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Pharrell net worth, age, height, ethnicity, family ▷ Nigeria news  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News PHARRELL NET WORTH ⭐ is an object of discussion for many. He is one of the musicians who have widened their investment portfolio.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brighton Beach Brooklyn” – Google News: Slavic Club takes field trip to New York – The Setonian

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Slavic Club takes field trip to New York  The Setonian

Anna Kuchta, a Senior Faculty Associate in the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures, has taken the Seton Hall Slavic Club to New York for nearly …

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Plan to repair the East River L-train tunnel starts Friday  New York Post

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to repair the East River L-train tunnel goes into effect Friday — and nighttime and weekend *service* will be so terrible that the MTA is …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): News 12 – Home: Japan father, son win release before US trial in Ponzi case

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A judge says a father and son from Japan can be freed from federal custody to live with relatives in a rented apartment in Las Vegas pending trial in what prosecutors call a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Rational Security: The ‘Mueller Time’ Edition

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The Special Counsel’s report has finally been released. After reading the report and thinking about the findings, we’ll discuss what impressed us most and what happens next.  

 

Shane recommends The Mueller Report. 

Susan says the Navy is reporting UFOs.  

Ben wants you to read his diary

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Scrutiny Of US Political System Inspires Awe Once Again – OpEd

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By Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg*

To be in Washington these days is to experience one of those epic
periods when the American political system works to heal itself. The
release last week of the Mueller Report on Russian and other foreign
interference in the 2016 presidential election created a maelstrom of
debate on whether it provided enough grounds for the US House of
Representatives to commence proceedings to impeach President Donald
Trump, launch public exploratory hearings, or wait until American voters
make their own judgment in the 2020 election.

I was in Washington when the redacted report was released on April 18,
and the reactions to its release reminded me of other times when reports
of weighty investigations were released, such as the Iran-Contra report
during President Ronald Reagan’s time, the report on President Bill
Clinton’s relationship with a White House intern, or the Sept. 11
commission’s report. The Mueller report has it all — consequential
international intrigue, shady commercial deals, and moral
transgressions.

The report left no doubt that there was malign foreign interference in
the 2016 election, but did not indict the president for involvement in
that meddling, or explicitly exonerate him. Several of the other
characters in the report have been indicted, prosecuted and convicted,
but Robert Mueller was unable to indict Trump because the Department of
Justice believes that only Congress can prosecute a sitting president.
Mueller’s report is, in a way, challenging the House of Representatives,
now controlled by a Democratic majority, to take action. Democrats were
hoping that Mueller would indict the president, thus saving them from
taking the risky step of trying to impeach him.

Not fully knowledgeable about the political calculus of American
elections, I was surprised that some Democratic Party representatives
were hesitant about going through with impeachment for fear that it
could backfire.

Some eminent constitutional scholars, such as Laurence Tribe and Cass
Sunstein, have also weighed in. Long before the Mueller Report came out,
they had consistently made the case, in books and articles dedicated to
the issue, as well as on social media, for the need to start the
process of impeaching President Trump. The long list of indiscretions
catalogued in the report helped them make the case again for
impeachment, arguing that the US Constitution now requires it, and not
merely allows it.

As an outsider, I was quite in awe of the ability of the American system
to investigate itself and take corrective actions. I know that many in
the US are cynical about their political process but, compared with
other countries, such as Russia, France or many developing countries, it
has been able to self-correct over and over again. Take the scandals
involving spy agencies in the 1960s and 1970s, when the CIA was accused
of assassinating foreign leaders and plotting coups d’etat, and Congress
subsequently passed laws that made such acts more difficult. The
Watergate scandal led to greater limits on presidential powers and a
strengthening of the oversight of federal elections. Similarly, the
investigation of Oliver North and Robert McFarlane’s shenanigans, when
they tried to help arm and fund the Contras of Nicaragua by concocting
an international carousel of shady deals, resulted in greater
transparency on such actions.

In some ways, the actions listed in the Mueller Report are a throwback
to the days when the White House had more leeway than it has now. For
example, in reference to his actions during the Watergate scandal,
President Richard Nixon used to say: “Well, when the president does it,
that means that it is not illegal.” Subsequent administrations avoided
such assertions, for fear that they would incriminate themselves
politically and violate the rule that nobody was above the law. But
those claims of presidential legal infallibility underline much of the
Mueller Report. Recently, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, told the New
Yorker magazine: “Even if he did do it, it wouldn’t be a crime.” On
another occasion, New York magazine quoted him as saying that the
president “can’t be indicted, can’t be questioned because it interferes
with the presidency.”

According to Giuliani and other supporters, ordinary laws do not apply
to the president: The only check on a sitting president is impeachment
proceedings by the House of Representatives and, if impeached, removal
by the Senate. Of course, such assertions are challenged by legal
scholars, but in some way Giuliani is challenging Congress to act.

The coming days and weeks will be interesting to find out whether
Congress does act and start impeachment, or if it lets the fog over the
scandals contained in the Mueller Report drag on during election season,
which has started early. Alternatively it could take the middle ground
by holding investigative hearings, rather than impeachment, to gauge
voter reactions before taking a tougher stand. Most likely, Congress
will insist on getting the full Mueller Report, not the redacted
version.

