Highlights of the Trump-Biden Final Debate

The second and final Trump-Biden debate took place in Nashville, Tennessee. To prevent the candidates from interrupting each other within the framework of the new rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debate , President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had two minutes of uninterrupted time to speak at the beginning of every 15-minute segment of the debate.

-It was more calm and civilized than the first debate, and it was not overlooked that President Trump went to the discussion in a more careful and prepared way.

-Covid-19 struggle, immigration reform, economy, national security, climate change racism, leadership, and family issues were discussed. Foreign Policy was not addressed, but the names of Russia, China, and North Korea were mentioned in the speeches of the candidates.
 
-Addressing systemic racism,Moderator Welker asks the President Trump and Biden about ‘The Talk.’ Also, Biden and President Trump spar about their respective histories on criminal justice.

- Moderator Kristen Welker managed the debate successfully.

- President Trump stated that Biden had not acted in his position at the White House in 8 years, while Joe Biden framed the election as a battle over the character of the nation, a reiteration of one of his major campaign themes.

-There was not a winner of the night, but Democrats believe that the winner was Joe Biden, and Republicans believe that the winner was Trump

-President Trump came on stage without a mask, Biden wearing a mask.

-Since nearly 45 million voters vote early by mail or by going to ballot boxes, and the rate of undecided voters is 3%, this final debate would not be directly elected.

In the USA, which has 250 million voters, going to the ballot box did not reach 60 percent in past elections; however, the voting rate is high in the 2020 Presidential elections. It cast 138 million votes in 2016; the number of these elections is estimated to be 170 million.

Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia visit Secretary Pompeo on Friday

On Friday, foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are scheduled to separately meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC.

Recently, Secretary Pompeo made a statement on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. "We are watching what's taking place there. We have joined our European partners, and frankly, many countries around the world to ask that there be a ceasefire as the beginning of a solution to the conflict. We've watched the reporting of civilian deaths. We've watched Turkey begin to reinforce Azerbaijan. We've asked every international player to stay out of the region, not to continue to reinforce trouble, and we're working to deliver that. We're using our diplomatic toolkit to try and achieve an outcome that gets a stand down, a ceasefire, and an outcome that is a solution based on international law."

As the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces is continuing close to the region where the natural gas and oil pipelines going from Azerbaijan to Europe are situated, this is also causing fears that it will have a serious negative impact on both a regional and global scale.

Western Media is Ignoring the Armenian Attacks  to Azerbaijan

The media, which is described as the "mainstream press" in the US, did not make headlines about many civilians' death, including children, in the ballistic missile attack Armenia organized in Ganja since last week.

Azerbaijan had begun operation on September 27. The Azerbaijan army had started a counter-offensive following attacks by the Armenian army on civilian residential areas.

Having lost its positions, the Armenian army had continued its attack on Azerbaijan's civilian settlements with artillery and missiles.

During the talks in Moscow, Armenia and Azerbaijan had decided on a humanitarian "ceasefire" on October 10 to exchange funerals and prisoners in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, Armenia broke the ceasefire three times the past ten days and continued to attack civilian areas in Azerbaijan.

President Erdogan stated that "The West isn't taking sides with Azerbaijan. A ceasefire was declared tonight, but Armenia has again violated it. The West isn't saying anything. And when Turkey says something, they say 'Look, Turkey never keeps quiet.' We will not stop. We will stand by the right and the righteous."

Biden's "Vote Early" Call

Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden called on voters in North Carolina, where he is located for the election campaign, to vote as soon as possible.

Stating that the momentum they have gained shouldn't be lost, Biden said, "Don't wait, vote today."

Close to 28 million electors in America have already cast their votes, either postally or by the determined voting centers.In North Carolina, where Biden made this call, 20 percent of the voters, 1.4 million people in other words, have already voted.

Biden has criticized what President Trump said about the coronavirus in North Carolina and stated that the number of cases was highest in recent months.

President Trump had stated at the weekend that America had overcome the threat of the virus. President Trump was in Nevada last night and according to official figures, more than 100,000 electors have already cast their votes in Nevada.

Campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said that President Trump would continue his election campaign in Nevada, followed by Arizona and North Carolina, until the televised debate in Tennessee on Thursday.

Democratic candidate Biden will be in North Carolina and Senator  Kamala Harris, the Vice-Presidential candidate of Biden, will also be in Florida on Monday.

