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Iran – Trump Administration Unilateralism and Repercussions

Iran – Trump Administration Unilateralism and Repercussions

Padmini Arhant

President Donald Trump latest decision to end waiver on oil imports from Iran targeting United States allies and key trade partners in South, South East and West Asia is a cavalier approach with serious economic, political and strategic ramifications that are counterproductive

President Donald Trump withdrawal from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement reached between P5+1 and Iran with mutual understanding, commitment and stipulations binding on all sides was a breach of accord casting a shadow on United States credibility and trustworthiness on international pact. 

The U.S. incumbent administration tunnel vision in this regard against Iran at Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE behest is ill-conceived and impulsive action with no concern for immediate repercussions on oil markets and global economy.

Not to mention the potential impact on United States economy possibly and unnecessarily thrust into recession due to inevitable hike in crude prices already in effect hurting end consumers and businesses alike.

The contagion effects then triggering Federal Reserve interest rates adjustment to control inflation, high costs borrowing resulting in growth stagnation in return producing unemployment and poor consumer spending eventually affecting the economy at large. 

While these rapid developments cause tremendous stress on the economy, the consequences on macro management could be unsustainable.

United States with a budget deficit of $1.1 Trillion burdened on U.S. taxpayers expecting Petro dollars from Saudi Arabia and partners through arms deals is myopic and capricious in the effort to reconfigure geopolitical landscape and dominance in the Middle East.

United States administration together with allies engaged in contentious economic warfare against Iran through isolation is self-inflicting damage for the former besides the move creating economic challenges for trade allies in South and South East Asia.

United States policy towards the two crude oil producers – Iran and Venezuela aimed at regime change i.e. removal of governments essentially punishing the respective population through economic sanctions subjecting children, women, men, sick and elderly to inhumane conditions and poverty is worthy of condemnation.

Notwithstanding the criterion generating economic woes worldwide considering the rise in oil prices pervasive influence on goods and services with food imports in particular hit in the short and long run.

The wanton strategy to suit oligarchy and hegemonic goals would not prevail in the renewed contemporary environment rejecting unilateralism confined to obsolete and negative outcome.

Besides, Iran in compliance with JCPOA per IAEA verification in this context is within rights to exercise necessary measures to alleviate problems confronting the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s preparedness to block Strait of Hormuz would only exacerbate the crisis in seaborne oil supply dragging the containable issue into tankers war given the significance of this passage facilitating transportation from the Persian Gulf to global destinations.

There is much to lose than profit from the recent proposal to end waivers to nations importing crude oil from Iran.

The sanctions and radical positions against Iran and Venezuela exclusively to serve United States and certain so-called allies is to be reversed in global interests and importantly averting economic calamity drastically affecting the source and others at best laid to rest.

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Padmini Arhant

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Politics

India – Ordinary People vs Corrupt Political Regimes

India – Ordinary People vs Corrupt Political Regimes – Part 2 

Padmini Arhant 

The outgoing PM Narendra Modi self-reference as chaiwala (tea server) and chowkidar (watchman) for political mileage unfairly target the labor force classified under informal economic sector.

PM Narendra Modi constant use and abuse of anyone and anything from Indian defense force to chaiwala and chowkidars – incidentally the worst affected members in PM Narendra Modi’s disastrous economic policies like demonetization, GST and turning a blind eye to service men requests for one rank one pension meaning fairness across the spectrum deserves electorate attention towards PM Narendra Modi’s repeat violation of election rules barring such election pitch.

The real chaiwalas, chowkidars and defense personnel message through electoral mandate defeating relevant rhetoric and candidacy – in this instance incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Gujarat or wherever is critical to end politics exploitation of people and their occupation to personal advantage and electoral gains.

PM Narendra Modi never shying away from claiming credit in anything and everything is the norm depriving actual contributors and anyone tirelessly and selflessly involved in challenging tasks of dealing with international affairs and crises that has promoted India’s image and status in global domain.

