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US has crossed all red lines”: Turkey President Erdogan

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Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as the unelected leader to voice the anger of the middle-east countries.

Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as a capital of Israel has set the middle east on the boil. The centuries-old bout between Israel and Palestine over possession of Jerusalem has been ignited once again by the US President’s comments.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as the unelected leader to voice the anger of the middle-east countries. On Wednesday, he insisted the world leaders recognise East Jerusalem as the “Capital of Palestine”.

The year following the UN’s recognition to Israel as a country, it captured West Jerusalem where Israel’s parliament is situated. In 1967, after six-days long war, Israel also captured the remaining area of East Jerusalem. The East Jerusalem consists of the Old city which has Haram-Al-Sharif: a pious place of worship for the Muslims.

Erdogan held an emergency meeting with the leaders from the Organization of Islamic Co-operation. He also appealed the global countries saying they should recognise East Jerusalem, a capital of Palestine if they value international law and fairness. Erdogan said, “Islamic countries would never give up on their demand.”

After Trump’s announcement supporting the Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for calling the day “historic”. On the other hand, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was a blatant violation of international law and one of the “greatest crime”.

Erdogan had earlier warned the US as well saying that “Jerusalem is the red line”. On Wednesday, he once again slammed the US saying that it is giving away Jerusalem as if it was an American city.

The political observers fear that this move by US President Donald Trump can start a fresh streak of bloodshed in middle-east.

 

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Air raid strikes Yemen wedding; 20 killed and 40 wounded

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Air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people and wounded 40 others at a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday.

Rescue teams said the wedding was taking place in the Huthi-controlled Bani Qais area of Hajjah province, north of Sanaa, when jets carried out the raid. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) stated that a hospital it supports in Hajjah received at least 40 patients wounded with their bodies torn apart due to the air strikes.

“We take this report very seriously and it will be fully investigated as all reports of this nature are,” a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition told a source.

It was not the first deadly strike on a wedding during Yemen’s conflict, which has killed people since the coalition intervened. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been accused of multiple war crimes by rights groups since entering the war in Yemen in 2015.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven the country to the verge of famine till now.

 

 

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Tibet can remain a part of China: Dalai Lama

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Tibet could benefit economically by staying in China and Chinese citizens could gain from Tibetan Buddhism.

NEW DELHI: Tibet can remain a part of China if Beijing guarantees the region’s culture and autonomy, the Dalai Lama said on Sunday.

In a lecture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his exile to India, Dalai Lama said that Tibet could benefit economically by staying in China and Chinese citizens could gain from Tibetan Buddhism.

In the lecture organised by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Antar-Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad, the Dalai Lama said “Historically and culturally, Tibet has been independent. The region’s geography shows where Tibet begins. So long as the constitution of China recognises our culture and Tibetan autonomous region’s special history, they can remain [part of China]”.

The lecture was one of the many events planned to celebrate the anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India in the late 1950s. The celebrations had started earlier this month with a big event at Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama is likely to tour India throughout the year to celebrate this event.

The Dalai Lama highlighted the point that Tibet had been an independent unit in the past, and therefore had a special place in the world and emphasized the importance of Tibetian identity.

He later added “There was a time when every French looked at the Germans as enemies. But today they are in the European Union. Similarly, we can work together”.

In 1959, the Dalai Lama in fear of persecution from the People’s Liberation Army had escaped to India along with some of his government and around 80 thousand Tibetans.

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde wants PM Modi to focus more on women issues

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NEW DELHI: International Monetary Fund chief (IMF) Christine Lagarde on Thursday said she hopes PM Narendra Modi pays more attention to the situation of women in the country.

It wasn’t the first time that the IMF chief has drawn PM Modi’s focus towards women issues.

Yesterday, Lagarde termed the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua “revolting” and hoped that the authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, to pay more attention towards it.

“What has happened (in India) is just revolting. I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, pay more attention because it is needed for the women of India,” Lagarde said.

Recalling her earlier conversation with the Indian PM in Davos she had told the PM that he didn’t mention women enough while talking about India’s growth story. She said India’s GDP can grow by as much as 27% if women are brought to the same level of men.

“When I was last in Davos after Prime Minister Modi’s speech, I did tell him that he had not mentioned the women of India enough. And it’s not just a question of talking about them,” said the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund said.

Referring to her comments during January’s annual meeting in Davos of women co-chairs of the World Economic Forum, she said that “India must focus on broad-based and true inclusion of women in its economy. She also expressed concern over the high level of discrimination faced by women in rural India and emphasized that there is an urgent need to address this issue”.

She also spoke that if India should focus on the inclusion of women in its economy. “We have research to show that India’s GDP can grow by 27 percent if the women are brought to the same level of men in terms of economic and workforce participation”.

Lagarde clearly stated that it was her position and not the IMF’s view on the comment on Kathua case. However, her January comments did appear to be the IMF’s position.

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