Donald Trump Proposes a ‘Solar Wall’ along the Mexican Border

President Donald Trump touted the idea to attach solar panels to his controversial wall along the US-Mexican border, while addressing a campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday, June 21. “We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall. Pretty good imagination, right? It’s my idea”, he said, according to a report by BBC.

Speaking before a cheering crowd at Cedar Rapids, Trump categorically stated that he would deliver on his poll promise of building the wall along the US-Mexican border which would stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigration from Mexico. He further went on to say that the solar wall would pay for itself and also provide cheap energy. Earlier, Trump insisted that Mexico pay for the wall but the Mexican President Enrique Nieto had disregarded the idea. Suggesting that the plan was his own idea, he said that he said that he would “give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet.”

In February 2017, the Department of Homeland Security invited companies to submit designs for the wall. The invitation received responses from over 200 companies. Among them, Gleason Partners in Las Vegas proposed the idea of a wall of steel, cement and solar panels.

The Trump administration is yet to make a move on the president’s expensive campaign promise to construct a wall along the Mexican border. Owing to pressure from the Democrats, the US Congress has not committed to funding the project.

The developments will be interesting to note once the funding battle plays out when the 2018 budget negotiations begin.

 

Sources: BBC News, Telegraph, Times of India, The Daily Caller

Anti-Trump Riot in Mexico City Attended by Thousands

Thousands held a march in Mexico City protesting against the US President Donald Trump. The former real estate mogul turned president proposed to build a wall along the American-Mexican border during his campaigns and to build the wall, he plans to charge the American citizens in the their taxes.

Placards, posters and banners saying “Mexico must be respected, Mr Trump,” were seen in the protest along with numerous others waving the red, white and green Mexican flag. In what is touted as the largest mobilisation so far, protestors were seen burning Trump effigies.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Garcia, a former resident of Chicago said “The United States and Mexico are natural friends and allies, but Trump is destroying this,”. She then added, “The United States and Mexico are natural friends and allies, but Trump is destroying this”.

More than 20,000 people attended the march according to a city estimate. While this was seen as a massive gathering, reports said that the protest was small compared to other rallies and protests which took place in the city. Along with anti-Trump protest, rioters also chanted slogans and carried signs against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Protest marches also took place Sunday in other Mexican cities, including Tijuana, Monterrey, Merida and Morelia.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, CNN

Image source: iNews24

A wall around Baghdad not possible, points Iraq PM

In an official statement released on Saturday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dismissed any plans to have a concrete wall around the country’s capital Baghdad, in the context of a looming threat from the Islamic State (IS) militants.

The statement comes after indications by the interior ministry spokesperson police Brigadier General Saad Maan and Baghdad Operations Command that the plan to construct the wall was progressing. The PM put all the claims to rest, as he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in a statement, “Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it’s not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city.”

Instead, Abadi emphasised on reorganisation of checkpoints, plugging of gaps in the security perimeter and easing of transit, as measures to ensure a secure capital.

Notably, the city of Baghdad has been a nerve-centre for various assaults – especially on the armed forces as well as the Shiite population – with IS leading the charge. The most recent attack, claimed by the transnational group, targeted a shopping mall on January 11, reportedly killing at least 18 people.