PM Narendra Modi’s narrative asserting such boost to India arising from PM’s umpteen foreign visits at ex-chequer’s i.e. ordinary taxpayers expense combined with the PM’s signature bear hugs is a lofty self-adulation.

PM Narendra Modi’s overseas trips failure to yield economic dividends in terms of foreign investments stimulating dormant job growth in India except favoring the former’s friend ally and campaign donor Anil Ambani and the latter’s sinking ship revealed in controversial Rafale scandal is a self-embarrassment than personal pride.

The writing on the wall states otherwise. The foreign investments and economic trade relations normally expected to enhance domestic employment and business opportunity through exports and manufacturing have declined in the past five years under PM Narendra Modi’s economic mismanagement.

PM Narendra Modi’s assessment of his foreign travel elevating India’s contemporary stature is misinterpretation.

When taking travel and tourism into account since PM’s overseas trips fit into that profile, the NRI’s and Indian nationals’ travel to various destinations of their choice representing their country of origin cannot be excluded in this category of making India’s presence in international domain.

In fact Indian tourists would make up for greater impact than PM Narendra Modi’s aggregate trips abroad.

PM Narendra Modi is required to sense and recognize the world that exists beside and beyond himself elected to serve limited term in office in the designated post.

PM Narendra Modi’s performance unfortunately falling well below voters expectations and default on promises made in 2014 resonate more among disillusioned electorate than the prime minister’s frequent offshore vacations.

The gunghroo and payal (anklet) barb reflects on the source angst and lack of substance viz. the life jacket to stay afloat in the midstream electoral process.

Politics reliance on deflection from core issues is fait accompli.

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Padmini Arhant 

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Health

United States – Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare

United States – Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare

Padmini Arhant

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare has been discussed in detail on this site. Please refer to posts related to this topic.

The recap on ACA – The mandatory insurance tied to penalty proved extremely profitable to insurance industry with no obligation on insurance providers in skimming premiums or expanding coverage.  On the contrary, the insurance offered today under ACA has high deductibles on treatment for various health conditions not necessarily pre-existing and some procedures required to treat certain health issues are not covered regardless of the health plan available in the market place.

Not surprisingly, those against amending the health care law i.e. Obamacare are not in touch with reality and pledged to establishment rules and symbolic trends at vast majority expense.

The mandatory subscription enforced in the existing Obamacare is unethical and undemocratic especially in the absence of commitments from insurance industry to meet their end of the bargain.

The compulsory insurance subscription enforced via Obamacare is rejected by many citizens opting to pay the unconstitutional and illegal penalty rather than enriching the industry barely offering coverage to subscribers on variety of health problems experienced by them.

When industries in the economic sector and politics join forces for vested interests exploiting ordinary citizens, the market economy sustainability is challenged woefully affecting businesses aimed at mega profitability beyond affordability.

The consumer force determines business success or failure and industry survival. In resistance to any modifications and fair adjustments of Obamacare at congressional level due to political partisanship, the industry is ultimately taken up to tasks to comply with standards and maintain reliability barring policies set to protect major shareholders and top 1% windfall guaranteed in Obamacare.

Average citizens do not have the luxury as the privileged class to squander hard earned savings without any value in return.

Health is critical and taxpayers tax dollars expended wisely in universal health care with comprehensive plan could not be a tall order for an industrialized nation allocating disproportionate spending on military and nuclear weapons as well as foreign aid to affluent allies while leaving citizens entirely at health care merchants and insurers mercy with legislations overwhelmingly favoring campaign financiers from the industry.

The unique position among lawmakers to defend industries agenda neglect constituents plight allowing major companies in the health care industry to evade responsibility on rising costs and declining health package.

In terms of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate vote to rectify anomalies in Obamacare, the reasons from them do not reconcile with their trajectory. The Senator posing with terror factions responsible for terrorizing and killing thousands of innocent children, women and men in Syria having reservations on Obamacare amendment reflect personal issues with incumbent administration rather than genuine concern for the people affected under current health care law.

