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From The Editors Politics

How Trump’s Business Past Will Impact America And its People

Historically speaking, there is no connection between achievement in the business world and success in the Oval Office. However, the inverse has all the earmarks of being valid. Past Presidents with business foundations have been proved to be ineffective.

As a matter of fact, voters have turned a few of them out of office for ineffective execution of their presidential duties. The greatest president since 1900 is considered to be Harry Truman – a failed businessman if truth be told.

In the words of Bruce Miroff, a professor at the Albany State University of new York, “Historically, those people who have been in business have not done very well.” He said, “The people who have been our best presidents have mainly been the much-despised career politicians like FDR.”

CEOs of large, successful business houses have to be extremely skillful in certain areas like a high level of intelligence, knowledgeable, man-management, ability to effectively communicate with people, competitive and other necessary skills to be where they are.

Donald Trump in his office at Trump tower 5th Avenue
Donald Trump in his plush office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York.

However, it does not necessarily mean that they will make good presidents however much successful they may be as Corporate Heads. There are some significant differences in the job of the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S and a successful CEO.

The President faces day to day challenges that the CEO cannot comprehend, especially one with no political background; a president has to face situations that may drive a CEO crazy. However, it’s not a hard and fast rule that all successful CEOs will make bad presidents.

Somebody with a business background is used to being the boss who is accustomed to having the final word and putting his foot down on decisions he feels right about.

On the other hand, a president may not always have the final say in spite of being the leader of the greatest nation in the world. His workforce doesn’t work for him alone. Career civil servants are more concerned with what the Congress expects of them rather than the president. The simple reason behind this is the fact that the real and ultimate decider is the Congress where money matters are concerned.

One has to understand that the U.S. Presidency is more about politics and not just about business acumen. The dynamics of running a business does not come close to running a country.

When you are the president your success is measured in terms of meeting the claims of your campaign manifesto, which in Trump’s case include factors like The Tax Plan, Cutting Down Immigration, Plan to curtail Chinese Trade, Reviving the American economy, Foreign Policy and Terrorism, The Energy Plan, Scrapping Obamacare.

Whereas, as the CEO of a conglomerate, one’s primary focus is running a profitable organization – The CEO’s success or failure is gauged by his ability to make money for the organization. Revenue generation is the name of the game in business.

The government is not an entity that can be run on the lines of a company irrespective of the success the company may have achieved. While Trump may be a billionaire he has a history of many failed ventures in various businesses.

When one takes stock of all the great presidents the country has seen, you will not find a lot of business leaders on the list. Most have been lawyers or career politicians—21 were both.

A further disparity amongst business and political administration is that achievement in the former is constructed more in light of sober-mindedness while success at politics requires a logic or perspective.

According to Milton Friedman’s rather correct assessment, an entrepreneur holding a political office may enthusiastically support free markets, but in his own selfish interest may seek and lobby for somewhat extraordinary government subsidies or lighter control for his own organization.

That in the aggregate, presidents who first worked in the business world before entering politics, tend to rank in the bottom third of all presidents. Here are the numbers:
That in the aggregate, Presidents who first worked in the business world before entering politics, tend to rank in the bottom third of all presidents.

Now, it remains to be seen whether the President-elect, Mr. Donald Trump’s business ventures becomes a liability for his presidency, or he becomes the first president-elect to defy the following conclusion by the Siena College Research Institute and the American Political Science Association.

It is left to all those who voted for Donald Trump to hope that during his tenure as Commander-in-Chief, he will be able to improve upon the above statistics.

He has done the unexpected by winning the election; he may surprise us one more time by going down in history as a high-ranking businessman turned president who has no political background whatsoever.

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From The Editors Top 5 Travel

Top 5 Places to Watch Sunsets In America

Watching the sun go down can be a mesmerizing sight. Across America, from the eastern coast to western shores and island outposts, one can find truly stunning sunsets. While sunsets are beautiful to behold no matter where you are, there are some places where they seem all the more spectacular. The following locations are the best places to watch the sun go down in the United States.

#1 Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world, Standing on the edge of the mighty Grand Canyon has been described as awe-inspiring, breathtaking, astonishing and even overwhelming. Especially at sunset. This is when the Grand Canyon comes alive with vivid color, great shadows and dancing light. In just minutes, the Canyon can change from orange to pink to purple as the falling sun casts color and shade across the valleys, peaks and crevasses. It is magnificent! If you are lucky enough to experience it, you will never forget it.

