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 By: Nadeemy Haded

Hillary Clinton published a tweet containing a satirical letter addressed by John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and wrote in the manner President Trump used in his recent letter to Turkey.

"Don't be a fool, okay? Get your rockets out of Cuba," Clinton said. "Everybody will say, well, Khrushchev. You are the best, but if you don't, everyone will say, what a fool."

"You make me lose my temper. I'll call you later," said the satirical letter from Kennedy to Khrushchev (with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev).

Clinton joked that the message was "in the archive."

The letter recalls the bizarre tone of Trump's October 9 letter to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he warned that it would destroy Turkey's economy if its invasion of Syria went too far away. Do not be a stubborn man. Don't be a fool, "he said." I will call you later. "

It is noteworthy that during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the dispute between the Soviet Union represented in Khrushchev and the United States represented by Kennedy and Khrushchev, amid severe diplomatic and military tensions threatened to push the two superpowers to the brink of nuclear war, after the United States spotted Soviet missile facilities in Cuba, off The coast of Florida, which led Kennedy to impose a naval blockade on the Cuban island.

Soviet ships loaded with nuclear missiles bound for Cuba returned at the last minute after a secret agreement between Khrushchev and Kennedy.

Source: Agencies

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 13:29

Scotland The meek

Written by:Michael Blair

Today I was having a wander through twitter and found an article from a national newspaper, concerning the new bridge crossing the Firth of Forth, in place of the older Forth Bridge.

This bridge, known as the Queensferry Crossing, was opened to the public to a huge fanfare and massive publicity, by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. She was seen crossing the bridge on foot, as we have since discovered that that was the safest way to cross,

surrounded by many of her supporters in their full Brigadoon regalia.

Horribly embarrassing for Scotland.

What was found out subsequently, was that the bridge wasn't finished or in fact safe for vehicles at this point. The only reason it was opened, was for Sturgeon to be able to say it had been completed on time and on budget. Such is the need for her to show how

wonderful and efficient her government is, and how wonderful she is also.

Immediately, it was found that it couldn't be crossed by vehicle at more than 30 miles per hour. Huge queues formed due to this speed limit and the poor road layout on the Fife side of the bridge.

Today, all this time later, we find out that the danger of motorists being injured or killed by falling icicles in winter, still hasn't been resolved. One would think that this possibility would have been thought through prior to the bridge being built.

But no. In the haste to get the project started and finished by the deadline set by the SNP administration, things like falling icicles should have come under consideration, but didn't.

In response to this revelation one might think the opposition parties at Hollyrood would be fuming about what is obviously a serious mistake in the construction and indicative of the SNP need to have the bridge completed quickly, but there is hardly any outrage

from them.

Senior Conservative politician, Murdo Fraser, commented mildly about poor management, instead of really taking the fight to the SNP administration. He should have lambasted them for the shambles this project has become. The damn bridge still isn't finished yet,

and no one seems to know when it will be fully and finally complete.

But this response to the latest news of the state of this huge project, is typical of the pathetic quality of the opposition to the SNP in the Scottish Parliament.

There is a catalogue of financial disaster running through this party of political midgets and utter incompetence at all levels of all departments. So many things could be grasped and used against this tiresome and tired administration, but the opposition politicians

either lack the will to take the SNP on, or lack the competence and political skills to do so.

We have huge hospitals built which aren't fit for purpose, once again pushed to open at a time which suits Sturgeon, and at a cost which has allowed corners to be cut in the construction process, which now endanger the lives of patients. Children have died from

being infected by pigeon droppings getting into the water supply of critical care wards.

 This hospital is the biggest in Glasgow and isn't working properly.

Over in Edinburgh, there is an another hospital scandal going on. A specialist children's hospital is lying empty because of design flaws in the drainage and ventilation systems.

This empty building is costing the Scottish government one and a half million pounds per week to sit empty.

There are some staff there, but they are being paid to do nothing. Helipad staff on site being paid and the helicopter system of working, landing and taking off, haven't been tested.

This is an utter disgrace and one would assume that the opposition parties would be hammering the SNP on these matters on an hourly basis, but nothing more than a few squeaks from them when they get the chance to question Sturgeon.

 These people have no business being in politics if they don't form an effective opposition to the governing party.

