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Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis turns election on its head
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Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis turns election on its head

President Trump is down with the coronavirus just as campaigning kicks into high gear, adding a cloud of uncertainty over elections that were already tumultuous.

United States President Donald Trump, fresh out of the first presidential debate, had a very busy week during which he visited six states. At the end of it, came the shock announcement that he and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted the coronavirus. This effectively puts his campaign on indefinite hold. Not only is the 74-year-old in the high-risk category but his family, senior administration and campaign officials who had been in close contact with him have to now self-isolate.

The election schedule is unlikely to be affected by this news. In fact, early polling has begun in some states. Trump’s participation in the next town hall debate on October 15 is in doubt, however. In a tumultuous election year that was beset by challenges like the pandemic, the resulting economic slowdown, race-related demonstrations and violence, Trump has been trailing behind his opponent Joe Biden and the opportunity of him to close this gap was already tightening. His absence from the scene altogether is not going to help his prospects.

He has consistently been under attack for his cavalier approach to the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans so far. He has been a source of misinformation and has shown scorn and derision for those who stressed aggressive mitigation measures and caution in reopening the country. With his diagnosis, the focus is squarely on the disease and his handling of it, something his team had been trying to avoid so far. There will now be more questions about whether he took the crisis seriously enough, both in the country and closer to home.

The Democrats have so far not shown any drastic course correction to the news. Biden tweeted that he is prayed for Trump’s recovery. Until now, he has mostly kept a low profile and was only just starting to pull his campaign into high gear. It is left to be seen how he will take advantage of this lull in the Republican campaigning by stepping up on activities like door-to-door canvassing. Another uncertainty is around the appointment of the Supreme Court judge to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Democrats had already been trying to delay the process of electing Trump’s nominee into the top court and this news probably makes it more likely that it won’t happen till after the elections. The markets too have reacted badly to the announcement, disrupting economic recovery.

Biden in best position for any U.S. Presidential candidate, Will he be able to leverage it?
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Biden in best position for any U.S. Presidential candidate, Will he be able to leverage it?

United States is gearing up for 2020 Presidential elections amid the mist of coronavirus pandemic and fire of latest civic unrest across the nation following death of George Floyd in police custody sparking anger against the black Americans violence.

Latest polls conducted by ABC News and Washington Post show the clear lead of former Vice President Joe Biden against President Donald Trump. The polls indicate Biden ahead by a 53% to 43% margin keeping the registered voters into account.

The polls are a clear indication of how Joe Biden is in the best position for any Presidential contender, ever since the electronic polling began in 1930s.

In more than 40 polls done in May, each one of them showcased Biden leading ahead of Trump. This makes him the first challenger since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to lead in every poll in May.

Also, Biden has been leading in average in every single poll for any month. His average has never dipped below 4 points. This puts Biden in strongest position for any Presidential challenger.

The most impressive point is the consistency of Biden’s lead, the latest ABC news/ Washington post polls being the latest examples. In May, Joe Biden rose up by 6 points in polls on an average.

The fundamental result of each of these polls is indicative of one thing – unpopularity of President Donald Trump. He is clearly not a favorite. The approval-disapproval rating of Trump in ABC news/ Washington Post polls was -8 points. His average is -10 points. In fact, in the past three years of his Presidentship, Donald Trump has never had a positive approval rating.

The only two other Presidents who had negative approval ratings and they ended up losing the reelection were Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992.

This year has been the ultimate test of President of the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic hitting the country and practically sweeping the economy and lives has been troublesome and an ultimate nightmare. And with the latest civil unrest with protesters on streets with slogans of “Black Lives Matter” post a series of violence against Black Americans has been the last bit. When the country is in need of a true leader to dilute the situation and bring calm, the acts of President Trump have only been unsettling. From neglecting the WHO recommendations to fight the pandemic spread and flaunting “non-masked” attire in public, to tweeting controversial statements regarding latest protests, President Trump has failed the litmus test of a true President.

