Thursday, June 4, 2020

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عمران خان کی کرونا پالیسی کیا ہے؟


ادب برائے ادب کی بحث تو سن رکھی تھی، اب حکومت برائے حکومت دیکھ رہے ہیں۔

زمِ ناز سے قاصد دو سندیسے لایا ہے۔ پہلے میں لکھا ہے، عزیز ہم وطنو، حالات بہت سنگین ہیں آپ گھروں میں رہیں اور احتیاط کریں۔ دوسرے میں نوید سنائی گئی ہے کہ عزیز ہم وطنو آپ کے لیے سیاحتی مقامات کھول دیے گئے ہیں۔
عزیز ہم وطن اب بیٹھے سوچ رہے ہیں گھروں میں رہیں یا سیاحتی مقامات کو روانہ ہو جائیں۔ میر نے کہا تھا، ’صد رنگ مری موج ہے، میں طبع رواں ہوں۔ ‘
سوال یہ ہے حکومت کے پاس کرونا (کورونا) سے نبٹنے کے لیے کوئی پالیسی ہے یا یہ محض طبع رواں کا نام ہے۔ موج و آشوب میں تلاطم اٹھا تو قوم سے ایک خطاب فرما دیا؟
 حکومت کسی درویش کا تصرف نہیں ہوتی، حکومت انتظامی تحرک کانام ہے۔ اس کا فیصلہ غلط یا درست ہو سکتا ہے لیکن وہ جو بھی فیصلہ کرتی ہے، بڑی یکسوئی کے ساتھ اور کسی ابہام کے بغیر دو جمع دو چار کی طرح کرتی ہے۔ حکومت اپنے اہداف اور اپنی پالیسی میں بہت واضح ہوتی ہے۔ اسے معلوم ہوتا ہے اس نے کیا کرنا ہے اور کیسے کرنا ہے۔ کورونا نے اس سماج اور ہماری معیشت کی کمر دہری کر دی ہے لیکن افتادگان خاک کو کچھ خبر نہیں حکومت کی پالیسی کیا ہے۔ سیموئل بیکٹ کے ڈرامے  Waiting for Godot میں بھی لوگ انتظار میں تھے، عمران خان کے نئے پاکستان میں بھی لفافہ خط غبار سے لکھا جاتا ہے۔
حکومت کہاں ہے؟ کیا چاہتی ہے؟ اس کی پالیسی کیا ہے؟ لائحۂ عمل کیا ہے؟ ترجیحات کیا ہیں؟ سوالات کا دفتر کھلا ہے لیکن جواب معلوم نہیں۔ حکومت نے خود ہی لاک ڈاؤن کیا اور پھر جناب وزیر اعظم نے خود ہی بتا دیا کہ وہ تو لاک ڈاؤن نہیں چاہتے تھے، یہ تو حکمران اشرافیہ نے لاک ڈاؤن کا فیصلہ کر لیا۔ سوال یہ ہے یہ حکمران اشرافیہ کون ہے جس نے جناب وزیر اعظم سے بالا ہی بالا لاک ڈاؤن کا فیصلہ کر لیا؟
اگر اشارہ 18ویں ترمیم کے بعد صوبائی حکومتوں کی داخلی معاملات میں خود مختاری کی جانب تھا تو پنجاب اور کے پی کے میں تو تحریک انصاف کی اپنی حکومت ہے اور دستیاب اطلاعات کے مطابق، عمران خان وزارت عظمی کے ساتھ ساتھ تحریک انصاف کی سربراہی کے منصب پر بھی فائز ہیں وزیر اعظم لاک ڈاؤن کے حامی نہیں تھے تو ’حکمران اشرافیہ‘ نے کے پی کے اور پنجاب میں کیسے لاک ڈاؤن کر دیا؟ حکومت فیصلے کرتی ہے اور پھر ان کی ذمہ داری لیتی ہے۔ یہاں حکومت ہاتھوں کا کام مژگاں سے لے رہی ہے۔ یعنی ’ذوق کے ہے سامنے، لافِ غزل خوانی دروغ۔‘
ہم نے دو ماہ لاک ڈاؤن کیے رکھا۔ اس کی ایک معاشی قیمت تھی جو قوم نے ادا کی۔ لیکن حیران کن طور پر عید سے چند دن پہلے سارے بازار کھول کر دو ماہ کی یہ ساری مشقت اپنے ہاتھوں سے گویا چولہے میں ڈال دی گئی۔ اس بوڑھی عورت کی طرح جس نے ساری عمر سوت کاٹا اور آخر میں اسے کاٹ کاٹ کر پھینک دیا۔ نتیجہ ہمارے سامنے ہے۔ کرونا کے کیسز اب بہت تیزی سے بڑھ رہے ہیں۔
