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first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan October 3, 2018 – Updated on October 11, 2018 RSF concerned about Iraqi journalist abducted by security forces Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more UpdateSaif Al Azawi was released on 2 October after being arrested by Iraq’s national intelligence service and questioned at its headquarters about some of the reports on his Adhamiya News page on Facebook and about suspicions that he had been “blackmailing politicians.” The suspicions were completely unfounded.Saif Hilal Al Azawi, a journalist  and the editor of Adhamiya News, a Facebook page providing news about Adhamiya, the northeastern Baghdad neighbourhood where he lives, Azawi was abducted at dawn on 1 October in Adhamiya by members of the Iraqi special security forces, witnesses told the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), an Iraqi NGO that defends journalists. News The JFO has learned that Azawi is also the subject of legal proceedings in connection with stories he has posted online. The NGO has not however been able to get any information from the authorities about where he is being held or the reason for his detention, which therefore constitutes an enforced disappearance. News RSF_en Iraq is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information Azawi worked as a journalist for various Iraqi TV channels before launching Adhamiya News in 2012. Describing itself as “an objective news site for all Iraqis,” it covers politics, sport and culture in Adhamiya. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq “The Iraqi authorities are responsible for Saif Al Azawi’s safety and must provide a full account of his arbitrary detention,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Iraq cannot accept being a country where the security forces can make a journalist disappear without any explanation.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities to shed all possible light on the fate of Saif Hilal Al Azawi, a journalist who has been missing ever since his abduction by security forces in Baghdad two days ago. The authorities must respect their legal obligation to protect this journalist, RSF said. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_img Vladimir Markovic. Photo by Caltech.eduVladimir Markovic, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at Caltech, has been named a fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Society. He is one of 50 new fellows and 10 foreign members elected in 2014. Markovic’s election brings to seven the number of fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society currently on the Caltech faculty.Membership in the Royal Society is bestowed each year on a small number of the world’s scientists. The oldest scientific academy in existence, the Royal Society was established in 1660 under the patronage of King Charles II for the purpose of “improving natural knowledge,” and it helped usher in the age of modern science. Today, the society seeks to promote science leaders who champion innovation for the benefit of humanity and the planet.Markovic studies the shapes and structures of mathematical spaces called manifolds. A line is a one-dimensional manifold while a plane would be two-dimensional. In its citation for Markovic, the Royal Society wrote, “Markovic is a world leader in the area of quasiconformal homeomorphisms and low dimensional topology and geometry. He has solved many famous and difficult problems. With Jeremy Kahn, he proved William Thurston’s key conjecture that every closed hyperbolic 3-manifold contains an almost geodesic immersed surface.”In 2004, Markovic received awards recognizing his early career achievements from the London Mathematical Society and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2012, he was awarded the Clay Research Award. Earlier this year, he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics in Seoul, South Korea.Born in Germany, Markovic earned a BSc and PhD from the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Before joining the Caltech faculty as a professor in 2011, he was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, an associate professor at SUNY Stony Brook, and a professor at the University of Warwick. He was named Caltech’s John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics in 2013.Markovic is currently on leave, teaching at the University of Cambridge.For more information, visit http://www.caltech.edu/content/markovic-elected-great-britains-royal-society#sthash.Ezeg2XVX.dpuf Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Subscribe Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News People Caltech Mathematics Professor Elected to Great Britain’s Royal Society By KIMM FESENMAIER Published on Friday, May 2, 2014 | 11:11 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgColumnsMuslim Women (Protection Of Rights On Marriage) Act 2019- Untested Questioning Protection Of Whom? Neema Noor2 Aug 2020 12:26 AMShare This – xRecently Union Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made headlines by announcing August 1st to be celebrated as Muslim Women Rights Day on account of the anniversary of the enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019, where pronouncement of Triple Talaq by Muslim husband has been penalized. Interestingly criminalization of Talaq-al biddah…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRecently Union Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made headlines by announcing August 1st to be celebrated as Muslim Women Rights Day on account of the anniversary of the enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019, where pronouncement of Triple Talaq by Muslim husband has been penalized. Interestingly criminalization of Talaq-al biddah (triple talaq in one stroke) was not the outcome of majority judgment of the famous Shayara Bano case[1], but only held that this