Despite the Democrat candidate Hilary Clinton getting more votes than Trump throughout the country at the 2016 elections, Trump had become president by defeating Secretary  Clinton in the number of delegates.

In the 2016 presidential election in the US, around 153 million voters went to the polls. It is expected that this figure will be more than 160 million at these elections. However, the coronavirus pandemic is causing many people to be worried about going to vote.
 
 
What to Expect on the Final Trump-Biden Debate
 
The final debate between President Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Biden is scheduled to take place on October 22 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET in Tennessee.
 
 Topics to discuss:
 -Fighting COVID-19
 -American Families
 -Race in America 
-Climate Change 
-National Security 
-Leadership

Dr Acehan works on Turkish-American History Initiative

Turk of America interviewed Dr. Acehan,a visiting Professor at George Mason University  regarding unknown Ottoman and Turkish traces in the United States.

Why it is important to generate awareness of history between Turkey and U.S.?

Despite the long history of contact between the United States and Turkey, there is currently no operating program or initiative that promotes the history of Turkish-American relations and Turkish immigration from the Ottoman Empire/Turkey to the United States. Many other ethnic communities – such as the Italians, Irish, Chinese, Greeks, Poles, Armenians, Lebanese, and Jews – have successfully created academic centers and/or nonprofit cultural institutions that stress the bonds between their ancestral homelands and the United States, and promote the history of their contributions as immigrants. These stories help their communities balance pride in their homelands with their full participation as immigrants. The popularity of these stories strengthens bonds between the United States and the modern countries that their ancestors came from.

Can you explain further of your initiative objectives and details of the program?

We seek to establish a new program – independently or through an existing Turkish-American nonprofit organization – that will support research and serve Turkish-American communities. Through a website, online video, museum exhibitions, a newsletter, and quarterly events in Washington, D.C., it will seek to educate larger audiences about Turkish-American relations and Turkish-American immigration, both new and old. Many people do not realize that Turks started to come to the United States over a century ago, and new immigrants do not connect their stories to those of older immigrants. Even if a full center cannot be established yet, a nonprofit program would fill an enormous gap for Turkey and for Turkish-Americans.

From the Ottoman times to the Turkish Republic, Turkey and the U.S. maintained good relations in terms of trade and defense. These good relations became visible after the signing of the treaty of navigation and commerce in 1830 and that year, military, economic and political collaboration between the two states began flourishing. There are also many important stories of Turkish-American collaboration, cooperation, and contact during the 20th and 21st centuries.

This program will fill the gap created by the closing of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University and the Turkish Cultural Foundation in Washington, D.C. Other Turkish nonprofits in the United States, because of the contemporary situation, have also shifted their activities toward political work, leaving very little organized and sophisticated cultural programming. Having Dr. Isil Acehan work on this initiative at an existing Turkish nonprofit would recover the function of those programs in a way that is not overly limited by COVID-19 and that does not require complete reinvention.

What kind of activities would help to make the program successful?

At its founding, this program will seek to develop a strong online educational presence and to pursue special opportunities and grants that will help the initiative grow and support its parent organization.

The program will have a website that will explain different aspects of Turkish-American history. Through photographs, short essays, and statistics, it will explain the history of Turkish immigration to the United States. It will help visitors understand the different places in the United States that Turks immigrated to, including New York City and New Jersey, industrial Massachusetts, and Detroit. It will explain the timeframe, demographics, and unique features of Turkish immigration to the United States.

Website

The website will also contain information about major events in the history of Turkish-American relations, including the Korean War and cultural exchange programs. It will also connect the history of relations of the Ottoman Empire and the United States to Turkish-American relations after 1923.

Online video

Many of the most interesting Turkish-American stories should be told visually. As part of a new television program produced by Bahçeşehir University, called “Ottoman America,” Dr. Isil Acehan has gained experience in producing media about Turkish-American immigration. She has also established relations with people across the country who desire to tell Turkish-American stories and who often have special artifacts and knowledge. 

These stories can be told effectively in short five to ten-minute Youtube videos with an attractive branding. Effective videos will memorialize the stories from individuals who may not be alive much longer. They will also expand the audience for Turkish-American history beyond historians and scholars to regular people all over the world. These videos will also help raise the online profile of the parent organization.

