WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he had nominated a former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman to lead the Air Force.
Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. She also chaired an aeronautics research and development center, The Aerospace Corporation, until 2017.
“She will be an outstanding Secretary!” Trump tweeted.
A former lawyer and test pilot, Barrett is also a board member at the Rand Corporation, a think tank that provides research and analysis to the US armed forces.
She and her husband Craig, the former CEO of American technology giant Intel, are major Republican donors. Barrett ran for governor of Arizona on the GOP ticket in 1994, the first woman to do so, but she failed to secure her party’s nomination.
If she is confirmed, Barrett will succeed another woman, Heather Wilson, in the position of secretary of the air force.
Wilson’s name had come up as a potential replacement for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned in December because of differences over Trump’s policies on Syria and other issues.
Wilson stepped down in March, the highest level Pentagon departure since that of Mattis, once it became apparent that interim Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan would stay in that post.
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KARACHI: Krish Das, the US Consulate General’s spokesman here, and Dr. Larry Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and member of the advisory board of the Center of Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) discuss the CEJ and its various programs including the Master of Science in Journalism.
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JACOBABAD: USAID Director for Sindh & Balochistan Michael Hryshchyshyn handed over waste management equipment to the municipality here at the DC office.
These 80 waste management vehicles and related equipment, provided under USAID’s Sindh Municipal Services Program (MSP), were handed over in the presence of Sindh Minister for Local Govt., Saeed Ghani and Chairperson of the Sindh Planning & Devt. Board, Naheed Durrani.
Michael Hryshchyshyn articulated that the US Govt. was proud to partner with the Govt. of Sindh in the joint initiative of providing a clean & healthy environment for the citizens of Jacobabad. Through MSP USAID is helping the city rehabilitate its water supply, sewerage, and garbage collection systems.
Construction of the new water system is near completion and over 300,000 citizens of Jacobabad will all have access to clean, potable water and will be living in a much cleaner environment, all which will have a significant impact on their health and well-being.
Attacks against minorities continue in India
ISLAMABAD: An official US report has said that the mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the US State Department, in its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, said, “Mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, especially Muslims, continued throughout the year amid rumors that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.”
The report said some senior officials of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made inflammatory speeches against the minority communities. According to some NGOs, the authorities often protected perpetrators from prosecution, it said.
It said that as of November, there were 18 such attacks, and eight persons were killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody, the report said.
The US State Department said that there were reports by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that the government sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities and critics of the government.
It said that the central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions. “Proposals to rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance continued, most notably the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Activists said these proposals were designed to erase Muslim contributions to Indian history and had led to increased communal tensions.”
There were reports of religiously-motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize, the annual report said.
The report also mentioned the brutal gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Aasifa Bano of Kathua area of Jammu region of occupied Kashmir. “On January 10, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested eight men, including four police personnel, in connection with the kidnapping, gang rape, and killing of an 8-year-old girl (Aasifa). The men allegedly kidnapped the victim, took her to a nearby temple, and raped and killed her in an effort to drive her nomadic Muslim community out of the area,” it said.
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