بعد از خرابی بسیار اب ایک نئی ایس او پی متعارف کرائی جا رہی ہے اور وہ بھی غلطی ہائے مضامین کے سوا کچھ نہیں۔ مارکیٹیں، کاروباری مراکز اور دکانیں اب ہفتے میں پانچ دن کھلا کریں گی۔ سوال یہ ہے انہیں کھولنا ہی ہے تو پانچ دنوں میں کیا حکمت ہے۔ کیا کرونا کے ساتھ کوئی این آر او ہو گیا ہے کہ پانچ دن وہ کسی کو کچھ نہیں کہے گا اور چھٹے اور ساتویں دن اگر کسی نے دکان کھول لی تو کرونا کا استحقاق مجروح ہو جائے گا؟
جس احتیاط کے ساتھ پانچ دن لوگ ان مارکیٹوں میں آ سکتے ہیں اسی احتیاط کے ساتھ سات دن کیوں نہیں آ سکتے؟ کیا احتیاط نے بھی کوئی سندیسہ بھیجا ہے کہ میں صرف پانچ دن دستیاب رہوں گی اور ویک اینڈ پر میں رخصت پر چلی جاؤں گی؟کیا دنیا میں کہیں کوئی ایسی تحقیق سامنے آئی ہے کہ کرونا ’ویک اینڈ‘ پر زیادہ خطرناک ہو جاتا ہے؟
سماجی رویوں کے اعتبار سے بھی یہ فیصلہ غیر منطقی ہے۔ دکانیں اور مارکیٹیں اگر سارا ہفتہ کھلیں گی تو سوشل ڈسٹنسنگ کے اصولوں پر عمل کرنا آسان ہو گا اور جسے جب موقع ملے گا جا کر خریداری کر لے گا۔ یہ دو دن بند رہیں گی تو ہفتے کے پہلے اور آخری دن ہجوم بڑھ جانے کا خطرہ رہے گا۔ سچ تو یہ ہے اس فیصلے کے حق میں کوئی طبی، انتظامی، عقلی، سماجی اورمعاشرتی دلیل موجود نہیں ہے۔ ان فیصلوں کی شان نزول اس کے سوا اور کچھ نہیں کہ حکمرانی کا دعویٰ سند رہے۔ جس طرح متحرک اور فعال سیاسی زندگی گزارنے والے عارف علوی ایوان صدر کے ماحول کی یکسانیت سے اکتا جاتے ہیں تو گاہے باہر نکلتے ہیں اور ’رعایا میں گھل مل جاتے ہیں‘ ایسے ہی جب حکومت کو کچھ سجھائی نہیں دیتا وہ ایک اور فیصلہ فرما دیتی ہے۔ ادب برائے ادب تو سن رکھا تھا، حکومت برائے حکومت پہلی بار دیکھ رہے ہیں۔
کرونا ٹائیگر فورس کا قصہ ہی دیکھ لیجیے۔ دو ماہ جب کاروبار بند تھے اور بھوک غریب کی دہلیز پر جا بیٹھی تھی اس فورس کا کہیں نام و نشاں نہ تھا اور اب معمولات زندگی بحال ہو رہے ہیں اور کاروبار، دکانیں اور مارکیٹیں کھلنے لگی ہیں تو کورونا ٹائیگر فورس بھی داد شجاعت دینے آ پہنچی ہے۔ تقاریب برپا ہو رہی ہیں، حلف لیے جا رہے ہیں اور سماجی دوری اور ماسک کی ہدایات کو بالائے طاق رکھتے ہوئے فوٹو سیشن ہو رہے ہیں۔ یہ ساری سرگرمی بہت اچھی اور یہ جذبے بہت نیک سہی مگر یہ کرونا ریلیف ٹائیگر فورس اب کرے گی کیا؟ قوم کو ا گر غیر اعلانیہ طور پر ’اجتماعی مدافعت (ہرڈ امیونٹی) ہی کی طرف لے جایا جا رہا ہے تو اس میں کرونا ٹائیگر فورس کی کیا افادیت ہو گی؟ جب سواری نے اپنے سامان کی حفاظت خود ہی کرنا ہے تو یہ اہتمام کس لیے؟
سوال وہی ہے: حکومت کے پاس کرونا سے نبٹنے کے لیے کوئی پالیسی ہے یا یہ محض طبع رواں کا نام ہے۔ موج و آشوب میں تلاطم اٹھا تو قوم سے ایک خطاب فرما دیا؟