Exhibitions

The program will work to develop an exhibition about Turkish immigration to the United States. Ideally, it would be opened at a major American institution like Ellis Island or the Smithsonian. However, eventually, if it were designed for portability, it could travel the country and be shown at local Turkish clubs and universities. This model was successfully pursued by the Arab American National Museum for an exhibition about the “Little Syria” neighborhood of New York City. This would be an excellent way for the sponsoring organization to build connections with its local constituents.

The program could also seek to cooperate with the U.S. State Department on funding a form of the exhibition that could travel in Turkey as well.

Newsletter

The program will maintain a newsletter that will update supporters on its activities and report about new academic and journalistic work about Turkish-American history. With support, Turkish immigrants, in places like Paterson, New Jersey, could write short articles about the histories of their local communities. Scholars who study Turkish-American history would report their accomplishments, such as published articles, dissertations, and new books. The newsletter will also include interviews with more recent immigrants to the United States from Turkey, connecting recent history to the past.

What would be your budget? How would new establishment would survive?

Although probably not functional at the start, the program would seek to establish a small grant program in the long-term. Through offering small grants and facilitating contact with Turkish universities and government institutions, the program would support the work of students and scholars in the United States and Turkey who study topics related to Turkish-American history. This does not have to focused only on academics. It could also support high school students and undergraduate students.

Who is Dr. Isil Acehan?

Dr. Isil Acehan is an historian and a researcher from Turkey. She holds an M.A and a Ph.D. degree in History from Bilkent University, Turkey. Her focuses are majorly on Ottoman immigration to the US and US-Turkey relations. Acehan received multiple scholarships and research grants to conduct her doctoral and post-doctoral research. Isil was a Fulbright visiting fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in the academic year 2006-2007. Later in the 2017-2018 period, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna, Italy. Currently, Acehan is a visiting professor at George Mason University, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. She is also a Senior Advisor at PASS Global Strategic Consultancy.

Secretary Pompeo: It's clear that the 5G tide has turned."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to highlight the importance of America's progress in developing a coalition of countries committed to building a secure global 5G network.

"It's clear that the 5G tide has turned…More than 25 EU and NATO countries are members of our clean network, pledging to use only trusted vendors, and there's more to follow. We issued a joint statement with the EU on the synergies between the clean network and the EU 5G clean toolbox. Since the adoption of the toolbox meets the criteria of being a part of the clean network, the two work well together."

Secretary Pompeo said :"We call on all freedom-loving nations and companies to join the Clean Network." The Clean network has six parameters: Clean Carrier, Clean Apps, Clean Store, Clean Cloud, Clean Cable, Clean Path.

State Department Officials continue  to visit  European countries, including EU and NATO headquarters, to discuss the growing momentum toward clean 5G infrastructure and the goal of building a Transatlantic Clean Network.

According to Pompeo, more than 40 countries and 50 telcos have joined the U.S. in the "clean network" initiative launched this summer. 

U.S. Has six programs: 

  • Clean Carrier: Make sure Chinese telecom carriers don't have access to U.S. networks.
  • Clean Store: Remove Chinese apps from U.S. mobile app stores.
  • Clean Apps: Chinese smartphone makers will not be able to pre-install any U.S. companies' apps.
  • Clean Cloud: American citizens' and businesses' data is not allowed to be stored on cloud services provided by Chinese internet companies.
  • Clean Cable: Ensure that China does not intercept communication through undersea cables.
  • Clean Path: 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, required to comply with directives of the Chinese Communist Party.

U.K ,Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, and Latvia are some of the countries who chose to allow only trusted vendors in their 5G Networks.

Secretary Pompeo on Turkey

"They make it more difficult. The fact that you have a significant amount of data in Turkey now, in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, means that we have to be even more careful. We have to ensure that our networks are secure — that is, our defense networks, our security networks; it's not only military and security networks that will be impacted by increasing activity inside of Turkey or any other country from Chinese networks. We're going to make sure and protect American data."

Huwaei In Turkey:

Huawei has been active in Turkey over 17 years and employs 1,300 staff members in Turkey. There are over 400 engineers working in Turkey focusing on 5G and artificial intelligence and other areas.

