World en Wed Jun 05 18:16:29 IST 2019 china-promoting-marriages-among-han-and-tibetans <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>He is a Han and she a Tibetan and, in the best tradition of true love overcoming the biggest odds and the deepest hostilities, they rewrote the rules to become role models for ethnic unity in a restive land and also be officially recognised as &quot;achievers&quot;.</p> <p>Long Shi Zhong and Ba Sang Que Ba fell in love like many do but theirs was a romance with the hurdles built in. Fearing hostilities between the Han and <a title="Reincarnation is not important: Dalai Lama" href="">Tibetan</a> ethnic communities they belonged to, the couple had to wait for several years to get married, officials said.</p> <p>In 2015, they finally did. And now Long and Ba, both in their early 50s, are symbols of ethnic unity in this prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China.</p> <p>Their marriage has encouraged hundreds of young people to go for inter-community marriages, prompting the local government to confer the couple with the &quot;national role model&quot; award for ethnic unity.</p> <p>A photo of Long and Ba finds place among achievers of Shigatse at a major community centre, which acts as a platform for governance at grassroots level.</p> <p>&quot;Our central government is pursuing a conscious policy of inter-community marriages to promote unity among various ethnic groups in Tibet and elsewhere,&quot; Ci Dan Yangji, a local government official, told a small group Indian journalists during a rare visit to Tibet at the invitation of China.</p> <p>Another official added that Long and Ba set an example for many people in the society.</p> <p>&quot;Both of them waited for several years to get married. They were apprehensive of the backlash between the two communities. However, there has been a surge in marriages between people from the communities after Long and Ba set an example,&quot; he said on the condition of anonymity.<br> </p> <p>Ci Dan said around 500 families were registered with the community centre in Shigatse, which comprised 40 &quot;mixed marriage&quot; couples.</p> <p>Relations between the Tibetan people and Chinese authorities came under severe strain after the Chinese army entered various parts of the plateau in 1950.</p> <p>Tibet's spiritual leader, the 14th <a title="Chinese officials say reincarnation of Dalai Lama must be approved by Chinese govt" href="">Dalai Lama</a>, fled Tibet following a Chinese crackdown on a popular uprising in 1959. India granted him political asylum and the Tibetan government-in exile has since been based on Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.</p> <p>Since 1959, Tibet has been witnessing periodic incidents of violence, unrest and protest against Beijing.</p> <p>Critics of Beijing say China has been sending a large number of Han Chinese to Tibet in the last 60 years to outnumber the local population and dilute Tibetan cultural heritage.</p> <p>However, Wang Neng Sheng, an vice minister ranked official in Tibet, rejected such criticism and said the Central government has been working to ensure unity among various ethnic communities and to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Tibet.<br> </p> <p>&quot;The Tibetan people account for 92 per cent of the population in Tibet and the rest eight per cent are Han Chinese and people from other ethnic groups,&quot; he said.</p> <p>China has a total of 56 ethnic groups.</p> <p>Local official Ci Dan said China's central government has been strongly pushing for inter-community marriages in Tibet and the effort is paying rich dividends.</p> <p>Wang said the apprehensions that Tibetan people are turning into a minority are completely unfounded. The Chinese government, he added, is adopting a scientific approach for the development of various ethnic groups and population in Tibet and elsewhere.</p> <p>There has been a view among followers of the Dalai Lama that China is systematically trying to suppress Tibetan culture, and bringing prosperity to the region to dissuade people to support the Dalai Lama who has been pressing for genuine autonomy for Tibet.</p> <p>China asserts that Tibet has been its part since the 13th century and will remain so forever.</p> <p>— PTI</p> Wed Jul 17 15:46:59 IST 2019 indian-boy-missing-in-uae-after-running-away-from-home <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A 15-year-old boy, who was scolded by his mother for watching YouTube late at night, is <a title="Come back, children" href="">missing</a> for two weeks after he ran away from home, according to a media report on Wednesday.</p> <p>Mohammad Perwez, who lives with his family in Sharjah, left his house early in the morning on July 4 after his mother scolded him for watching YouTube late at night and took away his phone.</p> <p>Sharjah police has intensified search for the boy, who hails from Bihar. On Tuesday, the police posted his picture and details on social media and sought help from the public to trace him, the Gulf News reported.</p> <p>We have contacted his friends and people who had travelled with us during a recent Umrah trip. Many people are back home on vacation. But all those who are here said they have not seen him, the boy's father Mohammad Aftab Alam said.</p> <p>Alam on Sunday sought the help of India's consulate in Dubai to help trace his son.</p> <p>His nephew Shams Tabrez said the boy was chided by his mother for not sleeping.</p> <p>I think she scolded him and took away his phone by around 1 am. When I woke up at 4 am to go for prayers, I didn't find him in the room. The main door was also open, he said.</p> <p>"Only his kandura is missing. He has not taken any other clothes or his wallet or phone with him. So he doesn't have any identity papers with him, Tabrez said.