Pakistan surpasses China in COVID-19 cases

Aamir Latif   

Over 4,600 new coronavirus cases reported in last 24 hours with 82 deaths, says Health Ministry
Pakistan's tally of coronavirus cases has surpassed China reaching 85,189 on Thursday, according to the Health Ministry.
China has reported 82,933 cases and 4,638 deaths since the start of the outbreak last December, according to the data of Johns Hopkins University.
In Pakistan, a total of 4,688 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day rise ever, landing the country at the 17th spot in terms of coronavirus cases, the data shows.
Another 82 patients lost their lives due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, across the country, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 1,770. Some 30,128 patients have recovered.
According to the official statistics, authorities have so far conducted 615,511 tests across the country.
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/pakistan-surpasses-china-in-covid-19-cases/1864755

#Pakistan - #PPP to resist layoff of workers of govt enterprises: Bilawal

Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has warned the PTI government to stop conspiring against the workers and laborers employed by state-owned enterprises, adding that any lay-off of government, semi-government or state corporation employees would be vehemently resisted, Dunya News reported on Wednesday.

In a statement, the PPP chairman said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and some of his cabinet members were involved in a plot to unleash a wave of unemployment and chaos and create a situation to sell off state-owned enterprises for peanuts to their invisible partners.He said that PIA and Pakistan Steel, two of Pakistan’s biggest assets, have been targeted by the PTI government from day one of its induction and that slowly it had set into motion its plan to deprive thousands of workers and millions of their family members of their livelihoods.
PPP chairman said the federal government imposed the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952, on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and banned the employees union, a blatantly unconstitutional move that lays bare their conspiracy to deprive the rights of the workers and unveils their nefarious plans for privatization.
He also pointed out that it was Imran Khan who had stood at the gates of Pakistan Steel Mill and promised that he had experts who would restore Pakistan Steel to its former glory and bring its operations to full capacity, but now he had gone back on his word and was advancing the agenda of those who planned to sell it to their friends and benefactors.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that PTI’s slogan to provide 10 million jobs was eyewash to dupe the poor and unemployed and its government’s legacy would be one of the economic devastation of the poor.
The PPP chairman said that his party would not allow any lay-off, right-sizing or down-sizing in any sector and warned that PPP would resist these steps at any cost and lead the entire nation against the government’s abdication of its responsibilities to the workers of state-owned enterprises as it continues to display heartlessness by firing people during a pandemic.
https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/548130-PPP-to-resist-layoff-of-workers-of-govt-enterprises:-Bilawal

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Video Report - #BlackLivesMatter #US Will US protests lead to political change?

Video Report - Defense Secretary breaks with Trump on invoking Insurrection Act

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#blacklifematters - James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution

JEFFREY GOLDBERG
In an extraordinary condemnation, the former defense secretary backs protesters and says the president is trying to turn Americans against one another.
James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump’s Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump’s performance as president. But he has now broken his silence, writing an extraordinary broadside in which he denounces the president for dividing the nation, and accuses him of ordering the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens.
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
Mike Mullen: I cannot remain silent
In his j’accuse, Mattis excoriates the president for setting Americans against one another.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”
He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”
Mattis’s dissatisfaction with Trump was no secret inside the Pentagon. But after his resignation, he argued publicly—and to great criticism—that it would be inappropriate and counterproductive for a former general, and a former Cabinet official, to criticize a sitting president. Doing so, he said, would threaten the apolitical nature of the military. When I interviewed him last year on this subject, he said, “When you leave an administration over clear policy differences, you need to give the people who are still there as much opportunity as possible to defend the country. They still have the responsibility of protecting this great big experiment of ours.” He did add, however: “There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.”
That period is now definitively over. Mattis reached the conclusion this past weekend that the American experiment is directly threatened by the actions of the president he once served. In his statement, Mattis makes it clear that the president’s response to the police killing of George Floyd, and the ensuing protests, triggered this public condemnation.
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago,” he writes, “I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”
He goes on to implicitly criticize the current secretary of defense, Mark Esper, and other senior officials as well. “We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to ‘dominate.’ At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.
Here is the text of the complete statement.
IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH
I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.
When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.
From the July/August 2020 issue: History will judge the complicit.
We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.
James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.
Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.
Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.
We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.
Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/james-mattis-denounces-trump-protests-militarization/612640/

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Pakistan - Bilawal says #PPP to resist layoffs of workers of govt enterprises