Another likely escalation would be for Congress to ask Mueller to
testify. Mueller can be an imposing witness, especially if he speaks
publicly under oath. At 74 years of age, he is a decorated soldier,
prominent lawyer, federal prosecutor and, for 12 years, the FBI director
under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. And he is a
Republican. It would be difficult to question his credibility. His
refrain from indicting the president can make him more credible and may
make the case for impeachment more compelling, as the only legal
recourse available.

For outsiders, it will be supreme public theater. For Americans, it will
be a momentous undertaking, not only for Trump’s presidency and
re-election prospects, but for future elections and how to immunize them
from foreign interference.

  • Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg is the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
    assistant secretary-general for political affairs and negotiation, and a
    columnist for Arab News. The views expressed in this piece are
    personal, and do not necessarily represent those of the GCC.
    Twitter: @abuhamad1

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Arab Christians Need A Stronger Voice In Muslim World – OpEd

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The Christian world is divided between the Western and Eastern branches,
with the Arab world’s Christians largely falling into the latter
category. But the Arab Christians have been abandoned and are easy
targets for their enemies. Too many Western Christians have turned their
backs on the continuing injustices committed against Christians living
in Palestine and the Levant.

As a Christian, I have always been in awe of Arab Muslims, who
demonstrate a strong sense of societal devotion as well as a fidelity to
their religious beliefs. Muslims seem to live their religion every day —
a practice that contradicts the feelings of many modern-day Christians,
who separate government, politics and most of their lives from their
religious beliefs. They seem to box their religion into a small segment
of their life, ignoring it until a holiday like Christmas or Easter
arrives.

This week is a living dissertation on the challenges Christians face.
Last Sunday, April 21, was the mainstream Easter, which is celebrated by
the majority of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians, both Catholic and
Protestant. This Sunday, April 28, is Easter for the remainder of the
Christian world — the Orthodox, who dominate the Middle East. Egypt’s
Coptic Orthodox Christian population is estimated to be 7.5 million. The
Orthodox also dominate the 15 million Christians who live in Iraq,
Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

Not surprisingly, Islamist terrorists chose Easter to launch a massive
assault in Sri Lanka, a Buddhist-majority island nation located south of
India and far away from the Middle East. Three Christian churches,
along with luxury hotels, were targeted as more than 300 people were
killed and more than 500 injured.

The Sri Lankan government has admitted threats had been made against
Christians, but they were not properly acted on. Later, the country’s
defense minister stated that the attack was in “retaliation” for the
terrorist attacks against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last
month, when 50 Muslim worshippers were killed and another 50 were
wounded.

It is ironic and hypocritical that many American Christians complain
about Muslims because of the Sri Lanka attacks, yet are silent in the
face of Israeli attacks against Christians and Muslims in Palestine.
Furthermore, attacks against Christians in the Arab and Muslim worlds
have increased. The Palm Sunday attack by Daesh in Egypt last year
targeted two Coptic churches, killing 47 people and injuring 100 more.

Because the Sri Lanka attacks occurred outside of the Muslim world, it
gives Muslims an opportunity to speak out for the rights of Christian
Arabs without appearing to be defensive or responsible. More needs to be
done, however, to engage Christian Arabs, not just in a symbolic or
token manner, but in a substantive way that gives them a stronger voice
on Arab, Middle Eastern and even Muslim world issues.

Over the years, Muslim groups have grown in strength in the US, while
secular Arab groups have weakened. A good example is the rise of many
organizations with strong Muslim voices, such as the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP),
and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), to name just a few. 

These groups provide powerful forums to strengthen pro-Arab activism on
issues like Palestine, Syria and the US “Muslim ban.” The only flaw is
that they offer only token roles to Christian voices. In contrast, many
Christian or predominantly Christian Arab groups like the American
Federation of Ramallah, the Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese
Clubs, and the Bethlehem Association focus mainly on social issues and
tend to avoid political discussion and activism. They also rarely have
Muslim speakers.

The challenge for Christian Arabs isn’t just their problem. Muslims also
need to take it seriously to help stop the deterioration of the
Christian presence in the Arab world. 

Certainly, Christian Arabs need to take it upon themselves to empower
their voices by becoming more fully engaged in politics and confronting
challenges. The Christians do not have equivalent voices that Muslims do
thanks to groups like the CAIR, AMP or ICNA. That’s why Muslims need to
do more to help Christian Arabs and engage them fully in their
conferences and societies. 

The power of Islam in the Middle East is enormous. There are far more
Muslims than Christians in the region and the Arab world, but Muslims
must view Christian Arabs as equals and treat them as such. In so doing,
the interests of both Muslims and Christians will be better served. It
might also make it less likely that Christians will be targeted, as they
were this past week in Sri Lanka.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Saudi Arabia To Create 561,000 Jobs Under New Digital Employment Initiative

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Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more
than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era
for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the
announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to
combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development
hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but
also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract
international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and
agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private
sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had
entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related
e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and
plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data
mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing
employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve
the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7
percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s
business environment to make it more attractive to local and
international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will
have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer
policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and
enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the
business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for
opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable
foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,”
the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in
their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more
appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international
standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the
ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public
organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while
creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private
sector.

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NYPD: Woman Found Bound in Basement of Her Brooklyn Home  NY1

An 88-year-old woman was found bound in the basement of her home in Brooklyn on Wednesday, authorities said. Police say it happened at around 2 p.m..

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