Friday, October 2, 2015
The new leader of Britain's opposition Labor Party criticized Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for repressing their own citizens and called on Prime Minister David Cameron to stop his "uncritical support" for such countries.
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Jeb Bush invited a firestorm on Friday by saying that “stuff happens” in reference to renewed calls for legislative action after tragedies like the mass shooting in Oregon. “I had this challenge as governor because we had — look, stuff happens,” he said at a forum in South Carolina. “There’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.” The inelegant phrase immediately set off a wave of criticism from observers suggesting he was playing down the scourge of gun violence and the tragedy on Thursday, in which a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Mr Bush, taking questions from the state’s attorney general, Alan Wilson, was speaking about a pattern of proposing legislative responses that he said did not halt the tragedies they were meant to stop. Asked afterward about the “stuff happens” comment, Mr. Bush said, “it wasn’t a mistake,” and requested that a reporter point out “what I said wrong.” “Things happen all the time,” Mr. Bush said. “Things. Is that better?” Asked what he meant, Mr. Bush said he was talking more generally about the tendency to pass laws in response to tragic events. “Tragedies,” he said. “A child drowned in a pool and the impulse is to pass a law that puts fencing around pools. Well it may not change it. Or you have a car accident and the impulse is to pass a law that deals with that unique event. And the cumulative effect of this is, in some cases, you don’t solve the problem by passing the law, and you’re imposing on large numbers of people burdens that make it harder for our economy to grow, make it harder to protect liberty.” Mr. Bush said he was not referring specifically to Oregon when he said “stuff happens.” At the forum at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Mr. Bush boasted of his pro-gun record as Florida governor, recalling awards he received from the National Rifle Association and noting that he once received a gun from the group’s former president, Charlton Heston. At a news conference in Washington, President Obama was asked to respond to Mr. Bush’s comments after being read a small portion of them. “I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Mr. Obama said, adding, “The American people should hear that.” A spokeswoman for Mr. Bush, Allie Brandenburger, said in an email that Mr. Bush’s critics were “taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy.” “It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy,” she said.
В течение дня 2 октября российская авиационная группировка продолжила нанесение точечных авиационных ударов по объектам террористической группировки ИГИЛ на территории Сирии.С авиабазы «Хмеймим» совершено 14 вылетов самолетов Су-34, Су-24М и Су-25, в ходе которых было нанесено 6 ударов по объектам террористической группировки ИГИЛ.Штурмовиками Су-25 в районе МААРЕТ-ЭН-НУУМАН, провинция ИДЛИБ, полностью разрушен замаскированный под завод газовых баллонов крупный цех по производству фугасов и самодельных взрывных устройств.Также уничтожена располагавшаяся рядом база вооружений и военной техники террористов. В результате удара сгорело более десяти единиц техники, среди которых — боевые машины пехоты.В районе ЭЛЬ-ЛАТАМНА, провинция ХАМА, бомбардировщиками Су-34 с корректируемыми авиабомбами нанесен удар по заглубленному командному пункту боевиков. По данным объективного контроля, прямым попаданием авиабомбы пункт управления и его наземная инфраструктура полностью уничтожены.В этом же районе самолетами Су-25 нанесены удары по двум бункерам, в которых располагались пункты управления формированиями боевиков и склады террористов. В результате попадания на одном из объектов сдетонировали боеприпасы, полностью уничтожившие данный объект.В районе ХАН-ШЕЙХУН, провинция ИДЛИБ, точечными ударами бомбардировщиков Су-24М и штурмовиков Су-25 разрушен пункт управления вооруженных формирований ИГИЛ.Точность наведения на цели самолетов российской авиационной группировки в Сирии достигалась их применением в едином разведывательно-ударном комплексе.#Сирия #Syria #ISIS #ИГИЛ #ВКС #ВВС #AerospaceForces #AirForce #Хмеймим #Hmeymim #СводкаOn October 2, in the course of the day, the Russian air grouping continued making pinpoint strikes at the “Islamic State” international terrorist grouping. Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 aircraft carried out 14 sorties from the Hmeymim air base attacking 6 ISIS objects.At Maarrat Al-Nuuman (Idlib), Su-25 attack aircraft completely destroyed a large workshop aimed for production of bombs and improvised explosive devices and disguised as a plant for gas cylinders.Terrorist base for armament and military equipment was also eliminated. As a result of an air strike, over ten pieces of military hardware including infantry fighting vehicles were burnt down.In Al-Latamna district (Hamah), Su-34 bombers equipped with guided air bombs blew up a militants’ underground HQ. The command centre and its ground facilities are destroyed according to the objective monitoring data. Moreover, Su-25 aircraft engaged two bunkers at the same district. There were situated command centres of militant units and depots of terrorists. Munitions of one of the depots detonated and caused their total destruction. At the Hann Sayhun district (Idlib), pinpoint strikes of Su-24M and Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated a command centre of the ISIS armed groupings.The targeting accuracy of the Russian air grouping in Syria was achieved by usage of aircraft within the reconnaissance-strike complex.Posted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Friday, October 2, 2015
