Indonesia speaker named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia speaker named suspect in major graft case

The anti-corruption agency of Indonesia appointed President of Parliament as a suspect in a major graft scenario that would have hissed about 170 million dollars from the government coffers.

The Corruption Eradication Commission appointed Setya Novanto, the spokesman for the house, as suspect in the Monday graft giant Monday also involved other senior politicians, including the Minister of Justice, the former interior minister and several governors.

The head of the commission, Agus Rahardjo, said Setya “abused his authority and position for personal gain or for the benefit of society.”

Researchers say Novanto was among many politicians who received reimbursement of funds to a government plan to issue new ID cards to 255 million people in the country.

The anti-corruption special court in Indonesia said that more than a third of the 5.9 trillion rupee fund ($ 443 million) has been kidnapped by a network of politicians and entrepreneurs in a scheme that would have been crowned 2009-2015 .

Novanto, who is also the coalition chairman of the ruling Golkar party, is the fourth suspect to be announced in the case, which could become a test of President Joko Widodo’s willingness to take a firm stand against corruption because many of the Involved are public officials.

Novanto was formerly known as a suspect in another corruption case that forced him to step down as a teacher in 2015, when he was accused of extorting a US stake in Freeport-McMoRan in exchange for the extension of the The company to operate in the archipelago.

He was acquitted of the allegations and was again appointed as a teacher in 2016.

Indonesia ranked 90th out of 176 countries and territories in Transparency International’s corruption perception index last year. A number ranking represents the least damaged.

PTI will wait for SC verdict on Panama Papers before pressurising Sharif to resign

PTI will wait for SC verdict on Panama Papers before pressurising Sharif to resign

Islamabad: The Supreme Court must declare its verdict on the documents Panama, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday said to await court decision before calling people to take to the streets and convincing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

On the other hand, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) warned that Sharif will be forced to leave his post if he does not resign, reported dawn.

“Our party will await the decision of the Supreme Court,” said PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry. Chaudhry said the decision to wait was made by the party, adding that the party would not hold large rallies or public meetings until the court announced its decision, but hold small party conventions several places.

“We do not want to give the impression that we were taken to the people on the street before the verdict of the apex court, but we want to keep our busy workers stay ready for any calls from the president,” he said.

On Monday, a Supreme Court of Justice of Pakistan, which runs the three-judge enforcement bank in the Panama Papers case, said the findings of the joint investigation team (JIT) against the Sharif family are not mandatory in The apex court.

“The ECI’s results against the Sharif family are not binding on the Supreme Court,” said the Tribune expressly quoted Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan at the hearing.

The apex cut asked whether Sharif received a monthly salary from FZE, an offshore company, as the JIT report reveals.
According to the report, Judge Sheikh noted that JIT has obtained FZE documents through Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) from the United Arab Emirates, under the law of the National Accountability Office (NAB) because the source documents were not certified .

Meanwhile, Judge Ejaz noted that it was questionable whether the documents can be accepted without a doubt the people who sign them. The highest court is likely to put Sharif on trial on charges of corruption or even disqualification.

However, some hope that the judges will dismiss the case after the JIT filed a damaging report on the wealth of the Sharif family.

Earlier, Sharif’s lawyers and finance minister, Ishaq Dar, made separate objections to JIT’s report at the apex court today.

A vertex three-member bank, headed by Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sheikh Saeed including Azmat and Justice Ijazul Hassan after the JIT began hearing the case when the JIT submitted its final report July 10.

The report highlights a categorical play by the prime minister, his sons and other family members in his wealth related to offshore companies in Panama Documents discovered.

Without justice and accountability, India can’t deliver on its Sustainable Development Goals promise

Without justice and accountability, India can’t deliver on its Sustainable Development Goals promise

While India offers a review of sustainable development goals at the UN High Level Policy Forum in New York on Wednesday, it is unlikely that Indian authorities deviate from painting a rosy outlook.

Sustainable development goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity through 17 interconnected goals.