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> </p> Wed Jul 17 14:21:08 IST 2019 hafiz-saeed-arrested-pakistan-sent-judicial-custody-reports <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, has been arrested from Lahore and sent to judicial custody, Pakistan media reported on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab picked up the Jamaat Ud Dawa (JuD) leader in a terrorism financing case&nbsp;while he was en route to Gujranwala from Lahore, media reports claimed.&nbsp;&quot;The JuD chief was going to Gujranwala from Lahore on Wednesday morning when a CTD team intercepted him near Gujranwala city (some 80-km from Lahore) and arrested him on terror financing charges,&quot; a CTD official said.</p> <p>According to CTD sources, Saeed was on his way to an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala to seek bail, reported <i>Dawn</i>. A JuD spokesperson confirmed the arrest to <i>Reuters</i>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Soon after the arrest, Saeed was presented before an Anti-Terrorism Court in Gujranwala that granted his judicial remand. He was subsequently shifted to Lahore's high-security Kot Lakhpat jail where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is lodged, the official said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The news of the arrest comes just two days after Hafiz Saeed and his three aides were granted pre-arrest bail on Monday by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan, which stopped police from arresting them till August 3 in a land grabbing case for a seminary.&nbsp;On July 3, 13 leaders of the banned JuD, including Saeed, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Lahore, Judge Javed Iqbal Warriach granted pre-arrest bail to Saeed and his three aides—Hafiz Masood, Ameer Hamza, and Malik Zafar—until August 3 against the surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each.</p> <p>Under pressure from the international community, Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the LeT, the JuD and its charity wing the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The development comes just days ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden visit to the US on July 21 during which he will hold talks with US President Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saeed's arrest is also being seen as a pressure on Pakistan in connection with its commitment to the Financial Act Task Force (FATF) whose next deadline is in October.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the Khan government has taken control of the JuD and the FIF properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following international pressure built up after the deadly Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore's Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the <a title="Centre prepares dossier on terror funders, including Hafiz Saeed" href="" target="_blank">2008 Mumbai attacks</a> that killed 166 people. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Under pressure from the international community, Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the JuD, LeT and the FIF regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for <a title="Hafiz Saeed challenges terror financing charges against him" href="" target="_blank">terrorism financing</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed Jul 17 15:21:34 IST 2019 alan-turing-will-be-the-face-of-the-new-british-50-pound-note <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Father of modern computing, who was chemically castrated for <a title="Openly gay Congress politician hopes to weed out homophobia, Islamophobia" href="">being gay</a> during World War II, is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Alan Turing, a crack code-breaker and visionary mathematician will be on the new <a title="Johnson faces Hunt in battle to be British PM" href="">British</a> 50 pound note.</p> <p>Turing, who eventually killed himself in 1954 after being subject to Victorian homophobic laws, will according to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, feature on the new note by end of 2021.</p> <p>Turing, published a paper introducing an idea, which is considered to have formed the basis of modern computing, known as the Turing machine. It was a hypothetical device that could come up with a solution for any problem that was computable.</p> <p>The genius' biography was turned into a feature film in 2014, The Imitation Game, in which Benedict Cumberbatch played Turing.<br> </p> <p>Mark Carney said, "As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing's contributions were far ranging and path breaking."<br> </p> <p>During World War II, Turing helped decipher messages sent by the Nazis. His efforts are now credited with saving several lives and hastened the end of World War II. But, for several decades his work to crack Germany's Enigma code has remained a secret.<br> </p> <p>The note features a ticker tape of binary code that spells out his birthday (June 23, 1912), and depicts the "British Bombe" machine that helped break the Enigma code. Turing received Royal pardon in 2013 after several supporters of the mathematician campaigned for him to receive greater recognition for his work and acknowledgement that his conviction for homosexual activity was wrong.<br> </p> <p>British prime minister Gordon Brown, in 2009, apologized for Turing's treatment by the justice system in the 1950s.<br> </p> Wed Jul 17 13:01:10 IST 2019 world-hunger-affects-821million-united-nations <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>As per a UN report, more than 821 million people were not getting enough to eat as of 2018. This is the third year in a row that the number has risen.</p> <p><a title="Were Muzaffarpur children deaths caused by malnutrition, state apathy?" href="">Malnutrition</a> began to increase in 2015 post decades of decline. The causes have been reported as climate change and war. Reversing the trend is one of the 2030 targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which aim to improve the planet and its people.