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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus
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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now getting takers for a vaccine and the US has already committed a whooping figure in developing a cure. Vietnam healthy ministry has proudly declared that all the 16 people who was suffering from the virus have been cured.

While political analysts believe that America is very ill equipped under Trump’s leadership to handle an outbreak in America, the White House seems to have sent off an urgent request to lawmakers with a $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus outbreak is rapidly spreading to Iran and Middle Eastern countries also and has started to threat the global economy that has now started to rock financial markets too.

The White House budget office has indicated that the funds are being kept away for vaccines, treatment, and protective equipment. The request could advance quickly through Congress and came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrials and are increasingly seen as a potential political threat to President Donald Trump.

Late in January, the World Health Organization has already declared the virus, named COVID-19, a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” and urged an immediate international response. There are still suspicions that the virus could have been triggered through a biological weapon and may not have been bat induced at all.

Everyone is foxed about when did the virus make the jump from animals to humans, and from which species? How widespread are cases, how infectious is the disease and how fatal is it?

Back home, as Trump makes a political statement with his presence in India, the US stocks seemed to have dived amid growing concerns about a deadly virus spreading quickly across continents. The whole situation looks like a bubble about to burst when it comes to Trump’s tall claims and re-election bids while the country isn’t looking prepared to handle the pandemic like conditions. The president has been using a downplaying strategy reassuring public that ‘all is well’.

According to Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, “for a president who has governed by tweet and circus a potential global health crisis that blunts economic growth could expose one of Trump’s main weaknesses as he prepares to face voters in November.”Trump has systematically crippled the emergency response system and medical backbone of the country. By ridding himself of experienced officials and those in the scientific community, he has literally chopped the legs off under him. The time is near when America might find itself extremely ill equipped to handle a catastrophe as declared by WHO.

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‘America Loves India’ says Trump on his first visit to India
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‘America Loves India’ says Trump on his first visit to India

On Monday, At the world’s biggest cricket stadium, around 125,000 people accumulated to greet U.S. president on his first visit to India alongside the PM Modi at a rally named “Namaste Trump.”

On Monday evening, The function was arranged at Ahmedabad in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, was the zenith of Trump’s visit to India and a stage for the two leaders to display their friendly relationship. The U.S. president was welcomed at the gigantic new Motera stadium, with Indians who cheered and were wearing cardboard Trump face masks and “Namaste Trump” cap to greet him. While Prime Minister Modi gave his welcome speech, the crowd joined to greet President Trump with chants of ‘Namaste India’ and ‘India-US friendship, long live, long live.

The two leaders were equally enthusiastic in praising each other. “India-US relations are no longer merely another relationship, it’s a far more prominent and closer relationship,” expressed Prime Minister Modi. Trump revealed in his discourse, “America loves India, and respects India,” and “India gives hope to all humanity.” He included promising “an incredible trade accord” at his most significant rally abroad.

While President Trump is facing the U.S. Presidential elections and Prime Minister Modi, who also has been facing a series of protests against the controversial citizenship amendment act (CAA). Trump’s 36-hour visit is exceptionally crucial for both the countries as it will boost their bilateral and trade relations.

Trump declared that a deal had been made for India to buy $3bn of U.S. military helicopters however said in his discourse noted that they were still just in the “beginning stages of the discussion.” It’s a fantastic trade deal; perhaps the greatest ever trade deal” between India and the US, Trump included. Further developments that have come out of the visit are relied upon to be announced in Delhi later today. The grand ceremonial welcome in Delhi was held early morning at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and then, President Trump visited Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi to pay homage at the Raj Ghat.

Article Credit: The Reuters/The Times Of India

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Adam Schiff Blamed For Influencing 2020 Election Build-Up
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Adam Schiff Blamed For Influencing 2020 Election Build-Up

Representative Adam Schiff has been blamed for leaking classified information on Russian interference in the 2020U.S. election. President Donald Trump has accused him of doing so to hurt Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders’ election campaign.