In my opinion, the Scottish Parliament isn't anymore fit for purpose than the bridge which doesn't work properly, or the hospitals which either cannot be opened or are lethal to vulnerable children.

Close it down and allow the politicians to do proper jobs with normal wages.

They certainly have no idea how to do simple things like ask questions and get angry with the way their country is run.

By/Yasmin thabet

Abu Dhabi has unveiled plans for a three-in-one religious complex with a church, a mosque and a synagogue on one site.

Designs for the Abrahamic Family House show the three houses of worship facing each other in sprawling gardens on Saadiyat Island in the UAE capital.

Organisers hope the site will become a 'beacon of mutual understanding and peace' in a region often troubled by religious conflict.

It is hoped that the complex will be completed by 2022 and host daily religious services as well as international summits.

The project was inspired by the Pope's historic visit earlier this year when Francis and a leading Sunni Muslim cleric signed a joint statement on 'human fraternity'.

The pontiff's visit in February was the first ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula.

Abu Dhabi's ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed first announced the project immediately afterwards.

An inter-faith group called the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was formed after the visit and has championed the building project.

source/daily mail

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:20

US briefing: Trump impeachment inquiry,

 

By/Yasmin thabet

Trump to face impeachment inquiry over Ukraine scandal

Donald Trump is the fourth president in US history to face an impeachment inquiry, amid mounting allegations of abuse of power. House speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement following claims that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr

Zelenskiy, to investigate the son of Joe Biden during a July phone call, which would represent seeking the help of a foreign country to harm a political rival.

What’s next? Further information about the Ukraine affair is set to emerge after the House intelligence committee announced that the whistleblower wishes to testify, potentially this week.

‘Jokers’. Allies of the 45th president rallied to his support, with the Republican National Convention rapid response director, Steve Guest, saying the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry “was not based on facts”.

Source/the guardian

 By /Yasmin Thabet

A night of excess at a Pittsburgh apartment ended with three people dead, four people hospitalized and a police department warning how quickly drugs can kill.

Authorities responded to a report of an unconscious man in an apartment complex elevator around 2 a.m. Sunday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Pittsburgh Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich said.

Shortly later, paramedics responded to another man a few blocks away, outside, who was "somewhat conscious" and had symptoms similar to those of the first man. He was taken to a nearby hospital, Hissrich said.

Police traced both men back to an apartment on the city's south side. There, they found five other people who also apparently overdosed.

Hissrich said he believed the victims were men between about 30 and 50 years old.

"The victims -- including three people who died and four who remain hospitalized -- appear to have been at the same venue together, and then to have gone to a second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs," Pittsburgh police

said.

"The victims all took the narcotics at the same time and in the same location."

All seven people were wearing orange wrist bands -- stoking initial concerns that the health emergency may have started at a concert or event venue.

"To be clear, this was not a case of a tainted drug being passed around or distributed in large volume at a large venue which could have affected even more people. It appears to have been isolated to a single location," Pittsburgh police spokesman Chris Togneri said.

"Anyone who attended one of these events (with orange wrist bands) has no cause for concern regarding their health."

But police said they are concerned about a potentially lethal batch of drugs in the community.

"We remind the public not to use drugs," the department said. "Simply put: You do not know what's in that drug."

source/cnn

Russian nuclear submarines have become a serious challenge and are capable of making the United States "uninhabited" territory since the first strike, the National Interest newspaper reported.

The newspaper pointed out that Russian submarines during the Cold War "were more noisy," which makes them "more vulnerable", and since 1980, Russia has paid attention to this problem and imported technology from Japan and Norway and worked to overcome

it, and became compatible in terms of acoustic secrecy with American submarines of class " Los Angeles, "the backbone of the US Navy.

The newspaper said that these updates made it difficult to monitor the submarine "Poria" (Storm) Russian, which became faster than the submarine "Chio" (US) Chio, stressing that it can destroy the United States and make it a non-viable land, even if US missiles

could Destruction of Russian nuclear power on Earth.

According to Russian interest programs, Moscow plans to build eight storm-class submarines, noting that three of them have entered service and joined the Russian navy fleet, Yuri Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky, and Vladimir. Monomach, while the fourth submarine

"Knyaz Vladimir" is being tested.

Source: National Interest

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