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Hillary Clinton says ISIS must be ‘defeated’ not ‘contained’

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Washington: Taking the stage a day after the deadly terrorist strike in Paris, Hillary Clinton in direct contrast with President Barack Obama asserted that ISIS “cannot be contained” but instead must be “defeated.”

“We have to look at ISIS as the leading threat of an international terror network. It cannot be contained, it must be defeated,” she said at the second Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa Saturday night.

On Thursday, before the terrorist strike, Obama declared in an interview that ISIS had been “contained,” asserting that the terror cell had been stalled in Iraq and Syria.

“What the president has consistently said, which I agree with, is that we will support those who will take that fight to ISIS,” former secretary of state said seeking to balance her response to the Paris attacks against her ties to the administration.

Both of Clinton’s rivals, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley criticised the frontrunner for her vote in support of the Iraq War as a senator.

“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unravelled the region completely and led to the rise of Al Qaeda and to ISIS,” Sanders said.

O’Malley argued that the problem wasn’t simply limited to Clinton’s vote for the Iraq invasion, pointing to “cascading effects” that followed.

“We need to be much more far-thinking in this new 21st-century era of nation-state failures and conflict. It’s not just about getting rid of a single dictator,” he said.

Unlike Republicans, no Democratic candidate used the term “radical Islam” to describe terrorists.

“I don’t think we’re at war with Islam. I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims,” Clinton said. Cautioning against painting with “too broad a brush,” she added: “We are at war with violent extremism.”

Though much of the debate focused on national security, Clinton sparred with her rivals on domestic issues like financial regulatory reform and gun control.

“I’ve laid out a very aggressive plan to rein in Wall Street,” Clinton said, touting a plan that she said not only targets the big banks but the shadow banking industry as well.

Asked to react to Clinton’s answer, Sanders shot back,”Not good enough.”

Sanders also accused Clinton of being too close to the banking industry and of allowing rich donors to fund her campaign. He suggested that her ties to the financial sector were a reason that she does not support breaking up banks.

“Their business model is greed and fraud, and for the sake of our economy,” Sanders said, “major banks must be broken up.”

Contending that it was the job of Democrats to protect Main Street from Wall Street, O’Malley said: “You can’t do that by campaigning as the candidate from Wall Street.”

The issue of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time at the State Department also surfaced, but briefly.

As he did in the first Democratic debate, Sanders again said he was “sick and tired” of discussing the controversy, and that he would prefer that the media focus on “why the middle class is disappearing.”

Letting out a laugh, Clinton said, “I agree completely. I couldn’t have said it better myself.”

(Arun Kumar, IANS)


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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi nominated as the Ambassador for WPSP

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi.

Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.

According to the official WPSP website, it is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organisations worldwide, and was founded by Clinton in partnership with the US Department of State and the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College.

“I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA,” Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

WPSP is a programme of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. It also mobilises women on issues of critical importance in public service.

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Shabana, who has been speaking up for women’s rights and has been working towards uplifting women’s status in the society through her Mijwan Welfare Society, was congratulated by actors like Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta.

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.
Shabana Azmi nominated Ambassador for Hillary Clinton’s founded WPSP

Acknowledging Tisca, Shabana wrote: “Women leaders can change the world. When women have a seat at the table, they lend their unique perspective to policy decisions that impact them and their communities. I commend WPSP Director Gwen Young and Advisor Sumera Haque for this urgent project.”

While thanking Divya, who said Shabana was the “best one to bring in the change”, she wrote: “Representation is more than numbers we need to take account of where women are present or absent in decision making. Building data and evidence base for women’s leadership is critical.”

The veteran actress emphasised that WPSP’s goal of 50×50 is an important mission that needs people to step up and enable and empower more women to lead. (IANS)