A terrorist command center was destroyed by Su-24-M and Su-25 attack aircrafts near the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province. In the Al-Latamna district of Hama Governorate, guided air bombs delivered from Su-34 bombers blew up a militant’s underground HQ, the Defense Ministry said. Su-25 aircraft also targeted two bunkers in the same area which had been hosting Islamic State command centers and arm depots. According to the ministry, munitions at one of the depots detonated and caused a total destruction of the bunkers.“The targeting accuracy of the Russian air grouping in Syria was achieved by the usage of aircraft within the reconnaissance-strike complex,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. On Thursday, the Defense Ministry had to address concerns sounded by the Western politicians and media that Russian bombardment actually targeted democratic Syrian opposition forces, instead of IS, and led to civilian casualties. READ MORE: RT EXCLUSIVE: First look at Russian airbase in Latakia, centerpiece of anti-ISIS operations (VIDEO) The ministry stressed that it’s after IS in Syria, adding that all airstrikes are based on accurate intelligence data and take place away from residential areas. Russian aviation has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria since Wednesday. READ MORE: Sukhoi warplanes used by Russia in Syria anti-terror op (PHOTOS) The operation performed at the request of Syrian President, Bashar Assad, is designed to provide air support to the government troops, which is struggling to contain the spread of jihadist militants in the war-torn country. As he was explaining Moscow’s decision to get involved in Syria, Vladimir Putin said that radicals from many countries, including Russia, have flocked to Iraq and Syria to join the terrorist group. They must be defeated so that they do not return home with battle experience and ideology adopted in the war zone, the Russian president stressed.
According to Central Statistics Organization (CSO), the unemployment figure for 2015 was only 25 percent.
Insecurity, lack of jobs in government and the private sector organizations and a downturn of industries are the main factors behind growing unemployment, CSO officials said.
"Those who had jobs are now unemployed and at the same time no new jobs were created," deputy CSO Chief Haseebullah Muahid said. "Unemployment has had a rapid growth and it rose by about 15 percent."
In addition, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) officials also agreed with SCO statements and admitted that numerous factory workers are jobless.
According to ACCI, several skilled workers are also unemployed due to economic issues facing factories at industrial parks.
"Lack of development projects has resulted in increased unemployment," ACCI executive chief Atiqullah Nasrat said.
Based on the figures provided by the ministry of labor and social affairs, over 1.8 million eligible workers are unemployed in Afghanistan.
This comes as thousands of Afghans are reportedly fleeing the country due to what they believe is lack of jobs and security.
This has caused a huge refugee crisis across Europe as daily thousands of immigrants, most of them from Syria and Afghanistan, are illegally entering European countries in a bid to find jobs and a peaceful life.
Despite carefully wording the order, the fact is that media channels are openly and direct accusing the Saudi Arabia of mismanagement – and most importantly, they should be doing that.
The government may good-naturedly wish to save their Saudi brother from their blushes, but the question is why they should? What has the Kingdom done to escape criticism?
All evidence points to the fact that there are no mitigating factors.
Had stampedes at Hajj been an isolated incident we could have forgiven the Kingdom, since accidents happen at large gatherings and no one can guarantee complete safety.
Yet the fact is that a couple hundred deaths – especially at Mina – have become a regular occurrence, happening four or five times every decade.
For the longest time the Kingdom has been awarded a lenient outlook, sometimes just because of the fact that they are the ‘guardians of the holy cities’, but a thousand deaths cannot go unaccounted for, especially when reports indicate that the stampede was caused by the authorities admitting large amounts of people into the complex and then blocking certain exit points to facilitate Saudi royalty.
Yes, the constitution contains a clause that says the media should refrain from publishing any material that might damage relations with friendly nations, but that clause has been gathering dust ever since it was written.
It has never been actively used, and it is hypocritical to use it to shelter Saudi Arabia when any of our other allies – such as the United States – have never been afforded such luxury.
Even if this clause was frequently used, criticizing the management at Mina – something the whole world is doing –does not damage the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia at all.
The order by the government is designed to protect our Saudi brothers from some much deserved criticism – and most importantly, to scuttle independent journalistic accountability.
VIP tents, luxury suits overlooking Mecca, private tours to dignitaries, the Hajj pilgrimage has been turned into a money making machine.
If the quest for increasing revenue has prompted the Saudi Authorities to ignore proper safeguards then they must be held accountable.
Pakistani government, which should be hounding the Saudis, is instead covering their tracks, and in the process is showing incalculable apathy or the Pakistani pilgrims that were crushed in the tragic stampede.