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday warned the federal government not to remove workers of state-owned enterprises, saying his party would resist any such action.
In a statement, Bilawal alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan and some of his cabinet members were “involved in a plot to unleash a wave of unemployment and chaos and create a situation to sell off state-owned enterprises to their invisible partners”.
The PPP chairman added that PIA and Pakistan Steel, two of Pakistan’s biggest assets, have been targeted by the PTI government from day one of its induction.
He said the federal government imposed the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952, on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and banned the employees union, a blatantly unconstitutional move that lays bare their conspiracy to deprive the rights of the workers and unveils their plans for privatisation.
Bilawal also pointed out that it was Imran Khan who had stood at the gates of Pakistan Steel Mill and promised that he had experts who would restore Pakistan Steel to its former glory and bring its operations to full capacity, but now he had gone back on his word and was advancing the agenda of those who planned to sell it to their friends and benefactors.
Bilawal said that the PPP would not allow any lay-off, right-sizing or downsizing in any sector and warned that PPP would resist these steps at any cost.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/06/03/bilawal-says-ppp-wont-allow-govt-to-lay-off-workers-of-govt-enterprises/

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari warns the PTI government to stop conspiring against the workers and laborers employed by state owned enterprises


Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has warned the PTI government to stop conspiring against the workers and laborers employed by state-owned enterprises, adding that any lay-off of government, semi-government or state corporation employees would be vehemently resisted.
In his issued statement, the PPP Chairman said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and some of his cabinet members were involved in a plot to unleash a wave of unemployment and chaos and create a situation to sell off State-Owned Enterprises for peanuts to their invisible partners.

He added that PIA and Pakistan Steel, two of Pakistan’s biggest assets, have been targeted by the PTI government from day one of its induction and that slowly it had set into motion its plan to deprive thousands of workers and millions of the family members of their livelihoods.
PPP Chairman said the federal government imposed the Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952, on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and banned the employees union, a blatantly unconstitutional move that lays bare their conspiracy to deprive the rights of the workers and unveils their nefarious plans for privatization.

He also pointed out that it was Imran Khan who had stood at the gates of Pakistan Steel Mill and promised that he had experts who would restore Pakistan Steel to its former glory and bring its operations to full capacity, but now he had gone back on his word and was advancing the agenda of those who planned to sell it to their friends and benefactors.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that PTI’s slogan to provide 10 million jobs was an eyewash to dupe the poor and unemployed and its government’s legacy would be one of the economic devastations of the poor.

The PPP Chairman said that his Party would not allow any lay-off, right-sizing or down-sizing in any sector and warned that PPP would resist these steps at any cost and lead the entire nation against the government’s abdication of its responsibilities to the workers of State-Owned Enterprises as it continues to display heartlessness by firing people during a pandemic.

https://www.ppp.org.pk/2020/06/03/chairman-ppp-bilawal-bhutto-zardari-warns-the-pti-government-to-stop-conspiring-against-the-workers-and-laborers-employed-by-state-owned-enterprises/

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

By Barack Obama
 As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times. But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are worth remembering.
First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation — something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood.
On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause. I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.
So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform. Finally, the more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away. The content of that reform agenda will be different for various communities. A big city may need one set of reforms; a rural community may need another. Some agencies will require wholesale rehabilitation; others should make minor improvements. Every law enforcement agency should have clear policies, including an independent body that conducts investigations of alleged misconduct. Tailoring reforms for each community will require local activists and organizations to do their research and educate fellow citizens in their community on what strategies work best.
But as a starting point, here’s a report and toolkit developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and based on the work of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that I formed when I was in the White House. And if you’re interested in taking concrete action, we’ve also created a dedicated site at the Obama Foundation to aggregate and direct you to useful resources and organizations who’ve been fighting the good fight at the local and national levels for years.
I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals. Let’s get to work.
https://medium.com/@BarackObama/how-to-make-this-moment-the-turning-point-for-real-change-9fa209806067

George W. Bush on George Floyd protests: 'It is time for America to examine our tragic failures'

Former President George W. Bush on Tuesday publicly reacted for the first time to the national unrest surrounding the police killing of George Floyd, saying that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."
Bush, a Republican, said in a statement that he and former first lady Laura Bush "are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country."
"Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures -- and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths," the statement said.
The remarks come as widespread protests -- some of which have at times turned violent -- continue to play out across the country demanding justice for Floyd, a black man who was killed last week by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Protesters who have taken to the streets in recent days to draw attention to the case and police violence across America say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in Floyd's death, though so far officials have only charged the officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck.
"America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights," Bush said in the statement.
Though the statement makes no mention of President Donald Trump -- who has been criticized for his response to the unrest -- its tone contrasts sharply with Trump's public comments. The President has taken a strongman approach to the situation and stoked racial tensions with controversial statements about the protests.
"Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions," Bush said.
    The former President also denounced the looting and destruction that has occurred in some cities in recent days, saying: "Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress."
    Former President Barack Obama also recently released a statement about Floyd's death, saying last week that all Americans should "work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."

