday 17th October 2017, a lone shooter Stephen Paddock fired a barrage of bullets on music lovers at Vas Lagos , a crowd of 22000 concertgoers killing 59 instantly and injuring nearly 500 in ghastly incident.

President Trump ,naive and egomaniac at times ,should  do a deep introspect of the events involving Bomb threat and arbitrary killings in the past and the recent one of Pittsburgh synagogue , understand the implications thereby and take steps to resolve the issues and not abjure responsibility of the security and safety of American people.

President Trump needs to shed off his vindictive approach towards the opposition and not caste aspersions on the integrity of their leaders in the interest of a homogenous united states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND .

GREEN BHUTAN

 

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THE GREEN BEAUTIFUL BHUTAN

Carpeted in forest nestled high up in the eastern Himalayas BHUTAN is one of the the greenest countries in the world.

Amazing Facts;

The forests cover 70 percent of the kingdom and

absorb around three times more carbon dioxide than the country of around 750,000 people emits.

Consequently Bhutan charges tourists $250 per day to avoid mass tourism in order to sustain green environment.

Bhutan is also called as Shangri-La for its magnificent mountainous beauty.

Bhutan , encircled by china one side and India on the other , a tiny kingdom of 14,800 square miles just the size of Maryland.

Bhutan is carbon negative because its work force  is largely engaged in Forestry or agriculture.

By 2020Agriculture is slated to be entirely organic .

By 2030, the country hopes to recycle all of its waste. Bhutan’s constitution stipulates for Gross National Happiness and not bound by economic growth alone.

 

Taking a cue

 China and India jostling, both ,with climate change pollution and what not, can take cue from tiny wise Bhutan and thus increase the forest land following as an compulsory administrative measure with lucrative financial incentives to start with.

Pollution is largely man made problem and needs adequate solutions to wriggle it out to a great extent.

Bhutan’s commendable leadership is laudable as they refuse to budge from the commitment of keeping the kingdom Carbon negative.

The people of this so called Utopian country want democracy for the welfare of society.

The country held ist round of voting in September 2018 and final on 18th October 2018.

The first round results have shocked voters by voting out the party in power and regulating the unknown DRUK NYAMRUP TSHONGE Party  to the forefront runners status.

The youth unemployment ,corruption, abysmal poverty dampened the spirits of people and want  Monarch  to cede power to Prime Minister and Parliament.

The women are battling for the menace of sexism rampant in Bhutanese society.

Women Representation

Out of 188 candidates who fought the primary round of third democratic elections only 18 in September 2018 ,only 18 are women candidates. Women want more of its representatives to be in the Parliament to vouchsafe for their problems of leading safe and respectable lives in sex driven society.

The Bhutanese government through a consultative process, tried to push for 20 percent quota for women but failed to muster support.

 India Bhutan Relations

India ,unfortunately , in july 2013 resorted to withdraw all subsidies on the cooking gas and Kerosene to Bhutan, arguably the unquestioned ally

among the neighbours, thus creating huge crisis in the kingdom and impinging upon the bilateral relations severely.

The cut was seen as a result of Bhutan’s cosying up to Beijing.

However following the visit of the king Jigme Wanchuk, to New Delhi recently, the Govt of India has extended credit facilities to the tune of Rs 1000 crores .

The bilateral relations, since, then has been once again excellent one.

 

AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT

 Nearly 170 Afghans killed  and many more injured in poll-related violence on Saturday ,20th October 2018.

Most of the killings were in Kabul in multiple explosions , as per acting health Ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer.

Amidst the threat from Taliban the voting has been extended to Sunday in 360 polling centres across the country.

Despite the threat of violence large number of voters turned up at the polling centres to caste their votes.

Seventeen years ago, President George W. Bush sent American troops to fight out permanently the Islamic Jehadis.

US diplomats are currently holding high level talks with Taliban to end the bitter long fighting .

America desires to keep its hold on Afghanistan .

Taliban wants America and other allies to quit the country so that they could rule the country accordingly.

