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War with Iran would be ‘many times worse than the Iraq War’: US senator

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NEW YORK: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, has warned that war with Iran would be “many times worse than the Iraq War,” in response to a report in The New York Times saying that the Trump administration is reviewing a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East amid growing tensions with Tehran.

The idea was reportedly spearheaded by John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, who served in the George W. Bush administration at the height of the conflict in Iraq.

“Sixteen years ago, the U.S. committed one of the worst blunders in history of our country by attacking Iraq,” Sanders said in a video recorded live on Periscope and posted to Twitter. He called out Bolton as one of the “leading advocates” of the war, which he called the “biggest foreign policy disaster” in modern U.S. history.

“Now, based on that disaster that he help bring about in Iraq, it appears that John Bolton wants a war in Iran,” Sanders said. “A war in Iran would, in my view, be many times worse than the Iraq War.”

The senator said that he was working to build a coalition in Congress to force President Trump to ask Congress for authorization if he wants to engage in military action in Iran.

Congress authorized Bush to take action in Iraq in 2002, but did not formally declare war. Opponents of the war in Iraq argue that President Bush did not have the constitutional authority to essentially declare war in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CG JoAnne Wagner opens Photo Expo “Muslims in America” (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: JoAnne Wagner Consul General of USA, and Syed Sardar Shah Sindh Minister for Culture, have inaugurated a photo exposition titled Muslims in America at Lincoln Corner in the Liaquat National Memorial Library here.

Commenting on the exhibition Consul General remarked: “The images in the exhibit demonstrate two founding principles of American society: those of tolerance of religious diversity; and freedom of religious practice.  Americans are proud of their right to practice the religion of their choice, without any fear,”

The photo exhibition showcases religious diversity and religious freedom in the USA that is home to one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the world.

The exhibit will remain open to the general public till 4th June.

 

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Washington considering duties on countries that undervalue currency

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WASHINGTON: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday that the US has proposed a new regulation allowing it to impose counterveiling duties on imports from countries that seek to undervalue their currencies.

Under the proposed regulation, “foreign nations would no longer be able to use currency policies to the disadvantage of American workers and businesses,” Ross said in a statement.

“This proposed rulemaking is a step toward implementing President (Donald) Trump’s campaign promise to address unfair currency practices by our trading partners.”

Ross, who did not respond to a request for comment, did not specify which countries would be targeted.

The statement only said that the proposed regulation “identifies the criteria the department would use to determine if countervailing duties should be imposed for currency undervaluation.”

Countervailing duties on imports are sometimes imposed against countries to offset any premiums or subsidies given, directly or indirectly, to the fabrication, production or export of merchandise.

Trump often accuses Beijing of deliberately weakening its currency to boost its exports, but his administration has refused several times to officially accuse China of manipulating its currency.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump, Pelosi trade barbs as impeachment talk stirs anger

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WASHINGTON: Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Donald Trump is angry that her party is not rushing to impeach him, as the relationship reached new lows with the rivals trading crude personal barbs.

It was the second straight day of a very public war of words between Trump and the speaker of the House of Representatives, who earlier questioned the president’s mental fitness for office and expressed hope that those close to Trump would stage an intervention “for the good of the country.”

Trump responded by branding Pelosi “crazy Nancy,” in what appeared to be the first time he ascribed a pejorative nickname to the woman who is his congressional nemesis.

The back-and-forth attacks are highlighting the bitter feud that has swelled since the release last month of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

According to Pelosi, Trump’s strategy is to get his opponents to commit themselves to impeachment — a process that would almost certainly pass in the House, and then fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, ultimately energizing Trump’s core voters during his re-election bid.

“The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” she told journalists.

Trump is “disappointed” that the Democrats are holding off for now, Pelosi said, even as they intensify congressional investigations into the president’s links to Russia and his alleged obstruction of justice — probes that Trump is trying to block.

“It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not, but we’re not at that place,” she said.

Under pressure from the congressional probes, Trump on Thursday ordered the US intelligence community to “fully cooperate” with an investigation into what he has termed “spying” on his 2016 election campaign.

According to Trump, court-approved surveillance of his campaign’s links to Russians amounted to “spying.” He has even called the probe treason and indicated he would like to see criminal charges brought against his investigators.

 

 

 

 

 

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