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23 сентября, 20:46

How Simon Holloway is Honoring Agnona's Heritage of Noble Fibers.

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Simon Holloway's designs for Agnona, the Italian luxury brand, honors the brand heritage of couture fabrics while modernizing the silhouettes to create a polished, elevated collection of easily coordinated pieces for women.

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23 сентября, 20:00

Universal credit is a shambles because the poor are ignored | Nick Cohen

Far from being progressive, the measure will bring destitution of a huge scalePoverty is a disease that silences its victims. It is impossible to imagine a government or institution designing a programme to combat racism without listening to members of ethnic minorities or a new road without consulting the home and business owners it would disturb. The poor, however, never have a say. Society infantilises them. It deems them no more worthy of an opinion on the welfare state that rules and increasingly wrecks their lives than it deems schoolchildren worthy of an opinion on the national curriculum.We will see the doleful consequences as universal credit rolls out from being a niche benefit forced on a few hundred thousand claimants in pilot projects to the essential living allowance for eight million people. In theory, it’s a lovely idea. Even now, critics always begin by saying: “Of course, everyone agrees the benefit system must be simplified but…” Or: “Iain Duncan Smith had noble aims but…” It is as if the mere presence of good intentions is enough to dilute objections; as if, not only conservative commentators but liberals and leftists have never heard of the road to hell – and what paves it. Continue reading...

23 сентября, 19:23

Израиль ждет ограничение и подорожание газа

В министерстве энергетики сообщили о временном прекращении поставок газа из месторождения "Тамар"

23 сентября, 13:52

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane scored twice and hit the post twice as ten-man Spurs withstood a late onslaught from West Ham to win an eventful London derby 2.27pm BST That was a game of three thirds. West Ham were superior for the first half hour, Spurs were magnificent either side of half-time to go 3-0 up - but they had to survive a late onslaught after the sending off of Serge Aurier. Thanks for your company, you can follow all the 3pm games here. Related: Southampton v Manchester United, Stoke v Chelsea and more: Premier League – live! Related: Manchester City v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live! 2.24pm BST Spurs have held on to win their third consecutive away game in the league this season. Continue reading...

22 сентября, 15:29

VOX: How Venezuela went from a rich democracy to a dictatorship on the brink of collapse. As New …

VOX: How Venezuela went from a rich democracy to a dictatorship on the brink of collapse. As New York University historian Greg Grandin has pointed out, Chávez “submitted himself and his agenda to 14 national votes, winning 13 of them by large margins, in polling deemed by Jimmy Carter to be ‘best in the world.’” […]

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21 сентября, 19:01

Refugee jailed for Australia child bride

A MYANMAR asylum-seeker was yesterday sentenced to 18 months behind bars for marrying an underage girl in Australia in what is believed to be the nation’s first such prosecution.

21 сентября, 18:03

Global Research: болгары отказались стрелять в русских на учениях НАТО

«Болгарские солдаты и офицеры охотно бы постреляли в мишени, раскрашенные в формы турецкой армии, но не в условных русских солдат. Членство Болгарии в НАТО не может разрушить сложившиеся отношения братской дружбы между русскими и болгарами», – прокомментировал ситуацию болгарский политический аналитик Георгий Коларов.

21 сентября, 10:00

Why religious belief isn't a delusion – in psychological terms, at least

Religious beliefs are typically incompatible with scientific evidence and observable reality, but aren’t considered to be delusions. Why not?If someone told you, in all seriousness, that they talk to invisible beings who control the universe, you’d probably back away slowly, nodding and smiling, while desperately looking for the nearest exit or escape route. If this person then said they wanted to be in charge of your life, you’d probably do the same, but more urgently, and with a view to finding the nearest police officer. And yet, this happens all the time. Arch Brexiter, unlikely Tory leadership candidate and human Pez-dispenser Jacob Rees-Mogg recently blamed his extreme and unpleasant views on his Catholicisim, which was seen as a valid excuse by many. Current placeholder prime minister Theresa May has made a big deal about how her Christian upbringing makes her suitable for the role. And despite the lawful separation of church and state, every official and wannabe US president has had to emphasise their religious inclinations. Even Trump, whose enthusiasm for maintaining the noble traditions of the presidency can be described as limited at best. Continue reading...

