U.S. Probe: Uncovering needles in the haystack

Congressional agents have uncovered an email sent in June 2016, from a reliable Trump aide that referenced a formerly unreported push to orchestrate a meeting a year ago between Trump crusade authorities and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as indicated by sources with coordinate information of the issue.

The email was sent by Rick Dearborn, now the president’s deputy chief of staff, to crusade authorities with data about a man attempting to interface them with Putin, CNN said. The individual was just recognized in the email as being from “WV,” which one source said was a reference to West Virginia.

It was an indistinguishable time where Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians offering data to ruin his father’s opponent in the campaign- Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dearborn did not react to various requests looking for input. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to remark, and would not react to request about Dearborn’s email and whether the campaign brought through with that meeting.

“We aren’t going to comment on potentially leaked documents,” Sanders said.

The demand made by the unidentified West Virginian fits an example of Russians endeavoring  to accumulate human knowledge and look for unwilling – and once in a while unwitting accomplices – as a major aspect of their incognito operations, says the Intelligence experts.

“The Russians are really experts at this,” heaved Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russia operations.

News Source: Reuters, CNN

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Hate crime brews in USA, requires immediate actions

Hate crime against Indians in the United States seems to be on the rise, especially in the last few months. It only came to the forefront after the shooting incident in Kansas. Srinivas Kuchibotla became the victim of a hate crime. His colleague Alok Madasani was also injured in the shooting spree.

Both of them worked for Garmin, a technology-based firm. What made matters worse is the fact that the murderer was not a thug or a gangster but a veteran navy officer named Adam W. Purinton. He taunted these men before shooting indiscriminately at them. He shouted “Get out of my country” before opening fire.

This statement indicates the burning hatred across scores of Americans against the immigrants. Not all Americans have jingoistic feelings towards particular religion or ethnicity. However, with people getting influenced by inflammatory speeches, the society seems to divide fast and give way for lone wolves like Purinton to commit such crimes.

The undercurrent of chauvinism and jingoism was visible during the election campaigning when Trump proposed ideas such as creating up a wall between U.S.A and Mexico and suggested anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies. Now that he is in power he is giving effect to all these campaigning planks. The major issues which concern the Indians are the H-1B visa reforms which Trump has suggested.

The US government provides about 65,000 visas every year. Many tech companies including Infosys, Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services hire people based on this Visa criterion. If alterations are made to this VISA criteria it is doomed to affect Indians and thus having an effect on the remittance which India gets through these jobs. According to 2015 data, USA is the second largest source of remittance after Saudi Arabia. Trump in his book “Time to Get Tough” have stated a 15 percent tax on the companies which will outsource jobs.

In fact, USA’s current president won the election by stirring people against immigration. Does this suggest that Indians are insecure in the world’s largest democracy? Trump made a brief statement about the crime, a week after the attack took place. Trump stated, “we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms”. White House spokesperson, Sean Spicer, said that the incident is tragic, however, it should not be linked to Donald Trump. Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at Trump for not speaking at length about this issue.

Before Trump assumed power, there were less than ten cases of hate crime daily, however, 10 days after he assumed power more than 800 cases of hate crime was reported. Though Trump has called for a stop on such attacks there is an unspoken legitimacy given to hate crimes. Madasani’s father is telling the youth in India that the USA is not anymore a safe place to visit at all.

All is not lost as there are some people like Ian Grillot who jumped forward and took two bullets for the injured Indian. Grillot made a heart touching statement “I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being”. Purinton is booked by the federal agency and if he is proven guilty, he would face an imprisonment for 50 years without parole.

The USA has to ensure that strict actions are taken in order to improve its situation both with India and within its borders.  The entire world waits for the actions by the country.

 

Sources: THE WASHINGTON POST , HINDUSTAN TIMES

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Trump appoints Indian-American as his Deputy Assistant

Raj Shah, an Indian-American has been appointed to a key White House position by the US President-elect Donald Trump on January 4, 2016. He actively headed the Republican party’s anti-Clinton campaign throughout the polls.

The position of Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Communication Director and Research Director has been appointed awarded to Shah, as per an announcement made by the Presidential Transition Team.

Shah’s appointment to the key White House position was announced by Reince Priebus who is designated as the White House Chief of Staff. “These individuals will be key leaders in helping to implement the President elect’s agenda and bring real change to Washington,” Priebus said.

Shah, who is in his early 30’s, currently heads the Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee. He led a team of experts to scrutinise against the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. He is said to be behind all the campaign against Clinton during the presidential election.