"China has invested $3 billion in Turkey between 2016 and 2019 and intends to double that by the end of next year," Stanford University's Ayca Alemdaroglu and the University of Chicago's Sultan Tepe observed in a recent Foreign Policy magazine analysis

Recommended: https://www.nato.int/docu/review/articles/2020/09/30/nato-and-the-5g-challenge/index.html

President Trump:”Feeling Great”

President Donald Trump was discharged yesterday from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.He came back to the White House shortly around 7 p.m. on Sunday , where he took off his mask and gave a thumbs up from the balcony.

President Trump, who has been under treatment at the hospital since Friday evening, posted a series of videos to show that his coronavirus infection treatment was going well and to put the public at ease.

“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami,” Trump tweeted today and he added. “It will be great!”

Symone Sanders, a senior campaign adviser to Biden spoke to CNN on the upcoming TV Debate. "We are looking forward to the debate on Oct. 15 in Miami," He  said that he is hoping that President Trump will be well enough to attend.

The President compared COVID-19 to the flu on Tuesday morning and he said  Americans "have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid."

In the video he posted on Twitter earlier President Trump said, “This is an interesting journey. I have learned a lot about COVID.”

President Trump, who is 74 years old, was being treated with dexamethasone, which is a type of cortisone. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid used in the treatment of the most severe coronavirus infection cases. Trump was also intravenously receiving a five-day course of an antiviral drug called remdesivir.

With less than one month before the presidential elections in the U.S., the infection of Trump and some of his close colleagues with COVID-19 makes the reelection of the president more difficult.

Nine neighborhoods of New York shut down again.

In a press conference, New York mayor Bill de Blasio declared that nine zip codes that have reported a more than 3% increase in new cases in the past week will be shut down starting Wednesday.In some neighborhoods of New York, schools and nonessential businesses are to be closed again due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “The decision to shut down these neighborhoods aims to prevent a bigger second COVID-19 wave by getting the situation under control.”

De Blasio added that the shutdown may last from two to four weeks and that they are closely monitoring eleven additional areas that they consider as a growing problem in the city.

According to the plan, that includes six neighborhoods in Brooklyn, two areas in Queens, and one neighborhood in Far Rockaway, where public and private schools, kindergartens, and nonessential businesses will be closed.

Restaurants will only be able to provide takeaway and delivery services.

Public schools in New York, where classes had already been postponed twice previously due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had been opened last Thursday. 

As the daily rate of increase for COVID-19 cases in the city had been below 3% since June, these areas were regarded as a safe zone where schools could be opened, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

There are more than 1,800 schools and more than 1 million students in New York, which has the most extensive school system in the U.S.

 

11 Key Takeaways from the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly

The 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly was chaired by a Turkish national for the first time. The leaders of the UN member states addressed the world via video conference due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place. The General Assembly, officially started on September 15th, will be adjourned on October 5th, although great importance was placed on the discussions of last week. On the first day, a total of 33 state leaders gave speeches that each lasted between five and 15 minutes. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing the world leaders, urged for a global ceasefire to be materialized within 100 days, before the end of 2020. 

The theme of this year’s General Assembly was:“The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism - Multilateralism in the Time of COVID-19”

Let’s have a look at 11 significant points to which we should pay attention:

- As the General Assembly Meeting was held virtual for the first time in the history of the UN, both the UN building and New York were empty. During their speeches at the UN General Assembly, country leaders introduced by their Representatives  to the United Nations.

- Among all world leaders, the leader with the most impressive video conference recording was President Trump. Trump’s team had used different cameras and features such as zoom in, zoom out, and various frames in the video shooting.

- President Trump urged the UN to hold China accountable for COVID-19, while President Erdogan re-articulated that the UN Security Council must be reformed.

- Brazilian Head of State made an interesting statement and said that they were facing a smear campaign due to the fires which broke out in the Amazon forests and added that they were condemning these attacks.

- The speeches made by the world leaders mainly focused on the combat to tackle COVID-19, and they also provided recommendations on potential areas of collaboration. During his speech, Pope Francis recommended that the vaccine should be given to those living in poverty as a priority.

- Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis offered President Erdogan to come together in order to find a mutually acceptable solution and to give diplomacy a chance while Erdogan suggested organizing a large-scale assembly meeting regarding the Eastern Mediterranean issue, which will also include Turkish Cypriot representatives as participants.

