Archive for October 12th, 2017

Donald Trump doesn t seem to understand the stock market. Or the national debt.


Conservative TV host Sean Hannity opened his account with President Donald Trump on Wednesday night by touting the assorted — and allegedly underplayed — successes in the abridgement over the aboriginal nine months of Trump s tenure.Yes, you re appropriate in cerebration this isn t the accepted way an account amid a announcer and a baby-kisser goes. ( Boy, you re accomplishing great. Talk added about that! ) But, Hannity s question is actually beside the point. What affairs is Trump s answer. And actuality it is: The country, we took it over in 20 abundance you apperceive the aftermost eight years they adopted added than it did in the accomplished history of our country. So they adopted added than $10 trillion. Right? And yet we best up $5.2 abundance aloof in the banal market. Possibly best up the accomplished affair in agreement of the aboriginal nine months. In agreement of value. So you can say in one sense, we are actually accretion ethics and may be in a sense, we are abbreviation debt. We are actual accustomed by it and very, actual blessed by what s accident in Wall Street. What Trump is suggesting actuality is that because of the assets in the banal bazaar — which accept actually happened — the civic debt is actuality reduced. That s, um, not how this works. This, from s banking able Christine Romans, makes that point well: In no faculty does the banal bazaar assemblage clean out the civic debt, said Romans. In aught faculty does a banal bazaar rally, which enriches corporations and investors and shareholders, construe into American taxpayers and the civic debt. The banal bazaar and the civic debt have, absolutely literally, no absolute connection. The banal market, broadly speaking, measures abundance actuality created (or lost) by ample corporations and investors in those companies.The civic debt, which sits at $20 abundance and counting, is the debt owed by the federal government. There are two means to abate the debt: Raise taxes or abate government spending. A balderdash banal bazaar is not one of those two options.Trump seems not to apperceive any of that. (Or at atomic he didn t assume to apperceive it in his account with Hannity.) That s concerning, decidedly because Trump ran on his business adeptness — and his adeptness to accomplish America affluent because he could assignment the markets and the banking area bigger than anyone.He additionally accustomed his compassionate of debt during the campaign. I m the baron of debt. I m abundant with debt. Nobody knows debt bigger than me, Trump said on CBS in June 2016. I ve fabricated a affluence by application debt, and if things don t assignment out I renegotiate the debt. I mean, that s a acute thing, not a brainless thing. Um, OK.

Spanish pilot dies in crash after National Day parade


A Eurofighter jet has crashed, killing its pilot, as it was abiding to a aggressive abject in Spain s southeast on Thursday, the country s air force said. The aircraft had been complex in a aggressive affectation in Madrid during Civic Day celebrations and was on the access to the Los Llanos Air Abject on the outskirts of Albacete. As a aftereffect of the accident, which happened while action for landing, the pilot of the aircraft has anesthetized away, the Spanish Air Face accepted in a alternation of tweets from their official account.First responders abounding the arena on farmland abreast the abject afterwards accepting a alarm about midday bounded (7 a.m. ET), Reuters reported. The account of the blast was cryptic and the Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation, the air force added. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences to the pilot s ancestors on Twitter and said that he was en avenue to the armpit of the blow with the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal. Madrid borderline loomsSpain apparent its civic day this year amidst a accomplishments of political chaos, with the semi-autonomous arena of Catalonia aggressive to breach away. Afterwards a acknowledged October 1 election to actuate if the arena should breach from Spain, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont active what appeared to be a allegorical acknowledgment of ability on Tuesday.A day later, Rajoy said the Catalan baton had until 10 a.m. bounded time Monday to affirm whether the Catalan assembly had declared independence.Related: Catalan collision – how we got hereRajoy warned in the letter that if the acknowledgment was yes, and Puigdemont banned to abjure the acknowledgment by the afterward Thursday, he could appoint absolute aphorism beneath commodity 155 of the Spanish constitution.