Trump denied to media sources that he did not know any briefing through American intelligence services who have said to have share data on how Russia was aiming to boost the campaign of Sanders. Bernie Sanders is a U.S. senator from Vermont, and is said to have called for a probe into Schiff for the leak. Schiff, a Democrat, denied the allegation.

It is being confirmed through the American intelligence sources that Russia is actually trying to indulge in misinformation and propaganda campaigns to push for Sanders and Trump to get through the re-election. Schiff, who served as the lead prosecutor in Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, said Trump was seeking to turn attention away from his own actions with the comments.

Schiff, in his defense has said that Trump seems to be trying to get back at him because of his earlier role in the impeachment trial. Schiff has served as the lead prosecutor in Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. It is also being indicated that Trump is using the classic tactic of diverting the world’s attention from his own involvement in the 2016 election scandal where American agencies had indicated that Moscow had a strong role to play in defaming the prominent candidate Hilary Clinton. The result was that the American voters’ attention shifted to Trump.

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Trump said that the United States will supply India with military helicopters and equipment worth $ 3 billion
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Trump said that the United States will supply India with military helicopters and equipment worth $ 3 billion

US President Donald Trump said the United States will supply India with military helicopters and other military equipment totaling $ 3 billion. The American leader spoke on Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat, India, where he is on an official visit.

“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow, February 25 , our representatives will sign deals for the supply of Indian helicopters and other equipment for the total amount of $ 3 billion,” said the US president, whose speech was broadcast by leading Indian television channels. Trump added that the United States is ready to supply India with the best and most modern weapons.

“As we continue to develop our defense cooperation, the United States expects to provide India with military equipment, which is one of the best and most formidable in the world. We are making the greatest weapons. We are doing the best and are cooperating now with India,” Trump said.

Earlier was reported that for a visit to Trump, New Delhi had prepared for signing with Washington two major defense contracts totaling $ 3.5 billion: for the purchase of a batch of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in the amount of $ 930 million and 24 helicopters Sea-based MH-60R Seahawk complete with missiles totaling $ 2.6 billion.

Experts expect that during the visit, the US President will ensure that India gives preference to American fighters (F / A-18, F-15EX or F-21 – an upgraded version of the F-16 multi-role fighter) for a joint production program of 114 new fighters for National Air Force as part of the Do It In India campaign. It is also expected that the head of the White House will promote the proposal for the supply of American carrier-based fighter aircraft for carriers of the Indian Navy.

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Sanders attacked Russia after Moscow’s attempt to strengthen his presidency campaign.
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Sanders attacked Russia after Moscow’s attempt to strengthen his presidency campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, warned Russia on Friday about interfering in the US elections after a newspaper said US officials had reported that Moscow was trying to help his campaign.

Sanders said in a statement that he does not care who Russian President Vladimir Putin wants as a United States president.
“My message to Putin is clear, and he has to move away from the US elections and I, as president, will make sure that he does,” Sanders added.
The Washington Post quoted people familiar with the matter, whose names have not been released, as saying that US officials have informed Sanders of Russian attempts and also notified President Donald Trump and other US lawmakers.

“The intelligence community informs us that they are interfering in this campaign now in 2020.” Sanders told reporters in Bakersfield, California.
A congressional source confirmed that intelligence officials had informed lawmakers that Russia appeared to be carrying out misinformation and propaganda campaigns to bolster the 2020 campaigns of both Sanders and Trump.
The Kremlin denied the Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election campaign to enhance the chances of Trump’s re-election.

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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump
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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived in India on Monday morning for his first official visit to the country and was greeted by a large crowd.

The U.S. President’s plane landed at Ahmedabad International Airport in western India, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A busy schedule of appointments for Trump: is expected in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal in the absence of the sun, before going to New Delhi, where he will hold bilateral meetings between American and Indian officials on Tuesday.

This visit will be an opportunity to review the relations between the American President and the Indian Prime Minister, while highlighting the personal compatibility between them in light of the tension between the two countries following the protectionist policies adopted by both.