#2 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the best places to watch the sunset. At 8,000 feet, Sunset Point offers dramatic views of Bryce Canyon’s main amphitheater. Stunning any time of day, the hoodoos seem to come alive in a rainbow of color as twilight sets in and shadows wash over the Claron Formation rock. Just below the overlook on the northern edge, Thor’s Hammer stands alone. Striking in form due to its isolation from other hoodoos, Thor’s Hammer is a favorite among visitors. Sunset Point is a wonderful place for watching birds. Here Violet-green Swallows, Cliff Swallows, and White-throated Swifts patrol the cliffs.

#3 Florida Keys

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Florida Keys

There’s nothing quite like a Florida sunset. No matter how many times you witness the sun going down over the water, it’s always a magical experience. Key West, the furthest island of the Keys, is a no-brainer when you’re on the prowl for a perfect sunset. it is where sunset dreams come true. For residents and visitors of the Florida Keys sunsets are a part of Florida Keys living and a cause for a sunset celebration. Florida Keys sunsets produce vivid shades of orange, violet, mauve, and pink. The touch of warm evening breezes, together with island aromas and the sound of swaying palm trees only further enhances the magic of a tropical sunset. This sunset ritual practiced in the Florida Keys has become a celebration of life itself.

#4 Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii

#4 Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii

Without a doubt the most popular thing to do in Haleakala is watching the sunset. More than half a million visitors per year make the winding drive through upcountry to the reach the summit of haleakala national park to witness the changing colors of the sky and dramatic landscape. Here, you’re as high as the clouds, and the sun’s rays break through them in such a way that it creates a prism of golden lights. Already famous for its breathtaking sunrise, the summit offers views from the Big Island to Moloka‘i almost the entirety of Maui that are just as spectacular at sunset.

#5 Leland, MI

Leland, MI
Leland, MI

The charming village of Leland, on the Leelanau Peninsula between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, is one of the great scenic places in America to enjoy lake life and all its perks, including nightly sunset. The setting is rustic in a way that only a historic fishing village can be. Nature lovers watch the sun set over Lake Michigan for a postcard-perfect experience. There are also boat launches on both Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau. You can even kayak or canoe on the Leland river. The sandy beach of Lake Michigan is just steps from the Lodge. You can watch the sunset from the deck of the Lodge, or stroll down to the beach and watch the last beams of sunlight dance on the waves before it sinks out of sight.

 

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From The Editors Health

Uterus Transplants From Living Donors at Baylor University Medical Centre, Dallas

Wonders never cease to exist, especially the wonders of modern science for as technology and medical research advances at a phenomenal pace, newer and more effective methods are being discovered. Doctors have made immense strides in all branches of medicine.

The first heart transplant was done by Dr. Christian Bernard, a South African and American-trained doctor. However, The patient died after 18 days.

Ever since then heart transplants, bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants have become a common practice in medical science and thousands of lives have been saved in the process.

Now, In a sensational and revolutionary step, and what can best be described as wonderful news for women who can’t bear children, doctors have experimented in womb transplant in the USA.

Four women have successfully received new wombs from living donors at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.This is the first time living-donor womb transplants have been performed in the United States.

Of the four surgeries which took place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 22, three of the womb transplants were removed after tests determined the organs were not receiving normal blood flow. One woman still has her transplanted uterus and has shown no signs of rejection so far.

Uterus transplants with live donors will go a long way in reproductive medicine as it is proving very successful. Sweden was the pioneer to start this and in five out of nine cases recipients have given birth to healthy babies and one woman is pregnant for the second time.

Some women suffer from what is known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome and are born without a uterus. About one in 4,500 women in the U.S. are estimated to suffer from this.

Dr. Giuliano Testa, the lead surgeon and surgical chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor, acknowledges that despite the fact that these results so far, while disappointing, still show tremendous progress.

From the science perspective, indeed this is a great day for mothers to be for it will give hope to many who thought they would never have a child.

This is the second time a hospital in the U.S. has attempted womb transplants. In February, the Cleveland Clinic performed the first uterus transplant in the U.S.; the organ was from a deceased donor. Less than two weeks after the transplant, the recipient, Lindsey McFarland, acquired an infection and the transplant had to be removed.

The Cleveland Clinic then put its program on pause.s transplants are estimated to cost from $150,000 to over $500,000, and since they are still experimental, they are not usually covered by insurance.