form of Talaq is not in conformity with the Sharia and constitutional principles. But the government in haste with no consultation with the concerned stakeholders came out with this legislation. The legislative intent of the said law was amelioration of the plight of Muslim women and interestingly the question that arises here is “was triple talaq the sole issue the Indian Muslim women were haunted with?” Astonishingly the words of the honorable Minister reflects so, when he asserted that the government ensured gender equality and strengthened constitutional, fundamental and democratic rights by bringing law against social evil of triple talaq. What goes sinking is the fact that , the Minister is addressing to one of the most vulnerable section of the society, the Indian Muslim Women and this statement is supported by studies that have highlighted the lowest status of the Muslim women amongst the counterparts in terms of socio-economic and political measures. As per the 2011 statistics, the literacy rate of Muslim women is only 51.9% which is lower than the national average of female i.e. 65.46%. In this scenario the question that revolves is, will mere criminalization of Triple Talaq improve the deplorable socio-economic status of Muslim women in India? The fact is that the said law will push her to more victimization making her struggle within the institution of unfavorable marriage for two reasons. Firstly the husband will find it convenient to not pronounce talaq and easily desert her, pushing her to utter destitution. Secondly, the Muslim woman will be locked in the unwanted marital status with no scope to exit and no way to remarry. This same dilemma was witnessed in the pre independence period but in a different context where women had no right to divorce. The Hanafee law was rigidly followed in India which has the effect of considerably restricting women’s right to seek dissolution of marriage by the qadi, particularly by a non-Muslim judge. After her marriage, a woman facing situations like the disappearance of her husband, lunacy, his impotence, his refusal to provide maintenance in spite of his ability to do so, etc., was left with virtually no remedy for the dissolution of her marriage. Many women therefore sought refuge in conversion to another faith. This grave situation attracted attention of some Muslim organisations and scholars in India and they began thinking of ways and means to arrest the tendency among the Muslim women to renounce Islam just because their religious law did not allow them to lawfully get rid of their husbands. It was found that there was no way but to secure legislation empowering courts to dissolve Muslim women’s marriages in specified circumstances. Finally the leaders of the Jamiat prepared the Bill which was introduced in the central legislature by Mohammed Ahmad Kazmee in 1936 and led to the enactment of a new historic legislation Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939.[2] Unfortunately the law enacted could not be internalized much effectively even now, as Muslim women as a litigant has many hurdles to jump on. So she probably chose to suffer rather than fight. Interestingly the recent law will also be faced with the same tragic fate as to the worse it shuts the option of reconciliation pushing her to more challenges. The truth is that the new law has no ratios evolved yet from the courts making it too early to test the impact and utility of the said legislation. So what the Minister tried to portray by declaring Muslim Women Rights Day was indeed a sheer paradox in this context. Now the current socio-political scenario has vastly changed. The question is no more reforms in the Muslim law and gender equality but the question is now the very survival of Muslim women as a dignified Indian citizen. They were forced to occupy the streets to protest irrespective of their socio-economic status, against the government’s controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the National register of Citizens (NRC) whereby proving that Muslim women are no less the warriors to fight for a genuine cause. One of the most wide spread agitation seen ever since independence was propelled by Muslim women demanding not their religious rights but constitutional rights guaranteed under the constitution. So instead of August 1st , the day to be marked as Muslim Women Rights Day should be December 15th , when the brazing winter of 2019 could not stop the spirit of the Muslim Women of the country especially of Shaheen Bagh and many to save the principles of “Equality and Secularism” of the world’s largest democracy. Lastly what we want is a revolution and the revolution that is meant here is as described by Bobby Seal “which needs to re-evolve political, economic and social justice and power back into the hands of people, preferably through legislations and policies that make human sense.” Views are personal only.Neema Noor Mohamed, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Mahila Court, Govt of NCT of Delhi. Editorial Assistant, Dispelling Rhetorics : Law of Divorce and Gender Inequality in Islam, Published by Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. [1] (2017) 9 SCC 1 [2] Furqan Ahmad,”Contribution of Maulaanaa Ashraf Ali Thaanavee to the Protection and Development of Islamic Law in the Indian Subcontinent” VI Islamic Comparative Law Quarterly 72 (1986). Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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first_img Kelsey O’Connor Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor ITHACA, N.Y. — Fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations are happening all around Cayuga Lake this week and weekend. You can catch live music, barbecues, and celebrations at several locations. Here’s a quick peek at what events are planned in and around Tompkins County this week.As a reminder, the Ithaca Fire Department says to leave fireworks to the pros. In the City of Ithaca, residents must have a permit to use fireworks. In a news release, the IFD said more than 8,000 people in the U.S. were treated for fireworks-related injuries and children younger than 15 accounted for more than a third of the injuries. In Tompkins County, sparklers are not permitted.Wednesday, July 3Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks Celebration — The annual celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with musical entertainment and a variety of food vendors in Stewart Park. The fireworks will launch at 9:45 p.m. Though there will be lots of festivities at Stewart Park, other prime viewing spots for this show include Cass Park, Cornell University and Ithaca College, Cayuga Heights’ Sunset Park and anywhere with a good view of the lake.• The BoatYard Grill is also having a BBQ & Fireworks viewing party from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be live music and a barbecue buffet. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $30.How to get to Stewart Park for the fireworks: Vehicle access is strictly limited the day and evening of the event at Stewart Park. Parking will be available at Ithaca High School and free TCAT bus shuttles will circulate through Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca High School and the Stewart Park entrance. Tagged: americana vineyards, fireworks, Groton, inn at taughannock, ithaca, lansing TCAT is offering free bus service July 3, or July 5 if the rain date is needed. Look for the buses that say “fireworks.” Bus service will begin about every 10 minutes starting at 7:30 p.m., from Albany Street at State Street (Salvation Army), Green Street Station and Seneca Street Station to Stewart Park and will end at 9:30 p.m., just before the fireworks are scheduled to begin. TCAT says it will provide return service from the entryway circle in Stewart Park until 11:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.tcatbus.com.Admission: Free, though donations are appreciated.Rain date? July 5.Gallery: ‘Ooh’s and ‘Ahh’s of Ithaca fireworks showFriday, July 5Groton Community Fireworks — There will be live entertainment at Groton Elementary School by DJ Dale and concessions available by youth baseball/softball. Rain date is July 7.Lansing Fireworks — The fireworks show from Myers Park will kick off at 9:30 p.m.Saturday, July 6Americana Vineyards 4th of July Birthday BBQ Bash — Americana Vineyards Winery is hosting its annual fireworks show and all-day celebration at the winery at 4367 E. Covert Rd., Interlaken. The party starts at noon Saturday, July 6, and will go all day until the big fireworks show at 10 p.m. The music lineup includes:Noon to 2 p.m. The Uncommons2 to 4 p.m. Backtalk Band4 to 6 p.m. NEO Project6 to 8 p.m. City Limits8 to 10 p.m. Iron Horse10 p.m. Fireworks FinaleCoolers are allowed but are subject to search as no outside alcohol is allowed. Pop-up tents are also allowed but must be placed against the back fence and taken down in time for the fireworks finale at 10 p.m.How to get there: The winery is located at 4367 E. Covert Rd., Interlaken, about 20 minutes north of Ithaca.Admission: $5 per person, with kids under 13 and pets free.Inn at Taughannock — The festivities begin at noon with an all-day barbecue, with beer and wine available. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.How to get there: The inn is located at 2030 Gorge Rd., Trumansburg.Admission: Free, with food and beverages available to purchase.Rain date: July 7.Correction – An earlier version of this article said the Groton fireworks were July 6, but they are Friday, July 5. last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook A status yellow wind warning will come into effect for Donegal later.The alert for Donegal, Galway and Mayo is set to stay in place from 8pm tonight until 2am tomorrow.Met Eireann says gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour can be expected. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationscenter_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleFlynn tells Seanad inequality cannot be ignoredNext articleConcern among teachers over return of large numbers to schools News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ Wind warning in effect for Donegal later By News Highland – March 27, 2021 last_img read more

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first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) —  Dangerous flash flooding is wreaking havoc in Texas with the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumping massive amounts of rain overnight and into the morning.The severe weather prompted a full ground stop at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday morning.In Beaumont — between Houston and Lake Charles, La. — over 250 high-water rescue requests were called into 911, the local police department said Thursday morning.“Please shelter in place and seek high ground,” the Beaumont police tweeted. “DO NOT drive.”Rainfall rates up to 5 inches per hour were reported overnight near Beaumont, Texas, dumping the worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey two years ago.More than 33 inches of rain has fallen in the town of Hamshire, Texas, southwest of Beaumont, since Tuesday — and over 25 inches of that rainfall was overnight.In the small town of Winnie, Texas, the conditions are “horrible,” with flooding making roads impassable, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC News as the rain pounded down Thursday.The water has “run out of places to go,” the sheriff said.Some homes have four to five feet of water inside, Hawthorne said, and dump trucks and air boats were being used to get people to safety. The sheriff believed about 45 people still needed to be rescued as of Thursday morning.The local hospital stayed open but about one dozen patients were evacuated, he added.