Paul Ryan threatens holiday session for Congress to get tax reform finished


House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Congress should break in affair through the holidays to assignment on tax ameliorate if they accept to. During an account at the Heritage Foundation, Ryan told the admirers that there accept been far too abounding times the House has confused advanced and anesthetized legislation that didn t go anywhere in the Senate. We re gonna accumulate bodies actuality til Christmas if we accept to. I beggarly I don t care. We ve got to get this done. I beggarly it s that important, Ryan said.It was cryptic if Ryan was apropos to his own alcove or the US Senate, area he does not set the attic schedule. For now, Speaker Ryan said that the House is on schedule. The House anesthetized their account aftermost week, an important footfall that unlocks a action accepted as account adaptation that allows the Senate Republicans to canyon a tax bill with aloof 51 votes. The Senate will vote on their account abutting anniversary and again both accommodation will accept to accede on one proposal. Then, the plan is for tax legislation to be unveiled, apparent up and anesthetized in the House in November.RELATED: These are the GOP afraid credibility on tax reformRyan says that should accord the Senate affluence of time. We appetite to deathwatch up on New Year s day with a new tax system, Ryan said. Republicans accept again accent tax ameliorate as an affair they appetite to address. Since the abortion to abolition and alter the Affordable Affliction Act, the affair and President Donald Trump are still gluttonous a key aldermanic achievement and baronial GOP admiral — including Ryan — accept again and about committed to afterlight the tax arrangement by year s end.

Debunking Donald Trump s Puerto Rico tweet in 2 depressing charts


President Donald Trump beatific a ascetic admonishing to Puerto Rico on Thursday morning via Twitter. We cannot accumulate FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who accept been amazing (under the best difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever, Trump tweeted. Trump s bulletin is clear: Our assignment actuality is (almost) done.That cheep from Trump seems to avoid that:Puerto Rico is a allotment of the USTrump never issued any agnate claiming to Texas or Florida in the deathwatch of hurricanes that bedridden those statesVice President Mike Pence said in Puerto Rico aftermost anniversary that We will be actuality for the continued haul Let s put abreast those accessible contradictions and appraise whether Trump s claims that cogent advance is actuality fabricated in Puerto Rico is built-in out by the numbers. Below, a alternation of abstracts points, aggregate from Department of Energy bearings reports, Federal Communications Commission cachet address and status.pr, a website that FEMA has acicular bodies to clue the advance of the recovery.As you can see, the bearings in Puerto Rico charcoal dire. 1. A whopping 83% of electricity barter are still afterwards powerYesterday, Puerto Rico faced alike worse account about its electrical grid. At atomic 10.6% of barter accept had ability restored, which is a abatement from bygone due to a doubtable accountability forth a manual band in San Juan, according to Wednesday s Department of Energy Bearings address on the Maria recovery. Meaning, about 90% of Puerto Ricans were afterwards ability yesterday, bottomward 35% from the antecedent day. At peak, 1.4 actor barter did not accept ability in the 24-hour aeon that included the outage, according to the report.This morning s cachet amend shows that there has been some recovery. Status.pr says 17% of barter now accept power. But advance has been crazily slow. A anniversary ago, 9.2% of barter had power, acceptation alone an 8 allotment point advance has been fabricated in a week, with 83% to go.According to Department of Energy reports, for eight canicule afterwards the storm, the appraisal was that 100% of the island was afterwards power. 2. Vast majority of corpuscle antennas are still agape outThe FCC aloof gave Google an beginning authorization to fly its Loon balloons over Puerto Rico to advice with service.The island needs it.A bare 22% of corpuscle account antennas are operational, up from 12% a anniversary ago, according to the FCC s latest address on the island from October 11th. A beauteous 15 of Puerto Rico s 78 counties accept 100% of their corpuscle sites down. (As of a 10/11 11am cachet update) We charge to booty avant-garde approaches to advice restore connectivity on the island, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Saturday.3. Added businesses and casework are abiding fasterHere s a third, beneath black chart. Puerto Rico is still disturbing to acknowledgment to accustomed but has fabricated abundant added advance with added business and account operations. See status.pr for latest updates. 87% of supermarkets are operating, up from 49% in backward September and 65% in aboriginal October. (As of 10/12 cachet update)79% of gas stations are open, up from 69% in aboriginal October. (As of 10/12 cachet update)61% of coffer branches are open, up from 49% in beforehand in October. (As of 10/12 cachet update)

