U.S. | George W. Bush Releases Rare Public Statement On George Floyd Protests

NEW YORK – In a rare public statement, former President George W.Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush were anguished by the killing of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear.

‘Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths’, the statement said.

In a video that went viral, a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, pinned Floyd to the ground on Memorial Day after apprehending him outside a convenience store for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill. As his knee was on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes, Floyd could be heard saying, ‘I can’t breathe’.

Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder. All four officers involved have been fired and investigations are ongoing.

Protests that began in Minnesota have multiplied across the country and around the world. While many have featured peaceful demonstrators marching – sometimes with police officers – some have grown violent and destructive, prompting cities to establish curfews and governors to call up the National Guard.

On Monday, as protesters in Lafayette Park next to the White House were being cleared from the area, President Donald Trump came to the Rose Garden to call himself the ‘law and order’ president, saying ‘domestic terrorism’ was to blame for the unrest.

‘As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed solidiers, military personnel and law wnforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property’, he said. ‘We will end it now’.

Earlier that day, he also called on governors to use their National Guard military police units to ‘dominate the streets’ and threatened to deploy the active duty military if governors failed to use the national Guard more forcefully.

In his five-paragraph statement, Bush went on talk about the ‘shocking failure’ that many African Americans, especially young men, are harassed and threatened in the U.S.

‘It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy – in a long series of similar tragedies – raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America – or how it becomes a better place’, Bush wrote.

Former President Barack Obama published an essay Monday on Medium addressing the ongoing protests and how he thinks people can move forward. The ‘bottom line’, he wrote, is that ‘if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform’.

The next moment in American history can be ‘a real turning point’, Obama wrote, if ‘we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action’.

Bush wrote, ‘America’s greatest challenge has long to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten out Union’.

‘Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions’, he continued. ‘We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all’.

‘This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protections and compassion. There is a better way – the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way’, he concluded.


NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Condoles President Of France On Death Of Former President

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of condolence to President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France on the death of former President Valery Giscard d’Estaing of France. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed profound sorrow  … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Crown Prince Condoles President Of France On Death Of Former President

CORONAVIRUS | Ex-President Would Get Vaccine Publicly To Boost Confidence

NEW YORK – – Three former presidents say they’d be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to got inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 275,000 people nationwide. Former President Barack Obama said during an episode of Sirius XM’s ‘The Joe Madison Show’, … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Ex-President Would Get Vaccine Publicly To Boost Confidence

TRAVEL | Austria To Allow Christmas Skiing But Many Restrictions Stay

MILAN – – Austria will allow skiing to start on Dec.24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January, officials said Wednesday. It also will require many people entering the country over the Christmas period to go into quarantine. Though lockdown measures took effect … Continue reading TRAVEL | Austria To Allow Christmas Skiing But Many Restrictions Stay

BUSINESS | Nestle To Invest 3.2 Billion Sfr To Cut Carbon Emissions

Zurich – – Nestle said on Thursday it plans to invest 3.2 billion Swiss francs ($3.58 billion) over the next five years to reduce its climate impact and help it get to net zero emissions by 2050. The world’s biggest food company said it would work with farmers and suppliers to promote regenerative agriculture, plant … Continue reading BUSINESS | Nestle To Invest 3.2 Billion Sfr To Cut Carbon Emissions

NEWS ALERT | Iran Ready To Show Goodwill If U.S., Europe Abide By Nuclear Deal: Zarif

MILAN – – Iran will fully comply with a 2015 deal aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons if both the United States and Europe honour their original commitments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump quit the pact in 2018, saying it did not do enough to … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Iran Ready To Show Goodwill If U.S., Europe Abide By Nuclear Deal: Zarif

BREAKING NEWS | Multiple Casualties At English Warehouse Blast, Fire Brigade Says

LONDON – – A large blast in a warehouse near Bristol in England has caused multiple casualties, a spokeswoman for the fire brigade said on Thursday. The fire service had previously said on Twitter that it was responding to an incident after being called to a large explosion in Avonmouth, south west England. It said … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Multiple Casualties At English Warehouse Blast, Fire Brigade Says

BREAKING NEWS | WHO Looks at possible ‘E-Vaccination certificates’ for travel

GENEVA – – The World Health Organization does not recommend countries issuing ‘immunity passports’ for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is investigating the prospects of using e-vaccination certificates, a WHO medical expert said on Thursday. ‘We are looking very closely into the use of technology in this COVID-19 response, one of them how … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | WHO Looks at possible ‘E-Vaccination certificates’ for travel

ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia To Issue Executive Regulations On Labor Reform Initiative Soon: Ministry Official

The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development will issue soon the executive regulations of the Labor Reform Initiative (LRI), Sattam Alharbi, Deputy Minister for Inspection and development of work environment, was cited by Saudi Press Agency as saying. The initiative, which falls under the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program, was launched by the ministry last … Continue reading ECONOMY | Saudi Arabia To Issue Executive Regulations On Labor Reform Initiative Soon: Ministry Official

CULTURE | Red Sea Film Festival Presents Restored Al – Naami Works

JEDDAH – – The Red Sea Film Festival will host an exhibition celebrating the work of photographer and cinematographer Safouh Al – Naamani (1926 – 2016) and a screening program of contemporary Saudi and Arab cinema as part of Misk Art Week 2020, which will take place from Dec. 3-7 at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Fine Arts Gallery, Riyadh. The … Continue reading CULTURE | Red Sea Film Festival Presents Restored Al – Naami Works

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