“We are not getting good treatment from India, but it is fortunate that I greatly appreciate Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said this week before his visit to India. “We are ready to come to India, we are on our way, we will be meeting everyone in a few hours,” he tweeted this morning in the Hindi language before he landed. Modi tweeted in response: “The guest is God”.

According to Al-Arabiya quoting Indian officials, India and the United States have built close political and security ties and Trump’s two-day trip is a sign of their converging interests, including a way to counter China’s rise as a superpower.

During his two-day visit, accompanied by the First Lady Melania, Trump and Modi will participate in a rally in Ahmedabad on Monday with over one hundred thousand people in the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be inaugurated on this occasion.

Modi called this meeting “Namaste Trump”, a greeting to Trump in local dialect, in response to a similar festival held by the American president in Houston, Texas, last September under the slogan “Hoody Modi”. People were carrying Indian flags, many roads were blocked off in Ahmedabad, shops shut and police stationed on rooftops and balconies. School children boarded buses bound for the stadium shouting “We love Trump.”

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American Universities  Compelled To Support Big Donators Like Qatar
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American Universities Compelled To Support Big Donators Like Qatar

Prestigious universities like Yale and Harvard might have failed to report the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts as required by law. This has been shared by the US Justice Department Of Education. According to the department, the Yale University in Connecticut received hefty amounts as foreign money. But it has failed to report at least $375 million of such gifts over the last four years.

The worms are out of the can since last week when Yale received a request from the Education department for records of certain gifts and contracts from foreign sources under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, said university spokeswoman Karen Peart.

But by doing so and not declaring the same, the university might land up favoring admission to those who can grease their palms than to those who genuinely deserved admission. It has been reported in the past, that countries like Qatar have tried to swindle their way into such prestigious universities by giving in large amounts of aid to professors and research scholars. There have been connections found between the money gifts given by Qatar and the sudden presence and favored admission to pro-Palestinian groups on college campuses.

The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) has conducted a study called ‘Follow the Money’ that reveals how universities were crossing the line when not disclosing actual amounts of donations given to them by foreign parties. Through the research it was discovered that actually, a total of $3billion Qatari donation remained undisclosed.

Media resources confirm that Qatar has used bought over PR as its trusted tool to buy favorable opinion. Qatar continues to provide anti-American terrorists such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban with “safe haven, diplomatic mediation, financial aid and, in certain instances, weapons.” Because these American universities have professors’ salaries, fellowships, or think-tanks funded in part by Qatar, their allegiance is obviously a ‘said’ thing.

According to Federal law, most colleges and universities need to report gifts from and contracts with foreign sources that are more than $250,000 twice a year. But both the top universities seemed to have failed to do so, raising a red flag. Speaking over the matter, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has said, “This is about transparency. If colleges and universities are accepting foreign money and gifts, their students, donors, and taxpayers deserve to know how much and from whom.”

Further, danger lies in the anti-Jewish activities that are also getting focus in a university environment. There is a correlation seen between the funding of universities by Qatar and the Gulf States with the presence of groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and a deteriorating environment that fosters an antisemitic and aggressive atmosphere. This has been confirmed by a report by ISGAP. Also, the Anti-Defamation League has confirmed that often members of Students for Justice in Palestine “demonize Jewish students who identify as Zionists.”


The fact that universities are being exploited by rich Arab countries to meet their political agendas is not only unfair but scary and defeats the whole purpose of education.

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Wells Fargo Bank Admits To Stealing Money From Public
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Wells Fargo Bank Admits To Stealing Money From Public

An American bank Wells Fargo & Co has finally agreed to wrongdoing in the form of pressurizing employees in a fake accounts scandal. This was long pending case with the US Justice Department and Securities. The San Francisco based bank has now agreed to pay $3 billion (2.3 billion pounds) to resolve criminal and civil probes against it. It was accused for fraudulent sales practices and has admitted to the same.

