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PRESIDENT – ELECT DONALD TRUMP

After winning a hard and bitterly fought election, early this historical morning, Mr. Trump pledged in his New York victory speech that he would be “President for all Americans” notwithstanding his derogatory comments on Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, sexist comments calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and his horrendous remarks on his political opponents during the campaign phase.

It was a phenomenal decision night; an unprecedentedly bizarre election. After winning some early east coast states there was no looking back for the Republican.

When he secured the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio early today, his march towards the White House and the presidency was, more or less, confirmed as he went on to win Ohio and South Carolina.

He said, “Now it’s time to bind the wounds of division. I say to Democrats and Republicans it is time come together as one united people,” Contrary to his campaign strategy and comments at different forums, he even added, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer”

The Ultimate Trump's Triumph
The Ultimate Trump’s Triumph

He said it was not a campaign but rather a development, a movement that had won him the White House, with the help of “all people of different backgrounds and beliefs”. He thanked his family while saying that victory had been “tough, this political stuff is nasty and it’s tough”.

Mrs. Clinton did not at first concede defeat in the election, but later called Mr. Trump to compliment him on his triumph. Mr. Trump, however, was gracious in victory, and had generous words for his vanquished adversary, saying she had struggled hard for a long time and deserved ” the deep debt of gratitude”.

To the rest of the world, he said, “We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground, the partnership not conflict.

“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our destiny.” The Republican’s out performance in Florida baffled the poll pundits as, according to them, Mrs. Clinton was sure to win after a surge in the Hispanic votes. The biggest downside of Trump’s victory was a plunge in the financial markets across the globe.

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Trump’s Sex Tape Dominates Most of Second Presidential debate

To what appears to him as just locker room banter, could well cost him the White House and mark his fall from grace. Donald trump has lost it for good for this time round he has really goofed up.

A day or two before the second presidential debate a tape was released in which Trump in an interview has made sexually aggressive remarks about women in graphic terms which have not only shocked women all over the world but has also drawn a strong reaction from his own party members some of whom have completely distanced himself from the egocentric billionaire businessman.

Having realized his folly Trump went on the defensive which in his case was nothing but a cheap shot offensive. He gathered all the women whom he claimed were sexually exploited by Bill Clinton and held a press conference to portray that Hillary Clinton put up with such a man who himself abused women and instead of deserting Bill Clinton, she continued to support him.

To make matters worse four of the women were present at the debate also. The second US Debate started off with pleasantries when an undecided voter first asked if either of the candidates had just one thing they respected each other.

Donald Trump points towards Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate
Donald Trump points towards Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate

Clinton went on to praise his children while Trump lauded her for her tenacity, a determined fighter who never gave up.

Later on, it degraded into a free for all brawl with Trump lashing out at Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits while Hillary stood by him. Hillary did not relent and brought up what people are saying is Trump’s denigration of women, his disdain and lack of respect for them.

Trump brushed it off as locker room banter but unfortunately for him it did not pass. Most of the online questions were directed to Trump’s tape and when Anderson Cooper of CNN repeatedly asked Trump he put it down to mere words.

He lashed out that He had spoken about such stuff whereas Bill Clinton had done all that with women. His locker room excuse did not go down well with leading American athletes, basketball , football and baseball who were all incensed by Trump’s shameless talk.

Portland Blazers’ C.J. McCcollum, denied that this was locker room talk as did Robbie Rogers of L.A Galaxy who said he was offended by Trump’s remarks. Dhantay Jones, of Cleveland Cavaliers, pointed out that Trump’s assertion that it is locker room banter imply that it is somehow acceptable.

Trump has no supporters on this theme and finds himself to be a loner so much so that even his republican supporters are not backing him. The second debate is being described one of the nastiest and ugliest in the history of presidential debates.

So the question is how bad was it? Well according to Nigel Farage of UKIP there has never been a that “plumbed the depths” like this one.

Donald Trump listens to a question during the second presidential debate. Photo: Bloomberg
Donald Trump listens to a question during the second presidential debate. Photo: Bloomberg

It was more of a personal wrangle rather than a presidential debate and the issues were clouded as the audience in the hall as well as the worldwide audience could not fathom Trump’s views on women.

There was no handshake at the beginning of the debate but given the acrimony it was acceptable. Clinton had quote Michelle Obama who advised her “ When they go low, We go high “ which has become the campaign anthem of the Democratic camp.

Clinton had a lot of fodder for Trump the main of course being the recent disclosure of his tape. She raised the tax issues again and his lack of foreign policy experience and things he has said on the record and later retracted.

The only major weapon so to speak Trump has against Clinton is her e-mails and use of a private server. Which Clinton has time and again acknowledged as a major mistake and apologized for it. She was grilled by the FBI and was exonerated.

According to Clinton, Trump is being supported by the Russians as a Trump victory would benefit Putin immensely.

