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The Children of Syria: Stolen childhoods

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By Dr. Kallol Guha

 

This is the image of a Syrian boy.
source: uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com

source: uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com

In the three years of his life, he has seen it all and is about to die from a bombing injury. He has nowhere to go, no one to turn to, nothing to live for;  since all that a child of three ought to have in Syria has been  bombed out by highly developed, high-tech, high quality bombs, works of high precision and made in ‘highly developed’ countries.

The dying child in this picture is crying in pain and telling the doctors, “I will complain to god about you all. I will tell him everything you have done to us”.


The following Zee News video throws more light on the issue:

Then there is another image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead on the Turkish Shore.

source: todayszaman.com
source: todayszaman.com

The pair of cute little shoes on the baby feet seem soaked in the love and affection of his mother, who also drowned on way to the Turkish shore. His parents were escaping from the horrors of war in Syria to apparent safety in West Europe.

I –the benefactor of a Highly Developed country like USA– want to ask the child: What will you tell God? That you and Aylan wanted to play with toys, go to school, listen to fairy tales from your parents, grow up as responsible members of your community? That the hi-tech death served by the Highly Developed country did not let you live beyond three years of your life because the Highly Developed countries of the US and the EU want to set up a Democracy in your homeland.

Aylan, will you tell God that you and your parents were escaping the horrors of war from Syria, created by the Highly Developed countries – to what you were told to be a safer place in Europe? Child, will you tell God that the Free Press of the US and the EU are preaching that bombs are falling on your head to set up Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights in your homeland? Aylan, will you not tell God that the Free Press is preaching that your parents’ perilous journey was not to escape bombs and death but to share the ‘cozy life of Europe’?

Aylan, I wish you could see yourself; see the tiny clothes and shoes on your little body, lying on the Turkish shore and glowing in your mother’s love and affection, and think you are so fortunate to be away from  that shore and closer to God. Child, you are only three years old. Will you be able to tell god all that you have seen in these three years? Will you tell Him that there are places called the EU and the US that thrive on making Weapons of Mass Destruction and using them to murder and grab resources that God created for all. Will you not tell God that killers and murderers are masked in Democracy, Freedom, and Human Rights?  Tell also that God should create not flocks of sheep who are busy electing their own butcher, but more human beings who can think clearly and see through lies and deception.

Child and Aylan, I hope this time god will send you to another world where you meet human beings who can think and feel; unlike the one where you lived only for three years, where the slaughter of one person is called murder and the slaughter of millions is called FOREIGN POLICY.

The following Zee News video throws more light on the issue:

 

The writer is the President and CEO of Saint James School of Medicine headquartered in Illinois, USA.

 

 

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Donald Trump Planning to meet Putin during his Asia tour

Donald Trump's first trip to Asia is the longest international tour.

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US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump. wikimedia commns
  • US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he expected to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his Asia tour.

“I think it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin, yeah. We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders,” Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One before landing at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, Efe reported.

Putin is scheduled to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, which Trump will also attend as part of his long Asia tour.

The North Korean nuclear threat is expected to dominate Donald Trump’s meetings in Japan and the next two stages of his tour, South Korea and China, where he will have a highly anticipated sit-down with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The remainder of the tour will be more focused on economic issues, with Trump scheduled to take part in the APEC meeting in Da Nang and then in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.

Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia is the longest international tour by a US head of state since the one then-President George H.W. Bush embarked on in 1992.

Bush became ill at the end of that trip, famously vomiting on the Japanese prime minister’s lap at a formal dinner before fainting.(IANS)

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White House: Judge’s Decision Halting Travel Ban ‘Dangerously Flawed’

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Travel Ban
A sign for International Arrivals is shown at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.VOA

The White House is reacting furiously to a federal judge blocking President Donald Trump’s latest executive Travel Ban order that would have banned entry to travelers from several countries beginning Wednesday.

“Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States,” said a White House statement issued Tuesday shortly after Judge Derrick Watson ruled against restrictions on travelers from six countries the Trump administration said could not provide enough information to meet U.S. security standards.

The travel ban order would have barred to various degrees travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Watson’s temporary restraining order does not interfere with restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela.

Justice Department defends White House

The Justice Department “will vigorously defend the president’s lawful action,” the White House said, contending its proclamation restricting travel was issued after an extensive worldwide security review.

The Justice Department called the ruling incorrect and said it will appeal the decision “in an expeditious manner.”

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said: “While we will comply with any lawful judicial order, we look forward to prevailing in this matter upon appeal.”

Acting Director of Homeland Security Elaine Duke
Acting Director of Homeland Security Elaine Duke testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

No change for North Korea, Venezuela

The new travel order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the United States,'” Judge Watson wrote in his opinion.

The White House argues that its restrictions “are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our nation.”

Officials in the White House are expressing confidence that further judicial review will uphold the president’s action.

Hawaii involved for third time

Consular officials have been told to resume “regular processing of visas” for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, according to a State Department official.

The suit on which Judge Watson ruled on Tuesday was filed by the state of Hawaii, the Muslim Association of Hawaii and various individuals.

“This is the third time Hawaii has gone to court to stop President Trump from issuing a travel ban that discriminates against people based on their nation of origin or religion,” said Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin. “Today is another victory for the rule of law.”(VOA)

 

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Kurdish Red Crescent: IS Attacks Kill at Least 50 in East Syria

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A female fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces stands near a military tank in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria. voa

Islamic State suicide attackers killed at least 50 people in a triple car bomb attack on Thursday among a group of refugees in northeast Syria, a medical source in the Kurdish Red Crescent said.

A large number of people were also injured by the three car bombs, the source said.

The attack took place at Abu Fas, near the border of Deir el-Zour and Hasaka provinces, said a war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said earlier that at least 18 people had been killed.

The dead included refugees fleeing the fighting in Deir el-Zour as well as members of the Kurdish Asayish security force, the observatory reported. Syrian state television said dozens had been killed in the attack.

The jihadist group has lost swaths of its territory in both Syria and Iraq this year and is falling back on the towns and villages of the Euphrates valley southeast of Deir el-Zour.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias is pressing it from the north, and a rival offensive by the Syrian army, supported by allies including Iran and Russia, is attacking it from the west.

On Wednesday, Islamic State said it had carried out an attack in the capital, Damascus, where three suicide bombers detonated their devices near a police headquarters, killing two people and wounding six.

Aid agencies have warned that the fighting in eastern Syria is the worst in the country this year and that airstrikes have caused hundreds of civilian casualties.(VOA)