Ali Cinar

Ali Cinar

Key Takeaways from the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention was held for four days  on a virtual platform due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Very few of the Democrats, who came to Wisconsin Center from various states around the country, were accepted in, and a limited number of events and conferences took place due to Coronavirus The Democratic National Convention was hosted by Eva Longoria, the famous American actress, and producer.

The main themes of the speeches made at the Democratic National Convention were the pandemic, discrimination, and the country's deteriorating economy. Democrats claimed that President Trump, who underestimated the virus, was responsible for the current situation. Democratic Presidential Candidarte Joe Biden took the floor on the last day of the Convention. And both Biden and Harris' nominations were officially approved. It was stated that the 4-day Convention was viewed by 122 million (85 million on TV and 35 million online) and that $70 million was raised during the event.

In his 22-minutes speech, Joe Biden stated that the country is currently going through a dark period, and he would end this period and reunite the public if he is elected.

Stating that President Trump caused 'Too much anger, too much fear, too much division' in the county, Biden said. "Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I'll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It's time for people to come together. We can and will overcome this season of darkness in America. I am a proud Democrat, and I will be proud to carry our party's banner into the general election. So, it is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America."

Highlights from the Speakers at the DNC Convention:

VP Candidate-Senator Kamal Harris, "Things get better when we vote."

President Carter, "Joe will unite us."

President Barack Obama: "Don't let them take away your democracy, your power."

President Bill Clinton: "Trump does not work. If you want a president who spends his time on social media and watching television instead of working, he is the one you are looking for."

First Lady Michelle Obama: "If Trump gets reelected, everything will go even worse for the country."

Secretary Hillary Clinton: Most of all, no matter what, vote. And convince everyone you know to vote.

Secretary John Kerry: "Trump is destroying the relations we have with our allies."

General Colin Powell: "Joe Biden will show his leadership from day one."

Jill Biden: "We need honest leadership, worthy of our nation."

Governor Cuomo: "Trump made the virus political.

Senator Sanders called the left-wing voters to vote for Biden and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez presented Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.

U.S. Envoy to Syria will be in Turkey this week.

U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey and Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn will go to Switzerland and Turkey for official visits. During the visit, which will take place August 22-28, the two diplomats will first go to Geneva and attend the Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings that are to start on August 24.

The purpose of the visit is to hold official talks on the constitutional reform process in Syria, conducted under the leadership of Syria, and under the United Nations' auspices.

Ambassador Jeffrey will meet with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and other members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee and some other diplomats.

Syrian Constitutional Commission Reunites

The U.S is not directly involved in the commission established under the supervision of the UN. However, U.S. officials aim to support the work of the commission established by the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 to resolve the political disputes in Syria.

According to the statement made by the U.S. Department of State, former U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, James Jeffrey will meet the representatives of Syrian opposition groups and Syrian NGOs in Istanbul on August 26 to evaluate the latest situation in Syria.

Ambassador Jeffrey will go to Ankara on August 27-28. It is stated that Jeffrey will meet senior Turkish officials, during which they are expected to discuss the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

It was noted in the statement of the U.S. Department of State that Jeffrey would also discuss the continuation of the fight against ISIS and other regional issues with Turkish officials.

Secretary Pompeo; United States demands 'snapback' of measures at UNSC

The U.S will activate the "snapback" mechanism that has recently brought up to the international agenda, to unilaterally re-implement the expired sanctions against Iran.

The Trump administration, having withdrawn in 2018 from the international agreement that covered Iran's nuclear program, has no backing from UN Members in their  "snapback" move.

Following lengthy negotiations, Germany, along with the permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain, had signed a historic agreement with Iran in 2015 on its nuclear program.

In the agreement, it was decided that the UN would lift international sanctions against Iran in return for the Tehran government's promise not to manufacture nuclear weapons.

According to the agreement, the conventional arms embargo on Iran will expire on October 18, officially named as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and entered into force with the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

After failing to convince the UN Security Council members about prolonging the agreement, the Trump administration brought the "snap back mechanism into the light to try their chances again.

During his presidency, President Barack Obama included the "snapback" mechanism in the agreement to re-enforce all of the previous sanctions in case of Iran violating its provisions.

Unlike other UN Security Council resolutions, this mechanism does not entitle the five permanent members the right of veto.

Resolution 2231 also gives any signatory country of the agreement the right to make a complaint that another treaty participant violated the rules. The use of this right by a state starts a 30-day process for the Security Council to create a new decision that will altogether remove all sanctions in force under the agreement.

U.S.  also took the official step to start this process. According to the agreement, the country receiving the said step has the right to veto the new decision to be taken by the Security Council within 30 days. Therefore, the right to reintroduce all sanctions under the current conditions.

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at United Nations:

“I notified them that the United States is initiating the restoration of virtually all UN sanctions on Iran lifted under UN Security Council Resolution 2231.  This process will lead to those sanctions coming back into effect 30 days from today. Our message is very, very simple: the United States will never allow the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to freely buy and sell planes, tanks, missiles, and other kinds of conventional weapons.  These UN sanctions will continue the arms embargo.”

“Our actions today too should come as no surprise to anyone.  Our team has made every diplomatic effort over now almost two years to renew this arms embargo.  I want to thank the Dominican Republic for standing with us in this effort. 

“Our friends in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom – the E3 – all told me privately that they don’t want the arms embargo lifted either.We call on the international community to join us in crafting a stronger deal that addresses the full range of Iran’s malign behavior, and protects people of all nations that simply want to live free from Iranian predation. “

NYC Mayor Blasio: "Planning to Lay Off 22,000 Public Workers on Oct 1st"

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was moving forward with "painfully real" plans to lay off 22,000 public workers on October 1 unless another source of cash comes through.

"The overwhelming cost of local government is the staff. Where we put our money is to provide services to New Yorkers, whether they're first responders, health care workers, sanitation workers, educators, you name it. "

"If you're going to keep cutting and cutting, it has to at some come to the staff. It's just pure logic of budgets, and it's a very sad logic. I don't like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. The number 22,000 is painfully real," he said.

"Every single agency will experience cuts, every single agency will have to save a lot of money, and generally it will be through layoffs."
 
* Politico was the first media outlet who learned the lay off plan in NYC.


Opposing NYPD Officers to live in the 5 Boroughs

NYC Mayor Blasio also said he would oppose requiring NYPD officers to live in the five boroughs, as most other city workers are required to do because of the high housing cost.

A slight majority of police officers live outside the city. The NYPD's civilian employees, however, are covered by residency requirements, and 94% of them live in the five boroughs, according to data obtained by Streetsblog.
 
NYC Budget is 92.5 billion dollars
 
On April 25, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio released the Executive Budget for Fiscal 2020. The budget totals $92.5 billion, representing approximately a $258 million increase over the $92.2 billion Preliminary Budget that was released in February. 
 
NYC is facing almost 9 trillion dollars budget deficit this year
 
 
NYPD Budget is 6 billion dollars
 
NYC Mayor  recently announced a $1 billion cut to the NYPD while maintaining patrol strength and focus on safety.
 
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