Unfortunately, prioritizing individual gains at public loss is the convention in politics fostering waywardness in the extraordinary conditions imposed on citizens in the hyped health care reform short on benefits and delivery making Affordable Care Act / Obamacare anything but affordable.

Anything in ACA defense only project the content of law missing in practicality that in itself invalidate the legislation not binding on all sides to be meaningful and effective.

Health care for all in the appropriate disbursement of tax funds in caring for the sick, elderly and healthy of any age is significant to qualify for advanced nation status.

Peace to all!

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Padmini Arhant

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Humanitarian Issues

India – Outgoing Narendra Modi Government Reliance on Terror & Terrorism

India – Outgoing Narendra Modi Government Reliance on Terror & Terrorism

Padmini Arhant

The outgoing government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi reliance on terror and terrorism as last resort is a losing battle for any contender having exhausted political tactics to evade real issues affecting electorate lives in the struggle for survival.

RSS backed BJP government under outgoing PM Narendra Modi assault on religions, deities and divinity is least surprising since the cadre’s fanatical ideology delineated in Hindutva doctrine.

The political faction i.e. BJP and representatives having never had any reverence to Hindu religion or Hinduism let alone respect for other faiths bear no relevance in contemporary charade only revealing BJP and RSS desperate strategy premised on trio terror maxims and they are;

Saffron terror recruiting terror operatives clad in robes

Political terror epitomized by then Chief Minister turned Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with companion, confidante and chief Amit Shah through demonetization, citizenship act threatening to throw targeted demography in the Bay of Bengal besides characterizing Hindus, Muslims, Christians and anyone found undesirable that is almost overwhelming population as termites explains incumbency’s debilitating condition evolving into terminal illness.

The third category is authority facilitating terror attacks against defense force and civilians for political gains in the contentious election.

In terms of civility towards women and womanhood the matter rests in the caretaker PM Narendra Modi abandonment of his spouse since marriage. The one who deserts the next of kin could hardly be dependable for empathy to strangers despite them being citizens of the country and importantly the electorate with a mandate to serve barring prejudice and communal hatred rife in current political establishment.

The diatribe and tirade between political contestants might have attracted mild reprimand from election commission. Nonetheless, the media bias towards chosen political factions or against those nuanced continues unabated fomenting polarization aimed at rating i.e. TRP.

The film industry actresses representing major political parties at national and regional level performing to the script is expected without any shadow of doubt. However, in this context BJP contestants interjecting religion and Bollywood dialogue is impulsive as witnessed in Jaya Prada’s reference to her rival Azam Khan as Dhanav or demon and vowing to annihilate the candidate with authority from goddess is as reprehensible as the latter’s repeat misogyny towards the former equally qualifying for suspension of her campaign and further actions by election commission.

Similarly, the election commission’s latest default extending favoritism to the candidate Narendra Modi seeking re-election by punishing those involved in their duty – IAS officer on election duty suspended for checking PM Narendra Modi’s chopper is election commission’s direct violation of free and fair election.

The electoral process is to exempt none above law unlike several instances granting outgoing PM Narendra Modi and colleague Amit Shah free pass under special protective group (SPG) that should be no longer effective considering the voting underway.

Accordingly, misuse of power appears to be the norm for caretaker PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah hiding behind VIP status in defiance of election rules and procedure. 

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Odisha election observer suspended by EC for checking vehicle in PM Modi’s convoy

A Karnataka-cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has been suspended for checking a vehicle in the convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996-batch IAS officer, was suspended on Tuesday after he checked the vehicle in Sambalpur, where the PM addressed an election rally.

As if these are not enough to cast shadow on the exiting government and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, more controversy surface posing legitimate questions with muted response from election commission against the caretaker Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleague Amit Shah’s suspicious activities accelerated as the chips start falling in their flawed attempts to sway voters by adopting Machiavellian politics of end justifying the means.

#Elections2019:

Election Commission of India

“Probe Mysterious Black Box from Modi’s Helicopter”

 

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