The two candidates are being examined in such minute detail that Trump sniffing into his microphone was considered a sign of nervousness or something. A fly was spotted on Hillary’s suit and picked up by the cameras also.

Donald Trump-branded Clinton as the devil and said if he comes to power he will send her to jail. He went on to say that there was no one in the history of politics in the country who has been more abusive to women than Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton countered that it was good that Trump was not in charge of the law in this country. Although Hillary Clinton emerged stronger experts say it was not a total knock-out and Trump will do a lot more sparring in the third debate.

Intense scrutiny: Donald Trump at the second presidential debate. Photo: AP
Intense scrutiny: Donald Trump at the second presidential debate. Photo: AP

The fact checkers were doing overtime and as the candidates rambled on they scrambled to check the veracity of their talk.

It turned out that The New York Times checked The New York Times checked 27 dubious-sounding claims made during the debate: 22 from Donald Trump and 5 from Hillary Clinton.

It found three of Clinton’s claims were true, one was misleading and one was false. Meanwhile, Trump made 13 false claims, 7 that were misleading, and 2 that were true.

With only 3 weeks to go, It will not take a rocket scientist to calculate that the odds are in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Trump has lost control and trying his best to salvage his campaign.

The third debate may bring some points to Trump but things do not bode well for him.

 

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How Donald Trump Proved In Many Ways as Being Racist

They say some characteristics in human beings are hereditary and inbred and children learn a lot of these traits from the peers. Hate and love are two emotional traits that one is not born with but learns and inculcates in one’s character in by observing society in general.

In other words, hatred for a certain race or religion is not natural but is indoctrinated in the minds of people like in the Southern United States in the 1800s and later during the civil war, Southerners did not consider Blacks as human beings and inflicted cruelty and pain for their mindset was that they were meant to live in servitude and serve their white masters.

Brought in from Africa and sold to white plantation owners to work on their cotton field they were subjected to all sort of atrocities, with black women being raped and boys sodomized.

This evil passed on to generations until the civil war when things really start to change.

With time and education blacks realized they had rights too and under Dr. Martin Luther King launched the civil rights movement with the result that President Lyndon B Johnson signed the civil rights bill in 1963 granting equal status to blacks.

Things have changed in a revolutionary manner and today a black aAfrican American, President Barack Obama is President of the United States.

Have things really changed ? Barack Obama was not elected to office because loved the color of his skin or that white Americans wanted to atone for the sins of their forefathers.

Obama was elected and reelected because he addressed the issues confronting the people.

In November 2016 , Obama will leave office as the 2016 elections and the new occupant of the White house will either be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

It is a very well known fact that Hillary Clinton has no issues with the minorities that are the blacks, the Hispanics, the Mexicans nor with people of different faiths that are Muslims. Christians Jews or Hindus.

As for Donald Trump, it is a completely different ball game as witnessed during the course of his election campaign.

To appeal to White American voters, he has done everything he thinks is justified in alienating Mexicans, Hispanics, and blacks not to forget Muslims.

So the question arises is the future aspirant to the White house a racist, a bigot , xenophobic, or simply playing to the gallery .

Well, truth be told , to know someone one needs to explore his family background and it seems that trumps if not racist are biased to blacks.

In a latest New York times story It has been discovered Fred C Trump Donald Trump’s father was indeed biased in his business dealings related to housing and renting of apartments to blacks.

It seems that Maxine Brown was a model tenant who wished to rent a one-room apartment in the still-unfinished Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens.

With excellent credentials and references, she should have been given the rental.

However, her application was kept pending on the instructions of the elder Trump as there was one hitch.

The 33-year old nurse was black.

Like father, like son Donald Trump idolized his father and has in his business dealings pursued his policies.

Trump’s attitude of rejecting black tenants was documented by activists and organizations that viewed equal housing as the next frontier in the civil rights struggle.

The Justice Department undertook its own investigation and, in 1973, sued Trump Management for discriminating against blacks.

Both the Trumps, Fred Trump, the company’s chairman, and Donald Trump, its president, were named as defendants.

This was the first time Donald Trump came into the public eye.

The Trumps denied any allegations and bias and the senior Trump went on the offensive by alleging character assignation and demands to provide housing to “welfare recipients” and a $100 million countersuit accusing the Justice Department of defamation.

However, It must be borne in mind that Fred C Trump is not running for the office of the President of the United States and his son Donald J Trump is vying for the august post.

It now seems that the Donald camp is set to woo black voters. Talk about hypocrisy.

In the latest development in this context, Trump has tweeted that the shooting death of

National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago is an example of why African-Americans should vote for him in November.

This caused an uproar and outrage online from basketball fans, celebrities, and others.

Nike Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, was pushing a stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens section Friday afternoon as two men exchanged gunfire. She was struck in the arm and the head by stray bullets and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Wade is a 34-year-old shooting guard, 12-time NBA All-Star, and two-time Olympian who recently left the Miami Heat to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls.