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    Joe Biden Laces Into Trump for Fanning ‘Flames of Hate’

    By Katie Glueck
    In a speech in Philadelphia, Mr. Biden assailed the president’s handling of the protests over police brutality and racial justice, declaring that he had “turned this country into a battlefield.”
    Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday excoriated President Trump’s stewardship of a nation convulsed in crisis over issues of race and police brutality, likening Mr. Trump’s language to that of Southern racists of the 1960s while also warning Americans that “we cannot let our rage consume us.” Such activity “shows you his heart and his understanding of the urgency of this moment,” Mr. Coons said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Minneapolis.” Such activity “shows you his heart and his understanding of the urgency of this moment,” Mr. Coons said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Minneapolis.”
    A leader, Mr. Coons added, “takes some risks to hear people and to respect them.”
    Polling shows that Mr. Biden still has work to do in communicating that image to the nation. A Washington Post-ABC poll over the weekend found that Mr. Trump bested Mr. Biden on the question of who respondents saw as a strong leader. But the same survey had Mr. Biden with a 10 percentage point lead over Mr. Trump among registered voters. And a Monmouth University poll released on Tuesday found Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 42 percent among all Americans, his lowest marks since early fall. Just 21 percent said the country was headed in the right direction, a drop by nearly half since March, and the lowest number on record since Monmouth began asking the question in 2013. The biggest drop in confidence came among Republicans: Only 45 percent now say the country is going the right way, down from 75 percent in March. Mr. Biden is expected to intensify his public appearances over the next month, with his early forays in Delaware offering a model. And during his meeting with community and faith leaders on Monday, he promised that in coming weeks he would be making “very serious national speeches about where I think we have to go, what we have to do.” Over the weekend and on Monday, Mr. Biden’s campaign advisers engaged in fluid and evolving deliberations about how best to wade back into public activity as Delaware lifts its stay-at-home order. Internal discussions about how to handle Mr. Biden’s public appearances are affected by fast-changing news developments that can lead to haphazard planning scrambles, according to people close to the campaign. Biden officials are also weighing the need for sensitivity to the fraught subject matter at hand, as well as ongoing health considerations for voters, staff and the candidate himself amid the pandemic. “It’s a challenge to be in this kind of environment,” said Ms. Blunt Rochester on Sunday. “We have to be careful for him and for others, and so he will continue to listen to the science. And if there are places where he can be, like today, to get out there, be social distant — he had his mask, we were all careful, but it does change the way you campaign.” On Sunday he spent much of his time listening — to passers-by, to business owners, and to her own experience as the mother of a black man, said Ms. Blunt Rochester. “The moment right now is pivotal,” Ms. Blunt Rochester said. “The question is, what are we going to do? What are we going to do as a result of it? And so as he continues to build his platform, part of it is listening to people.” Mr. Biden also spent part of Sunday calling mayors on the front lines of the crisis to offer encouragement. He spoke with Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minn., his campaign confirmed. Mr. Biden asked after Mr. Carter’s family and offered his assistance, the mayor recalled in an interview. “He asked me how I thought he could be supportive of the work we’re trying to lead nationally, and how he could be helpful in that space,” Mr. Carter said. The mayor said that he had stopped using the term “recovery,” pressing the need for more transformational change on matters from health care to the economy. “January and February were not a state of stability for too many Americans,” he said.
    A leader, Mr. Coons added, “takes some risks to hear people and to respect them.”
    Polling shows that Mr. Biden still has work to do in communicating that image to the nation. A Washington Post-ABC poll over the weekend found that Mr. Trump bested Mr. Biden on the question of who respondents saw as a strong leader.
    But the same survey had Mr. Biden with a 10 percentage point lead over Mr. Trump among registered voters. And a Monmouth University poll released on Tuesday found Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 42 percent among all Americans, his lowest marks since early fall.
    Just 21 percent said the country was headed in the right direction, a drop by nearly half since March, and the lowest number on record since Monmouth began asking the question in 2013. The biggest drop in confidence came among Republicans: Only 45 percent now say the country is going the right way, down from 75 percent in March. Mr. Biden is expected to intensify his public appearances over the next month, with his early forays in Delaware offering a model. And during his meeting with community and faith leaders on Monday, he promised that in coming weeks he would be making “very serious national speeches about where I think we have to go, what we have to do.”
    Over the weekend and on Monday, Mr. Biden’s campaign advisers engaged in fluid and evolving deliberations about how best to wade back into public activity as Delaware lifts its stay-at-home order.