“Until it quits raining, it’s gonna be a nightmare,” the sheriff said.The threat isn’t over. What’s left of Tropical Storm Imelda is still sitting over eastern Texas and western Louisiana, bringing more rain Thursday morning.The remains of Imelda will then slowly track north on Thursday spreading rain into northeastern Texas, northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas and Oklahoma.As much as 10 inches of additional rain is expected in eastern Texas and more flash flooding is expected in the next 24 hours.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Birmingham bids to be first in UK to ban public smokingOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Local authorities push Government to prohibit smoking in publicBirmingham could become Britain’s first non-smoking city, according to itsdirector of public health. Professor Rod Griffiths, director of public health for the West Midlands,said the country’s second city should follow the lead of US cities such as New Yorkand ban smoking in offices, pubs, restaurants and public places. He told journalists “the time was now right” to make Birminghamsmoke-free. His comments signal a growing trend among local authorities to lookat the issue, and puts further pressure on the Government to get tough onsmoking in public. Lobbying by the pub and hospitality trade has so far deterred the Governmentfrom implementing an all-out smoking ban in workplaces and other public places,as recommended by the Health and Safety Commission. This is despite the Government’s own Chief Medical Officer for England, SirLiam Donaldson, calling in Julyfor just such a ban. A London Labour MP, Gareth Thomas, has also introduced a Bill to Parliamentthat would make it illegal to smoke in any public place where food is served. Meanwhile, Sussex seaside town Brighton, which was widely reported as beingon the verge of voting in a ban, has denied it is putting such a measure inplace. A council spokesman said that rather than pushing for a ban, which itcurrently had no power to implement, councillors wanted to “makesmoke-free public places the norm rather than the exception”. In a separate development, a casino worker has won £50,000 in anout-of-court settlement after claiming that years of being exposed to cigarettesmoke in the workplace has left him suffering from asthma. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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first_imgDuring the austral summer of 2001/02 five thousand line kilometres of airborne radio echo sounding and aeromagnetic data were collected in the region of three tributaries of Slessor Glacier, East Antarctica, which drains into the Filchner Ice Shelf. Basal topography and roughness estimates were obtained from the echo sounding data, which have been combined, here, with the subglacial geological units inferred from an analysis of the aeromagnetic data. This analysis included Euler and Werner deconvolution to determine the location and depth of sills, dykes and faults. In addition, we high-pass filtered the magnetic anomaly profiles to obtain information about the near surface subglacial geology. This revealed a prominent area of low magnetic susceptibility lying in a deep topographic basin underneath the northern tributary of Slessor Glacier. Forward and inverse magnetic models indicate that this area is likely underlain by a 3 km thick sedimentary basin. Ice flow modelling suggests that this sedimentary basin influences the ice dynamics in the tributary. These results have important implications for understanding the dynamics of this and other East Antarctic flow features that may be underlain by a weak sedimentary bed.last_img read more

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first_img Authorities View post tag: George H. W. Bush View post tag: US Navy The US Navy is morning the loss of Barbara Bush, ship’s sponsor for the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and former First Lady of the United States and wife of naval aviator and president George H.W. Bush.The American flag flying above both USS George Washington and USS George H.W. Bush were at half-mast on April 18 in remembrance of the former First Lady. Those flags will remain at half-mast until Mrs. Bush is laid to rest on Saturday where they will then be presented to the Bush family.On July 21, 1990, Barbara Bush broke a ceremonial bottle of champagne over the bow of the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73), officially christening the ship.“It was our privilege to have Mrs. Barbara Bush as the ship’s sponsor for the nation’s finest aircraft carrier. Her legacy will be long remembered by those who have served and will serve aboard USS George Washington. We will always remember her with the honor and distinction that her life’s service to our country embodied,” said Captain Glenn Jamison, commanding officer of USS George Washington.USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is named in honor of the 41st President of the United States and Mrs. Bush’s husband. Since CVN-77 joined the fleet in 2009, the crew of the aircraft carrier have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Bush family.“Today we join the world in mourning the passing of a truly remarkable person, Mrs. Barbara Bush. A strong and compassionate First Lady, a devoted matriarch and champion of literacy, she graced our deckplates on multiple occasions and treated all who served aboard USS George H. W. Bush like her own family,” said Captain Sean Bailey, commanding officer of USS George H.W. Bush. “As we reflect on her inspirational life and many achievements, we endeavor to proudly carry her legacy and her enduring example of devotion to family aboard our ship. She will be truly missed.”As the first commanding officer to take newly commissioned USS George H. W. Bush to sea in 2009, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller forged a close relationship with President and Mrs. Bush. Today, as the commander of Naval Air Forces, he fondly recalls Mrs. Bush’s love and devotion to the ship and the Navy.