Trump has called Hillary Clinton a ‘ bigot’ a typical and classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.

Trump plays on the psyche of voters mentioning the misery and deprivations blacks have had to endure and they should vote for him to change their lot .

Meeting with African-American and Hispanic Republican leaders at New York’s Trump Tower last week he tried to put the message across.

Last week, speaking at a rally in Virginia he repeated his call that they had nothing to lose as they were already living in poverty, studying in no good schools and 58% youth unemployed.

Many detractors world argue that being in miserable circumstances does not in any way imply that you should sell your soul to the devil.

Similarly, Trump has alienated the Muslim community by calling for a complete ban on Muslims entering the U.S.A. Once again he has struck the fear psyche of people demonizing Muslims.

What Trump does not seem to realize that a lone wolf’s action has nothing to do with Muslims at all and that terrorists are not Muslims and Muslims are not terrorists.

After all, What Hitler did to the jews does not make the entire german race antijewish or responsible for his actions.

It is understandable that there will be a backlash in the aftermath of Terrorist bombing attributed to a Muslim. However, that does not mean that Trump should politicize the matter for personal voter gain.

Another negative feature of Donald’s campaign has been his vilification of women whom he has not given their due respect.

That is why he has promoted Kelly Anne Conway as his campaign manager whose job will be to woo women voters in large numbers.

Trump’s rhetoric and slogan ‘Make America great again” has appealed to white American voters and rich retirees in Florida and other states.

Veterans also have to some extent endorsed him but the problem is that Trump does not have a game plan by which he can convince voters as how he can make America great again.

The job of the U S president is the most important in the world for the US president is the Commander-in-Chief of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and US marines.

He also has access to the nuclear codes which can trigger the launch of nuclear missiles.

It is the highest position of responsibility anyone can have. At this point in time, Donald Trump has not displayed the sense of responsibility the people expect of him. Many would say that he is not presidential material nor has the presidential credentials.

As for Hillary Clinton, well the world knows she has been in politics for over three decades fulfilling roles as the First Lady of Arkansas when husband Bill was Governor followed by the First Lady of the USA while Bill was president for 8 years.

She then became Senator of New York, President Obama’s Secretary of State and now the Democratic nominee for the office of the US president.

With such credentials, her supporters say that she is tailored for the job. With less than 90 days to go, it is going to be a grueling, tough, no holds barred, hard hitting and ruthless campaign .

The national polls say that Hillary is in the lead by 6 points in some states and 4 in others. The CNN debates which are a good barometer to gauge the standings will start next month .

Although Trump has the advantage of being a better speaker and sways his audience he is not focused on issues. Hillary, on the other hand, is an expert in US foreign policy , health and childcare issues, women’s issues etc.

The question of racism, hate mongering spreading fear and hysteria among the masses by trump will certainly be brought up by the Hillary camp.

The elections are on a knife’s edge and the slightest foul up could cost the candidates dearly.

If ethics and morality were to be the yardstick to judge the outcome of this US election Then Hillary Rodham Clinton would be far ahead to reach the finishing post than her unpredictable rival. Only time will tell.

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Donald Trump Hires Media Firebrand for His Presidential Campaign

The key to success in life is strategy, planning, organization and of course excellent public relations as well as social interaction skills.

Whether one is promoting a brand label, launching a major new product in the market or managing an election campaign, It is virtually impossible to get anywhere without applying the aforementioned traits or skills.

We live in a world of digital information where access to any information is just a click away and along with images the newsfeed is assessed and evaluated for its content and value.

So projection is also very important, in ads or promos as the purpose is to reach out to the audience and relate to them in a positive manner.

However in politics, the going is not so easy as politics means handling a politician, not a mean feat as it means image marketing, personality projection, whitewashing the negative or sweeping under the rug the negative points of the politician.

The US Presidential campaign is by far perhaps by far the most difficult and greatest campaign of any for it involves intense media projection, public relations, publicity and image promotion.

A politician is virtually turned into a robot and taught how to speak, dress, move, mingle, walk, interact, smile, frown and when and how to kiss babies also.

In 1988, It is said that the Late Benazir Bhutto hired the P. R. firm Saatchi & Saatchi to promote her image which did wonder to helping her win the 1988 elections.

Big campaigns mean big money and the US Elections are the most expensive, demanding and challenging.

It is therefore absolutely necessary to choose a campaign team which can do no wrong. Guarantee positive results and give the opposition a run for their money.

In the current US Election campaign, Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party nominee for the president is running a solid and effective campaign which is not one can say of her rival Donald Trump.

The Donald Trump camp is in total disarray, partly because of his foolishness, shooting off his mouth and greatly due to his arrogance.

Trump is falling behind and in order to save his campaign, he has brought on board new people.