<br> </p> <p>“We will not achieve zero hunger by 2030,” said David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, one of the UN agencies contributing to the report.</p> <p><br> Getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an “immense challenge,” the report said. It also noted that the number of people without enough to eat had risen from 811 million in 2017.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“That’s a bad trend. Without food security we will never have peace and stability,” said Beasley, deploring that the media carry more talk about Brexit and Donald Trump than children dying of hunger. The unusual increase in the number of people <a title="India ranks 103 in global hunger index" href="">affected by hunger</a> poses a serious threat to UN's sustainable development plans.</p> <p>Beasley warned that extremist groups were using hunger and control over food supplies as a weapon to divide communities or recruit new members.</p> <p>“To safeguard food security and nutrition, it is critical to already have in place economic and social policies to counteract the effects of adverse economic cycles when they arrive, while avoiding cuts in essential services, such as healthcare and education, at all costs,” the report read.<br> </p> <p>A “structural transformation” was needed to include the poorest people in the world, the authors said.</p> <p>This would require “integrating food security and nutrition concerns into poverty reduction efforts” while tackling gender inequality and the exclusion of certain social groups, they said.</p> <p><br> The number of people facing hunger in Asia was the highest at 513.9 million followed by Africa with 256.1million</p> <p>The UN, at the same time, noted that obesity and excess weight are both on the rise in all regions, with school-age children and adults being particularly affected.</p> Wed Jul 17 11:58:47 IST 2019 us-mulls-increasing-merit-based-immigration-to-57percent <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The Trump administration is proposing a nearly five-fold increase in merit-based <a title="Immigration" href="">legal immigration</a> and half those based on family and humanitarian system, in an effort to overhaul the outdated system.</p> <p>Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of <a title="Pursuit of an American dream ends in horror" href="">United States</a> President Donald Trump, said having an immigration policy that would attract talented and meritorious people from across the world would create over $500 billion in tax revenues over 10 years.</p> <p>"It brings in a lot of people that are paying into the social safety nets. Not people who are coming in and then immediately taking from the social safety nets, which right now have to support Americans who are currently citizens," Kushner told the cabinet during a meeting at the White House.</p> <p>At the direction of Trump, Kushner is leading the immigration reform project, which he said was now into its final stages and expects to make it public soon.<br> </p> <p>Kushner rued that America's immigration system was a very outdated compared to some of the peer countries that it competes with for talent. He said just 12 per cent of people become legal immigrants through merit-based system right now.</p> <p>"Compare that to some of our peer countries like Canada. They're at 53 per cent, New Zealand at 59 per cent, Australia 63 per cent, Japan at 52 per cent," he said. "Under President Trump's proposal, we'll go to 57 per cent, which puts right in the range and it will make us competitive."</p> <p>Last year 1.1 million people has become citizens. "We are keeping the number the same. But we want to change the composition of what's that made up of," Kushner said.<br> </p> <p>The adviser said they came up with the proposal after studying the immigration system and the best practices of a lot of the other countries.<br> </p> <p>He asserted that the US deserved to have the best immigration system in the world, adding that the Trump administration believed in safe, legal immigration but against illegal and random migration.</p> <p>"We think we can have an immigration system that really is the envy of the world and also a border security system that keeps all of our citizens safe," he said. "This bill will create a modern, merit-based immigration system that allows the best and the brightest from throughout the world to compete based on objective criteria to become American citizens."</p> <p>According to Kushner, the new system will enhance social diversity. "We've figured out how to make sure that we follow the practice that Australia does with diversity pooling to make sure that it gives us a good cross-section of people coming in to maintain what's great about this country," he said.</p> <p>Trump described it as a common-sense proposal and acknowledged that there was a requirement of talented people in the country.</p> <p>"You're going to have a really beautiful system of immigration. People are going to be able to come into our country, be proud of our country, and help our country," Trump said.</p> <p>"We want them to help us. You know, it's a two-way street; they have to help us also. And it's met with great popularity," he added.</p> Wed Jul 17 11:04:04 IST 2019 obit-hussein-muhammad-ershad-or-bangladesh-pervez-musharraf <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>General Hussein Muhammad Ershad, who will be laid to rest on Tuesday at his village in Rangpur in North Bangladesh, served the country as its President for eight long years after leading a coup and taking over as the Chief Martial Law Administrator to unseat a legitimate but unstable government. Ershad breathed his last at a military hospital in Dhaka on Sunday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He continued as the president of Bangladesh till 1991, when he was forced to relinquish his office because of domestic and international pressure. However, he was so popular that he kept winning elections continuously, even while being in jail. He was serving as the opposition leader at the time of his death.