US: Sessions hits back Trump

The US attorney general Jeff Sessions has rebuke criticisms made by president Donald Trump over Russian meddling inquiry lead by Special Counsel Robert Muller.

He said: “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” he said in a statement.

“I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action.”

President Trump gives an interview to Fox and Friends. He said:

“As I’ve said I wanted to stay uninvolved. But when everybody see’s what going on in the justice department I always put justice now with quotes.

“It’s a very, very sad day. Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done. Or he should have told me.

“Even my enemies say that Jeff Sessions should have told you that he was going to recuse himself, and then you wouldn’t have put him in. He took the job and then he said I’m going to recuse myself. I said: ‘What kind of a man is this?’

“And by the way he was on the campaign. You know the only reason I gave him the job? Because I felt loyalty, he was an original supporter. He was on the campaign. He knows there was no collusion. And what’s come out of Manafort, no collusion. What’s come out of Michael Cohen, no collusion.”

Conclusion: Confusion in Washington?

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Australia: Turnbull faces another leadership contest today

The sun is rises, but leadership crisis continues in Australia. The former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will proposes a new leadership spill to defeat Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He needs 43 signatures from Liberals MPs. Australian newspapers like The Age and Sydney Morning Herald want a snap election to avoid another political crisis. More developments as soon as possible.

Turkey-US crisis: Washington imposes sanctions to Ancara over American Pastor jailed

In unprecedent move, US government has imposes sanctions to Turkey in cause of  prison of American pastor Andrew Brunson. It’s a first time of Nato countries row itself.

“We believe he’s a victim of unfair and unjust detention,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Turkey has said US demands for Mr Brunson’s release are “unacceptable”, adding it will respond to “hostility”.

“We call on the US administration to row back from this wrong decision,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Without delay, there will be a response to this aggressive attitude that will not serve any purpose,” it continued.

Speaking to reporters earlier, Sanders said: “We’ve seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong.”

She added that the two Turkish ministers had both played “leading roles” in the arrest of the US pastor.

“As a result, any property or interest in property of both ministers within US jurisdiction is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them,” she said.

Sanders also said that President Trump had discussed the matter with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “multiple times”.

The US treasury department later said in a statement that Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu were targeted because they “serve as leaders of Turkish government organisations responsible for implementing Turkey’s serious human rights abuses”.

Last week, President Trump warned Turkey it would face “large sanctions” if it did not release Mr Brunson immediately.

In stock markets, Turkish Lira has plummeted their currency value 1.6% today.

Conclusion: The row among strong leaders for nothing.

South Africa: Ramaphosa vows to constitution changes for land expropriation

The South African president Cyril Ramaphosa makes a record speech which vows to change the constitution to allow land expropriation from white farmers to black workers.

Ramaphosa said the ruling ANC will “finalise a proposed amendment” allowing the move.

He said the reform was “of critical importance” to the economy.

The fear of land expropriation creates tension between white farmers and black workers has increase such as land grabs made in Zimbabwe in 2000 by former leader Robert Mugabe.

In the video, Mr Ramaphosa said that a “proper reading” of the constitution allowed expropriation of land without compensation “in the public interest”.

The ANC would go “through the parliamentary process” with the amendment.

However, he said it had become “patently clear” that the people want the constitution to be “more explicit” on the matter.

“This is the constitutional democracy that we fought for,” the president said.

“We call on all South Africans to work with us on developing a social compact for economic inclusion, economic growth and jobs for all.”

Conclusion: This is a trouble way to make democracy in South Africa

 

World affairs: Facebook ‘being investigated by FTC for Cambridge Analytica scandal

After British TV Channel 4 made an undercover investigation over British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica for use of 50 million facebook users data to rig polls across the globe including US presidential poll in 2016.

Facebook could be investigate by US Federal Trade Commission for this data breach.

British and European parliaments have called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give a testimony over that.

According to Bloomberg, Zuckerberg not taken part on emergencial meeting on Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley. He’s keep quiet over that.

Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix was suspended by the firm today.

US-Russia: US government punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

After months of deadlock. US government announces a new round of sanctions against Russia over US2016 election meddling. It include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of “destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure”.

He said the sanctions would target “ongoing nefarious attacks” by Russia.

Five insititutions like Russian Military Intelligence Agence GRU and Internet Research Agency led by oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin

Otherwise, Russian officials has criticises it.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow was calm about the new sanctions, according to Interfax news agency.

Mr Ryabkov said Moscow had already begun drawing up retaliatory measures.

Meanwhile Mr Prigozhin said he was unconcerned by the sanctions on him because he did not have any business interests linked to the US, Russian media reported.

“I have been sanctioned maybe three or four times – I’m tired of counting, I can’t remember. I don’t have any business in the United States or with Americans. I’m not worried by this. Except that now I will stop going to McDonald’s,” he was quoted as saying by RIA news agency.

World affairs: US cautious over North Korea nuclear disarmament

After South Korean envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for 4-hour dinner. Seoul hails it saying Pyongyang is already for talks over their nuclear programme. But US still cautious over that.

The US president Donald Trump said “the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive”, but also said it might be a “false hope”.

South Korea earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Monday.

Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.

Trump opinion:

Speaking to reporters at Washington’s Oval Office, he said: “We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea.

“The statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive. That would be a great thing for the world.”

North Korea says:

The North’s KCNA news agency said Mr Kim had “warmly welcomed” the delegates and held an “openhearted talk” with them.

It said the dinner took place “in a warm atmosphere overflowing with compatriotic feelings”.

What’s next

South Korea and North Korea has agreed to hold a summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in in April for that.