Britain broke international law when it invaded Iraq in 2003, its deputy prime minister at the time, John Prescott, said on Sunday in the wake of a critical report on the decision.A seven-year inquiry concluded on Wednesday that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s justification, planning and handling of the Iraq War involved a catalog of failures, but did not rule whether the war was legal.
Eight months before the 2003 invasion, Blair told U.S. President George W. Bush “I will be with you, whatever”, eventually sending 45,000 British troops into battle when peace options had not been exhausted, the long-awaited British public inquiry said.Prescott, writing in the Sunday Mirror newspaper, said he had now changed his view on the legality of the war and criticized Blair for stopping his ministers from fully discussing in advance whether the war would be legal.
“In 2004, the U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that as regime change was the prime aim of the Iraq War, it was illegal. With great sadness and anger, I now believe him to be right,” Prescott wrote.“I will live with the decision of going to war and its catastrophic consequences for the rest of my life,” he added.
Many Britons want Blair to face criminal action over his decision to take military action that led to the deaths of 179 British soldiers and more than 150,000 Iraqi civilians over the following six years.“The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, came to the Cabinet, verbally announced it was legal, but provided no documentation,” Prescott said. “The timing of the decision was clearly designed to endorse an almost immediate action for us to go to war.”Prescott added that he backed the decision by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – a veteran anti-war campaigner and critic of Blair – to apologize for the war on behalf of the party.
My friend Jonah Goldberg has written a column entitled “Conservative Purists Are Capitulating with Support of Trump.” In this piece, Jonah goes after me and Stephen Moore for allegedly giving up our free-market principles for what he calls “purely consequentialist reasons.” I am not sure of the full meaning of this phrase, but it sounds like we’ve changed our beliefs because Trump is the leading candidate in the GOP presidential race.
Jonah is an old and valued friend, and I respect and admire him enormously. In fact, I wish I could write as well as he does — even when he comes after me. But I want to set the record straight on a number of points where I think Jonah gets it wrong.First, Steve Moore and I continue to oppose Donald Trump’s trade policies. Even if his 45 percent tariff threat on China is simply a negotiating card, as Trump told me in recent interviews, we still think that’s the wrong way to go.
Speaking for myself, I believe China is a major trade violator. The Chinese break all the rules. They counterfeit our goods, steal our international property rights, and cyber-hack our industries and government. Something must be done about it.But a 45 percent tariff would be a major tax on American consumers and businesses. It would probably do more damage to the U.S. economy than to China’s.
Now, I think we need a very strong U.S. president to enforce current trading laws between the U.S., China, and the World Trade Organization. And perhaps some targeted economic sanctions on Chinese companies could work. For example, the U.S. has decided to sanction Chinese telecom giant ZTE for trade violations with Iran. This is a more precise response to trade violations than a 45 percent tax. Trump may well have the presidential leadership skills to solve the China problem without resorting to economy-wrecking tariffs. But at the moment Steve Moore and I disagree with him on this topic.Second, Jonah argues that I have moved markedly in Trump’s direction on immigration.
Here are the facts: I wrote a piece in mid-December where I announced a much tougher position on immigration — a big change in my thinking. But this had nothing to do with Trump. It was all about the war against ISIS.
The full title: “I’ve Changed. This Is War. Seal the Borders. Stop the Visas.” I argued for a wartime moratorium on new visas and new immigrants because of the substantial danger of ISIS terrorists infiltrating our system. The piece was written just after the horrific attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. I argued that until FBI director James Comey gives a green light to new visas, and not until we completely reform the vetting process for new foreign visitors, that the borders should be sealed. Special: Viagra\\\'s Newest Replacement Is Cheaper, Safer and Faster Buy Now!War brought me to this position. My only mention of Trump was when I disagreed with him for singling out Muslims. My proposal was not based on religion, but on the threat of ISIS infiltration into the United States. There was nothing “consequentialist” about it.
Finally, I have for many months endorsed Trump’s tax-cut plan. In particular, I like his business-tax-cut strategy, which includes a 15 percent rate for large C-corps and small S-corps along with easier repatriation and cash-expensing write-offs for new business investment. I think it’s an excellent plan that would substantially grow the American economy and bring trillions of dollars in overseas capital back to the U.S., which in turn would foster millions of new jobs and faster growth.What’s more, a number of think tanks believe the biggest beneficiaries of a significant corporate tax cut would be middle- and lower-middle-income wage earners. They, by the way, have not had a raise since 2000, which is probably why they’re opposed to trade deals, and illegal immigrants too.
In the Michigan Republican primary exit poll, 33 percent said trade expansion would create more U.S. jobs while 54 percent said it would take away U.S. jobs. But I prefer an economic-growth solution to this middle-class angst, not a protectionist program. And I think Trump’s business-tax-cut package would lessen trade fears by providing wage earners with a significant pay boost.
So, yes. I have endorsed Trump’s tax-cut plan.On the other hand, I have not endorsed any GOP candidate. As a commentator on this race, I think it would be inappropriate to do so at this time. So, in answer to my friend Jonah Goldberg, I believe I am sticking to my pro-growth, supply-side strategies of lower tax rates and free-trade. Regarding immigration, where I have changed my view, that’s all about the war against ISIS.