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>History would never consider him a hero, though he played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s independence war despite being a member of the Pakistan army. He played an important role in infusing mutiny in the army, despite being abroad which had far-flung consequence back in Dhaka in 1970. As a result, he was kept a prisoner of war in Pakistan and was only released because of the Shimla agreement between former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and her Pakistan counterpart Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Bangladesh’s first prime minister and father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought him back to Bangladesh and made him Adjutant General of the Bangladesh army.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is learned that Ershad created a parallel administration in Bangladesh army and was no less powerful than the chief of the armed force then. But, grudge within the army kept rising up that led to the assassination of Mujibur Rahman in 1975. Following this, chaotic situation prevailed in the army as well as the entire democracy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There was an attempt to kill deputy army chief major general Ziaur Rahman as well. But it was Ershad who resisted it by eliminating those behind the plot. Ziaur Rahman was later appointed the army chief by interim president K.M. Ahmad. The new army chief rewarded Ershad with the post of vice chief of army.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ziaur Rahman, husband of Khaleda Zia—the current opposition leader of Bangladesh and BNP chief, became president of Bangladesh in a coup in 1980. That made the path clear for Ershad who became chief of the Bangladesh army.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contrary to what many thought, Ershad soon became what Pervez Musharraf was to Pakistan. He avoided any diktat from the government and started reforming the Bangladesh army. He sought funds for modernisation of the army from the government instead. Being a military chief, he wanted a close tie with the US, a sharp deviation from what Bangladesh had followed hitherto then. This led to a difference of opinion between him and president Rahman. Rahman was killed in 1982, and Khaleda Zia, even to date, believe that Ershad was behind the murder.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ziaur Rahman's assassination led to suspension of democracy in Bangladesh, and Ershad ordered martial law and became chief of its administration. In 1983, he became the president of Bangladesh taking over the supreme power, similar to what Musharraf did.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>His presidency saw the lowest ebb of the Indo-Bangladesh relationship and the rise of Islamic fanatics in Bangladesh. Ershad decided to scrap three elements of oath taken by Bangabandhu Rahman—secularism, no relationship with Pakistan and to become a part of non-aligned movement (NAM). It was under his stewardship that Bangladesh became an Islamic nation, broke the barriers with Pakistan and despite being part of NAM, aligned with the US. Ershad traveled to the US and signed the declaration of assistance with President Ronald Reagan. It had both positives as well as negatives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ershad undertook a slew of reforms and created basic infrastructure, road and transport system. He also created a vibrant health care system and brought down the malnutrition in Bangladesh within a few years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the end of Reagan’s tenure, Ershad had to deal with the Bush administration and supported the Gulf War. As a result, he lost the support of Muslim clerics and radicals in Bangladesh. To appease them, he turned Bangaldesh into an Islamic nation. The Jamaat-e-Islami, which had supported him through thick and thin, joined the BNP and Awami League to oust him from power. All of them blamed corruption and dictatorship as reasons for his ouster.</p> <p>Finally, Ershad had to relent and was ousted from power in 1991, through elections. His popularity, however, remained intact and the Jatiya Party won 35 seats even when he was in jail.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, after his exit, Bangladesh saw a decade of Islamic radicalism with Pakistan-based terror outfits growing its tentacles. ISI became active and many thought that Bangladesh was becoming what Afghanistan was going to become.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Economic growth, which was at its highest peak during Ershad’s rule, plummeted. It was only contained and checked when Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina came to power in 2009.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Born in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, Ershad’s family shifted to Bangladesh’s Rangpur after partition. His primary education and secondary education were all in West Bengal. He never lost touch with his family in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata and was known by the nickname of <i>'peyara'</i> (guava).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In Bangladesh, he was unpopular as a playboy with a number of girlfriends, despite being married only two times. His last wife, Bidisha Siddiqui, who is much younger to Ershad, tweeted after his death, “Perhaps in a different world, in different life we will meet where there will be no politics”. Bidisha Siddiqui is the daughter of a renowned Bangladeshi poet, and her marriage to Ershad did not last long.