Afghans would like to have full say in running the country affairs without any hindrance from outside either from Washington or elsewhere.

But US argues that American presence is needed to ensure that Taliban doesnot fail to follow through the deal provisions clause by clause after negotiating a deal with American negotiators.

American point of view is valid as lookingto the deadly attack carried out by Taliban on Provincial governor’s compound in Kandhar on Thursday. This deadly attack killed   not only Kandhar police chief Abdul Raziq but also tried to target the US Army. General chief Austin Miller who escaped unhurt by the providence of nature.

 

Conclusion

But peace seems inevitable as both sides are tired of fighting the unending long war.

The UN disclosed in its survey that atleast 8000 Afghan

Civilians have been killed fighting through September this year alone.

Let us hope sanity rules the warring groups finally and both work assiduously for much awaited  indestructible durable peace bringing tranquility to the Afghans at last.

 

THE WORLD AT A GLANCE

South Africa

 South Africa’s ruling party ANC (African National Congress) Chairman Gweda Mantashe supported the Party’s controversial plans to re-possess land from white farmers who possess land more than 30,000 acres individually , the excess land to be redistributed among the black citizens.

Speaking to south Africa’s News 24 ,Gweda further explained that the step is being taken as a conciliatory gesture in recognition of the Colonial oppression of black citizens under apartheid.

According to UK’s Express News , Mantashe said  a constitutional amendment will be required before enforcing the act of re-possessing excess land from the white farmers.

Currently black people of South Africa possess only 4% of the private land while 72% is owned by the whites , and 24% by other ethnic groups.

While some hail it as correcting historical wrongs , imbalances heaped on black Africans ,others fear that similar Programme in Zimbabwe destroyed its economy.

The issue of land distribution is very emotive over a period of two decades in South Africa after apartheid.

However AfriForum’s leader Ian Cameron warned the plans to seize land from farmers would spark “anarchy”.

AfriForum is an organization in SouthAfrica founded in 2006 to work for solidarity of trade union.

AfriForum leader Ian Cameron reacted angrily saying, “ we are heading for   state of anarchy if something does not change drastically .There are places where the police simply refuse to act. They do not know the law well enough or refuse to apply it to logical reasoning when it comes to defending people’s property.”

The South African President   Mr Cyril Ramaphosa however refuted the fears by saying “there is no need to panic and start beating the war drums “.

Chile

Chile is lately surging with the influx of immigrants — 4,60,000 in 2015 to nearly 2 million last year as per voice of America.

The figure is more than double what Germany had in 2015 when refugees poured in .

In Chile the immigrants form 7% of the population.

It may sound intriguing a bit , but Chile, Continent’s wealthiest per capita country is home to the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East.

As US President  Mr Trump blew the bugle to curb immigration ,the other Latin American richest country opened its arms to welcome the region’s poorest migrants with full gusto.

The Chile’s ageing population and the age old cultural of readily accepting newcomers ,thereby assimilating them  in the mainstream, are some of the factors that made Chile to welcome the migrants without rancor or remorse.

The Palestinians by dint of their hardwork have risen to be extremely prosperous and influential ones both in politics as well as industry.

Chile has been the fast growing economies in Latin America in the recent decades. Reduced poverty from 26 %% to 7.9 between 2000 to 2015.

Due to decline in copper prices the GDP fell from 6.7% in 2015 to 1.6% in 2016.

But as copper prices increase again GDP is expected to be on its proper rail soon.

In order to reduce its dependency on the copper exports Chile is diversifying its immigration policy to be technological driven in order to be technical hub in south America

Hence Chile new visa system for technocrats and enterpreneurs make the country more attractive.

Thus just to hedge its bets by diversifying its economy the START UP Chile began slowly in 2010 and now has gained more traction for 2017. As a result more than 1300 STARTUPS already in operation in different fields in eight years.

The President of Chile, Mr Sebastian Pinare is determined to invite the US giants Apple ,Google ,Amazon to make investments and help  build up Chile an economic giant of South America.