Human Rights Activist Slams Step Trump Defends Guantanamo Prison

Rights groups denounced President Donald Trump's decision to defend US military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba

"I keep my promise," Trump said in a speech to Congress on Tuesday (30/1) after signing the executive order. The move canceled a presidential decree containing a plan for closure of the facility, issued by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Trump says such facilities are important to ensure America has all the forces necessary to hold terrorists in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda.

According to a new presidential decree, America can transport additional prisoners to the Guantanamo Bay Navy Base if it is legal and necessary to protect the country. "The order also calls for Defense Minister Jim Mattis to draft a 90-day policy on how to handle and move people arrested in connection with an armed conflict.

Noor Zafar of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has represented Guantanamo detainees in federal court, told the VOA this is another anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamic phobia that he uses to instigate a support base Trum.

Zafar who wants the prison to be closed d detained or freed, said the president's view of who was classified as a terrorist was explicitly and clearly based on a person's religious and ethnic identity.

He compared Trump's different reaction to violence in Las Vegas in August 2017 with an attack on New York in October 2017. In Las Vegas, then, a white man killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds of people watching a music festival. While in New York in October 2017, a Muslim man killed eight people and wounded dozens of others by crashing a truck on bike lanes and on foot. The man was a supporter of ISIS.

Noor Zafar said, "If it was a violent white man, there was no call to call himself a terrorist. But if it's a colored or Muslim, it will soon be branded as a terrorist, and the president will deprive all of his constitutional rights and send him to Guantanamo. "

" I think it shows bad intentions and disguised President Trump's intentions, " he added.

During the Trump campaign he said he wanted to defend Guantanamo and fill it with the bad guys. [ps/jm]

North Korean Step Brother Meets US Citizens Before Murder

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met an American citizen in Malaysia four days before he was shockingly killed, a police official said in his testimony at the trial on Monday.

Kim Jong Nam visited the island Langkawi, the location of tourism off the west coast of Malaysia, before meeting an American on February 9, said chief investigator Wan Azirul Nizam to the trial.

But Nizam can not confirm the hotel or the American's name.

"Until now, the identity of the US citizen can not be obtained," he said.

A computer forensic report from the police showed Jong Nam's last laptop was used on the same day and a USB drive was connected four days before he died on February 13, two women smeared Jong Nam's face with VX's agent as he waited for the plane to fly to Macau.

The Malaysian investigator pronounce four suspects who have not been identified in the murders are still free. The lawyers for the two women said they thought they were taking part in a reality show on a television station.

South Korean intelligence agency said Jong Nam was the target of a murder plan ordered by his sister.

Kim Jong Nam, not liked by his father who is also Kim Jong Un's father, the late Kim Jong Il, in 2011. Jong Nam was caught trying to enter Japan with a fake passport to visit Disneyland in Tokyo. [ps/jm]

Trump Calls Anti-Abortion Step in Front of 'March for Life' Participant

President Donald Trump Friday called every child a valuable gift from God, and said his administration would defend the right of fetal life while addressing pro-life activists gathered to mark the 45th March for Life on Friday 19/1).

His speech from Rose Garden, the White House, was broadcast by satellite to a giant TV screen in front of hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters participating in the March for Life.

Whilst surrounded by rally participants, Trump says his government will always defend the first right of the Declaration of Independence, and it is the right to live.

Previously, Trump proclaimed January 19th as "The Day of Purification of National Life".

The White House released a statement Friday saying that the Department Health (HHS) will propose restrictions on the use of tax funds for groups that practice discriminatory policies

H HS will also protect Americans who have religious or moral beliefs associated with certain health services, and realize that Americans should not be discriminated against in their religious and moral beliefs when participating in such health services. [ps/jm]

US Secretary of State asks Pakistan to step up efforts to combat militants and terrorists

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday urged Pakistan to double efforts against militants and terrorists operating in its territory. He emphasized the role of Islamabad to cooperate with Washington to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

Mattis makes a one-day visit in Pakistan and meets with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting was also attended by Pakistani national intelligence chief and security adviser.

Mattis left Pakistan with confidence and optimism, according to senior defense officials, who described the meeting as "straightforward" and "focused on rebuilding trust".

The United States after the meeting said Mattis acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifice in the war against terrorism and called for increased efforts towards regional stability and security. [ds]