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За океаном состоялся второй матч полуфинальной серии Кубка Стэнли между “Сент-Луис Блюз” и “Сан-Хосе Шаркс”. Встреча завершилась со счетом 4:2 в пользу “блюзменов”. Вклад в победу своего клуба внес и российский нападающий Владимир Тарасенко.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): The Global Security Review from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): Russia News: Вести.Ru: Тарасенко помог “Сент-Луису” сравнять счет в серии с “Сан-Хосе”

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За океаном состоялся второй матч полуфинальной серии Кубка Стэнли между “Сент-Луис Блюз” и “Сан-Хосе Шаркс”. Встреча завершилась со счетом 4:2 в пользу “блюзменов”. Вклад в победу своего клуба внес и российский нападающий Владимир Тарасенко.

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The Trump Investigations Report – Review Of News And Opinions: “barr to investigate fbi” – Google News: Barr appoints Connecticut federal prosecutor to probe beginning of Rus – News965

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Barr appoints Connecticut federal prosecutor to probe beginning of Rus  News965

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General William Barr has appointed Connecticut’s top federal prosecutor to investigate how the Russia probe started, according …

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (85 sites): “2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Trump lawyers welcome report of third probe of Russia investigation – NBCNews.com

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Trump lawyers welcome report of third probe of Russia investigation  NBCNews.com

Attorney General William Barr told Congress last month that he thought federal authorities had likely spied on the Trump presidential campaign.

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Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (85 sites): “2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Trump lawyers welcome report of third probe of Russia investigation – NBCNews.com

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Trump lawyers welcome report of third probe of Russia investigation  NBCNews.com

Attorney General William Barr told Congress last month that he thought federal authorities had likely spied on the Trump presidential campaign.

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Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): “counterintelligence fbi” – Google News: Attorney general opens probe of Russia inquiry – Laredo Morning Times

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Attorney general opens probe of Russia inquiry  Laredo Morning Times

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): Eurasia Review: Sri Lankan Attacks And Inter-Communal Relations – Analysis

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The recent Sri Lankan attacks risk stigmatising the Muslim community in Sri Lanka while reshaping the fragile inter-communal relations in new ways.

By Paul Hedges and Jude Lal Fernando*

Sri Lanka has had a turbulent history in recent centuries, especially over the last few decades. This has often been linked to rivalries between communities perceived to be different by either, or both, religion and ethnicity.

The tensions arising have fluctuated over time, and the recent
attacks potentially may cause a new arrangement of tensions and communal
divisions in this context. We can look historically to help understand
the current context.

Colonial Context

Muslims had been in Sri Lanka long before Western colonialism and had
relatively good relations with the local population. Practising a
traditional form of South Asian Islam, they integrated readily to the
local context. After European colonialism arrived, with waves of
Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule over the island, antagonism between
Buddhists and Christians developed.

At first, it appears that the Buddhists were welcoming of the
Christians. However, the openness they exhibited was not reciprocated,
and by the late 19th century fierce polemics and debates arose, with
Buddhist spokespeople in some famous debates eventually defeating their
Christian opponents. The colonial nexus also gave rise to a growing
Sinhala Buddhist nationalism focused on Sri Lanka as the “isle of
dharma”, the place where true Buddhism was found and protected.

These Sinhala Buddhist nationalist sentiments were part of the
discourse as Sri Lanka attained independence, but it was first
established as a secular state with the majority Sinhalese and the
largest minority, the Tamils, being equal partners in the nation state.
However, in due course, the Sinhalese nationalists attained ascendency
and the country’s constitution changed to reflect a strong bias for the
Sinhalese.

Tamil-Sinhalese Conflict

This Sinhalese bias led to growing tensions with the Tamils and in
due course a civil war in which the Tamil Tigers sought to create an
independent state on the island. While the Sinhalese were predominantly
Buddhist and the Tamils predominantly Hindus, the Tamil Tigers did not
see their fight as a religious conflict but as a secular one.

Many Tamils were also Christians and Muslims who largely sided with
the Sinhalese, but nevertheless they fought and died on both sides.
Moreover, extreme nationalists on the Sinhalese side portrayed the civil
war as an existential threat to the Buddhist tradition, and the
Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism was often highlighted, including by some
monks who even urged warfare in the name of Buddhism to protect the sasana, or tradition.