- The German Chancellor, though indirectly, supported Turkey’s “The World is Bigger than 5” discourse by advocating that the UN must be reformed. Russian Head of State argued that the five permanent members of the UN General Assembly should maintain their veto powers. French President Macron said, “United Nations is also facing chaos just as the entire world,” whereas the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the structure of the UN General Assembly.

- The President of Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev, spoke Uzbek rather than Russian when he addressed the UN General Assembly, which was the first time a President spoke Uzbek at the general assembly meeting since the independence of Uzbekistan.

- For the first time, a media center was not set up for the United Nations General Assembly. Only a very limited number of journalists were permitted to follow the general assembly meeting.

- When Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, started his speech at the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, an Indian diplomat left the room, and Azerbaijan’s Head of State, Aliyev, said: “Armenia should withdraw from Azerbaijan’s territories immediately and unconditionally.” Nigerian Head of State Issoufou Mahamadou spoke both at the UN General Assembly and at the UN Security Council, simultaneously, as a pre-recorded video was broadcast.

- That there were only 21 female heads of state from 193 member countries, a very low representation number, was not to go unnoticed.

President Trump Announces Barrett as Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump announced that he nominated Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Court judge to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat after she passed away.

After Ginsburg, considered to be among the liberal wing, passed away last week, Trump stated that he wanted to pick the new judge prior to the presidential elections that will take place on November 3rd. Days later, he announced Judge Barrett as his nominee during an official ceremony at the White House.

Remarks from President Trump:

-Apart from matters of war and peace, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the most important decision an American President can make.”

-Amy Coney Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written.

-I am supremely confident that Judge Barrett will issue rulings based solely upon a fair reading of the law.  She will defend the sacred principle of equal justice for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed.

Remarks from Judge Barrett:

I am deeply honored by the confidence that you have placed in me.(President)

If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake.  I would assume this role to serve you.

***The President’s nominee must be approved by the Senate. If Barrett is approved by the Senate, conservatives will have the majority of the seats at the Supreme Court, the highest court in the US, with six against three.

Statements from some Senate Members:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “President Trump could not have made a better decision. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD): “The president had a strong list of principled and conservative jurists from which he could have chosen, and I applaud him for his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY): “Judge Barrett is an excellent choice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is exceptionally qualified and her record demonstrates an unwavering fidelity to the Constitution.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “Judge Barrett is highly qualified in all the areas that matter – character, integrity, intellect, and judicial disposition. She is an outstanding #SupremeCourt nominee by President @realDonaldTrump.”

Who Is Judge Barrett?

Judge Barrett has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2017.  Before becoming a judge, she was Diane and M.O. Miller, II Research Chair in Law and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where her scholarship focused on constitutional and statutory interpretation and the Federal courts.  Judge Barrett has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School and the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at George Washington University Law School.  Earlier in her career, she practiced at the prestigious law firms Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin LLP and Baker Botts LLP.  Judge Barrett clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Rhodes College in Tennessee and a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she graduated first in her class.legal analysis, and generous spirit.  Judge Barrett lives in Indiana with her husband Jesse and their seven children.

 

$720 Million Worth of Humanitarian Aid from the US to Syria

The US will provide humanitarian aid worth more than 720 million US Dollars to Syria. Similarly, they will provide approximately 152 million US dollars to the Saharan region countries in Africa and around 108 million US dollars to South Sudan as humanitarian aid.

United States Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun made the statement regarding these aids during a meeting in New York, as part of the UN General Assembly. Biegun highlighted that the aid to be provided is intended for the Syrian people who are currently in a tough situation both in Syria and neighboring countries.

During the same meeting, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator John Barsa announced that the US would provide approximately 108 million US dollars in aid to tackle the humanitarian crisis currently going on in South Sudan.

Barsa also said the US will transfer nearly 152 million US dollars aid to Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania due to the issues in the Saharan region.

Biegun reported the total US aid to Syria, with the prospective ones, would amount to over 12 billion US dollars.

The US administration had enacted a new sanction with regards to the funds sent to Syrian Leader Bashar Esad, subsequent to a decision they adopted in July.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft  said the following statement:" American humanitarian leadership is unmatched and based on the compassionate generosity of the American people.  Authoritarian regimes like the PRC work only for themselves. Their inaction speaks volumes, as does their efforts to end cross-border aid delivery to Syrian civilians."

More Details: https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/09-24-2020-united-states-announces-more-720-million-additional-humanitarian-syria

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