These objectives include climate action, economic growth and gender equality. Sustainable development goals are imposed after world leaders from 193 countries met at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015 and adopted the Sustainable Development Program 2030.

The ten ten objectives adopted unanimously will provide a global framework for international development for the next 15 years.

As part of its monitoring and review mechanism, the high-level political forum is the central platform for countries to submit their National Journal volunteer.

Politically High Level Forum this year, India and 43 other countries will present their National Voluntary Review on progress, challenges and gaps in the implementation of sustainable development goals at the national and subnational levels.

In its report to the High Level Political Forum, the Government of India has listed its achievements in reducing poverty, health and nutrition, gender equality and empowerment of women.

However, the report ignores the most crucial element for the success of its initiatives: in the absence of transparency, accountability and access to justice, these efforts are nothing.

Homicides, violations of human rights
After decades of defrauding concerns about security, justice and accountability of traditional development debates, Agenda 2030 has come to recognize good governance as the cornerstone of sustainable development.

In fact, their inclusion in the overall development objective 16 – “Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, facilitating access to justice for all and creating effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” is considered to be The goal of the transformation to be installed in the agenda can be achieved.

For the poor and vulnerable have the same rights to economic, financial and land resources, as well as basic public services, it is imperative that people have a legal identity and access to justice when they are denied those rights.

Similarly, in order to put an end to all forms of discrimination against women and girls, anti-discrimination laws must be introduced and the rule of law maintained.

In essence, the goal of sustainable development 16 allows citizens to demand what belongs to them and create safer and more inclusive societies. However, the government’s report on its sustainability goals keeps silent on these crucial issues.

Mandela Day: Why The World Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s Life And Times

Mandela Day: Why The World Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s Life And Times

New Delhi, July 18: Nelson Mandela died in 2013. But his birthday is still celebrated internationally as Mandela’s day.

It is recognized by the United Nations and celebrated worldwide on 18 July. It is quite extraordinary because the activist and statesman defended the rights of blacks in South Africa alone.

However, many marginalized communities are always inspired by their struggle for the freedom of their people.

Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo in the royal family Thembu in 1918. He trained as a lawyer and could lead a comfortable life. However, he opted for a life of deprivation and struggle.

He fought tyrants six decades to ensure equal rights for blacks in the South African company that was run by white, white.

Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1943. After the white government then established apartheid – a system that denied blacks their basic rights, while granting special privileges to whites, he and the ANC spent their Lives to eliminate the draconian system.

He led the 1952 Challenge Campaign. Although his activities remain non-violent, he joined the Prohibited South African Communist Party (SACP).

He was condemned to life in 1962 for conspiring to overthrow the government. He spent 27 years in prison and was released only by national and international pressure on the South African government.

Due to its sacrifice, South Africa gained its independence in 1994 and Mandela became its president. He introduced agrarian reform, social programs for poor services and health. He then focused on the fight against poverty after a second quarter fall.

Nelson Mandela has achieved iconic status and has received many awards in his lifetime, including the Nobel Peace Prize. The highest civilian prize in India, Bharat Ratna has also been conferred. Many other countries have done the same.

In November 2009, the UN recognized its birthday as International Mandela Day. It is not a holiday in South Africa.

This is only to fulfill their sacrifices, their values and to celebrate freedom and equal rights for all. Mandela died in 2013.

Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem holy site over metal detectors

Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem holy site over metal detectors

Islamic leaders on Monday urged Muslims to boycott a holy site in Jerusalem in a gesture of protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the entrances to the site after a deadly Arab attack last week.

For the first time in decades, Israel has closed the site – sacred to Muslims as the Noble Shrine and Jews as the Temple Mount – last Friday after three Israeli Arab Israeli Muslims opened fire from the holy compound automatic weapons, killing two agents Of police before being shot and killed.

Israel reopened the compound of Muslim worshipers Sunday after imposing new security measures, including metal detectors at entry doors and additional security cameras.