On Wednesday, Trump overhauled his campaign teaming appointing a media firebrand Steve Bannon, head of the Breitbart News website, as campaign chief executive officer, a new position. He also promoted senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to the post of campaign manager.

The question arises who is Stephen Bannon and what are his credentials. Will he save Trump and turn around the campaign in the less than three months that it has or will he send Trump into oblivion?

However, Conway a data-driven analyst may help Trump appeal to women voters.

Bannon has a Navy and finance background and has worked with the US investment firm Goldman Sachs. He was also the adviser to Sarah Palin and has been a long time Trump advisor.

He became executive chairman of Breitbart’s News Service in 2012 after the death of its owner Andrew Breitbart.

Breitbart’s venture into fame was by breaking news about a series of scandals involving companies, liberal politicians, and bureaucrats.

Republicans say the website is partisan in its approach and misleads readers on non-issues.

They say one does not change horses in midstream which is what Donald Trump has done in order to make his campaign more coherent to voters.

Will Bannon be able to deliver and dance to the tune the Donald plays? Many republicans believe it is too late.

As for Conway, she is analytical and concerned with the numbers and adopts a pragmatic attitude to winning. Bannon, however, is likened to a bull in a china shop. He will probably fight dirty as he likes to take the fight up a notch.

Although, Conway and Bannon may have opposing ideas and different styles they have one vision and aim which is to put the Donald into the White House.

Hillary Clinton is about to face fierce opposition and probably has to face a salvo of accusations as Bannon is the producer of the short film  ‘Clifton Cash’ accusing the Clintons of taking big money from high profile donors for the Clinton Foundation.
Trump trails Clinton in national opinion polls and in many battleground states, potentially facing a big defeat that could also cost Republicans congressional races.

Trump, is only being heard by conservative white voters who say he speaks the truth .

His recent spat with the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army Captain has been a new low and even republicans have distanced themselves from the issue.

The Donald refuses to change his style or stance and continues to draw the ire of many Americans.

He has since faced a barrage of criticism from Republicans over his campaign style and his refusal to stick to a policy message. In particular, he has been rebuked for his prolonged feud with the family of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in the Iraq war.

Meanwhile as is the won’t, Donald Trump received his first intelligence briefing from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Intelligence officials brief the major-party U.S. presidential candidates on foreign policy and national security issues but do not disclose ultra-sensitive information about ongoing U.S. undercover operations, methods or the identities of intelligence sources.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, who was brought in, in June is either on his way out or just been demoted as he failed in his efforts to contain the antics of the Donald.

Manafort drew unwelcome attention this week when The New York Times reported his name was on secret ledgers showing cash payments designated to him of more than $12 million from a Ukrainian political party with close ties to Russia. Manafort denied any impropriety.

Hillary Clinton has clearly stated that Trump is temperamentally unsuited for the White House, reorganization of staff or anything would change Trump and his rhetoric.

“Donald Trump has shown us who he is, he can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign, they can make him read new words from a teleprompter, but he is still the same man who insults Gold Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals,” she told a rally in Ohio.

Conway and Bannon may prove to be opposing forces in Trump’s campaign. Conway is analytical and numbers-driven and often offers a more pragmatic approach to winning campaigns. She is expected to travel with Trump. Bannon likes to push the limits of polite conversation and revels in taking the fight up a notch, strategists say.

“For Steve and I, we also recognize that we are different when we say we have different styles, but we have one vision,” Conway told reporters.

As mentioned earlier Bannon was instrumental in producing and promoting a movie called “Clinton Cash” that accused Bill and Hillary Clinton of doing favors for high-dollar donors to the Clinton Foundation charity, a theme that Trump has been touching on in his campaign speeches.

“My guess is Bannon will be a bull in a china shop and Conway will be focused on messaging and paid media,” said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak.

However, overhauling campaign staff with the appointment of Bannon suggested Trump was aiming not to tone down his aggressive style but to be more disciplined in emphasizing themes that resonate strongly with the voters he is trying to court, such as his tough stance against illegal immigration and withering personal criticism of Clinton.

The man is incorrigible according to many experts and many in the Republican party believe themselves Trump will not be able to deliver.

The shift to new leadership may not be a good sign at this stage of a campaign, but some Republican strategists said it was not too late for Trump.

“I’ve thought for a while that they’ve needed smarter, senior people and it looks like they just got them,” said Republican strategist Charlie Black. “It’s only the middle of August. This race is going to be close in the end, but he does need to tighten up his performance.”

Conway told Fox News she was advising Trump to take “his case directly to the people.” “With Donald Trump, he is still his own best messenger because people see him as very authentic.”.

She has worked to improve the Republican Party’s standing with women voters and to push back on Democratic accusations that Republicans are waging a “war on women.”

The current polls average of national opinion polls puts Clinton six percentage points ahead of Trump, at 47.2 percent to his 41.2 percent.

He may have a new fighting team to help him and support him but it seems that Trump still needs to get his bearings corrected.