Keeping these scenarios in mind and popularity of former Vice President Joe Biden, it would be no surprise if he emerges as the new President of United States. But next few months are real test as campaigns will pace up. It is to be seen if Biden can continue to dominate the polls and win the electoral elections.

COVID-19: UAE sends medical aid to Botswana
Middle East & Africa

COVID-19: UAE sends medical aid to Botswana

Like several countries across the globe, the government of Botswana has had to request a six-month state of emergency, and extend lockdown to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa. After being in lockdown for three weeks, which required non-essential workers and citizens to stay home, President Mokgweetsi Masisi found it necessary to further extend the rules to six months due to the rising number of confirmed cases in the region. The country is now taking urgent steps needed to protect the public from the virus, but what that means for hundreds of Zimbabwean nationals is deportation.

To support Botswana in tackling COVID-19, the UAE has deployed five metric tonnes of medical aid—a global effort that will help approximately 5,000 healthcare workers in the country. Mahash Saeed Al Hameli, UAE Ambassador to South Africa, shared his thoughts on how the UAE aims to strengthen the medical capabilities of several friendly countries such as Botswana. He added, “Aid to Botswana will enable the country’s healthcare workers to take the necessary precautions as they work to protect the public from COVID-19.”

Since its outbreak in December in Wuhan, the virus has spread to more than 180 countries. The COVID-19 threat in Botswana is rapidly increasing as its neighboring countries are witnessing more confirmed cases and deaths. Governments around the world are asking that all citizens and residents respect social distancing rules during this global crisis.

COVID-19: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid sends medical aid to UK’s NHS
Middle East & Africa

COVID-19: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid sends medical aid to UK’s NHS

The thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Britain has left a shortage of medical equipment as healthcare workers struggle to treat patients. Under the direct orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, a shipment of 60 tonnes of medical aid was deployed over the weekend to help assist UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in their fight against the global pandemic. The UK is currently suffering Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

The cooperation between the UAE and the UK has been praised by Britain’s Middle East Minister, James Cleverly, in tackling the spread of COVID-19, and thanked the UAE for its assistance and support in helping to fund the development of a vaccine. The aid included critical medical equipment and personal protective equipment, such as face masks and protective clothing that will help benefit the health sector.

The UAE continues to show support for other countries in need by providing essential items that will help contain the virus. So far, the country has donated and shipped over 450 tonnes of medical and food supplies to more than 30 countries.

UAE and WFP Help Communities Affected by COVID-19
Middle East & Africa

UAE and WFP Help Communities Affected by COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic causes border closures and travel restrictions, the World Food Programme (WFP) must find ways to continue saving and changing the lives of the most vulnerable. This includes the millions of children who are no longer receiving WFP-supported school meals due to school closures. In response to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, WFP is already providing support, and adapting its planning to ensure operations can carry on in a highly unpredictable environment.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, discussed with David, Beasley, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, ways of accelerating coordination in getting assistance to those affected by the outbreak. “The entire world is currently facing an unprecedented challenge that entails a coordinated and efficient global response to address its fallout, not only on the health level, but also its repercussion on the economic, social aspects of life and living standards,” Sheikh Mohamed said, adding that key global institutions should play their full part in this regard.

WFP plays an active role alongside other UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs to increase the efficiency of the COVID-19 response across the humanitarian sector. This includes making better decisions collectively. One of the goals of the Supply Chain Interagency Coordination Cell led by the World Health Organization (WHO), is to provide visibility on the demand of critical supplies, such as gloves, masks, protective suits, and clinical equipment.

COVID-19: UAE donates food aid to vulnerable communities in Colombia
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COVID-19: UAE donates food aid to vulnerable communities in Colombia

In response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Colombia imposed strict measures to contain the spread of the virus. Lockdowns and movement restrictions are taking a major toll on Colombians, as hungry people are protesting on the streets, calling on the government to provide more food aid and going against stay-at-home orders that have been in place since March 25. There have even been incidents where people have attempted to loot vehicles transporting food and other essential supplies—a sign of a growing crisis in Colombia.

