Democracy finally arrives at UN for secretary generals election
United Nations: After 70 years, democracy is finally arriving at the UN for the election of its next head. It will also be the first with women running for the top job.Secretary General Ban Ki-moon\\\'s successor is to be chosen in a process that will be \\\"historic and game-changing\\\" with an open election campaign, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft announced. It will replace the Security Council\\\'s secretive backroom deal-making of the past that India and many other countries have opposed.
This will be the first time that candidates will come before all the members of the UN for an American-style campaign Town Hall meeting where candidates face questions about their policies and plans, but do not directly interact with each other like in a debate.Lykketoft said that three women are among the six running to succeed Ban, whose term ends this year. The emergence of women candidates is another historic development and it is almost certain that one of them would be elected as there has been tremendous pressure from civil society groups and international leaders to elect a woman. Irina Bokova, the Bulgarian head of Unesco, is widely thought to be the front-runner.
The Assembly will hold over three days in April a \\\"dialogue\\\" with the six candidates nominated by their governments and any others who announce their run by then, Lykketoft said. The meetings will be \\\"open and transparent\\\" and even civil society organisations will participate, he declared.And, the Assembly will have a chance to evaluate them and influence the election instead of rubber-stamping a Security Council choice.
Lykketoft told reporters the organisation was now heading into the \\\"unchartered territory that the General Assembly takes on itself with these informal talks\\\" with the candidates.Asked if this could mean that the Assembly can actually determine who the next secretary general will be, Lykketoft said that \\\"this could be a game-changer if all the countries come together with one candidate\\\" in the Assembly whom the Council accepts because of the overwhelming support for that person.
He also said that it would be possible for the Assembly to vote down every candidate proposed by the Council until the one it favored is proposed. But he added that this scenario was unlikely.
Answering a question whether a permanent member of the Council could veto the selection of a candidate, Lykketoft said that though this has been the tradition so far, \\\"it is very questionable there is a veto power on a procedural issue\\\" like this.
All the eight secretaries general in the UN\\\'s 70-year history have been men and although a system of regional rotation has been in place since the election of Myanmar\\\'s U Thant in 1961, no East European has held the job. Now it is a European\\\'s turn to follow Asia\\\'s Ban and East Europe is staking it claim, giving the women from the region an edge.
Besides Bokova, the other women nominated by their governments are Vesna Pusic, the first deputy prime minister of Croatia who also holds the foreign affairs portfolio, and Natalia Gherman, a former acting prime minister and deputy prime minister of Moldova.
The three men running for the job are Danilo Turk, the former president of Slovenia; Srgjan Kerim the former foreign minister of Macedonia, who has also been a president of the UN General Assembly, and Igor Lusic, the foreign minister of Montenegro, who was a former prime minister.
India has advocated an open selection process for the secretary general like the one adopted now and the Assembly having the choice of several candidates. Last April, India\\\'s then Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji told a panel on reforming the election process that the Council should present a slate of candidates, rather than just one, to the general assembly, which should elect one of them by two-thirds of the votes.
Lykketoft noted this suggestion and another to limit the secretary general to a single term but longer than the present five years. A decision has yet to be made on these, he said.
Trump Issues Massive Threat To Saudi Royal Family They Cant Ignore
Donald Trump has been no stranger to controversy during his campaign. Now, he’s going after the Saudi royal family. As usual, he is not holding back.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump claimed that he would boycott Saudi Arabia’s oil if the Islamic nation did not begin participating in the fight with ISIS and other adversaries.“If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, I don’t think it would be around,” Trump told the newspaper.
He also went on to argue that the United States has been “defending the world” without returned protection from many of the governments that it shields, including Saudi Arabia.“We defend everybody,” Trump claimed. “When in doubt, come to the United States. We’ll defend you. In some cases, free of charge.”
“We have been disrespected, mocked and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher,” he concluded.Trump went on to explain that his foreign policy is not isolationist, but it does put America first.
Trump also believes that trade could be a strong bargaining chip for the Chinese, too.“We have tremendous economic power over China,” Trump said. “And that’s the power of trade.”If Trump were to move forward with is vision, it would mark a significant shift in America’s current relationship with the Saudis, who have long been considered an ally of the United States.
Trump cancels Chicago rally amid chaos
Washington: Donald Trump was forced to cancel his campaign rally in Chicago after hundreds of people gathered at the arena to protest against his \\\'politics of hatred\\\' and scuffled with his supporters in the largest-ever demonstration against the Republican presidential frontrunner.Trump initially delayed his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion last night but his campaign in a statement later announced that it was being postponed due to security concerns.This is one of the rarest of the rare occasions that a political rally has been cancelled due to protests.
\\\"Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight\\\'s rally will be postponed to another date,\\\" his campaign said in a statement.