Shannon Faulk—Baylor University Medical Center From left to right: Dr. Greg McKenna, Dr. Giuliano Testa, Dr. E. Colin Koon, and Dr. Liza Johannesson perform a womb transplant surgery at Baylor University Medical Center on Sept. 14, 2016.
Shannon Faulk—Baylor University Medical Center From left to right: Dr. Greg McKenna, Dr. Giuliano Testa, Dr. E. Colin Koon, and Dr. Liza Johannesson perform a womb transplant surgery at Baylor University Medical Center on Sept. 14, 2016.

The procedure is very complicated and lengthy as it took about five hours for the wombs to be removed from the donors, and another five to transplant.

Besides the four surgeons of Baylor, the team was supported by two Swedish surgeons with womb transplant experience, two anesthesiologists, and seven operating room nurses.

The two Swedish doctors were from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg and were of the first surgical team in the world to perform successful womb transplants.

They wanted to share their experience and assist other teams throughout the world. Dr. Liza Johannesson, one of the doctors from Sahlgrenska University Hospital who assisted Baylor with their surgeries. “If no one can repeat it, it’s not worth anything. We owe it to the patients to be open.” Johannesson says her team will continue to assist Baylor with further womb transplant procedures.

It is estimated that it will take the women about three months to get back to normal daily activity. In six to 12 months, a woman with a successful uterus transplant can attempt in vitro fertilization (IVF).

(Since the women’s ovaries are not connected to their wombs, IVF is required if she wants to get pregnant.) Because all organ transplants require recipients to take extremely powerful anti-rejection injections and typically, the uterus is removed after they’ve had two children.

Despite the setback Dr. Testa is determined to carry out operations and they plan to conduct 10 experiments .The Baylor team is assessing the results from the first four surgeries before moving forward with the other six.

This is indeed a major breakthrough in reproductive science and with time such dedicated and sincere doctors will eventually become successful giving great hopes to mothers to be all over the world.

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From The Editors Politics

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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From The Editors Politics

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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From The Editors Politics

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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USA in Olympics History, a Tale of Gold Medals

History traces the origin of the Olympic Games up to 776 BC in Olympia, Greece which was dedicated to the gods and was therefore staged on the land of Olympia and were celebrated until 396 AD. The ancient Olympic Games consisted of only one race on a track of about 180 to 240 meters long. Over the years the games have been altered greatly and other sports like long jump, chariot racing, boxing, wrestling, discus throwing, javelin, swimming, archery, weightlifting and much more have been added to the list.

The Olympia
The Olympia

In the archaic times only the men were allowed to participate in these games, the eligibility for the participation was that these men were to be free men who knew how to speak the Geek language.  Women were, however, not allowed to take part in these games that were closely linked to the religious festivals of the cult of Zeus, the women were not allowed to participate in these games until in 1900. However in the year 1894, the French nobleman, Baron de Coubertin managed to bring about a change in the tradition by managing to bring together representatives of different countries onto one single platform. The first modern Olympics were hence held in Athens in the year 1896.

Prior to each Game, the Olympic torch or the flame is lit in Olympia and is brought to the host city by runners carrying it in the relay. The Olympic flag consists of 5 rings of different colors symbolizing the 5 continents of the earth participating in the events. The flag was originally designed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1913. In the modern Olympic Games, the winners get Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals respectively unlike the earlier times where the winner was awarded a crown made out of olive leaves that signified hope and peace.

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Ancient Olympics crown made of olive leaves

The Unites States of America has been sending its athletes to every celebration of the modern day Olympic Games. The first athlete to participate in the Olympic Games was Thomas Burke who was an American sprinter  and the first Olympian champion in the 100 and 400-meter race in the 1896 summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.  In a total, the USA has won a total of 2404 medals in the Summer Olympics and another 281 medals at the winter Olympics.

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Olympics torch
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Modern day Olympics medals

The USA also holds the record for winning more Gold medals than any country in the summer games and the second most gold medal winning country in the Winter Olympics. The most medals won are by athletics (field & track) 322 medals followed by swimming 230 medals. Shooting is in the third with a total number of  53 gold medals. Michael Phelps who is an American swimmer is to be the most celebrated athlete of the USA with a total number of 19 Gold medals on his credit.

Following the tradition, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has organized the Rio 2016 Olympics which is a 16 day event having a wide variety of sports categories to participate including, diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, slalom, sprint, cycling, BMX, Mountain Biking, Road, Track, Jumping, Fencing, Golf, Judo, wrestling, freestyle and many more.