The Waqf, the Islamic authority in Jordan who handles religious affairs on the spot, was outraged by metal detectors. Dozens of worshipers prayed in the streets near the door after refusing to enter through metal detectors.

Police said Monday that about 200 Palestinians were trying to block a nearby road and throwing stones at the officers who dispersed them.

A day earlier, small clashes broke out as some Muslim faithful tried to stop others from using the gates, Israeli media reported.

Police said that despite tensions, hundreds of worshipers had entered the compound.

The Waqf, and other Islamic groups have issued a statement calling Monday Muslims to “reject and boycott all aggressive Israeli measures, including changing the status quo story, including imposing metal detectors.”

They called on the faithful to “not enter the mosque” through the detectors. The statement added that “if metal detectors continue to be registered, we call people to pray at the doors of the mosque and in the streets of Jerusalem.”

The fate of the compound, sacred to Muslims and Jews, is an emotional issue and is the centerpiece of rival Israeli and Palestinian national narratives.

All changes perceived delicate arrangements on the site can trigger tensions. Its closure after Friday’s attack sparked condemnations from the Arab world.

Jordan has called for its immediate reopening and there were demonstrations in the streets against Israel, with which Amman concluded a peace treaty.

Israel did not coordinate the changes with Jordan, who serves as a custodian of the Muslim-run site, a Jordanian government official.

Jordan’s position is that everything that has been installed on the site must be approved by the Waqf, or Islamic government, and you can not change the status quo, the official said. Domingo spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation with journalists.

The repeated scene clashes

Jews venerate the site where two Jewish temples were in biblical times like the Temple Mount. This is the holiest site of Judaism and the adjacent Western Wall, a remnant of one of the temples, is the holiest place where Jews can pray.

Muslims consider the same complex at the top of the hill as the Noble Sanctuary. Home Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, Islam’s third most sacred place after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

No red carpet for Trump, says London’s Khan

No red carpet for Trump, says London’s Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan reiterated his opposition to US President Donald Trump who received a state-of-the-art visit when he arrives in the UK next year.

“State visits are different from a normal visit and at a time when the president of United States policy in which many of our countries do not agree, I’m not sure that our government is working the red carpet” Khan Told CNN in an interview on Monday.

Last week, the White House confirmed that Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom has been delayed until 2018.

The delay is due to the fact that there will be no massive protests against Trump in the British capital.

Trump met with British PM Theresa May at the G-20 summit in Hamburg and told reporters he would travel to London.

The offer may state a visit, which usually includes a banquet with the Queen, was made during his visit to Washington in January, a few days after the inauguration of Trump.

Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a western capital, however, has not ruled out meeting with the president of the United States, if offered the opportunity.
“If anyone has any opinion that I think can be changed, I’m ready to do my part,” he told CNN.

“If you think that in some ways it is not possible to be proud Muslim and Western, I am happy to disappoint the idea that you are a reporter for CNN or Donald Trump.”

CNN went to the White House to comment.
Khan and Trump’s relationship was an impressive beginning of Khan’s opposition to Trump’s decision to get rid of the United States from a list of Muslim-majority countries.

Then, after a terrorist attack on London Bridge last month, which left eight dead, Khan comforted Londoners that there was “no reason to be alarmed” by increasing police presence sparked an extraordinary Trump threat on Twitter .
But Trump later tweeted: “The pathetic excuse London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who had to think quickly in his statement” there is no reason to be alarmed “MSM [media] is working hard to sell it.”

Earlier this year, more than 1.8 million people signed a petition to block Trump travel in the UK for fear that this would lead to embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

Qatar: UAE-backed hacking ‘unfortunate,’ violation of law

Qatar: UAE-backed hacking ‘unfortunate,’ violation of law

Qatar, the tiny Gulf state being isolated by its neighbours, said the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is “unfortunate” and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries. The Washington Post, quoting unnamed US intelligence officials, reported Sunday that the UAE orchestrated the hacking and planted a false story that was used as a pretext for the crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries.