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ershad’s death was reported widely by Bangladesh media, which once accused him of throttling freedom of speech and expression. He curbed the rights of journalists and media houses. The state-owned BTV had showed live telecast of his mother’s funeral when he was the president. But, today Ershad received a fair analysis from the media—a bit of credit and a larger share of criticism, as well.</p> Tue Jul 16 17:09:32 IST 2019 afghan-radio-station-closes-down-following-taliban-threats <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan had to be shutdown after it received multiple threats from the area's Taliban commander. The said station, called Samaa, got into trouble for employing women.</p> <p>According to Ramez Azimi, director of the station in the city of Ghazni, he received phone calls as well as written warning notes purportedly from the Taliban commander.</p> <p>The Taliban threatened them, according to Azimi because three of the station's 16 employees are women. The Taliban are against women's rights to education and work.</p> <p>The station was closed four days ago. It was its third closure in the past four years.</p> <p>Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents had threatened Samaa.<br> </p> <p>The incident comes is in wake of recent attempts by Taliban in discussing a peace deal with the United States and an attempt of them re-joining mainstream society. Samaa has been broadcasting political, religious, social and entertainment programs since 2013.&nbsp;<br> </p> Tue Jul 16 13:06:50 IST 2019 philippaines-president-duterte-slammed-over-anti-harassment-row <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed a law against sexual harassment. However, critics say, it might be difficult to implement the law as Duterte known for his rape jokes.</p> <p>He signed the law that prohibits behaviour like catcalling and sexist slurs. Duterete's rape jokes have been cause for outrage in the past.</p> <p>“Under this context, implementing the law will certainly be a challenge,” said representative of women's rights party, Gabriela.</p> <p>The law imposes fines and, in some cases, prison sentences for sexual harassment in streets, schools and offices, including wolf-whistling, groping, misogynistic slurs, as well as uninvited comments or gestures referring to a person's appearance.</p> <p>The law also prohibits gender-based online sexual harassment. And this, according to the law includes using information and communications technology in terrorizing and intimidating victims through physical, psychological, and emotional threats, unwanted comments online cyberstalking and incessant messaging among others.</p> <p>In 2016 he wolf-whistled at a female journalist during a nationally televised news conference, while last year he kissed a Filipina woman onstage during a visit to South Korea in a move that prompted accusations of abuse of power. Also in 2016, he said that he wanted to rape a 'beautiful' Australian missionary who was killed in a Philippine prison riot. This provoked much fury.&nbsp;</p> Tue Jul 16 12:48:49 IST 2019 president-trump-and-democrats-clash-over-racism <a href=""><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>The Democratic party, which has a majority in the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution on Monday condemning the tweets of <a title="Donald Trump" href="">US President Donald Trump</a> against four of their women lawmakers as "racist".</p> <p><br> The opposition leaders and <a title="NY columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault" href="">the president</a> continued to clash over the issue that has caught the national attention for the past few days.</p> <p>"The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four "progressives," but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats" Trump said as he unleashed a series of tweets against four Democratic Congresswomen.</p> <p>Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley held a news conference at the Capitol to denounce a tweet by the president in which he apparently suggested that they leave.</p> <p>"This is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history," Omar said.</p> <p>"To distract from that, he's launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of colour," she said. "This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or it's happening on national TV. And now it's reached the White House garden."</p> <p>Trump had in a tweet, which was widely considered as against these four Democratic progressive lawmakers, said they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came" before speaking out about how the United States government should be run.</p> <p>"He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation or immigration status because this is the only way he knows how to prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences," Omar said.</p> <p>Trump also said these progressive Democrats "came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe." His tweets were considered by the Democrats as racists.</p> <p>On Monday Trump defended his tweets.</p> <p>"They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion. Now, it's possible I'm wrong. The voter will decide. But when I hear the way they talk about our country, when I hear the anti-Semitic language they use, when I hear the hatred they have for Israel, and the love they have for enemies like al Qaeda — then you know what? he asked.</p> <p>Later in the day Democrats introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the alleged racist tweets. The resolution by Congressman Tom Malinowski could be voted on as early as Tuesday.<br> </p> <p>In a series of tweets, Trump defended himself. "We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country....," he said.</p> <p>"They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, "some people did something." Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more....," he said in another tweet.</p> <p><br> Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!" he added.&nbsp;<br> </p> Tue Jul 16 11:42:10 IST 2019