The bank will also enter into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement during which it will continue to cooperate with any ongoing government investigations, Justice Department officials have confirmed in a media statement.

Wells Fargo &Co admitted that between 2002 and 2016, it indeed did pressurize employees to meet “unrealistic sales goals that led thousands of employees to provide millions of accounts or products to customers under false pretenses or without consent, often by creating false records or misusing customers’ identities,” the department confirmed it their media address.

Nick Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California further added that “this case illustrates a complete failure of leadership at multiple levels within the bank. Simply put, Wells Fargo traded its hard-earned reputation for short-term profits, and harmed untold numbers of customers along the way.”

Strangely, the top management in the bank’s community bank division was aware of this wrongdoing since 2002, and many of these unethical and unlawful activities were simply termed as ‘gaming’ within the bank’s working language.

About $500 million of the penalties will go to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to be distributed to investors to settle charges that the bank committed fraud by misleading investors about its sales practices, an SEC official shared with the media.

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Bernie Sanders Warned About Russian Interference In Election Build Up
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Bernie Sanders Warned About Russian Interference In Election Build Up

Russia is said to be interfering with the built up towards the 2020 US elections, FBI intelligence reporting has confirmed. This time, they are trying to interfere with Bernie Sander’s build up but in at a smaller scale.

Both Sanders and Mr. Donald Trump have been briefed about this intelligence. According to intelligence findings, this kind of interference had been discovered to be done in the 2016 to influence the winning of Trump and jeopardizing the election results for Hilary Clinton.

Trump has continued to deny Russian involvement in private and public. It is now being indicated that possibly, Mr. Sanders, who has been criticized for online vitriol might be a victim to fake internet accounts spreading such false news under his name. His supporters are now saying that it is possible this kind of “ugly stuff” that has been attributed to his campaign was actually coming from Russian intervention.

Moscow is known to have created many fictitious accounts that trampled over Clinton’s portrayal and spread malicious false news against her, strengthening the case for Trump to be elected.

U.S. national security officials have struggled with how to respond to indications that foreign adversaries may be meddling in elections after the Obama administration was criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for not disclosing more to the public and Russia’s interference in 2016.

The US has been struggling against increasing foreign influence and interference in the election process term after term. There are many forces at play in ensuring a certain kind of candidate wins the American elections.

The U.S. intelligence has been extremely forthcoming and accurate in having warned for years that Russia and others were likely seek to interfere in the 2020 contest. Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found that Russia interfered in “sweeping and systematic” fashion in the 2016 presidential election to help Mr. Trump and denigrate his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

However, the warnings have continued to be ignored making it possible to suspect the intent of the current serving President, for some kind of meddling with the results becomes evident.

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UK PM Boris Johnson says anticipating meeting Trump in the G7 summit in June
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UK PM Boris Johnson says anticipating meeting Trump in the G7 summit in June

Boris Johnson’s office announced after reports that an expected meeting between US-UK in early 2020 is delayed. British PM Boris Johnson is anticipating meeting U.S. President Donald Trump is likely in June.

“The pioneers highlighted their commitment to the UK-U.S. bilateral relationship and anticipated seeing each other at the G7 Summit in the United States this June.”

Relations among Washington and London have been strained by Britain’s decision to permit the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei [HWT.UL] a restricted role in its mobile network, proposed the Iran atomic agreement and British digital services tax.

The Trump administration has spent last year irately lobbying it allies to bar Huawei from their 5G framework, as it claims the Chinese tech organization works as a proxy for the Chinese government to spy. Huawei has more than once declined this, and claims the US’ quest for the company is politically roused.

Johnson had been anticipated to visit Washington early this year. However, the visit got delayed till June when a summit of pioneers of the G7 is due to take place in the United States, The Sun newspaper announced.

“President Trump and the Prime Minister talked over telephone tonight and discussed a variety of international and bilateral issues,” Downing Street said in an announcement on Thursday.

Article Credit: The Guardian

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