21 сентября, 03:30

Sovereignty Is Not a Dirty Word

To listen to the commentary, Donald Trump used an inappropriate term at the U.N. — not just Rocket Man, but “sovereignty.”It wasn’t surprising that liberal analysts freaked out over his nickname for Kim Jong Un and his warning that, should it be necessary, we’d “totally destroy” his country. These lines were calculated to get a reaction, and they did. More interesting was the allergy to Trump’s defense of sovereign nations.Brian Williams of MSNBC wondered whether the repeated use of the word “sovereignty” was a “dog whistle.” CNN’s Jim Sciutto called it “a loaded term” and “a favorite expression of authoritarian leaders.” The ACLU believes that “by emphasizing national sovereignty over human rights,” Trump seeks to deflect attention from his own “human rights abuses.”It was a widely repeated trope that Trump’s speech was “a giant gift,” in the words of BuzzFeed, to China and Russia. “Trump Uses Putin’s Arguments to Undermine the World” is how the headline on a Daily Beast piece put it. In an otherwise illuminating piece in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart concluded that Trump’s address amounted to “imperialism.” If so, couched in the rhetoric of the mutual respect of nations, it’s the best-disguised imperialist manifesto in history.Trump’s critics misrepresent the speech and misunderstand the nationalist vision that Trump was setting out.He didn’t defend a valueless international relativism. At the beginning of the speech, Trump warned that “authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.”He praised the U.S. Constitution as a “timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe.”“The Marshall Plan,” he said in recounting Harry Truman’s postwar work, “was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent and free.”And he stated, correctly, that “our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall.”Just window dressing? Trump returned to similar language in his denunciation of the world’s rogue states. The Iranian government is hiding “a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.” The U.S. supports “the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.” And we seek “the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela.”When critics don’t ignore these passages, they say that they contradict Trump’s emphasis on the sovereignty of all nations. There’s no doubt that there’s a tension in Trump’s emerging foreign policy that couples traditional Republican thinking with his own instinctive nationalism. But he outlined a few key expectations in the speech.He said, repeatedly, that we want “strong and independent nations” committed to promoting “security, prosperity and peace.” And we look for nations “to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”Every country that Trump criticized fails one or both of these tests. So, by the way, do Russia and China. Hence Trump’s oblique criticism of their aggression: “We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.”Trump’s standards aren’t drawn out of thin air. A consistent nationalist believes in the right of every nation to govern itself. Moreover, modern nationalism developed alongside the idea of popular sovereignty — i.e., the people have the right to rule, and the state is their agent, not the other way around. This is why the rise of nationalism was the worst thing to happen to dynastic rulers in Europe.Trump’s core claim that “the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition” is indubitably correct; it is what makes self-government possible. Given the choice between being governed by imperial center or transnational authorities, the people of almost every nation will choose — and fight if necessary — to govern themselves. (See the American Revolution.)The U.N. is hardly an inappropriate forum for defending these ideas. The U.N. charter itself says, “The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.” To the extent that the U.N. is now a gathering place for people who hope the nation-state will be eclipsed, it’s useful to tell them that it’s not going away. Trump’s focus on sovereignty is certainly different from what we’ve heard from recent presidents, but the theme isn’t outside the American mainstream. After World War II, the U.S. advocated for the sovereign independence of nations held captive by the Soviet Union and those ruled by colonial powers.A conception of a world system of peaceful, prosperous nation-states is ultimately a pluralist vision. Trump talked of how sovereign nations allow “diverse countries with different values, different cultures and different dreams” to co-exist and work together.All that said, there were indeed weaknesses in the speech. First, as usual, Trump’s bellicose lines stepped on the finer points of his message; similarly, his personal combativeness prevents him from exploiting the potentially unifying themes of his nationalism at home. Second, even if sovereignty is important, it can’t bear the weight of being the organizing principle of American foreign policy — Trump should add more principle to his “principled realism.” Finally, Trump’s foreign-policy vision is clearly still a work in progress, as he accommodates himself to the American international role that he for so long considered a rip-off and waste of time.Trump is adjusting to being the head of a sovereign nation — that happens to be the leader of the world.