    Internal discussions about how to handle Mr. Biden’s public appearances are affected by fast-changing news developments that can lead to haphazard planning scrambles, according to people close to the campaign. Biden officials are also weighing the need for sensitivity to the fraught subject matter at hand, as well as ongoing health considerations for voters, staff and the candidate himself amid the pandemic. “It’s a challenge to be in this kind of environment,” said Ms. Blunt Rochester on Sunday. “We have to be careful for him and for others, and so he will continue to listen to the science. And if there are places where he can be, like today, to get out there, be social distant — he had his mask, we were all careful, but it does change the way you campaign.” On Sunday he spent much of his time listening — to passers-by, to business owners, and to her own experience as the mother of a black man, said Ms. Blunt Rochester. “The moment right now is pivotal,” Ms. Blunt Rochester said. “The question is, what are we going to do? What are we going to do as a result of it? And so as he continues to build his platform, part of it is listening to people.” Mr. Biden also spent part of Sunday calling mayors on the front lines of the crisis to offer encouragement. He spoke with Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minn., his campaign confirmed. Mr. Biden asked after Mr. Carter’s family and offered his assistance, the mayor recalled in an interview. “He asked me how I thought he could be supportive of the work we’re trying to lead nationally, and how he could be helpful in that space,” Mr. Carter said. The mayor said that he had stopped using the term “recovery,” pressing the need for more transformational change on matters from health care to the economy. “January and February were not a state of stability for too many Americans,” he said.
    In his first formal speech out in public since the coronavirus shuttered the campaign trail in mid-March, Mr. Biden delivered perhaps his closest approximation yet of a presidential address to the nation. He emphasized themes of empathy and unity to draw a clear contrast with Mr. Trump, who over the last 24 hours threatened to deploy the military nationwide to dominate protesters and told governors they had to deliver “retribution” to demonstrators or else they would look like “a bunch of jerks.”
    With Mr. Trump determined to cast himself as a self-described “law and order” president, Mr. Biden aimed to appeal to a broader range of the electorate’s concerns, pledging to address economic inequality and racial injustice but also urging the nation to come together at a moment of deep civil unrest.
    “Donald Trump has turned this country into a battlefield riven by old resentments and fresh fears,” Mr. Biden said, speaking against a backdrop of American flags at Philadelphia’s City Hall. “Is this who we are? Is this who we want to be? Is this what we want to pass on to our children and our grandchildren? Fear, anger, finger pointing, rather than the pursuit of happiness? Incompetence and anxiety, self-absorption, selfishness?”
    The country, Mr. Biden said, was “crying out for leadership.”
    Mr. Biden’s remarks, which were by turns optimistic about America’s potential and somber about the depth of its challenges, came as his team moved urgently to press a more aggressive case against Mr. Trump at an extraordinarily high-stakes moment for the country, marked by a pandemic, devastating unemployment numbers, racial strife and violent clashes between police and protesters during the demonstrations, which in many cities have led to looting.
    Heightening the tensions, in the last several days alone, Mr. Trump has called protesters “terrorists,” spent time in an underground bunker and visited a church for photographs with a Bible, while peaceful protesters were dispersed with tear gas to clear his path. His campaign is increasingly seeking to paint Mr. Biden as sympathetic to those “causing mayhem,” as Mr. Trump’s team put it on Tuesday.
    To chart his own vision for the country, Mr. Biden left his home in Wilmington, Del., to travel to Philadelphia. It is the city where the nation’s founding documents were crafted, where President Barack Obama gave his famous speech on race in 2008, and where Mr. Biden held his first large-scale rally of the 2020 campaign, promising to heal the soul of the country and calling for national unity. It is now also a city rocked by protests and growing racial tensions.
    In his remarks, which lasted around 20 minutes, Mr. Biden both rebuked his opponent, urging him to consult the Constitution and the Bible instead of eviscerating the “guardrails" of democracy, and also said that defeating Mr. Trump would not be enough to heal the nation’s centuries-old divisions and hatreds as he called for immediate policing reforms.
    “We’re a nation in pain,” Mr. Biden said. “We must not let our pain destroy us. We’re a nation enraged, but we cannot let our rage consume us. We’re a nation that’s exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us. As president, it’s my commitment to all of you to lead on these issues and to listen, because I truly believe in my heart of hearts, we can overcome.”
    Declaring this the moment “for our nation to deal with systemic racism,” Mr. Biden called on Congress to pass measures including a ban on chokeholds and set a “model use-of-force standard.” And he highlighted his promise to create a national police oversight commission.
    The presidency, Mr. Biden said, is “a very big job,” no one would get everything right, including himself. “But I promise you this,’’ he added. “I won’t fan the flames of hate. I’ll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country — not use them for political gain.”
    As Mr. Trump cracks down on protesters, how Mr. Biden handles the coming weeks could define his candidacy for the final five months of the presidential contest. There is an increasing sense of urgency among his allies to see him leading from the ground.
    “This is a moment in our nation’s history that is as unique as if we had the 1918 pandemic and the 1929 stock market crash and the 1968 riots all happen at the same time,” said Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware. “There’s a limit to how much leadership you can show without seeing people, hearing from people, connecting with people. Joe Biden has always been at his best when people can feel and see his empathy.”
