Why Have 26 Peace Committee Activists Been Killed In Bara?

BARA: At least six volunteers of a peace committee were killed and three others were injured in firing incident in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday.
According to reports, some unknown armed men opened firing at the members of the Zakhakhel peace committee in Tirah valley, killing six volunteers and injuring three others. The security forces rushed to area and started search operation for the attackers. According to reports, the volunteers were going to Bara, when they were attacked.

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Obama’s Last Free Vacation In Greece Ignites Violent Anti-American Protests

Greek police clash with demonstrators protesting Obama’s visit to Athens (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Leftist demonstrators protesting against US President Barack Obama’s visit to Athens have clashed with police, who used tear gas to disperse the crowd as people tried to break through cordons.
Protesters run away from teargas as they clash with riot police during a demonstration against the visit of U.S President Barack Obama, in Athens, Greece, November 15, 2016. © Alkis Konstantinidis

Some 7,000 people took to the streets of central Athens on Tuesday to protest Obama’s visit to the Greek capital, Reuters reports. The demonstrators initially planned to walk all the way to the US Embassy located in another part of the city, but the procession was disrupted as protesters clashed with police officers.

We don’t need protectors!” one of the banners carried by the demonstrators read. Some could be heard exclaiming: “Yankees go home!”

One protester was seen setting an American flag on fire.

All public gatherings were banned in the central part of Athens due to Obama’s two-day visit. Riot police parked buses along Obama’s route and erected cordons.

No injuries or arrests have been reported so far, according to AP.

More than 5,000 police officers were deployed in central Athens to maintain order.

Nearly 1,000 people took part in a similar protest in Greece’s second biggest city, Thessaloniki.

Protesters are rallying against US policy that is “creating tensions” with various countries around the world, starting with China and Russia, as well as against the US attempts to “overthrow the government in Ukraine,” Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou told RT. Apart from that, protesters are blaming the US for supporting“Islamic extremists”which led to“well-known consequences.”

“While the Greek government is trying to present the visit of Obama as a visit of a peacemaker, thousands of demonstrators came onto the streets to protest US policy in [such] parts of the world from Latin America to Middle East, Afghanistan and Syria,” Chatzistefanou said.

The government was trying to present to the Greek public that Barack Obama will come and help with the austerity policy that was imposed by the Troika,” Chatzistefanou said, also adding that there is “no direct connection” between Obama’s promises and what the IMF is planning to do.

Protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration against the visit of U.S President Barack Obama, in Athens, Greece, November 15, 2016. © Alkis Konstantinidis

Notis Marias, an independent member of the European Parliament, believes that the difference in attitudes toward the US in Greece lies in the hope of the Greek parliament that President Obama might influence the EU and the IMF over the austerity measures – an idea that, however, looks rather improbable.

“Obama is an outgoing president. He is not going to be in office in two months. Trump might follow a different approach. I think that Obama can’t help Greece,” Marias told RT.

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Obama may be advocating for Greece in an effort to reach an agreement with the US regarding LNG (liquefied natural gas) that could be transferred from Texas via Greece to the Balkan region, Marias suggested.

Obama’s visit nearly coincides with Greece’s annual anti-American demonstrations carried out to commemorate a pro-democracy student protest that was harshly suppressed by military forces in 1973.

This is the first time that Obama has visited Greece during his eight years in office. Last time Greece was visited by a US president when Bill Clinton held the office in 1999. His visit also saw extensive street fighting between anarchists and riot police.

Protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration against the visit of U.S President Barack Obama, in Athens, Greece, November 15, 2016. © Alkis Konstantinidis

Authorities had to step up security measures “as the circumstances require,” with a number of protests planned, a police source told AFP earlier today.

Obama left Washington on Monday, embarking on his last trip across Europe before President-elect Donald Trump assumes his post in January 2017.

He is to spend one more day in Greece to continue the discussion of Greece’s economic situation and Europe’s migration crisis. He will then leave for Germany on Wednesday, intending to soothe concerns over Trump’s upcoming presidency.