\\\"Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace,\\\" the campaign said and asked the participants at the rally go back home.Thousands of people had gathered at the Trump\\\'s rally.
Eyewitnesses said hundreds of Trump\\\'s protesters had entered the auditorium and said that they would oppose his rally.
Chicago Police said no arrests were made.Heated argument and some violent exchanges were seen on television camera as almost all the news channels were showing the event live.
Ever since Trump started his campaign, his rallies have been attracting protests – mostly by a handful of people – who were being taken out of the venue.This was the largest-ever protest against the 69-year-old real estate tycoon who has made headlines over his controversial statements.
News channels said there were hundreds of protesters in not a few thousands of them who had gathered in large numbers against what they allege as the politics of hatred.Trump said protesters were between 2,000 to 3,000 and against some 25,000 of his supporters inside and outside the venue.
\\\"Even though freedom of speeches is violated, I made the decision in conjunction with law enforcement not to do the rally. There were minor skirmishes, but no clash,\\\" Trump told CNN in an interview over phone.\\\"I didn\\\'t want to see anybody get hurt,\\\" Trump said.
The billionaire businessman insisted that he could have held the rally. \\\"I think we made the right move,\\\" he said. \\\"I do not like seeing violence at all.\\\"Asserting that his supporters are peaceful, Trump said he has \\\"no regret\\\" over what he has said during his campaign rallies.
\\\"It is a divided country. We have a very divided country. It is terrible,\\\" Trump said the protest was mainly due to the economic problem in the country.Protesters cheered cancellation of the rally, according to The Chicago Tribune.\\\"We stopped Trump,\\\" they chanted.
Hacker Who Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Pleads Guilty
A Romanian computer hacker who revealed the existence of a private email server used by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state pleaded guilty to hacking-related offenses on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department said.Marcel Lazar, who used the alias “Guccifer,” entered his guilty plea before Judge James Cacheris in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, the department said in a statement. Sentencing was set for Sept. 1.In recent media interviews, Lazar claimed he had easily hacked into Clinton’s controversial private email server. But the Justice Department statement did not confirm this claim, and a law enforcement official said investigators did not find evidence to support the claim.
Clinton To Blast Trump On North Korea, NATO In Foreign Policy Speech
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will berate Republican Donald Trump for being too friendly with North Korea and too harsh on European allies on Thursday in a foreign policy speech in California designed to portray the billionaire businessman as unfit for the White House.The speech in San Diego comes as the former secretary of state seeks to shift her attention to the Nov. 8 presidential election against likely rival Trump and away from Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont who is continuing his longshot bid for the Democratic nomination.Trump has said he would sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program and has criticized the decades-old NATO alliance with mainly European nations as obsolete and too costly for the United States.“It’s important that people understand this is not just about Republican versus Democrat, that Trump is unlike any presidential candidate we have seen and he is fundamentally unfit to be our commander in chief,” Clinton aide Jake Sullivan said in an interview before the speech.
California, the most populous U.S. state, is among six states that hold Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday.Clinton already has a nearly insurmountable lead over Sanders in the delegate count, but is hoping a decisive win in California can help her clinch the nomination and quell concerns about divisions in the party before the general election.
Several polls show the race tightening and Clinton is hoping to stave off an embarrassing loss in California, where Sanders has been vigorously campaigning. On Thursday, he planned a rally with actress Susan Sarandon in Modesto, California.Clinton has already delivered several speeches on foreign policy and national security. Her address in San Diego will not break new policy ground, but will mainly respond to Trump’s recent comments, her campaign said.
The former U.S. senator from New York will argue that Trump’s statement that he would be willing to talk to Kim Jong Un, made in a Reuters interview in May, has only emboldened the North Korean leader, Sullivan said.A column this week in DPRK Today, one of North Korea’s state mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and Clinton as “thick-headed Hillary.”“Donald Trump’s statements about North Korea show that he has more interest in making Kim Jong Un like him than backing up our friends and allies in the region,” Sullivan said, noting that South Korea has worked with the United States on missile defense.
Trump’s remarks on the decades-old NATO alliance of 28 nations will also elicit a response from Clinton, Sullivan said. The New York businessman has said member nations should pay for their own defense to ease the U.S. financial burden and that the alliance itself needs reconfiguring.Sullivan, who worked with Clinton at the U.S. State Department, said burden-sharing is “not a novel point” within NATO and that Clinton will highlight her record of getting allies to “step up” and share defense costs.Clinton, however, would not walk away from the alliance, which coordinates with the United States on counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation and other issues, Sullivan said.Other states holding nominating contests on June 7 are Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.California Governor Jerry Brown this week endorsed Clinton in the Democratic contest, saying she was the “only path forward” to “stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”
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