The report said senior members of the Emirati government discussed the hacking plan a day before a story appeared on the official Qatar News Agency quoting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, allegedly praising Iran and saying Qatar has a good relationship with Israel.

The UAE has denied involvement, calling the Post report “false” and insisting that the UAE “had no role whatsoever” in the alleged hacking.

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and severed air, land and sea links with Qatar in early June over allegations that it supports extremist ideology — a charge Qatar denied. The crisis has dragged on for more than a month with neither side showing signs of backing down.

Qatar maintained from the beginning that the quotes attributed to its ruler were the result of a hacking. It said in a statement on Monday that the Post report “unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place.”

Sheikh Saif bin Ahmad Al Thani, the head of Qatar’s government communications office, said “it is especially unfortunate that this shameful act of cyber terrorism is being attributed to a fellow member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“This criminal act represents a clear violation and breach of international law and of the bilateral and collective agreements signed between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as collective agreements with the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations,” he said.

The GCC is a six-member bloc that includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Kuwait has been serving as a mediator in trying to resolve the current Gulf crisis.

Sheikh Saif said a Qatari government investigation into the hacking is ongoing and that prosecutors will “take all necessary legal measures to bring to justice the perpetrators and instigators of this crime.”

Trump Threatens Venezuela With Sanctions

Trump Threatens Venezuela With Sanctions

In a statement released Monday night, President Trump has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if President Nicolas Maduro pledged to create a “constituent assembly” capable of rewriting the Venezuelan constitution.

The warning comes a day after more than 7 million Venezuelans took part in a symbolic referendum to reject the Maduro plan, which many see as a stratagem for President Venezuela to retain control after the end of his 2019 term.

On Sunday, about 98 percent. 100 opposition supporters from the countries voted against the proposed meeting.

“Yesterday, the Venezuelan people also affirmed that they defend democracy, liberty and the rule of law,” the president of Trump said on Monday. “However, his strong and brave actions continue to be ignored by a poor leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.”

Trump’s statement echoes the sentiments of Venezuelan opposition leaders, who scored a dictator Maduro in March, when Venezuela’s Supreme Court, which remains loyal to Maduro, canceled the nation’s democratically elected Congress.

The decision – widely seen as an attempt to allow joint oil companies Maduro – sparked opposition protesters swallowing the streets of Venezuela, waving banners saying “No to dictatorship.”

Despite being democratically elected in 2013, Maduro was accused of having led an authoritarian regime imprisonment of opposition leaders, censorship of the press conference, referring to free nation elections and rule by decree as the opposition took the Control of Congress in 2015.

Many also blame Maduro do little to curb the economy in crisis in Venezuela and the humanitarian crisis, which resulted in a serious shortage of food and medicines.

On Monday, opposition leaders have called for a 24-hour national strike on July 20, which could lead the country’s economy to a temporary standstill.

In his latest statement, Trump warned that “the United States will not remain ready when Venezuela collapses,” adding that “if the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and rapid economic measures.”

That same afternoon, Maduro said he “will not be intimidated” by international pressure, and plans to move forward with the elections in late July.

In addition to having the power to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution, Maduro Assembly could dissolve the government and call for general elections.

Maduro also accused of “stacking the deck” with loyal voters to ensure that the government receives a majority representation.

If the US Decides to impose a new round of sanctions in Venezuela, it is possible that Trump could enlighten the nation’s energy sector, including its state oil company PDVSA.

Last month senior White House officials told Reuters that the Trump administration was considering a package of “sectoral” sanctions, but fears that a blow to the Venezuelan oil industry could exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Iran says it has received ‘contradictory signals’ from Trump

Iran says it has received ‘contradictory signals’ from Trump

NEW YORK: The Iranian chancellor said the government has received mixed signals from the Trump administration and does not know how to interpret, but opened the possibility of discussion and improved relations with the United States.

