President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Sameera Fazili of Kashmiri origin as the Deputy Director of the Nationwide Financial Council. Previously, Sameera Fazili has served as the Director of Engagement for Neighborhood and Financial Improvement at the Federal Reserve Financial institution of Atlanta.
The matter of problem, nevertheless, is that Fazili appears to be a member of Stand With Kashmir, an Islamist business that is a proponent of Kashmiri Separatism. In August 2019, pursuing the abrogation of Post 370, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) launched her as a member of SWK.
She reported in a assertion, “We urge individuals of conscience to come out and demonstrate help and solidarity for the people of Kashmir as authoritarianism and Islamophobia rise all around the globe, from India to the United States to Europe. Appear show your aid for human legal rights, worldwide regulation, and democracy.”
Stand With Kashmir (SWK) is a “Kashmiri diaspora-pushed independent global citizen grassroots group committed to standing in solidarity with the persons of Kashmir in ending the occupation and supporting their appropriate to self-willpower.”
The business thinks “any proposed resolutions must foreground Kashmiri aspirations. We condemn the use of Islamophobia to undermine Kashmiri aspirations for freedom.” It also phone calls the presence of the Indian military in Kashmir an ‘occupation’. There are indications as very well that the business may perhaps have Pakistani backing.
SWK recently tweeted about the dying of Riyaz Naikoo in an come across and did not hassle to mention that he was, in point, a senior commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. SWK also phone calls Asiya Andrabi a ‘sociopolitical activist’ despite her recognized one-way links to terrorists. In point, they have a extended background of supporting terrorists, which includes Yasin Malik who is connected with the Enable, an Islamic terrorist outfit banned beneath US law as nicely.
One more appointment that may possibly elevate a few eyebrows for those people in India, and is a subject of much a lot more worry, is Biden’s decide on for CIA Director. William J Burns, the president of the Carnegie Endowment, has been picked to head the CIA. His sights on Narendra Modi and Kashmir are worth using into thought.
As lately as February 2020, Burns wrote in an report for The Atlantic, “After a resounding reelection previous spring, Modi has struggled with India’s most extreme economic slowdown in 3 decades. Lacking a compelling system for the economic system, he has doubled down on the a person set of difficulties for which the BJP has a extremely clear and unified vision: Hindu majoritarianism. With coercive pressure and scant regard for constitutional limitations, Modi’s authorities has place its Hindu chauvinism on comprehensive display screen.”
He continued, “His govt has pushed a new citizenship regulation that discriminates from Muslims seeking refuge in India, and has fed tensions over disputed spiritual web sites. Pressures versus significant journalists and teachers have increased. The BJP has run into political problems in condition and community elections, but its national opposition, the Congress Get together, is a shell of its previous self, and the courts and civil society are on the defensive.”
Burns went so much as to say that a “battle for the notion of India is under way” in between the “tolerant constitutional convictions of its founders and the harsher Hindu majoritarianism that has lurked beneath the area.” Before in November 2019, he experienced mentioned that India must ‘pay attention’ to concerns in Washington regarding Jammu & Kashmir.
3 extra towns evacuated on La Palma amid volcanic eruption
olidaymakers in La Palma have been evacuated from 3 extra cities on the Spanish island due to an volcanic eruption.
Vacationers and residents in Tajuya, Tacande de Abajo were ordered to leave by Spanish authorities on Friday.
Firefighters were pressured to retreat as explosions received additional rigorous and airlines cancelled flights owing to a enormous cloud of gasoline and ash.
Videos shared on social media showed a large shockwave emanating out from the eruption web page.
Hearth crews pulled out of thoroughly clean-up operate in the town of Todoque on Friday afternoon as a new vent opened up in the flank of the volcano.
“The volcano is in a recently explosive section. Firefighters will not run any more right now,” the Tenerife fire company tweeted immediately after remaining deployed to aid on La Palma.
No critical injuries or fatalities have been noted but 15 per cent of the island’s economically crucial banana crop could be at chance, jeopardising countless numbers of work.
Neighborhood Canary Islands carrier Binter reported on Friday it had cancelled all flights to La Palma due to the volcano eruption.
Spanish airline Iberia cancelled its only flight scheduled for the day and one more community airline Canaryfly also suspended its functions.
Binter claimed in an statement it was pressured to halt its functions to and from La Palma as the ash cloud generated by the volcano had worsened considerably in the very last handful of hours.
The regional airline, which experienced to begin with only cancelled night flights, said it did not have a time body to resume operations.
It has begun to drift northeast toward the Mediterranean and Spanish mainland, the AEMET national weather agency verified.
Airspace higher than the island remains open aside from two small parts near the eruption web site.
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