People working in the informal sector—those with low wages, few benefits, and limited hours—are currently running out of food and money under lockdown. Following the protests, other small demonstrations are calling for increased government support across Colombia in the hardest-hit areas in Bogota, Medellin, and Cali. According to reports, Colombian authorities haven’t been distributing food to vulnerable communities.

The UAE Embassy in Bogota recently made a donation of 15,000 meals said to help nearly 2,000 Colombian citizens. Under the supervision of UAE Ambassador to Colombia, Salem Rashid Al Owais, the initiative “The UAE is With You” encourages embassies to donate to citizens in Colombia affected by the outbreak. The initiative’s aim, as pointed out by Al Owais, is to strengthen cooperation and solidarity between the UAE and Colombia to overcome the current global crisis—highlighting the support and generosity of Emiratis.

France calls on Lebanese Government “to move quickly”
Europe

France calls on Lebanese Government “to move quickly”

France renewed its request on Wednesday for the new Lebanese government to move quickly to meet the people’s aspirations as soon as it gained the trust in Parliament. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that “it is currently the responsibility of this government to move quickly to meet the economic, social and political aspirations that Lebanese have expressed for several months”.

According to AFP, on Tuesday the Lebanese Parliament trusted the new government despite protests from demonstrators who tried to block parliament’s access to MPs with clashes broking out between them and the security forces. Since October 17, Lebanon has witnessed unprecedented demonstrations against the political class, which the Lebanese accuse of not managing the subsequent political and economic crises.

The new Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, confirmed that his government had adopted the demands of the revolutionary uprising causing an earthquake in the country and pledged to “complete an emergency plan by the end of February”.

Following the request for the formation of a technocratic government which brings together ministers completely independent from the political class, the new Government team was formed after long talks between the parties with the majority of seats in Parliament, in particular pro-Iranian Hezbollah and the free patriotic movement founded by President Michel Aoun. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the international community “awaits profound and bold reforms by the Lebanese authorities, in particular as regards economic transparency, financial resilience, the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary”. Read more News From Europe click us.

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.
Middle East & Africa

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden .. to discuss change.

Dozens of Iranian opposition parties, organizations and personalities under the umbrella of the “Council of Democratic Forces in Iran” met in an expanded conference in Stockholm, the capital of the Kingdom of Sweden, on Saturday afternoon, to discuss ways to unify efforts and possibilities to overthrow the regime in Tehran.

The organizers stated to that delegates from the Swedish parliament, Iranian and international figures, activists and members of Iranian society organizations in the Diaspora will participate in the conference that will present how to support the protests of the Iranian interior and the role of the opposition abroad in communicating with the international community to communicate the demands and aspirations of the Iranian people in salvation From the system of Wilayat al-Faqih, and the formation of a pluralistic democratic system that represents all components of society with a national, cultural, religious and political diversity.

The Council of Democratic Forces in Iran, made up of 13 parties and organizations, is the broadest alliance of all Iranian opposition factions that includes the Persian Nationalist parties represented by the Iranian Democratic Front and the Union of People’s Fedayes and the Liberal Republicans, in addition to the parties and organizations of non-Persian nationalities, which are each of the “Kurdistan Democratic Party, The Ahwazi Democratic Solidarity Party, the Azerbaijani Political and Cultural Center, the Baloch People’s Party, the Iranian Kurdistan Alliance Party, the Turkmen Political Cultural Center, the United Front of Baluchistan, the Bakhtiari and Lorestan Union party, in addition to a number of Syndicates Workers, civil society activists, and independent political figures.

The council has issued invitations to the rest of the opposition parties and organizations whose representatives will attend – according to the organizers – to discuss uniting all opposition forces under a comprehensive umbrella to harness efforts and capabilities to overthrow the Iranian regime.