21 сентября, 00:36

Global Research: болгары отказались стрелять в русских на учениях НАТО

Канадское издание Global Research с грустью указывает на «глубокий кризис НАТО» и «крайне низкий уровень боеспособности альянса». Свои выводы пресса  сопровождает утечкой об инциденте на  учениях «Благородный прыжок» (Noble Jump), проходивших в июне в Румынии. В манёврах принимали участие 11 стран НАТО: Албания, Болгария, Великобритания, Греция, Испания, Латвия, Нидерланды, Норвегия, Польша, Румыния и США. «Во время стрельб на полигоне...

20 сентября, 19:58

Remarks by the Vice President to the UN Security Council

Security Council Chamber 11:16 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Chairperson Faki, President Ramos-Horta, distinguished members of the Security Council, it’s a great honor to be with you today in the midst of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. As we gather at this historic assembly, I know all of our hearts are with the people of Puerto Rico as they face Hurricane Maria and its aftermath -- and with the people of Mexico City, even now as first responders and families seek to save the lost and find those that are injured in the midst of the earthquake that's now claimed more than 200 lives. Our hearts and our prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico and the people of Mexico, as we gather. We are here today to discuss what I believe is the most important mission of the United Nations: keeping the peace.  Let me begin by thanking Ethiopia for introducing today’s resolution on peacekeeping reform. It was my honor, as Vice President of the United States, to cast a vote in favor of this resolution. As President Trump said yesterday in his historic address to this General Assembly, just as each of you, in his words, “should always put your country first, we will always put America first.” But as his words and I hope our presence here attest, America First does not mean America alone. As the President said, we “will forever be a great friend to the world.” And it’s because of that commitment that he sent me here today to this Security Counsel, to reiterate our call for fundamental reforms of U.N. peacekeeping and our determination to see this institution do even more to keep the peace across the wider world. President Trump and I firmly believe that the U.N. must act to make its peacekeeping operations more efficient, more effective, more accountable, and more credible.   Ambassador Haley has previously laid out the United States’ principles for peacekeeping reform and we're all familiar with them. Peacekeeping missions must support a political solution; have the consent of the host country; its mandates must be realistic and achievable; every mission must have an exit strategy; and the United Nations peacekeeping missions must adjust to progress and failure. In short, when a mission succeeds, we should not prolong it. When a mission underperforms, we should restructure it. And when a mission consistently fails to fulfill the mandates of this council, we should end it.   We urge the United Nations to analyze all peacekeeping operations in light of these principles, so that these missions most effectively advance peace across the wider world. After all, keeping the peace is at the heart of the United Nations’ mission. The very first words of the U.N.’s charter are “to maintain international peace.” And just yesterday, President Trump challenged this great body to rededicate itself to this noble goal, and I do so today on behalf of our nation before this Security Council. History records that the United Nations was forged in the fading embers of the Second World War; the most destructive conflict in the history of the world. The United States of America, with our allies, emerged victorious. But in that victory, we vowed to come together to prevent dictators and demagogues from ever threatening the peace that we had won through our shared sacrifice.   As President Harry Truman told us then, it was not sufficient to, in his words, “merely check madmen who would plan world domination,” but rather to bring together again, and I quote, “a mighty combination of nations founded upon justice and peace.” And so we founded this great body -- the United Nations. That was the rallying cry of the United Nations in the 20th century, and so must it be again in the 21st century. But keeping the peace requires more than peacekeeping, it requires action and the unwavering resolve of every country gathered here today. For as President Trump observed yesterday, we are once again confronted, in his words, by those who threaten us with chaos, with turmoil, and terror, who seek to undermine the sovereignty, prosperity, and security -- all of which the President called the “pillars of peace.” In Eastern Europe, Russia continues to compromise the sovereignty of its neighbors as it seeks to redraw international borders by force.   Radical Islamic terrorism continues to beset nations with barbarous attacks in Barcelona, Paris, London. In the Middle East, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism continues to flout the spirit of the Iran Deal, destabilizing the region and brazenly threatening the security of sovereign nations. And as the world has seen in just the past few days, a depraved regime in North Korea is relentlessly pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. And now, as the President said, “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.” The United States is grateful to see this Security Council unanimously adopt two resolutions imposing tough new sanctions on the North Korean regime. But to be clear: The United States of America will continue to bring the full range of American power to bear on the regime in Pyongyang. We will continue to marshal economic and diplomatic pressure -- ours and from countries across the world -- to demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. As the President said yesterday, the United States has “great strength and patience,” but all options are on the table. And if we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming. We call on the United Nations and this Security Council to do more to keep the peace -- much more -- to confront the threat posed by North Korea. Finally, to keep the peace most effectively, this body must have the credibility to pursue peace by advancing the cause of human rights.   