Trump Presidency Is Obvious Reaction To Obama’s Ineptitude and Bad Judgement

Obama says he’s not responsible for Trump’s rise to power

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ATHENS — Before the election, President Obama was so confident that Donald Trump wouldn’t be elected to succeed him that he scoffed at questions about whether he was partly responsible for the Trump backlash.

“You know, talk to me if he wins. Then we’ll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it,” Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in January.

Trump did win, and Obama still isn’t sure what he would have done differently.

“I think it’s fair to say that I was surprised by the election results, and I’ve said so,” Obama said Tuesday after being reminded of the quote by NBC reporter Chris Jansing at a news conference in Athens. “I still don’t feel responsible for what the president-elect says or does. But I do feel a responsibility as president of the United States to make sure that I facilitate a good transition and I present to him as well, as the American people my best thinking, my best ideas about how you move the country forward.”

Obama attributed Trump’s victory to a vague yearning for change amid unease about globalization. And he warned against a “crude sort of nationalism” that threatens Western nations where people are anxious about growing income inequality and job loss.

“Globalization combined with technology, combined with social media and constant information, have disrupted people’s lives sometimes in very concrete ways,” he said. “But also psychologically, people are less certain of their national identities or their place in the world. It starts looking different and disorienting. And there is no doubt that that has produced populist movements both from the left and from the right in many countries in Europe.”

But Obama said he still believes his policies were the right ones.

“Last I checked, a pretty healthy majority of the American people agree with my worldview on a lot of things,” he said. “And I know that that begs the question, well, how is it that somebody who appears to have a very different world view just got elected? As I said, sometimes people just feel as if we want to try something to see if we can shake things up.”

Obama has been largely deferential to the president-elect since the election — a remarkable turnaround from his campaign rhetoric in which he called Trump “dangerous” and “unfit for the presidency.”

But on Tuesday, he seemed to differentiate between the Trump presidency — which he’s constitutionally obligated to accede to — and Trump’s rhetoric, which he called “pretty troubling and not necessarily connected to facts.”

Obama promised that he would speak out when he believes the Republican Party is wrong, even as he pledged to work with them “on things that I think will advance the causes of justice and prosperity and inclusiveness in America.”

Obama spoke at a press conference in Athens, where he began a three-city foreign tour the week after Trump’s upset victory. And he used the European experiment as an example, even as he engaged in a mission to try to reassure European leaders that Trump’s election would not alter the U.S. commitment to economic and political cooperation.

“We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up and emphasizing their differences,” Obama said. “The 20th century was  a bloodbath. And for all the frustrations and failures of the project to unify Europe, the last five decades have been a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity in Europe.”

“History doesn’t move in a straight line,” Obama said. “It zigs and zags.”

China Announces That Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Ready For War–Sister Ship to Adm. Kuznetsov

[Russian navy commander in the aircraft carrier Liaoning Nov. 11, 2016]

Aircraft carrier the Liaoning ready for battle at any time: senior officer

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China’s first aircraft carrier the Liaoning recently left a shipyard in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province to start a new training mission, with the political commissar of the carrier saying it is constantly prepared for war.

Li Dongyou, the political commissar of the Liaoning, told the Global Times that “As a military force, we are always prepared for war and our combat capacity also needs to be tested by war. At this moment, we are doing our best to promote our strength and use it to prevent war, and are prepared for actual combat at any time.”

The Liaoning as the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Surface Force, has always been described as a surface platform for tests and training by the PLA’s official media, but now it has formally been described as having a real combat capacity.

Three US senior officers and military commanders have visited the Liaoning in the past, the 24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the 30th and the 31st Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert and Admiral John M. Richardson

“As a combat platform, regarding technology and capability to execute missions, China still lags behind the US, but three high-ranking US officials who visited the Liaoning before all gave a positive evaluation on the management affairs on the carrier: officers and soldiers’ daily lives and training are well organized and the equipment maintenance is fine” Li said.