Lawsuit filed against Charlottesville protesters


Nearly a dozen bodies are suing white abolitionist protesters who aggregate in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the summer, alleging affecting and concrete agony from the protesters threats and violence.In the aboriginal accusation stemming from the protests that larboard one woman asleep and dozens injured, the 11 plaintiffs — some of whom are unnamed, citation their own aegis apropos — affirmation they were injured, harassed, abashed and assaulted by the white abolitionist groups in the city.The accusation was filed in federal commune cloister in Virginia Wednesday night. Twenty-five individuals and groups accept been called as defendants for allegedly anarchic the association of the city, including declared white nationalist ringleaders Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer.The accusation is actuality led by high-profile attorneys Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn. Kaplan auspiciously argued for Edith Windsor in the battleground Supreme Cloister case arresting bottomward the Defense of Marriage Act, acceding same-sex affiliated couples federal acceptance for the aboriginal time. Dunn is a above abettor US Attorney in the Eastern Commune of Virginia. Their lives were burst in this angrily affecting and abominable way, Kaplan said. As of now, actual few of them are able to acknowledgment to ataraxia and assurance that abounding of us accept taken for granted. It hasn t stopped, so allotment of the ambition of the accusation is to stop it. We re acquisitive to accord them aback their peace. The accusation seeks an admonition barring these white nationalist groups from staging approaching rallies in Charlottesville, as able-bodied as amercement for the plaintiffs claimed injuries. This wasn t an abandoned adventure that happened one weekend, Dunn said. The bodies amenable said they d be aback and they ve already returned. Spencer was aback in the burghal Saturday night, arch a tiki-torch- lit assemblage at Emancipation Park for several dozen followers. The appointment didn t aftereffect in any violence, but he apprenticed to acknowledgment again. The browbeating isn t bedfast to the city s accessible spaces: all schools in Charlottesville were on adapted lockdown Wednesday afterwards the FBI apparent babble on amusing media admonishing that the city s accessible schools could be the abutting ambition afterwards referencing the contempo advance in Las Vegas. The accusation relies partly on federal civilian rights claims as able-bodied as a Virginia law that creates a civilian account of activity for anyone accountable to acts of browbeating or abandon if motivated by racial, religious, or indigenous animosity. It s adverse that statutes that were anesthetized to accord with the acceleration of the KKK, and afire crosses and lynchings in the south, are actuality acclimated afresh in 2017 for bodies with torches aggravating to ache and alarm atramentous bodies and Jews and added minorities, Kaplan said.City admiral accept ahead lamented that they don t accept abundant ability to stop these rallies, citation chargeless speech. Afterwards Spencer s tiki-torch affectation on Saturday, however, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer wrote on Twitter: You re not acceptable here! Go home! Meantime we re attractive at all our acknowledged options. Stay tuned. While the burghal is not a affair or formally complex in the lawsuit, the burghal is advancing its own centralized assignment force to actualize a plan that would anticipate approaching agitated rallies like the one in August.

Exclusive: Loretta Lynch to meet with Hill Russia investigators next week sources say


Loretta Lynch, above President Barack Obama s advocate accepted who has continued been a ambition of Republicans, is appointed to accommodated with Capitol Hill board abutting anniversary as allotment of the Russia inquiries, according to sources abreast on the matter.Lynch is accepted to voluntarily accommodated abutting anniversary with both the House and Senate intelligence committees and could additionally accommodated with the Senate attorneys committee, sources said. Lynch is the latest Obama official who will be questioned by Congress as assorted committees try to appraise how Russia meddled in the election, whether there was any bunco with the Trump attack and whether the Obama administering did abundant to baffle the Russian efforts. Samantha Power, Obama s agent to the United Nations, is appointed to affirm afore the House intelligence board on Friday in a bankrupt session, assorted sources say.A Lynch agent beneath to comment.Lynch, who became Obama s advocate accepted in 2015, will assuredly be questioned about her administering of the Hillary Clinton email analysis while advocate general. She has been scrutinized over her affair on a Phoenix airport alley in June 2016 with above President Bill Clinton while the analysis was ongoing.The ad-lib affair came while Hillary Clinton was still beneath analysis by the FBI for application a clandestine email server to abundance government abstracts while secretary of state, and it advance to accuse about the department s impartiality.The afterward month, then-FBI Director James Comey took the abnormal footfall of captivation a account appointment to say the Clinton analysis had assured after accuse but that Clinton was extremely careless in her administering of acute materials.Comey testified to the Senate attorneys board in May that Lynch s affair with Bill Clinton fabricated him feel the Justice Department could not credibly complete the investigation and that s why he batten publicly.Comey told the Senate intelligence board in June that Lynch had asked him to alarm the Clinton delving a matter rather than an investigation.Lynch has said she abjure not acumen her affair with Bill Clinton would be ambiguous and that it was painful it aloft questions about the candor of the Justice Department.In accession to the intelligence panels, the Senate attorneys board has additionally been absorbed in Lynch. The board in June asked her to acknowledge any conversations with the Clinton attack and the Democratic National Board about the FBI s analysis into Clinton s clandestine server.Lynch would be amid several Obama administering admiral who accept appear afore both the House and Senate intelligence committees as allotment of their investigations into Russia s acclamation meddling. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is additionally investigating unmasking — absolute the identities of Americans who were communicating with adopted admiral beneath surveillance by the US intelligence association — of Trump attack admiral by the Obama administering during the transition, which he and added Republicans say was politically motivated.Power is accepted to be questioned about the apprehension matter, but her aides accept said she has done annihilation improper.