“For those of us who have had the privilege of serving onboard the ship that bears her husband’s name – Mrs. Bush was a source of inspiration. She impacted lives around the world through her advocacy of literacy and she impacted the lives of USS George H.W. Bush Sailors and their families in much the same way. Her sharp wit, humor and sincere love for those who served on her “favorite” ship was clearly apparent. During her visits to the ship, she enjoyed meeting Sailors and their families. During one at-sea period, I’ll never forget her donning a chef’s hat and handing out cookies, with a big smile and kind message to each Sailor she met. And when at a literacy event attended by CVN-77 Sailors and spouses in Washington, D.C. – as soon as she saw Sailors enter the room in their dress whites, she stopped what she was doing, proclaimed ‘The Navy’s here!’ and greeted them all with joy – making us feel very special. She was the one who was special and she is loved by many people worldwide, whether they were close friends or just those who admired her actions and deeds. She will be missed by many, including those who have served, and will serve, on a ship that proudly honors the Bush name, USS George H.W. Bush.” April 19, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy mourns loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush View post tag: Barbara Bush Share this article US Navy mourns loss of former First Lady Barbara Bushlast_img read more

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first_imgCommentary: Senate Republicans Bear Witness To Their Own Mess FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to former National Security Advisor John Bolton, it’s now the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who are on trial.The reports of the revelations in Bolton’s forthcoming book that President Donald Trump in fact did attempt to extort campaign help from Ukraine by withholding military aid has changed things.The GOP’s strategy of searching for the truth about the president’s actions by imitating ostriches and burying their heads in the sand no longer is tenable. No matter how far the Republicans try to run from the truth or how hard they try to hide, the truth is going to find them.Truth is like that. Just like the sun, it may be hidden from view for a while, but it never goes away. It’s always there.And, eventually, it comes out from behind the clouds and shines its light once more.In this case, the truth puts Senate Republicans in a bad, bad spot.They have two choices.They can continue to follow the course demanded by President Trump and urged by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and continue to stonewall. They can refuse to call any witnesses and vote to acquit the president on the two counts of impeachment in a state of pretended blissful ignorance.Following that course means defying the 75 percent of Americans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, who want the president’s Senate trial to include witnesses. That’s not just Democrats. Roughly half – 49 percent – of Republicans polled want to hear witnesses. So do 75 percent of independents.If the Republicans in the Senate hold firm and exclude witnesses – including Bolton – from the proceedings, they’ll be giving Democrats a huge gift. From now until the November election, incumbent GOP senators on the ballot will hear their opponents use the term “cover-up” as if it were punctuation, sprinkling the charge through their stump speeches as often as they use commas and periods.But, if Republicans opt to include witnesses, they’ll hand Democrats another big present. The GOP will give their opponents wall-to-wall media coverage of the president’s transgressions – the lies Donald Trump has told and the laws he has broken.Not only will the public get confirmation of what everyone already knows – that this president treats the Constitution of the United States with the same respect he gives Kleenex – but they’ll also see how much he concealed from the members of his own party, the Republicans who have fought with ferocity to protect him.They’ll look either like dupes or like henchmen. Neither portrait will be flattering.Frying pan or fire.That’s where the president has placed them.Trump doesn’t see it that way, of course.He’s doing his best to blame Bolton for this debacle. He and his mouthpieces have tried to argue that the staunchly conservative and fiercely partisan Bolton somehow has become a stooge of the Democrats.Because that charge isn’t sticking, Trump also has worked to discredit Bolton by accusing his former national security advisor of being a war monger. The president says this as if Bolton’s aggressive and confrontational attitudes somehow should be a new revelation, some sort of grand surprise.If Bolton was trying to hide his jingoistic tendencies, he chose an odd way to go about it. Giving high-profile speeches and interviews over two decades, as Bolton did, calling for military responses to just about every foreign-policy challenge isn’t an effective way to conceal one’s hunger for conflict.If Donald Trump just recently discovered that John Bolton likes a fight the way pigs like slop, the president clearly hadn’t been paying attention to, oh, anything for the past 20 years. And the Trump administration must use the equivalent of Ouija boards to vet candidates for high-visibility, high-responsibility jobs rather than traditional background checks.It’s not John Bolton’s fault that Republicans in the Senate are in such a fix.It’s Donald Trump’s fault.And their own.If just a few Republicans in the Senate had summoned up the nerve to remind this president that he needs them just as much as they might need him, they might have been able to put a leash on him and force him to honor his constitutional obligations.But they didn’t.So, they are where they are.On trial themselves.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.last_img read more

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