With the end of the civil war in 2009, the communal tensions took a
new turn. This was initially primarily against the Christians who were
perceived as seeking to engage in aggressive missionary campaigns
against the Buddhists. This returned to motifs of the colonial period
with Western Christians perceived as a threat to the true lineage of
Buddhism found in Sri Lanka. However, it was not long before anti-Muslim
feeling arose, promoted by a number of extremist Sinhalese Buddhist
nationalist groups.

Buddhist-Muslim Tensions

The campaign against Muslims was partly fuelled by the global “war on
terror” which was often perceived to be against Islam, with Muslims
often framed as an aggressive force. Memories of what was seen as the
destruction of Buddhism in South Asia under Muslim invaders played into
this.

However, it was the contemporary context which fuelled the
narratives, with some rhetoric suggesting an existential threat to the sasana from Muslims who were alleged to be trying to take over the island and threaten Buddhism to the core.

It should be noted that little credible rationale lay behind this.
Some accusations were socio-economically motivated with Muslim traders
who have been successful in business often being seen as having
advantages or success over Buddhists, prompting some rivalry. Also, the
notion of what is termed “love jihad” was invoked in which it was
suggested that Muslims were seeking to marry Buddhist women to take over
demographically, despite no evidence of any such campaign. The Muslims
are a small minority of about ten percent of the population.

It may be noted that the Sri Lankan Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism
has been often transferred in many ways to such contexts as Myanmar and
Thailand, stoking anti-Muslim sentiment there. Meanwhile, current
tensions in those countries feedback to Sri Lanka.

Christian-Muslim Accord

Importantly, the rhetoric against Christians and Muslims have often
seen them seeking common ground against the Buddhist Sinhalese
nationalists in Sri Lanka. While it may be too much to speak about a
common front, the communal tensions have seen these two communities
being closer against threats from the majority Sinhalese society. The
recent bomb attacks in Sri Lanka have threatened this situation.

The Sinhalese Buddhists, many of whom we should note reject the
extreme Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism of more militant groups, have
come with the hand of friendship to the Christians. The Sinhalese may
seek to present themselves as the protectors of the Christians and hence
drawing a divide of suspicion and mistrust between the Christians and
Muslims.

Dangers of Inter-Communal Divisions

For a decade, Sri Lanka has seen relative peace and the recent
attacks on churches and major hotels were certainly not expected. It may
well be the intention of the attackers to seek to create these fault
lines in what are the admittedly somewhat fragile communal ties between
Christians and Muslims.

If Muslims in Sri Lanka see themselves as beleaguered and regarded
with suspicion by both Buddhists and Christians, then they could become
isolated and more amenable to militant discourse. Certainly, they have
been subject to Saudi-led Wahhabi influences in recent decades, and some
have turned as a result from the more traditional Islam of Sri Lanka to
a more militant brand.

It may therefore be an attempt by those involved to open a new field
for recruitment and potential conflict, especially given ISIS’
territorial losses and its need to give itself credibility and relevance
in this situation.

The affiliation of the attackers, while part of a local
Wahhabi-influenced group known as the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ),
seems credibly linked to ISIS. The reshaping of communal relations could
be a result of this influence and is something which those on the
ground in Sri Lanka need to ensure does not occur.

The Muslim community seems keen to show their abhorrence of these
attacks and it is hoped that they do not become stigmatised as a
consequence of them. It may also lead local Muslims to seek the roots of
their own traditional Islam amid the influence of hard-liners.

*Jude Lal Fernando PhD is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. He brings praxis-based experience to the academic context in the fields of interreligious studies and international peace studies.

*Paul Hedges PhD is Associate Professor in Interreligious Studies for the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

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Russia News: Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Венесуэла обвинила США в нарушении международного права

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Власти Венесуэлы обвинили США в нарушении международного права после того, как американские полицейские попытались проникнуть в посольство республики в Вашингтоне. Об этом сообщает РИА “Новости”.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): Eurasia Review: Scaling Up India-Vietnam Ties – Analysis

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Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu paid a 4-day official visit to Vietnam from 9 to 12 May, which aimed at enhancing India’s comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam. It is common knowledge that India-Vietnam partnership has stood the test of time.

