White House Aide Bannon says No Military Solution in North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says there is no military solution to ending the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, even though Trump has vowed to meet any Pyongyang aggression with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump traded increasingly bellicose threats with North Korea in recent weeks in the aftermath of the reclusive communist country’s two ballistic missile tests last month and its claim it could reach the U.S. mainland with an attack.

But Bannon, in an interview this week with The American Prospect magazine, minimized the possibility of a war erupting between the two countries.

“There’s no military solution (to North Korea’s nuclear threats), forget it,” Bannon said.  “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Economy top priority for US

Bannon said his biggest focus is for the United States, already the world’s biggest economy, to win its trade war with China, the second biggest economy across the globe.

“To me, the economic war with China is everything,” Bannon said.  “And we have to be maniacally focused on that.  If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.

“We’re at economic war with China,” he said.  “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing.  One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”

Trump has enlisted Chinese President Xi Jinping in the U.S. effort to curb North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from turning his country into the world’s ninth full-fledged nuclear power.  But at the same time, Trump has chafed at the U.S.’s chronic trade deficit with Beijing, $347 billion last year and accumulating at a similar pace this year.  This week Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to investigate whether China is stealing U.S. intellectual property, even as Beijing said both countries would end up being losers in any ensuing trade war.

Pushes ‘America first’

The combative Bannon said he has to battle other White House aides every day to advance his no-holds-barred “America first” trade views against Trump aides who tend to favor existing efforts that emphasize multi-national trading cooperation.

Bannon joined Trump’s White House staff after leading the conservative Breitbart News operation, which he once described as “the platform for the alt-right” nationalistic views.  But he has often clashed inside the White House with aides with more moderate views, including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

In the interview, Bannon dismissed the importance in the U.S. of the politically far right.

“Ethno-nationalisn — it’s losers,” Bannon said.  “It’s a fringe element.  I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.

“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he said.

Bannon’s future is unsure

Trump this week has drawn widespread attacks for saying that white supremacists and counter-protesters share the blame for the violence that erupted at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring 19 others.

Some Trump supporters have called for the president to fire Bannon. Whether Trump still values Bannon’s advice is uncertain.

At a news conference earlier this week, Trump passed up a chance to offer Bannon a public vote of confidence, saying he’s a “good person” and not a racist, adding, “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

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Trump: ‘So Foolish’ to Remove Civil War Statues Commemorating Losing Side

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday it is “so foolish” for American cities to be removing statues commemorating Confederate generals and soldiers who fought on the losing side of the country’s 19th century Civil War.

“You can’t change history,” Trump added in a string of Twitter comments,

 

Trump offered his thoughts on the Confederate memorials in the aftermath of last weekend’s deadly street mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists were protesting the city’s plan to remove a towering statue there honoring Lee, who led Confederate troops during the conflict that extended from 1861 to 1865.

The President has drawn widespread criticism from across the U.S. political spectrum for saying demonstrators representing an array of hate groups and counter-protesters shared blame for the violence that erupted, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured when a Nazi sympathizer drove his car at high speed into a group of counter-protesters. White nationalists, the racist Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis shouted chants against racial minorities and Jews at the rally.

​Trump’s chief White House strategist, Steven Bannon, in an interview this week dismissed the importance of the far-right in the U.S. political scene, even though he headed a publication advancing support for “America first” views before joining Trump’s White House.

“Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers,” he said. “It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more. These guys are a collection of clowns.”

The Civil War is a seminal event in American history, fought largely over southern landowners’ demands to own slaves and the secession of 11 states from the national government before Union troops prevailed in fighting that killed 620,000 people in combat and from starvation and disease.

The War Between the States has shaped relations between whites and blacks in the country ever since.A handful of cities has removed some of the 718 statues honoring the Confederacy’s warriors, while others are considering taking them down.