It’s no coincidence that some of the most dangerous regimes in the world are also some of the worst abusers of human rights. In Iran, North Korea, and other despotic regimes, we see a truth of history borne out once again -- those who subvert freedom of their people at home undermine sovereignty and security abroad. The United Nations is bound by its charter to foster “International cooperation in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all.” That was the purpose under which the U.N. Human Rights Council was formed. But the truth is, the Human Rights Council doesn’t deserve its name. As we look at the membership of the council today, we see nations that betray these timeless principles upon which this institution was founded. Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council actually attracts and welcomes many of the worst human rights violators in the world. A clear majority of the Human Rights Council’s members fail to meet even the most basic human rights standards. Cuba sits on the Human Rights Council, an oppressive regime that has repressed its people and jailed political opponents for more than half a century. Venezuela sits on the Human Rights Council, a dictatorship that undermines democracy at every turn, imprisons political opponents, and as we speak is advancing policies that worsen deprivation and poverty that’s costing the lives of innocent men, women, and children. This body must reform the Human Rights Council’s membership and its operation. As to its operation, I think of what President John F. Kennedy warned more than 50 years ago, that the United Nations must not become in his words a “forum for invective.” Unfortunately, today, the Human Rights Council has become exactly that, and particularly the Human Rights Council has become a forum for anti-Semitism and invective against Israel. The council’s agenda item seven actually singles out Israel for discussion at every single meeting, something no other country must endure. As evidence, the Human Rights Council has passed more than 70 resolutions condemning Israel, while largely ignoring the world’s worst human rights abusers. It is, as President Trump said yesterday, “a massive source of embarrassment.” And we call on the Security Council and this entire body to immediately embrace reforms of the membership and practices of the Human Rights Council and end the Human Rights Council’s blatant bias against our cherished ally Israel. Under President Trump, the United States of America is firmly committed to the cause of human rights -- because we are committed to keeping the peace. Keeping the peace requires more than peacekeeping. It requires action, reform. And lastly, it also requires a willingness to call out senseless attacks on innocent people around the world. At this very moment in Southeast Asia, we see heartbreak and assaults on human rights and innocent civilians that's ultimately endangering the sovereignty and security of the entire region. In recent weeks, the people of my country and the wider world have witnessed a great tragedy unfolding in Burma with the Rohingya people. Recently, Burmese security forces responded to militant attacks on government outposts with terrible savagery -- burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes. The images of the violence and its victims have shocked the American people and decent people all over the world. And now we’re witnessing a historic exodus. Over 400,000 Rohingya -- including tens of thousands of children -- have now been forced to flee from Burma to Bangladesh, with more following every day. Yesterday, Secretary of State Tillerson discussed Rohingya refugees with Aung San Suu Kyi and urged the Burmese government and military to facilitate humanitarian aid and confront the allegations of human rights abuses.   And while we welcome Suu Kyi’s comments that returning refugees have nothing to fear, the United States renews our call on Burma’s security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution. President Trump and I also call on this Security Council and the United Nations to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis to an end and give hope and help to the Rohingya people in their hour of need. Unless this violence is stopped, which justice demands, it will only get worse. And it will sow seeds of hatred and chaos that may well consume the region for generations to come and threaten the peace of us all. As I said, keeping the peace requires more than peacekeeping -- it requires action, courage, conviction. And so the United Nations must be prepared to do more. For as President Trump said yesterday, “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.” So let us rededicate ourselves to the mission upon which this body was founded -- the first words of the U.N. Charter, “to maintain international peace,” must again be our lodestar, our ideal, and our aspiration. Through reform of our efforts and reform of this institution, through renewed courage to speak and act whenever and wherever the unalienable rights of innocent people, or the peace of the world, is at risk we will create, as our President said, a more safe and peaceful future for all mankind. As the world witnessed yesterday, our President is a man of deep conviction and faith -- faith in God and faith in the boundless capacity of peoples and nations founded on peace and justice to improve the world. My prayer today is that this institution might mirror that conviction in renewed ways -- with the faith that as we “make every effort to pursue peace,” that the God of peace will guide us and bless us -- today, tomorrow, and always -- for this generation and our posterity. Thank you, Mr. President, for the honor of addressing today and may God bless you all. END 11:30 A.M. EDT