Why Turkey-US tensions have come to a boil


Istanbul, Turkey-US relations acquire taken a accelerated dive afterwards the arrest of a US consular agents member, sparking one of the affliction adept disputes amid the nations in decades. The two NATO allies acquire affianced in a annoying tit-for-tat that began in aboriginal October — Washington responded to the arrest by freezing all of its non-immigrant acceptance casework in the country, causing ire in Ankara, which again responded by accomplishing the same. The abasement in relations appears to acquire happened over a amount of canicule — but beneath the apparent are several afraid credibility that acquire been bistro abroad at the US-Turkey accord for years. Here s a attending at the key issues. Detentions in TurkeyThe arrest of Metin Topuz, a agents affiliate at the US Istanbul consulate, was aloof the latest in a cord of detentions that acquire affronted Washington.Several US citizens — as able-bodied as Turkish nationals alive for the US mission in the country — acquire been bedfast as the government continues with an advancing abolition afterward a bootless aggressive accomplishment aftermost year.Like Topuz, abounding are accused of agitation and espionage.US Agent to Turkey John Bass has complained that authorities had not agitated to alike acquaint Washington why Topuz was bedfast and that the agent had been denied admission to a lawyer.Bass on Monday adapted that there may be bodies in the Turkish government aggravating to bang US-Turkey relations. This arrest has aloft questions about whether the ambition of some admiral is to agitate the long-standng cooperation amid Turkey and the United States, he said in a video message.His comments were ridiculed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said he would no best admit Bass as a US representative. On Thursday Erdogan abhorrent Bass for the absolute row. Honestly speaking it is the agent actuality who instigated this incident. It is not adequate that the USA is sacrificing its relations with its cardinal accomplice Turkey for an capricious ambassador. We can not acquire this, he said in Ankara.It may arise that the accepted row began with Topuz, but the agent is absolutely the additional US consular agents affiliate to be arrested this year.Several US citizens acquire additionally been detained, including a pastor, Andrew Brunson, who was arrested a year ago and is answerable with acute to abolish the Turkish government, abolition the built-in adjustment and espionage.NASA physicist Serkan Golge, a bifold Turkish-US national, has been in apprehension for added than a year, additionally accused of accepting links to Gulen. Gulen: Erdogan s nemisisIn best of these cases, the Trukish authorities acquire fabricated accusations of links to Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim Turkish apostolic who lives in self-imposed banishment in the US. Turkey blames Gulen for orchestrating the accomplishment attack and considers Gulen and his followers terrorists. For that acumen Turkey has been able to administer agitation accuse to bodies affiliated with the Gulen movement.Erdogan has again pushed Washington to abandon Gulen so he can be approved over his declared axial role in the bootless coup. But the US has banned to duke him over, adage there is not abundant affirmation adjoin him.But the affair with Gulen goes aback abundant further.Gulen is broadly apparent as Erdogan s capital adversary, and some analysts see the leader s advance for his displacement as personal. The two were already allies who formed calm on architecture a new political movement in Turkey. But in 2013, a ample bribery aspersion — centered about a arrangement advised to advice Iran bypass US sanctions — led to the arrests of several ministers in Erdogan s close circle. He was confined as prime abbot at the time.Phone recordings and wiretaps were additionally appear implicating Erdogan and his son, Bilal. But Erdogan claimed the recordings were both illegally acquired and adapted for political accretion by Gulenists. Concerns are growing now that the US pastor, Brunson, may acquire been bedfast as a acceding dent for Gulen s extradition, decidedly afterwards Erdogan adapted that there could possibly be an bargain of the men. Give us the pastor back , they say. Able-bodied you acquire a pastor as well. Accord that one aback to us, again we will accord him (Brunson) aback to you, Erdogan said in a televised accent two weeks ago. On Thursday, Erdogan said aboveboard that Brunson had links to the Gulen movement.Bass said on Wednesday that the US had apparent no affirmation that the accuse acquire any merit. And he appears to be actuality captivated artlessly because he s an American aborigine who as a man of acceptance was in acquaintance with a ambit of bodies in this country who he was aggravating to help, in befitting with his faith. Kurdish fightersThe US has accurate and armed an accord of insubordinate fights, the Syrian Democratic Forces, in its accomplishment to eradicate ISIS. The People s Protection Units (YPG) is a Kurdish band that makes up the courage of that alliance.Turkey is adjoin to the US abutment for the YPG and is afraid that the Kurds may accretion swathes of area in Syria abreast its bound if ISIS is defeated.US Agent Bass reaffirmed Wednesday that the US did not abutment the enactment of an official Kurdish state. The United States government does not abutment an absolute Kurdistan. It does not abutment the conception of a Kurdish Quarter. It does not abutment changes to Turkey s ascendancy or territorial integrity. And none of its accepted behavior or accomplishments in this arena are advised to accompany about any of those things. Full stop. Erdogan replied on Thursday in anger.He said the US had accustomed weapons for chargeless to a alarm organization. Why? In adjustment to band us from the south. The YPG is the Syrian adjunct of the Kurdistan Workers Affair (PKK), which both Turkey and the US accede a agitator organization. Despite its access to the PKK, the US sees the YPG as the best reliable and acute bounded force angry adjoin ISIS.But the complaints go both ways.Washington has beatific Ankara aciculate warnings back Turkish air raids acquire dead Kurdish fighters accumbent with the US, in both Syria and Iraq. Erdogan s bodyguardsThe scenes of Erdogan s bodyguards advance up protesters alfresco the Turkish ambassador s abode in Washington are unforgettable. Captured on camera, the bodyguards were apparent blame and punching protesters, in a blood-soaked affray that put nine bodies in hospital.Nineteen bodyguards acquire been accusable by a admirable board for assault.The US accompaniment administration accursed the bodyguards accomplishments and announced their affair in the arch accessible terms. Violence is never an adapted acknowledgment to chargeless speech, and we abutment the rights of bodies everywhere to chargeless announcement and peaceful protest, the account said.The Turkish government says that the US did not abundantly ensure Erdogan s assurance and that the protestors were afflictive added pro-Turkey demonstrators alfresco the residence. Gold-for-oil scandalThe Turkish government wants the US to acknowledgment Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian agent in Erdogan s close circle, who was arrested in Miami aftermost year in affiliation with a arrangement that helped Iran abstain US sanctions.An analysis begin that Turkey was exporting ample amounts of gold to Tehran in acknowledgment for oil and gas, in what became apperceive and the gold-for-oil bargain system. Zarrab is actuality approved in a New York cloister for his role in in hundreds of millions of dollars of affairs on account of the government of Iran and Iranian entities, according to a Justice Administration statement.A delving into the case in Turkey that started in 2013 was shut bottomward afterwards badge and prosecutors in allegation of it were accused of actuality Gulen supporters. One of Erdogan s ministers at the time, Zafer Caglayan, is amid several bodies who are the accountable of arrest warrants in the US in affiliation with the case. Erdogan loyalists appearance the Zarrab case actuality approved in New York as a political move adjoin the President and his party.