There are mixed views in the U.S. about the effort to remove the statues from public sites, often parks and town squares, with most, but not all, of the statues in the South. Many are demanding their removal, saying they are a symbol of an indelible ugly stain- slave ownership – on the country’s heritage that should not be celebrated.

Others, like Trump, are arguing that history should not be rewritten by removal of the statues, and note that some of country’s Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves. Trump’s tweet mentioning the country’s first and third presidents, Washington and Jefferson, was the second time this week that he questioned to what extent those wishing to eradicate memory of slavery would attempt to erase history from the public square.

The U.S. national capital is named after Washington, and two of the city’s most dominant memorials after Washington and Jefferson. There are 10 statues in the U.S. Capitol building depicting prominent figures from the Confederacy but they are likely to remain there.

Just this week, Baltimore, Maryland took down four Confederate statues in the dead of night, without announcing their removal ahead of time, so that protests, like those in Charlottesville, would not likely materialize. In Durham, North Carolina, protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that crumpled to the ground, but police charged four people with vandalism in the incident.

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US Says Airstrikes Kill 7 Al-Shabab Fighters

The U.S. military says seven al-Shabab militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Somalia.

The military’s Africa Command says U.S. forces conducted three precision airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday in Jilib, a town about 200 kilometers south of Mogadishu.  

It says the strikes were conducted in coordination with Somali forces and killed seven al-Shabab fighters.

The statement Thursday said the U.S. would not disclose the units and assets involved in the attacks to ensure operational security.

Earlier, the Somali government said President Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo authorized the coordinated operation.  It said one of the militants killed was “a senior al-Shabab leader responsible for multiple bombings in Mogadishu.”

Witnesses in Jilib told VOA’s Somali Service they heard the sound of bombings overnight.

 

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have killed many al-Shabab leaders over the past decade, including the group’s former emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane.

The al-Qaida-linked group has fought since 2006 to overthrow the Somali government and turn Somalia into a strict Islamic state.  The group is also responsible for attacks in Uganda and Kenya.

The Africa Command statement said, “We continue to work in coordination with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region.”

 

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Суд погодився на самовідвід держадвоката Януковича, наступне засідання – 6 вересня

Оболонський районний суд Києва на засіданні в четвер задовольнив заяву державного захисника екс-президента України Віктора Януковича Віталія Мешечека про самовідвід у справі про державну зраду колишнього президента і постановив призначити нового державного адвоката.

«Прийняти відмову захисника Мешечка від виконання своїх обов’язків із захисту обвинуваченого Януковича», – оголосив головуючий суддя Владислав Дев’ятко.

Крім того, за рішенням суду, регіональний центр з надання безоплатної вторинної правової допомоги має «невідкладно» призначити адвоката для захисту екс-президента.

Наступне засідання у справі відбудеться 6 вересня о 10-й годині.

Раніше сьогодні державний адвокат колишнього президента України Віктора Януковича у справі про державну зраду Віталій Мешечек заявив про самовідвід, зазначивши, що змушений працювати над цією справою без помічників. Прокурори виступили проти виходу Мешечка зі справи, назвавши це спробою зриву судового процесу.

Оболонський районний суд Києва розглядає кримінальне провадження за обвинуваченням екс-президента Януковича у державній зраді. Сьогодні мали досліджуватись докази сторони обвинувачення.

Наприкінці червня суд перейшов до заочного розгляду справи за обвинуваченням у державній зраді екс-президента України Віктора Януковича.

Віктор Янукович є фігурантом кількох кримінальних справ в Україні, зокрема щодо перевищення ним повноважень від листопада 2013-го до лютого 2014 року, щодо масових убивств активістів Майдану, а також за фактом захоплення ним державної влади 2010 року.

Екс-президент України, що втік до Росії після розстрілів протестувальників на Майдані, звинувачення відкидає.

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Адвокат Януковича заявив про самовідвід

Державний адвокат колишнього президента України Віктора Януковича у справі про державну зраду Віталій Мешечек заявив про самовідвід. Відповідну заяву він зробив під час засідання суду 17 серпня, зазначивши, що змушений працювати над цією справою без помічників.