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.
റിയാദ്: പരവൂര് പുറ്റിംഗല് ദേവീക്ഷേത്രത്തിലെ വെടിക്കെട്ട് അപകടത്തില് നൂറിലധികം ആളുകള് മരിക്കാനും നൂറുകണക്കിനാളുകള്ക്കു പരിക്കേല്ക്കാനും ഇടയായ ദാരുണ സംഭവത്തില് ഒഐസിസി റിയാദ് കൊല്ലം ജില്ലാ കമ്മിറ്റി അനുശോചിച്ചു. ആഘോഷങ്ങളുടെ ഭാഗമായി നടത്തപെടുന്ന ഇത്തരം കരിമരുന്ന് പ്രയോഗങ്ങള് അനുവദനീയമായ രീതിയില് നിയമപാലകരുടെ അനുമതിയോടെ ഉപയോഗിച്ചാല് കൂടുതല് അപകടങ്ങള് ഒഴിവാക്കാന് കഴിയുമെന്നും ശബ്ദകോലാഹലങ്ങള്ക്കു പ്രാധാന്യം കൊടുക്കാതെ വര്ണവിസ്മയങ്ങള്ക്കു പ്രാധാന്യം കൊടുത്ത് നടത്തുന്ന രീതിയിലേക്കു നമ്മുടെ ഇത്തരം ആഘോഷങ്ങള് മാറ്റപെടണമെന്നും ദുരന്തത്തില് മരിച്ചവര്ക്ക് ആദരാഞ്ജലികള് അര്പ്പിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് യോഗത്തില് സംസാരിച്ചവര് അഭിപ്രായപെട്ടു.
റിയാദ് ബത ഹാഫ് മൂണ് ഓഡിറ്റോറിയത്തില് സംഘടിപ്പിച്ച അനുശോചന യോഗത്തില് ജില്ലാ പ്രസിഡന്റ് ബാലുകുട്ടന് അധ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ചു.
അബ്ദുള്ള വല്ലാഞ്ചിറ, സലിം കളക്കര, ഷംനാദ് കരുനാഗപള്ളി, പ്രമോദ് പൂപ്പാല, ജലാല് മൈനാഗപ്പള്ളി, നവാസ് ഖാന് പത്തനാപുരം, ജെറിന്, ഷെഫീക്ക്, കമറുദ്ദീന് തഴവ, റഹ്മാന് മുനമ്പത്ത്, ബെന്നി വാടാനപ്പള്ളി, ജയന് കൊടുങ്ങല്ലൂര്, മാള മൊഹിയുധീന് എന്നിവര് സംബന്ധിച്ചു.
വാര്ത്ത അയച്ചത്: ജയന് കൊടുങ്ങല്ലൂര്
അപ്പപ്പോളുളള വാര്ത്തകള് അപ്പപ്പോള് അറിയാന് http://24newslive.com ചെയ്യുകയോ ഞങ്ങളുടെ ഫേസ് ബുക്ക് പേജ് https://www.facebook.com/24x7newslive ലൈക് ചെയ്യുകയോ ചെയ്യുക. .വാര്ത്തകള് ഇഷ്ടമായാല് ഷെയര് ചെയ്യാനും ലൈക് ചെയ്യാനും മറക്കല്ലേ.
Reports of errant drones flouting U.S. regulations including flying too close to passenger airliners and other aircraft surged late last year to an average of four incidents per day, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. The 1,200 incident reports in 2015 were more than five times the 236 the FAA recorded a year earlier when it first began compiling the data.
The FAA is trying to combat this problem through educational initiatives, including a drone registry that was introduced last December.An estimated seven million drones will fly in US skies by 2020, nearly tripling the number expected to be in circulation by the end of the year, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.\\\"Unmanned aircraft systems will be the most dynamic growth sector within aviation,\\\" the agency said in a report, which forecast that some 2.5 drones million will be in use by the end of 2016.A drone came within 200 feet of hitting a Lufthansa jet near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday — the latest run-in between aircraft and the increasingly popular unmanned flyers.The pilot of a Lufthansa A380 approaching the airport on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, reported that a drone passed about overhead around 1:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The plane was flying at 5,000 feet and was about 14 miles east of the airport, over the heavily populated suburbs of Los Angeles. It landed safely.\\\"This is one more incident that could have brought down an airliner, and it\\\'s completely unacceptable. A near-miss of 200 feet should serve as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by reckless drone use,\\\" Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.
The California Democrat introduced legislation last year that would require the FAA to create rules about where and how high drones could fly and to require the aircraft to have safety features such as collision-avoidance software.How the civilian drone market evolves will depend on future security and regulatory measures put in place by the US government, the FAA said, emphasizing that \\\"unprecedented milestones\\\" were already set in 2015.
In December of last year, the FAA released rules requiring registration of small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) and less than 25 kilograms (55 pounds), including payloads such as on-board cameras.\\\"This registration rule will aid in investigations and allow the FAA to gather data,\\\" the agency said in its report.The number of hobby drones is expected to climb from 1.9 million in 2016 to 4.3 million in 2020, while commercial drones are predicted to soar from 600,000 to 2.7 million.