It only remains to be seen how the next 3 months will end up but one thing is sure , there will be a lot of bruising and bullying in this campaign and the winning candidate will not emerge entirely unscathed.

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The Secret U.S. Iran Nuclear Deal

There has always been conflicting and confrontations between different governments and perhaps the most glaring example could be the cold and undiplomatic relations between the USA and the Islamic Republic of Iran ever since 1979 when the Shah of Iran, Raza Shah Pahlavi was ousted and forced into exile by the greatest revolution of the century led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Immediately after the arrival of Khomeini, back from exile in France, relations with the US were further exacerbated by the Iranian hostage crisis when students of the University of Tehran impassioned by the revolutionary zeal and fervor lay siege to the US embassy in Tehran.

Fifty-two American were taken as a hostage from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981. As coincidence would have it President Carter had been defeated in the 1980 elections and Ronald Reagan was the incoming president.

It is an unverified or unsubstantiated report that at the time of the crisis the Reagan camp had sent feelers to the Iranian camp to release the hostages when Reagan took the oath of office. This was to make sure that Reagan took credit for the release.

However, this was not the case, the Carter administration had struck a deal to return the billions frozen by Carter just 10 days after the siege.

Similarly, the Iran-Contra affair during Reagan’s second term was a great political scandal, Iran was at war with Iraq and was desperate for sophisticated arms from any source possible.

Also known as Irangate or Contragate, the Reagan administration sought to sell arms to Iran with the hope that Iran would use its influence with the Shia militant group, Hizbollah, in Lebanon which were holding several hostages including Americans in Beirut.

Since they could not sell directly to Iran in view of a complete arms embargo imposed by the U.S congress, the modus operandi was such that Israel would ship the arms to Iran which the US would replace and the proceeds of the sale which Israel received from Iran would then be diverted to contra rebels in Nicaragua fighting the communist.

Technically, the Reagan administration was not violating laws passed by congress as they were neither selling directly to the Iranians nor funding the Contras directly.

Although President Ronald Reagan was a strong advocate of the contra cause there is no substantiated evidence that he authorized the diversion of funds.

It is alleged that Caspar Weinberger, the US Secretary of Defence took handwritten notes to the president which indicated that Reagan was well aware of the sale of Tomahawk missiles and tow missiles sales to Iran and the possible release of hostages in Lebanon.

Dealing with the enemy is an accepted norm in governments. It is a well-known fact the Office of Strategic Services or OSS as it was commonly known which later became the CIA, had engaged Nazi intelligence officers to be recruited to spy on the Soviet Union despite many of them known to have war crime records.

In other words, It is alright to look the other way when a good cause is being served.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been considered as the arch nemesis of the United States and vice versa and the Iranians label the US as The “Big Satan” responsible for the world’s problems.

It has always been suspected that Iran is pursuing a nuclear program to develop nuclear arms and is secretly enriching uranium for the purpose. Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979 The United States imposed restrictions against Iran and in 1995 expanded them to firms dealing with Iran.

The Iranian economy was hurting and in 2015 talks started with Iran over the nuclear issue. and eventually on Jan 16, 2016. UN inspectors confirmed that Iran had fulfilled all conditions.

Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the deal tooth and nail and at times contemplated striking Iran’s nuclear facilities as they did but President Obama restrained them.

Ever since 1979. The US has withheld billions of dollars in cash and assets which the Iranians are claiming back. Recently, Iran had detained four Americans while the US had detained 7 Iranians for trading with Iran.

 

U.S. Sent $400M Iran Deal
U.S. Sent $400M to Iran on Same Day Americans Were Freed 2:06

In a gesture of goodwill, Obama granted clemency to the Iranians while Iran released the Americans. As a added bonus Obama released 400m dollars which made the GOP and the Trump camp cry foul.

But was it ransom that had been paid? The White house has denied that it was ransom and attributed the release of funds as part payment t of the 12 billion or 1.7 billion dollars the Americans had stashed away from the time of the Shah of Iran for the purchase of arms.

U.S. Sent $400M to Iran on Same Day Americans Were Freed 2:06. That sum was actually part of a $1.7 billion settlement with Iran for a decades-long legal dispute that was before an international tribunal in The Hague, according to State Department officials.

The money was transferred on Jan 17, 2016, exactly a day after the four Americans were released. The four Americans were identified as Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who had been convicted of espionage last year, Amir Hekmati, a former Marine who had been held since 2011, Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor imprisoned since 2012, and a man only named as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.

All good deeds deserve rewards for that is the natural order of things. Iran has complied with all the condition set up and relations are improving.

As said earlier the pay-off to the Iranians was not well received by the Republican and many slammed it as a weakness on the side of Obama to cede to the demands of the terrorists.

The most vocal Republican to lash out was Senator Tom Cotton, from Arkansas who accused the Government of acting as a drug cartel.