At a large meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mohammad Javad Zarif said he has not met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

However, he said: “That does not mean that it can not be (communication), since the possibilities of compromise with the nuclear agreement have always been open.”

He also criticized Saudi Arabia, a US ally and rival in the Middle East, saying that the Arab states “were” unable “to meet the basic needs of their people, which aroused anger, resentment and incitement.

But Zarif said Iran and Saudi Arabia can and must work together to end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where opposing sides are backed.

“We do not need to fight to exclude ourselves from the scene in the Middle East,” he said, “because, ultimately, we can not exclude the other.” He added that “extremist forces are both a threat against us, but even more against them.”

Zarif is the United States to speak on Tuesday at a high-level meeting of the assessment of progress in achieving the UN goals by 2030 to fight against poverty, gender equality, promote economic and good governance development and environment.

He responded to the questions on the board before an announcement by the State Department just before the deadline of midnight Monday that Iran has always respected the nuclear agreement in 2015, which has to be done every three months. But he insisted that Iran would face consequences for violating the “spirit” of the case.

Zarif said the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is not in favor of Iran, has verified compliance with the agreement.

Unfortunately, he said, the United States does not comply and the six parties to the agreement will meet Friday in Vienna to examine Iran’s claims regarding the inability of the United States to meet its obligations.

The key problem with the United States, he said, refers to sanctions against Iran, according to which the agreement must be lifted and sanctions remain in Iran for human rights, terrorism and other issues.

Zarif said that for the United States, “it is more important to keep the sanctions that remain” on Iran “rather than eliminate the sanctions were lifted.”

As a result, he said, the Office of Foreign Assets Control “was reluctant to give direct answers to those who want to do business with Iran because I feared that a direct response would undermine the sanctions” paradise “raised me.

Zarif said he “creates the impression that hostility to Iran from the United States to Iran will have no end.”
However, he left open the possibility of changing this perception, saying: “I think it can be remedied.”

In response to a question about whether Iran has received signals from the Trump administration, positive or negative, Zarif said: “We are receiving mixed signals, we do not know which interpret how.”

President Donald Trump warns Venezuela of economic actions

President Donald Trump warns Venezuela of economic actions

US President Donald Trump warned Venezuela of strong and quick economic actions if the country’s ruling party has plans to rewrite its constitution.
“If the Maduro plan imposes its constituent assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and rapid economic measures,” Trump said in a statement on Monday. “The United States will not stop when Venezuela collapses.

“The United States is demanding again free and fair elections and standing with the Venezuelan people in order to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy,” he said.

On Sunday, the Venezuelan people have said they were still defending democracy, freedom and the rule of law, he said.

“However, his strong and brave actions continue to be ignored by a poor leader who dreams of becoming a dictator,” Trump said. Earlier, his spokesman expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela.
“We have seen what happened. We congratulate the Venezuelan people for the huge referendum participation of yesterday and the inevitable statement delivered and brought their government,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during his daily press conference.

“We condemn the violence inflicted by government thugs against innocent voters and government efforts to erode democracy in Venezuela. We ask once again that the Constitutional Assembly of July 30 be set aside and that free and fair elections are provided “Spicer said.

In a statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert applauded the “courage and determination” of Venezuelans exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, to defend their democracy on July 16.

“Yesterday’s vote was a massive repudiation of the proposed National Constituent Assembly, which would be detrimental to Venezuela’s democratic institutions.

The vote of millions of Venezuelans was an unequivocal statement in favor of free and fair elections and respect for the current Constitution, “he said.

Condemning the loss of life in Catia, Caracas and deploring the violence, the Venezuelan government was asked to bring those responsible to justice.

“Millions of voices in Venezuela should not be ignored. The United States asked the Venezuelan government to abandon the proposed National Constituent Assembly.

We encourage the governments of the hemisphere and around the world to ask President Maduro to suspend this process was only designed to undermine democracy in Venezuela, “said M. Nauert….