    The former vice president, 77, is cautiously re-emerging onto the public landscape at one of the most volatile moments in at least a generation.
    The killing of George Floyd, a black man who died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, has sparked an outpouring of grief and anger across the country. Peaceful demonstrations during the day have turned chaotic at night as images of American cities, under curfew and on fire, blanket the airwaves.The country, Mr. Biden said on Tuesday, requires “leadership that can recognize pain and deep grief of communities that have had a knee on their neck for a long time.”
    Mr. Biden also decried violence and clashes between police, protesters and looters.
    “There's no place for violence, no place for looting, or destroying property, or burning churches or destroying businesses,” he said, noting that many people of color have been victims of the chaos. “Nor is it acceptable for our police, sworn to protect and serve all people, to escalate tension, resort to excessive violence. We need to distinguish between legitimate peaceful protests and opportunistic violent destruction.”Meanwhile, the coronavirus rages on, with more than 100,000 Americans dead, and more than 40 million people who have filed for unemployment.“The pain is raw,” Mr. Biden said. “The pain is real. The president of the United States must be part of the solution, not the problem. But this president today is part of the problem and accelerates it.”
    In a statement, Mr. Trump’s campaign defended the president’s approach to the crisis.
    “President Trump has addressed the nation twice, expressed horror and sorrow for the death of George Floyd, stood with the peaceful protesters, and made it clear that he would not abide our cities being overtaken by violent, uncontrollable rioters,” the statement said.
    While Mr. Trump, with the bully pulpit of the presidency, never left public view as the coronavirus crisis shuttered much of the country, Mr. Biden spent much of the spring campaigning virtually.
    He made a public Memorial Day appearance last week to pay his respects to Delaware’s war dead and emerged again for a Sunday walk around Wilmington, visiting the site of demonstrations and meeting with store owners, said Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Democrat of Delaware, who accompanied him. That was followed on Monday by an in-person meeting with faith and community leaders at a historic black church.Such activity “shows you his heart and his understanding of the urgency of this moment,” Mr. Coons said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Minneapolis.”
    A leader, Mr. Coons added, “takes some risks to hear people and to respect them.”
    Polling shows that Mr. Biden still has work to do in communicating that image to the nation. A Washington Post-ABC poll over the weekend found that Mr. Trump bested Mr. Biden on the question of who respondents saw as a strong leader.
    But the same survey had Mr. Biden with a 10 percentage point lead over Mr. Trump among registered voters. And a Monmouth University poll released on Tuesday found Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 42 percent among all Americans, his lowest marks since early fall.
    Just 21 percent said the country was headed in the right direction, a drop by nearly half since March, and the lowest number on record since Monmouth began asking the question in 2013. The biggest drop in confidence came among Republicans: Only 45 percent now say the country is going the right way, down from 75 percent in March.Mr. Biden is expected to intensify his public appearances over the next month, with his early forays in Delaware offering a model. And during his meeting with community and faith leaders on Monday, he promised that in coming weeks he would be making “very serious national speeches about where I think we have to go, what we have to do.”Over the weekend and on Monday, Mr. Biden’s campaign advisers engaged in fluid and evolving deliberations about how best to wade back into public activity as Delaware lifts its stay-at-home order.
    Internal discussions about how to handle Mr. Biden’s public appearances are affected by fast-changing news developments that can lead to haphazard planning scrambles, according to people close to the campaign. Biden officials are also weighing the need for sensitivity to the fraught subject matter at hand, as well as ongoing health considerations for voters, staff and the candidate himself amid the pandemic. “It’s a challenge to be in this kind of environment,” said Ms. Blunt Rochester on Sunday. “We have to be careful for him and for others, and so he will continue to listen to the science. And if there are places where he can be, like today, to get out there, be social distant — he had his mask, we were all careful, but it does change the way you campaign.”
    On Sunday he spent much of his time listening — to passers-by, to business owners, and to her own experience as the mother of a black man, said Ms. Blunt Rochester.
    “The moment right now is pivotal,” Ms. Blunt Rochester said. “The question is, what are we going to do? What are we going to do as a result of it? And so as he continues to build his platform, part of it is listening to people.”
    Mr. Biden also spent part of Sunday calling mayors on the front lines of the crisis to offer encouragement. He spoke with Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minn., his campaign confirmed. Mr. Biden asked after Mr. Carter’s family and offered his assistance, the mayor recalled in an interview.
    “He asked me how I thought he could be supportive of the work we’re trying to lead nationally, and how he could be helpful in that space,” Mr. Carter said.
    The mayor said that he had stopped using the term “recovery,” pressing the need for more transformational change on matters from health care to the economy. “January and February were not a state of stability for too many Americans,” he said.

    Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom


    'Pakistan Remains An Epicentre Of Global Terrorism': India On Explosive UN Report

    By Shubhayan Bhattacharya
    Following a report submitted to the UN that says that there are 6,500 Pakistanis among other foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, India has responded.
    Following a report submitted to the United Nations that says that there are 6,500 Pakistanis among other foreign terrorist fighters in Afghanistan, India said it vindicates the country's long-standing position that Pakistan remains an epicentre of international terrorism. Those Pakistani terrorists are allied to groups like the Taliban, Al-Qaida, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant-Khorasan (ISIL-K).
    A report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, which was submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC), says among those groups posing a security threat, Afghan officials highlighted Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jaish-i-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba groups on which the Team has written in previous reports.

    India's response

    India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement, "We note with serious concern presence of senior leadership of UN-designated terrorist organisation Al Qaida and its affiliates in Afghanistan; as well as a large number of foreign terrorist fighters, including up to 6,500 Pakistani nationals, operating in Afghanistan. This vindicates India’s long-standing position that Pak remains an epicentre of international terrorism. That proscribed terrorist entities and individuals continue to enjoy safe havens and recruit, train, arm, finance, and operate with impunity from Pakistan with state support."
    The MEA further said that UN-designated entities like Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-i-Mohammed operating from Pakistan controlled territories are facilitating trafficking and imparting training to other terrorists in Afghanistan

    What UN report says
    "The presence of these groups is centred in the eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan, where they operate under the umbrella of the Afghan Taliban," says the UN report. TTP, JeM and LeT are all designated terror groups in India and the latter two have been involved in cross-border attacks on civilians as well as military targets.
     https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/pakistan-news/pakistan-an-epicentre-of-global-terrorism-india-on-un-report.html

    #Pakistan #Lahore might have 6,70,000 asymptomatic Covid-19 cases: Govt report



    Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab, is one of the worst-affected provinces in the country with 27,850 confirmed coronavirus cases. There could be an estimated 670,000 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the Pakistani city of Lahore alone, a government report has warned the Punjab provincial government, as it urged the authorities to prepare the healthcare facilities for the “unprecedented” surge in the number of infections.
    Lahore is the capital of Punjab, which is one of the worst-affected provinces in the country with 27,850 confirmed coronavirus cases.
    Pakistan on Tuesday reported 3,938 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 76,398 in the country with 1,621 deaths.
    According to the report by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare department released on Monday, a sample survey was recently carried out in most of the localities of Lahore, a city of 12 million people, to detect COVID-19 suspected patients.
    Following the percentage of people who tested positive, it has been estimated that 670,000 asymptomatic patients in Lahore may have contracted the virus, the report says.
    The report further says, keeping in view the rising number of cases, especially in Lahore, it is recommended that a timely plan for surge capacity may be implemented in all healthcare facilities to deal with any unprecedented situation likely to emerge in the coming few days.
    Further, the report said that no workplace and residential area of any town is free from the virus.
    Entire Lahore exhibits an alarming similar transmission pattern and the most seriously hit age group was 50 years and above, it said.A detailed summary of the survey report was presented to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar last month.In the report, the department has proposed a complete lockdown for another four weeks to stop the spread of the deadly virus.It also advised the government to declare it essential for people to stay indoors and not venture out unnecessarily.The Punjab government eased the lockdown in the last week of May and on Monday it further relaxed it, allowing the businesses to open for five days a week.
    In some towns, results stated that 14.7 per cent of the samples came back with positive results. The report said that there was not a single area in Lahore or its surrounding where the infection has not reached.
    Reacting to the report, Vice President of the Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-(N) and former premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz advised the Imran Khan government to come out of “Nawaz-syndrome” and consume its energies to control the spread of the COVID-19.While people are suffering and losing their lives not only to Corona but to unprecedented and unbelievable incompetence, criminal negligence and apathy, the government continues to incurably suffer from Nawaz Sharif syndrome, she said in a tweet.
    She chided the government for its incompetence, asking it to get down to work.
    Get down to work if you know how it is done, get help if you don’t, she said.
    Uploading an image of news regarding the report of 670,000 estimated COVID-19 patients in Lahore, Maryam said, it is a classic and incorrigible case of highly misplaced priorities.
    https://theprint.in/world/lahore-might-have-670000-asymptomatic-covid-19-cases-pakistan-govt-report/434211/