Besides interactions with top political leaders of Vietnam, Naidu took time to address the Indian community at an event and hailed the relationship between the two countries. Among his engagements, Naidu held meetings with his Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairwoman of National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Naidu delivered the keynote address at the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Vietnam’s Ha Nam Province. The event was themed as “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”.

While interacting with the Chairwoman of National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Naidu stressed the importance of regular exchanges of visits between Parliamentarians via India-Vietnam Parliamentary Group to promote better understanding and strengthening legislative cooperation between the two nations.

In order to deepen the human relationship and reflecting the historical bond that exists between the two countries, an event under the ‘India for Humanity’ initiative launched to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organized in Vietnam wherein Naidu met the Vietnamese beneficiaries of the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp. The organization of such events is a reflection of the fact that India-Vietnam relations built on a firm foundation of close cultural, historical and civilizational links and are marked by mutual trust and understanding as well as strong cooperation in regional and international fora.

Regular exchange of visits by top political leaders from either country led bilateral ties to be elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2016 visit to Vietnam. Naidu’s visit followed a series of high-level exchanges in 2018 including the visits of Prime Minister in January 2018 and President in March 2018 of Vietnam to India. These exchanges have resulted in robust cooperation in several areas, expanded defence and security ties, forged new economic and commercial linkages and deepened people-to-people engagement. The two sides share a common desire to promote peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Of the approximate 30 million Indians settled in over 70 countries, the number of Indians settled in Vietnam may look small but their role as India’s cultural ambassadors is of immense value. As of 2011, their number totaled about 2,000, mainly in Ho Chi Minh City. This number has risen to about 2,900. Prior to the Vietnam War, there was a vibrant Indian community consisting of primarily Tamils, and especially the Chettiars.

Reaching out to Indians overseas has emerged as an important instrument of India’s foreign policy. Top political leaders visiting foreign countries officially have often interacted with the Indian diaspora, which is why while addressing Indian Community and Friends of India in Hanoi, Naidu stressed Indian government’s priority has been to reach out to the Indian community overseas. Naidu appealed to the Indian diaspora in Vietnam to cherish their roots and carry the message of India to the world. This historic relationship has been built and nurtured premised on trust and goodwill by successive generation of leaders.

While having wide-ranging talks with his counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation, Naidu reiterated the importance of building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region based on respect for national sovereignty and international law. The strong bilateral relationship between the two countries is based on mutual trust, understanding, convergence of views on regional and international issues. Affirming their stand a day after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its military muscle was therefore significant.

Indeed, Vietnam is a strategic pillar of India’s Act East Policy and India’s key interlocutor in ASEAN and therefore both the countries desire that the concerned countries are able to reach consensus on a Code of Conduct in South China Sea. As highlighted by Prime Minister in June 2018 in his speech at the Sangri La Dialogue, India remains committed to the principle of an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture based on freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded economic activities and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the international law.

The Indo-Pacific is a bio-geographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. The US has conducted a series of “freedom of navigation” exercises in the disputed South China Sea, triggering protests from Beijing over what it says is infringement of sovereignty. While China claims this oceanic space almost in its entirety, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have contending claims on areas falling in their exclusive economic zones.

At the bilateral level, ties have assumed robustness in many areas making the relationship multifaceted. Both the countries are strengthening cooperation in defence and security, peaceful uses of atomic energy and outer space, science and technology, oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure development, agriculture and innovation-based sectors.

In the field of economy, bilateral trade stands at present at $14 billion. It doubled from $7.8 billion three years ago. Both have put a target to reach at $15 billion by 2020. Given the past trend, it seems to be achievable.

Connectivity has remained an issue for quite some time. At the moment, there is no direct flight between New Delhi and Hanoi. Research done by potential airlines led to the finding that it was not commercially viable. However, direct air connectivity between the two capitals could be a possibility with the Indian carrier Indigo deciding to start direct flight between the two capitals later in 2019. When materialized, both would have crossed another frontier as this would further boost trade and tourism exchanges.

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