20 сентября, 15:33

ROGER KIMBALL: WHY TRUMP’S UN SPEECH WAS A TRIUMPH. Donald Trump on Tuesday confirmed yet again …

ROGER KIMBALL: WHY TRUMP’S UN SPEECH WAS A TRIUMPH. Donald Trump on Tuesday confirmed yet again why he is the most robust president since Ronald Reagan. Following up on his brilliant speeches before a joint session of Congress in February, his speech about combating Islamic terrorism before Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, and his splendid […]

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19 сентября, 15:41

Options Traders Expect Huge Moves in Barnes & Noble (BKS) Stock

Barnes & Noble (BKS) needs Investors to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately.

18 сентября, 22:10

Remarks by the Vice President to Indiana Honor Flight Veterans and Volunteers

Indian Treaty Room 1:12 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well hello, Indiana!  AUDIENCE:  Hello!   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Secretary Shulkin, thank you for that overly generous introduction.  More importantly, thank you for your strong leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Our services to our veterans are getting better every day because of the leadership of our President and because of Secretary David Shulkin.  Would you join me in thanking him one more time for the great work that he's doing?  (Applause.)  And it is great to be with all of you today, humbling in fact, to be among so many American heroes -- so many Hoosier heroes -- veterans of the Lafayette Honor Flight.  On behalf of the President of the United States and the entire First Family, welcome to the White House. (Applause.) I had to stop by and see you all today.  I'm going to be jumping on Air Force Two in just a little bit and headed to catch up with the President in New York City, where there's a lot going on this week with the U.N. General Assembly.   But it really is my great honor to be able to welcome you all here today.  And to share a few remarks about your service and the ongoing commitment, not only of this administration but the people of the United States to all of the men and women who have served and who are serving this country.    But before I go one step further, I expect there's probably some Air Force in the room, and I'm told that today is the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force.  So let's hear it.  (Applause.)   The Old Book says, if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I'm just here today on behalf of your President and our entire administration to pay a debt of gratitude, a debt of honor, and a debt of respect to each and every one of you who stepped up -- stepped forward and put on the uniform of the United States in your time.    As the President said recently, “You are part of a long unbroken chain of American heroes.”  And behalf on your Commander-in-Chief and all the American people, thank you for your service.  Thank you for your selfless defense of our families and the way you've stood and fought for freedom.  You are in a very real sense, the best of us.  We owe you a debt we can never fully repay.   Each of you served in Vietnam, I'm told, on that frontline of freedom.  Amidst the jungles and the rice paddies, you stood strong.  And the image of your courage is forever seared into the mind of the American people.  As our 40th President said, your cause was a “noble cause” and you “fought as well and as bravely as any Americans have ever fought in any war.” And on behalf of President Donald Trump, and my family, and a grateful America, I say to all the Vietnam veterans who are here, welcome home. (Applause.)  Today is a part of that welcome -- an ongoing, well-deserved warm welcome home.  And thanks to the Honor Flight Network, you’ve come here to our nation's capital, to visit, I'm told, the Vietnam Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and to pay your respects to those who served beside you and didn’t come home. Before I go further, let me just take a minute to say thank you to the Honor Flight Network and all these great red-shirt-wearing volunteers who are here with us today.   For more than a decade, the Honor Flight Network has brought heroes like every one of you to Washington, D.C. to see firsthand how our nation has remembered, memorialized, and immortalized your service to America.  Today the Honor Flight Network has more than 125 hubs, including the Lafayette Honor Flight.  And I’d especially like to thank not only the co-presidents, Pamela Mow and Dana Vann, who are two Gold Star moms who’ve organized 17 flights.  Let’s hear it for them.  Where are they?  (Applause.)  But also all these red-shirt-wearing volunteers who are going to make this such a special day.  Thank you.  Thank you for loving our troops and thank you for your family’s example. We honor your service through memorials here in our nation’s capital, but I know every one of you would agree with our President and myself when I say we mostly honor your service by ensuring that the men and women currently serving in harm's way have the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe.  (Applause.)  And I’m pleased to report to all the veterans gathered here, President Trump has already signed the largest increase in military spending in nearly a decade.  