The said 400m was paid in cash packed in a pallet which led Cotton to say that the money could easily be used for terrorist funding or money laundering.

Sen Tom Cotton
Sen Tom Cotton (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Playing down reports that The White House had done anything wrong when the details of the payment were published in the Wall Street Journal, the counterpoint from the oval office being that the released funds were part of the billions the US had frozen since years.

According to the paper, an unmarked cargo plane loaded with wooden pallets stacked with Euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currencies was secretly flown into Iran on the same day the U.S. exchanged seven Iranians for four American citizens.

Cotton, however, said Sunday that, “it doesn’t really matter what President Obama says.”

Democratic vice- presidential- nominee, Tim Kaine leapt to Obama’s defense stressing that the administration was not involved in any shady deals.

The Senator from Virginia who agreed to be Hillary’s vice-president nominee categorically stated that the USA has a long standing policy of not ceding to terrorists, blackmailers, kidnappers and but tries to negotiate the best deal possible.

The US secretary of state, Senator John Kerry who was instrumental in pulling off the deal with Iran adding his opinion to the affair stated that the talks for the release of the Americans were well facilitated by the positive conclusion of the nuclear talks.

Iran has millions or billions of dollars which the Americans are withholding and the release of 400m dollars is surely a positive side in improving relations with the United States.

Iran’s economy has been hurting and the lifting of sanctions have provided immense relief to the government as well as to the common man in the streets of Iran.

One should not always view things from a political perspective. Five lives were saved and the Iranians received a part of a sum which was rightfully theirs in the very first place.

The world is going through a turbulent period especially in the Middle East and with Iran becoming a growing regional power in the region it is only prudent to woo them to exercise their influence in that troubled part of the world.

The threat to the world from the Islamic State or IS as it is known is grave and potentially volatile and diplomacy is the possible recourse and not war mongering. The Americans would do well which is also high time that it distances itself from its greatest ally in the Middle East and start making positive overtures to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Iran should also be flexible in its approach in dealing with the western world also and under President Hasan Rouhani it seems quite likely the situation will improve.

As for the republican party, well the US elections are three months away and with a megalomaniac contending as their nominee, The GOP will stoop to any level to smear the democratic party although there are many in the GOP, saner elements who not endorse the attitude, stance, and rhetoric that Donald Trump has been spewing forth . The US elections 2016 as many are predicting will be the nastiest, ugliest and most contention in the history of the USA.

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Clinton’s Campaign against Trump for Claiming Rigged Elections

There was a time, say almost 30 years ago that the perception of publicity was divided into two categories, good and bad or negative and positive. Any news report about a celebrity, a politician or a public figure having negative connotations would open a personal Pandora’s box and the media would probe the news in microscopic detail. If the theme subject centered around an extra-marital affair or a sex scandal , the end result would most likely be that the person’s career would be ruined.

A classic example would be the Profumo affair in 1961 involving John Profumo, the British Secretary of State for War. He was involved in a brief sexual relationship with a young 19-year old model Christine Keeler. The press picked up the story after which his career plummeted.

Initially, in 1963 he denied the tryst but later confessed. The conservative government of Prime Minister was badly shaken by the scandal which resulted in both Profumo’s and Macmillan’s resignations. Many attribute the defeat of the Conservative party in the 1964 elections to the scandal.

Profumo never held public office after that and to atone for his misadventure worked as a volunteer at Toynbee Hall, East London charitable trust.

Fast forward to 2016, in the age of digital technology, digital information, an age where attitudes and perceptions of things once considered promiscuous or immoral have now become standard fare.

Homosexuality, gay marriages, and issues before closet issues are now in the open, Gay marriage has been legalized in many states of the USA. Sex scandals though evoke interest in the media it is not looked upon with disgust and revulsion as in the yesterdays.

The media loves to pick up scoops and play it up especially the supermarket tabloids. So the million dollar question is how will the world and especially the American voters react to the racy photos of Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican nominee for the President of the United States, Donald Trump, posted in The New York Post.

The photos in question are of the time when Melanie was not married and an aspiring model in her late twenties.

Well although there will be some eyebrows raised and some shame from ultra conservative people the fact of the matter is that Trump with his foul mouth rhetoric already spewing forth venom against Muslims. Hispanics, blacks making both the USA as well as allies jittery he has had all the media attention focused on him.

So one can well ask if Donald Trump himself released or gave the go-ahead to the New York Post to publish the sleazy pictures. Was it an attempt to deflect media attention off him or simply wanted to stir the political hotpot further.

What do the American people in general think of the photos, will shock and revulsion make people change their decision who to vote for.

To state it bluntly, the voters do not care for these are trivial issues. The people are concerned with major issues such as the current San Bernadino Killings, The Orlando massacre all attributed to Muslim terrorism. The shooting of the young black youth by white police officers and the resulting killing of white police officers by black youth has simmered race relations in the United States.