The meeting will offer to form a broad coalition and a joint program and win sympathy and support for nations, peoples and free and progressive countries in cooperation with international institutions to change the Iranian regime with peaceful popular protests and a smooth transition to democracy.

It is noteworthy that the convening of the conference comes in light of the suffocating international isolation experienced by the Iranian regime because of the nuclear program and the crisis of shooting down the Ukrainian plane with a missile for the Revolutionary Guard and the consequences of the bloody repression of the popular protests in November and January.

The European position, after activating the “trigger mechanism” to settle the nuclear dispute with Iran, is approaching more than the American position on concluding a comprehensive agreement that includes freezing the nuclear and missile programs, stopping the regional regime’s interference and continuing its support for terrorism. See more Latest news on africa .

Sanders And Buttigieg Lock Horns
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Sanders And Buttigieg Lock Horns

A political stalwart is in loggerheads with a roughly half the age military veteran and both are eyeing the Democratic nomination for the presidential post in the White House. This refers to none other than Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Both rivals took two top spots at the Iowa caucuses where 37 years young
Buttigieg bagged 14 delegates while the 78 years of age, Sanders bagged 12 delegates. One is trailing the other by small margins. Political analysts rightly observe that the numbers are low in terms of the total a candidate would need to secure the nomination. But this little win in their kitty does provide critical early momentum.

New Hampshire is the next pit stop for the other 9 contenders who all have been troubled with the low turnout of voters at the Iowa caucus. New Hampshire is of the many states which will need to be won by one of these contenders to get a majority to be able to contest the presidential elections for 2020.

Buttigieg speaks of the future. If elected, he would be the first open gay president in the world. Also, while referring to Trump, he drew applause in New Hampshire when he said “we need a politics that works for us and brings us together.” He was definitely referring to Trump’s allegiance to lobbies of all kinds that have funded his campaigns and other agendas.

But Sanders have hit it back saying that “Because we bring forth an agenda that doesn’t ask for approval from Wall Street, or the drug companies, our agenda is the agenda that represents working families.” Sanders had referred to Buttigieg of taking millions off billionaires.
Joe Biden on the other hand will steer clear of the open fight between Sanders and Buttigieg. Biden, who had fewer events scheduled on Sunday than his rivals, conceded he was out-organized by Sanders and Buttigieg in Iowa. He reiterated his long-standing belief that he would perform better in states with more African Americans and other voters of color, including upcoming contests in Nevada and South Carolina.For more News of America Today

Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!
Middle East & Africa

Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!

The U.S. ambassador to Israel has warned Israel against its actions in tandem with the Middle Eastern Plan.  He has asked Israel not to move unilaterally annex territory in the West Bank because it could jeopardize future U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the occupied areas.

At the moment, Israel has not put down a proper annexation plan and map that defines the area that they would annex. Unless that happens, US officials are not happy with the Trump- Netanyahu bonding. From the beginning, it seems Trump’s plan has been to give maximum control of Palestinian lands to Israel.  It actually allows Israel to annex about 30% of the West Bank.  According to the Israeli government, this territory is critical to ensuring the country’s security. Also quoting biblical importance, the Netanyahu government has allowed for extensive expansion of Israeli settlements in the area in recent years.

The Trump driven Middle Eastern Plan literally crushes the possibility of a contiguous independent Palestinian state, as it allows for the Israeli annexation of all of the Jewish settlements.

David Friedman has rightly mentioned the media that nothing is stopping Israel from keep it side of the bargain and it does not have to wait till March 02 voting cycle, which is what Netanyahu is doing as of now. Friedman has cleared any confusion saying that the U.S. recognition of the Peace Plan only comes after the U.S. and Israel convened to agree to final, detailed maps.  This is saving grace for Palestinians and all those who are in opposition of a plan that is heavily tilted towards benefiting the dictator that Benjamin Netayahu has been over two decades in Israel. Follow us for more Middle East Latest news.

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