Прокурори виступили проти виходу Мешечка зі справи. На їхню думку, йдеться про спробу зриву судового процесу.

Суд вийшов до нарадчої кімнати для ухвалення рішення з цього приводу.

Оболонський районний суд Києва проводить у четвер чергове засідання з розгляду кримінального провадження за обвинуваченням екс-президента України Віктора Януковича у державній зраді. На засіданні головує суддя Владислав Дев’ятко. Досліджуються докази сторони обвинувачення.

Під час попереднього засідання 15 серпня в суді як свідка допитали колишнього постійного представника України в ООН Юрія Сергеєва, який заявив, що звернення Януковича до російського президента Володимира Путіна про введення російських військ на територію України було не лише зачитане тодішнім представником Росії в ООН Віталієм Чуркіним на засіданні Ради безпеки, а й що російська сторона надала цьому документу офіційного статусу.

Наприкінці червня суд перейшов до заочного розгляду справи за обвинуваченням у державній зраді екс-президента України Віктора Януковича.

Віктор Янукович є фігурантом кількох кримінальних справ в Україні, зокрема щодо перевищення ним повноважень від листопада 2013-го до лютого 2014 року, щодо масових убивств активістів Майдану, а також за фактом захоплення ним державної влади 2010 року.

Екс-президент України, що втік до Росії після розстрілів протестувальників на Майдані, звинувачення відкидає.

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Pakistan Railway Revival Clashes With Shanty Towns

After many false starts, plans to resurrect a railway in Pakistan’s teeming metropolis of Karachi are moving ahead with the help of Chinese cash. Not everyone is happy.

The Chinese-funded $2 billion project to revive Karachi Circular Railways (KRC), nearly two decades since it was shut down, has been touted as a way to ease pollution and chronic congestion in the port city of 20 million people.

It is also viewed with suspicion by Pakistanis who have built homes and businesses along the 43-km route connecting Karachi’s sprawling suburbs with the industrial and commercial areas of the megacity.

In April, a push to remove shanty towns near the rubbish-strewn railway track was met with violence as residents clashed with police and set fire to machinery used for demolishing homes.

Officials say nearly 5,000 houses and 7,650 other encroaching structures have been erected along the route of the old KRC, which closed in 1999 after 29 years of shunting passengers across the sweltering city.

Three-wheel auto-rickshaws and mini-buses, often cramped and with no air conditioning, have filled the transport gap on Karachi’s streets despite grumbling from commuters.

Work on the new KRC is scheduled to begin later this year, with financing from the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, part of Beijing’s wider Belt and Road initiative to build trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. Beijing’s cash is building motorways and power plants to alleviate Pakistan’s energy shortages, but Karachiites hope it could also modernize their city at a time when traffic appears to be spiraling out of control.

“Let’s hope under CPEC, KCR is revived and people will get an alternate to miserably public transport,” said Manzoor Ahmed Razi, chairman of the Railway Workers Union.

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Violence Prompts US House Panel to Examine Domestic Militant Threats

Violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a September 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul announced the hearing in a letter to the panel’s top Democrat, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

The committee once a year meets to discuss militant threats, with the focus usually on groups abroad, but a committee aide said the Charlottesville protests had raised interest in domestic threats.

“We must stand together and reject racism, bigotry and prejudice, including the hateful ideologies promoted by neo-Nazis, the KKK and all other white supremacy groups,” McCaul, a Texas Republican, wrote in response to Democrats’ request for a hearing.

The committee will invite leaders of the Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center, McCaul said.

A 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday in Charlottesville when a car plowed into people who were protesting a white supremacist demonstration. A 20-year-old Ohio man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies was charged with murder.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said both sides were to blame for the violence, drawing condemnation from both fellow Republicans and Democrats for failing to single out the white nationalists.

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