The terrorist activities have spread far and wide and there is a growing sense of fear and insecurity pervading the atmosphere. Donald Trump is touching upon this psyche and touched a raw nerve on security issues.

Other issues centering along the campaign are the recent revelations of e-mail hacking that led to the resignation of the Democratic National Party (DNC) , Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, The Donald’s overtures to the Russians to further hack DNC e-mails.

The latest controversy of the Presidential elections is Trump’s spat with the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier for which he has drawn a lot of flak from the Hillary camp as well as his own leading Republican leaders. This could well be Donald’s undoing for he has hurt a lot of armed forces families which will lead voters to think if He (Trump) is fit and worthy to become the Commander-in-Chief of US forces.

Donald Trump has his plate full, he is busy stoking the fires of the political cauldron to bother with what he consider a non-issue.

What about the NY Post itself, what made it publish those photos, was there a hidden conspiracy to smear the Donald. If that being the case, well the Donald does not outside help as he is doing a fine job of shooting himself in the foot.

It is surprising that The New York Post just released a story just after Hillary Clinton was nominated the DNC candidate for President.

Experts are of the opinion that The NYC Post a Republican paper which has already endorsed Donald Trump published the photos has greater and complex connotations and Donald Trump has planted a red herring in the media cycle.

Trump is well known for his blatant and consistent sexism and if the media or the public tears his wife apart he will gleefully contend the inherent hypocrisy in the media.

Melania is already uncomfortable about being exposed so much in the limelight especially after the Michelle Obama plagiarism issue.

The Donald camp is hoping that putting Melania in the crosshairs will make the liberals as retribution shame her to avenge sexist remarks against Michelle Obama .

If Donald Trump is complicit in the publication of the photos to make a political grandstand then what can one say, there seems to be no ethics, no sense of morality in the man. It seems that he will go to any lengths to win.

Donald Trump is insensitive and callous in his political campaign, he has already stirred a hornet’s nest.

Initially, when he threw the gauntlet in the ring there were conspiracy theories abound that Trump was doing it for Hillary to ensure that she wins and he personally being a businessman had no interest in winning at all.

All that seems to be a part of history and Donald trump will do anything to in an attempt to win even he has to strip his wife naked and parade her all the way to the White House.

The world is waiting and watching with bated breath the whole scenario but even a child knows that elections 2016 as it draws closer is going to be the ugliest, nastiest, most ruthless campaign.

It has been quite a political circus and the Donald and Hillary have both held their own up to now. The Hillary camp is more respectable, sensitive, and has a grip of the issues on the average voter.

All one can say in conclusion is the may the best man or in this case, most hopefully the best woman win.

Trump, speaking of photos pointed out that Melania is a beautiful woman and has done a lot of shoots in Europe long before he married.

Gary Hart, a former Senator fell from Grace and had to withdraw from the 1984 elections due to a sex scandal with a woman called Donna Rice. Similarly, Bill Clinton almost got impeached for the Monica Lewinsky affair.

But all that has now changed, social mores have now become less prim and as repeatedly said people do not care as there are greater issues at hand.

Melania Trump has already been in the spotlight for allegedly making a plagiarized speech at the GOP convention in Ohio, Cleveland and where her lines were like that of Michell’s Obama’s speech at the 2008 convention when Obama was nominated the candidate for the President.

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History of Copy Speeches and Melania Trump’s Speech Plagiarism

It is but natural to ape, copy, imitate things so that one can make an impression with people. Children are prone to copy their classmates on one thing or another. Boys as well as girls copy each other in fashion, hairstyle and even personal habits. Girls dress their dolls in similar dresses which often leads to jealousy and bitterness.

In school, at exam times, weak students try to cheat by copying notes from brilliant students owing to peer pressure. In adult life, people resort to all means of copying or plagiarizing material to get ahead in the office.

We have all engaged in cheating, imitating or copying in some stage of our lives but it all becomes history as we move along in life. For ordinary people it does not affect them as mentioned it is a part and parcel of life. In underdeveloped countries where copyright laws are not so stringent and where the government is also weak people tend to take a very lax attitude and brush it off easily. It is often seen that parts of books are plagiarized and used in other books which are not only unethical but illegal. Medical books are photocopied and sold to students at a nominal price as these books are at times very expensive.

However, in the west and most particularly in the USA, copyright laws are very strict and violators can be imposed with heavy fines and even a jail sentence if found guilty.

Perhaps as a case in point of one of the most well-known cases of plagiarism is the blockbuster and best-selling book By Alex Haley ROOTS which was made into a mini television series by ABC television.

It was later discovered that the Pulitzer-winning author had plagiarized major extracts of his book from another novel “The African“ by white author Harold Courlander.

Haley contended that the protagonist of the novel Kunta Kinte was his ancestor a fact which was later disproved by historians.