 

Olympics medal history - USA
Olympics medal history – USA

It has more than 150 countries participating with the Unites States Of America having the greatest number of athletes: 554 and Tuvalu with the lowest number of athletes: only one. Up to now, China secures the first position with a total number of 10 medals, 4 of gold and bronze and 2 of silver. The USA secures the third position with a total number of 13 medals, 3 of gold, 6 of silver and 4 of bronze while the Great Britain secures the last position in the top 10 with a total number of 4 medals, 1 of gold, 1 of silver and 2 of bronze.

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USA Olympics gold medal – Vancouver [Source]
Ginny Thrasher an American shooter is the first gold medalist of the Rio Olympics 2016 by pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event on the 6 of August. Thrasher, despite the fact only 19 managed to defeat the silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0 setting up and Olympic World record in the finals. Thrasher is an NCCA champion and it was her first time I the Olympics when she won a gold medal and made her country proud.

The Rio 2016 medal design.
The Rio 2016 medal design.

Throughout history, there have been many of such great athletes who have been a cause of pride for their country and have brought home the gold medals. The list below mentions a few of them;

Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner as we now know her has won a gold medal in men’s decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Jenner late on went ahead and became a reality TV star on E! cable network’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” a career turn that made the entire family a ubiquitous presence in the American pop culture from its launch in the year 2007.

USA Olympics Logo
USA Olympics Logo

Tommie Smith’s appearance at the 1969 games in Mexico won him the gold medal in the 200 meters and set a world record for the next 11 years! He later went ahead and became  an assistant professor of physical education and track coach at Oberlin College. He helped to coach the 1995 US team at the world Indoor Championships in Barcelona and in 1999 was awarded the California Black Sportsman as the Millennium Award.

Mary Lou Retton was America’s first woman ever to win w gold medal in gymnastics. She won the most medals of any athlete at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Retton then became an inspiration for American Women’s gymnastics and an 80’s cultural icon in America. She also appeared on the Wheaties box and in movies like Scrooged. Today, she is a motivational speaker, according to her website, and frequently serves as a television commentator and host for Olympics-related programming.

Carl Lewis is one of the most celebrated athletes with a total number of ten medals to his credit and nine of them being gold. He is playing an active role in helping to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles. The Birmingham, Alabama native is now an assistant track coach at his alma mater, the University of Houston, where he focuses on sprints and jumps and tries develop future Olympians.

Greg Louganis won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He was also named as the “Athlete Of The Year” in 1998 by ABC’s wide world of sports. Today, Louganis mentors the US Olympic diving team and is an advocate for HIV-awareness being himself diagnosed with it during the 1988 Olympic games. He also stands up for gay rights himself being one.

“The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century”, Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee has won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals in the Summer Olympic games between the years 1984 to 1996. She later went on to play professional basketball for the Richmond Rage of the American Basketball League, but only appeared in 17 games total. Along with founding the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, she co-founded Athletes for Hope in 2007, alongside other prominent sports figures such as Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk and Cal Ripken, Jr.Joyner-Kersee is also one of the most famous athletes to have overcome severe asthma. After retiring from athletic competition, Joyner-Kersee joined the board of directors for USA Track & Field and will make an appearance in Rio de Janeiro as part of her role. She now tours the country giving speeches and mentoring athletes.

The Olympic Games motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which is Latin for “Swifter, Higher, Stronger” therefore proves the fact that Sports are about teamwork, competition, victory, defeat, growth, endurance, strength, intelligence, drive, passion, inspiration, desire, motivation, and honor. They stand for all the qualities we can ever dream of having. To feel a little more, to work a little harder, to taste the blood of victory, to agonize in a moment of defeat is something you can’t effectively put into words.

Olympics games - A bigger picture
Olympics games – A bigger picture

In the big picture, our nations may be a war, or in a nuclear weapons race.  We may have human rights issues with them or think they are not good neighbors, in the big scheme of things. but during the Olympics, we can just relax and enjoy each other.  There is plenty of time to disagree and fight amongst ourselves back in the real world.  The Olympics give us a few days of peace and security and an opportunity to complete with the best athletes in the world. And as Pierre de Coubertin, has himself said, The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

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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“.

Dr. Martin Luther King TimelyBuzz
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.

Johnny Cash TimelyBuzz
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.