And at this very moment, we’re working with the Congress to pass what will be the largest investment in military readiness since the days of Ronald Reagan. Under President Trump’s leadership, I promise you:  As the President likes to say, we're going to make the strongest military in the world even stronger still.  (Applause.)  And as the President made clear in his address on Afghanistan just a little more than a month ago here at Fort Myer, we will be giving our men and women in uniform a plan for victory.  And I’ll promise you this, under this Commander-in-Chief, when America goes to fight, America will go to fight to win.  (Applause.)  President Trump is also committed to honor your service, as he likes to say, to stand with those who protected us, and he’s been busy keeping his word to the men and women who have worn the uniform of this country. President Trump has been working tirelessly to empower veterans to get the care you earned and the service and sacrifice that you deserve.  Whether it’s at the VA or even at a private health-care provider, we've been working with the Congress to advance opportunities and legislation that expands choices for veterans. Secretary Shulkin has been very active in this regard, and we commend him for it.  I know the President is grateful.  The President actually extended the Veterans Choice program in April, and last month, he signed into law legislation that will expand the Veterans Choice program with an additional $2.1 billion per year.  We're going to open the doorway to better healthcare for our veterans all across America in real time.  (Applause.)  And working with Secretary Shulkin and his team, our entire administration is working every day to make the VA as efficient, effective, and as accountable as each and every one of you deserve.  We’ve already established a new White House VA hotline -- principally staffed by veterans, for veterans. And to restore the highest level of service at the VA, President Trump signed a law to enact historic protections for whistleblowers, and we're pleased to report we’ve already fired or suspended nearly 1,000 VA employees -- because this White House will never tolerate the mistreatment of American heroes.  (Applause.)  As President Trump said not long ago, in his words, “We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve.”  As I close, let me say what a special joy it is to have a chance to stand with so many great Hoosiers who’ve worn the uniform of the United States. My life never took me into the armed forces, but I’m proud to say that my dad served in the United States Army and served in Korea.  And I’m an especially proud father of a United States Marine.   It was just a few short months ago that I traveled to the country where my father saw combat.  I literally stood at the -- what was the -- near the Demilitarized Zone, the 38th Parallel, as it’s known, on that frontline of freedom, where South Korea meets North Korea.   I looked out at the hills, and the commanding officer pointed me in the direction of where Pork Chop Hill actually was just over the horizon, where my dad fought together with his brothers in the 45th Infantry Division. My dad got a Bronze Star for his service, and my family allows me to proudly display that medal in my office here in the West Wing.  But I got to be honest with you, when my brothers and sisters and I were growing up, Dad didn’t keep that medal on his desk.  It wasn’t framed and on the wall.  It was in a drawer, where no one could see it. My dad didn't talk a whole lot about his time in combat.  And those of you that have seen combat, all those gathered here know whereof I speak more than I do.  My dad really didn’t consider himself a hero.  Whenever we’d ask him about it, he’d say, the heroes were my friends that didn’t come home. In just a few hours, you all are going to have an opportunity to go pay your respects at the Vietnam Memorial and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  And I know you're going to be feeling just exactly the same way. But all of you here today I know carry a burden in your heart.  And I just -- I want you all to know that -- while it’s something I think civilians like me will never fully understand, just know that you carry the deepest respect of the American people and all of those who have prospered under the freedom and the liberty that you defended. And as you carry this burden deep in your hearts, just know that you don’t carry it alone.  I promise you.  The American people will always be grateful for your service.  We’ll always stand with you and all the men and women of the armed forces, past and present. And I’ll make you one more promise:  The veterans of this country and the members of our armed forces will never have a better friend in the White House than President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  So, my fellow Hoosiers, once again, welcome to Washington, D.C.  It’s really a great honor to be able to welcome you here to the White House, and it’s a deeply humbling one -- deeply humbling for me to have the opportunity to serve here in this new capacity and deeply humbling for me to be able stand before all of you today. I hope today is for you as deeply meaningful as it is for me to be able to welcome you here.  And so let me close simply by saying, on behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, thank you for your service. May God bless each and every one of you and all those that will be remembered in your Honor Flight today and may God continue to bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  END   1:23 P.M. EDT  