There have been other famous instances of plagiarism of some well-known personalities such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the world famous US civil rights leader who it is alleged plagiarized his dissertation for his doctorate degree.

However, King was an established iconic leader who changed the course of black and white relations in the USA. It is said that his famous speech “I have a dream was also taken from another pastor“.

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Dr. Martin Luther King – TimelyBuzz

Dr. Martin Luther King’s greatness needs no explanation or introduction and the plagiarism stories pales before his iconic stature.

Dr. Jane Goodall, an eminent scientist working with chimpanzees for more than 50 years and author of several books and research papers was also accused of plagiarism.

In Dr. King’s case allegations of wrongdoings surfaced at the start of his career but Goodall’s plagiarism was as recent as 2013 when she was planning to launch her book “Seeds of Hope” where it was discovered that some of the sources were taken from none other than Wikipedia, astrology sites and so forth.

Johnny Cash, an icon of his times was a famous country music singer in the fifties and sixties with such famous songs such as I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue and Jackson, a duet with his wife June Carter Cash.

His name has been inducted into the Country Music, Rock, and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of fame.

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Johnny Cash – TimelyBuzz

However, Cash was also branded a plagiarist in 1955 as his song ‘Folsom Prison Blues ‘ about the tale of a convicted murder being tortured by the sound of a passing train while stuck in prison, was actually the work of another person Cash, settled the plagiarism suit by paying $75,000 to put the issue to rest. That amount is worth about $660,000 today. His career was not affected by the suit at all.

Another two famous personalities, accused of plagiarism were Helen Keller, who at the age of 19 months became deaf and blind but went on to a be a prolific author, public speaker and political activist. She was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in 1964 and inducted into the national women’s hall of fame in 1965.

Her dark patch concerning plagiarism surfaced when she wrote her first book Frost King at the age of 11. The story appeared bore similarities to another book by another author. Although Keller denied any wrongdoing, the matter received a lot of publicity the case was finally attributed and cited as a case Cryptomnesia.

The other famous person mentioned was T.S. Eliot, the famous English Poet and Playwright who won a Nobel prize for literature in 1948.

In 1922 Eliot published the popular poem The Waste Land. Decades later it was discovered that the poem was largely a hodgepodge of text from lesser-known poets, one of them named Madison Casein and his poem entitled Waste Land.

However, Eliot’s reputation was not besmirched although he was criticized throughout his life. Plagiarism becomes very important when the concerned person involved is very famous and has mass fan following but what happens when the plagiarist just happens to be the wife of the nominee for the president of the United States of America.

This is the latest sensational news doing the rounds or as it is the age of digital technology, going viral. Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire is the Republican party candidate for the President of the United States duly endorsed at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21st, 2016.

Trump, a foul-mouthed, racist preaching hate against Hispanics and advocating the complete ban on Muslims due to terrorist related incidents in US cities recently has already stirred a hornet’s nest and is a love-hate relationship with the media.

Now Melania Trump, his beautiful and charming wife has further spiced up the political hotspot by giving an opening speech at the convention which the media has picked up as being plagiarized from the speech of Michelle Obama, President Obama’s wife at the Democratic Party Convention in 2008 when Obama was running for his first term in office.

Similarities have been found in several place of the speech, as a case in point Melania’s claim that that she would pass these values on to future generations “because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them” also closely matched Obama’s wish to share those values “because we want our children – and all children in this nation – to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them”.

The speech is indeed a setback for the Trump camp as he is formally crowned the party’s candidate for the President of the United States as many critics are saying the-the Republican party image needs to be spruced up its image before the elections in November.

Will this affect Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House? Many detractors, especially in the Hillary team, will say that the husband and wife can not be trusted to handle affairs of the state as they have a tendency to cheat.

Proponents will counter argue that Melania was talking about family values and care and respect and if similar words were used it is no big deal. Still, others may say there is no originality in the Trump camp.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s head honcho, is partly to blame for the fiasco as he signed off the speech and edited it.

Manafort is of the view that common language used in Melania’s speech should not lessen the impact of her words.

Neither Michelle Obama nor the White has commented on the speech yet but the American media will not easily let go.

When one runs for public office, one is the in the limelight at all times and in this case, the prize is the coveted and most powerful office on the planet.

For the next three months both the camps will be under the intense glare not only of the American media but that of the world and the social media. Every stride, every hairstyle, dressing, body language, eating and sleeping habits will be under the eye of the camera and hiccups will be microscopically examined and scrutinized.

Any deviation from the norm will be damning for both the camps and it will be no surprise that Donald Trump hires a team of plagiarism experts to ensure that this time round nothing is compromised, As for the Hillary camp plagiarism may be the least of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s worries as the former first lady is beset with her own problems such, the State department e-mails on her private server, Libya not to mention her husband’s trysts.

One thing is certain, the US elections 2016 will be the ugliest,nastiest and most interesting elections for a very long time as the gloves are off and no holds barred.