According to the NDTV, Shah’s parents are from Mumbai having their roots in Gujarat. His father moved to the US for his education in the 1970’s and had later returned to India. He moved back to the US after his marriage. Initially, they lived in Chicago but later shifted to Connecticut, where Shah was born and brought up.

 

SOURCES: NDTV, INDIAN EXPRESS
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Obama promises action against Russia for hacking

In a recent interview, given to National Public Radio, to be aired on Friday morning, Barack Obama, the US President said that there will be action taken against Russia for attempting to hack the elections, which was an attempt for “impacting the integrity of” the American Presidential elections.

He mentioned that he was waiting for the final report he had ordered into the range of the hacking attacks by Russia, but guaranteed that proper action will be taken against the country.

According to a CIA assessment, which has been reported by various news agencies in America, Russia aimed to help Donald Trump win the elections by this act, but Obama has refrained from commenting on this claim.

Although in his interview, Obama did hint that the hack proved to be more problematic for Clinton’s campaign rather than Trump, saying, “ in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign”, reported the TOI.

The hackers working for Russia broke into both the Democratic (party) National Committee’s (DNC) computer network as well as Hillary Clinton’s top advisor John Podesta’s private email account, as reported by various American intelligence officials.

In light of all these events, the intelligence agencies have been ordered by Obama to conduct a complete review of the cyber attacks before the beginning of Trump’s tenure.

Sources – TOI ,Washington Post

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Modi Voted TIME “Person of the Year” by Readers

Narendra Modi has been voted the “Person of the Year” by readers in an online poll held by TIME magazine. According to The Economic Times, the Indian Prime Minister won the poll with 18% of the votes, leaving behind other important figures around the world. His closest rivals were US President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, all of whom secured 7% of the “yes” votes cast. The polls also featured prominent figures like Mark Zuckerberg (2%), US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (4%) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to The Hindu, TIME has held this poll annually since 1927, awarding the honour to someone who has had the most impact on the news in the year, whether good or bad. Modi had previously received the honour in 2014, when he secured 16% of the five million votes cast. The Economic Times said that Modi had been leading the polls for a while, with 21% votes in the initial stage and had been receiving high approval ratings from Indians in the recent months.

According to TIME, while the editors always make the final selection of the “Person of the Year”, the online poll allows their readers to voice their opinions and also provides a method to track and compare the influence an individual has.The editors will announce the final decision in a week, The Economic Times reported. Last year, German chancellor Angela Merkel bestowed the honour.

Sources: Economic Times Time

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Hillary Clinton’s new influential supporter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London seems to be an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton. According to him, the anti-muslim views of Republican Donald Trump, can be a weakness for America in it’s battle against ISIS.

“She’s arguably the most experienced candidate to run to be the president.”, said Sadiq Khan, who was visiting United States for the very first time. He also said that he was “a big fan” of Hillary Clinton and wished to see her win the presidential elections in November.

“As a father of two daughters, I think the message it sends when the most powerful politician in the world is a woman, is phenomenal, and hope she wins.”, said Khan, who being the mayor of London, is one of the most influential Muslim politicians in the western Europe.

While giving his speech in front of the Chicago Council, Trump’s name was not mentioned. Instead, Khan chose to deride the policies Trump has promised America. Khan expressed his disapproval about Trump’s policies on banning muslim immigrants from America, calling Trump’s policies “ignorant”.

Trump has changed his stance somewhat regarding his policy about muslims since his first statement in December 2015. Now, instead of banning muslims from the country, the ban will only extend to places with known terrorist links.

 

Sources: NDTV, Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s new influential supporter, London mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, seems to be an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton. According to him, the Anti-Muslim views of Republican Donald Trump, can be a weakness for America in it’s battle against ISIS.

“She’s arguably the most experienced candidate to run to be the president.”, said Sadiq Khan, who was visiting United States for the very first time. He also said that he was “a big fan” of Hillary Clinton and wished to see her win the presidential elections in November.

“As a father of two daughters, I think the message it sends when the most powerful politician in the world is a woman, is phenomenal, and hope she wins.”, said Khan, who being the mayor of London, is one of the most influential Muslim politicians in the western Europe.

While giving his speech in front of the Chicago Council, Trump’s name was not mentioned. Instead, Khan chose to deride the policies Trump has promised America. Khan expressed his disapproval about Trump’s policies on banning Muslim immigrants from America, calling Trump’s policies “ignorant”.

Trump has changed his stance somewhat regarding his policy about Muslims since his first statement in December 2015. Now, instead of banning Muslims from the country, the ban will only extend to places with known terrorist links.

Sources: NDTV, Reuters