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18 сентября, 17:53

Remarks by President Trump at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting

The United Nations  New York City, New York 10:00 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you. I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.   So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage. On behalf of the co-host countries, I would like to also thank Secretary General Guterres for -- and you have been fantastic -- for joining us, and we affirm our commitment to the United Nations reform.  And reform is what we're talking about. I applaud the Secretary General for laying out a vision to reform the United Nations so that it better serves the people we all represent.  We support your efforts to look across the entire system and to find ways the United Nations can better, and be better at development, management, peace, and security. The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals.  These include affirming the dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace.  The United Nations has helped advance toward these goals in so many ways:  feeding the hungry, providing disaster relief, and empowering women and girls in many societies all across the world.   Yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.  While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent, and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment.  But I know that under the Secretary General, that's changing and it’s changing fast.  And we've seen it.  That's why we commend the Secretary General and his call for the United Nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.  We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world.  In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process. To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially.  We also ask that every peacekeeping mission have clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating success.  They deserve to see the value in the United Nations, and it is our job to show it to them. We encourage the Secretary General to fully use his authority to cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems, and make firm decisions to advance the U.N.’s core mission.  Further, we encourage all member states to look at ways to take bold stands at the United Nations with an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to ways of the past which were not working. Mr. Secretary General, the United States and the member states present today support this great reform vision.  We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world. Thank you, Mr. Secretary General.  And I look forward to advancing these shared goals in the years to come, and it is a great honor to be with you today.   Thank you.  (Applause.)  END 10:04 A.M. EDT

18 сентября, 17:50

Trump opens U.N. comments with mention of Trump World Tower

President Donald Trump told the United Nations on Monday that he sees “great potential” in it and its reform effort, just like the real estate mogul saw in his Manhattan skyscraper, Trump World Tower, located across the street from the U.N. headquarters. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., introduced the president at a session on reforming the United Nations at the U.N. General Assembly in New York with a nod to his success as a businessman. “It is now my honor to introduce someone who is no stranger to change. Donald Trump has a businessman’s eye for seeing potential, and he sees great potential — not just in the reform movement but in the United Nations itself,” Haley said. “He shares your commitment to creating a more effective advocate for peace, security and human rights. We are deeply grateful he has taken the time to be with us today. Ladies and gentlemen, President Donald J. Trump.” Trump thanked Haley for the introduction and paused for a brief applause. “I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you,” the president said, referring to Trump World Tower. “And it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.” The president, who stayed overnight in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, spoke for four minutes, reading remarks endorsing U.N. Secretary General António Guterres’ reform effort and affirming America’s commitment to the U.N. “We support your efforts to look across the entire system and to find ways the United Nations can better and be better at development, management, peace and security,” Trump said. But while the U.N. has helped advance its “truly noble goals,” he continued, it’s failed to reach its full potential in recent years “because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.” And despite a larger budget and staff since 2000, he said, member nations aren’t seeing sufficient results.“But I know that under the secretary general that’s changing, and it’s changing fast — and we’ve seen it,” Trump said, applauding Guterres for focusing “more on people and less on bureaucracy.” “Mr. Secretary General, the United States and member states present today support this great reform vision. We pledge to be partners in your work, and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.”

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16 сентября, 08:26

Saturday assorted links

1. Should Amish use smart phones? (NYT) 2. Versatile people are more likely to be self-employed. 3. Is giving money to poor people now considered morally questionable? 4. The long death of Product 19. 5. The Ig Noble economics prize goes to a study of the effect of saltwater-crocodiles on problem gamblers. The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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