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USA: Judge Amy Coney Barrett nominated to replace Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader GinsburgWashington DC, Sept.29 (– Judge Ginsburg died last September 18 after a long and distiguished career. Following his constitutional duties, President Trumpo nominated Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Judge Ginsburg.

Judge Barrett was nominaed to the US Court of Appeals on May 8, 2017 and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend her appointment. On October 31 she was confirmed by the Senate with a bipartisan 55-43 vote in her favor. During the Judiciary Committee meeting she was questioned about her religious beliefs and she answered: "My personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge". Facing other questions she further stated that: "It is never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions, whether they arise from faith or anywhere else, on the law." Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Barrett identifies as an originalist. She is a constitutional scholar with expertise in statutory interpretation. Barrett was judicial law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. She has spoken and written of her admiration of Scalia's close attention to the text of statutes, and praised his adherence to originalism.

In July 2018, after Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement, she was reportedly one of three finalists Trump considered, along with Kavanaugh and Judge Raymond Kethledge.

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Judicial Watch Obtains US Department of Justice (DOJ) Records Showing Top Mueller Team Repeatedly Wiped Phones, 'Accidentally'

23 phones were reported wiped of all data, 20 of them "accidentally".

Some of them had been "reset to factory settings" and "reconfigured".

Washington DC, Sept. 11.– Judicial Watch announced today it received 87 pages** of records from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that show senior members of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office (SCO) repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped phones assigned to them.

The records were produced in response to Judicial Watch’s September 2019 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Justice Department and FBI over December 17, 2018, FOIA requests (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02693)) for:

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Joint Press Statement - Meeting of External Affairs Minister of India and the Foreign Minister of China (September 10, 2020)

September 10, 2020

H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India met H.E. Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China on 10th September in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting. Both Ministers had a frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India relations and agreed as follows:

1. The two Ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.

2. The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.

3. The two Ministers agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters.

4. The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is posing as the voice of Muslims everywhere

He is trying to reinvent himself as the voice of the umma (ie, Muslims everywhere) and Recep Tayyip ErdoganRecep Tayyip Erdoganalso of the world’s poor.

Istambul, Sept. 8.– President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likes to cut to the chase. Others may think the multilateral dispute over territorial waters, continental shelves and hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has brought Turkey close to war with Greece, is complicated. For Turkey’s leader, however, it is simply an “example of modern colonialism” by European countries, as he put it in a speech on September 1st. “The era of those who for centuries have left no region unexploited from Africa to South America, no community unmassacred and no human being unoppressed is coming to an end,” he added.

Mr Erdogan has long fulminated against the West to stir up patriotic support at home. Now, he is increasingly addressing a global audience, too. Having failed to reshape the Middle East in the wake of the Arab spring, Mr Erdogan is looking elsewhere for greatness. He is trying to reinvent himself as the voice of the umma (ie, Muslims everywhere) and also of the world’s poor.

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Abe Shinzo’s legacy is more impressive than his muted exit suggests

He not only reshaped the economy and foreign relations—he also paved the way for future reforms

 Tokyo, Sept.4.– The record was beaten in late August. Then, just four days later, the record-breaker said that he was, too. After serving the longest continuous stint of any Japanese prime minister (as well as the longest time in the job overall) Abe Shinzo announced his resignation on August 28th.

Mr Abe blamed the abrupt decision, over a year before the rules of his Liberal Democratic Party (ldp) would have obliged him to step down, on an old digestive ailment. But many have cast his departure as an admission of defeat. The economy, which he has worked hard to revive after decades of listlessness, is swooning again because of covid-19.

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