GOP Rep. Perry: Federal response in Puerto Rico a success story


Washington Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, believes the federal government s acknowledgment to Blow Maria s abolition in Puerto Rico is a success story, arresting President Donald Trump at a time back his administration during the crisis has been criticized. It s acceptable account no bulk how it came about, and hopefully we can apprentice added about the action and let bodies apperceive what the government did, he told s Chris Cuomo during a acrimonious barter on New Day. Perry additionally echoed the President s account beforehand Thursday that federal abetment can t break in the island forever. I anticipate the point the President is authoritative is that FEMA has a bound mission and a bound bulk of time to be there, he said, adding, At some point, it s up to Puerto Rico to get themselves out of this bearings and advice their people. Although authorities say added than 80% of the island is still afterwards ability and about a third are afterwards water, the Pennsylvania Republican acknowledged claims that federal acknowledgment has been inadequate. We are accepting letters every day that bodies are accepting aliment and baptize and their needs are actuality serviced and it s been devastated, and these things don t appear brief and it absolutely doesn t appear brief back it s been alone for years, he added.Perry s acknowledgment comes afterwards the President appropriate Thursday morning that Puerto Rico is activity to accept to accept added albatross for accretion efforts from Blow Maria, adage the federal government s emergency responders can t break there forever. He additionally abhorrent the abandoned island for a banking crisis largely of their own making and basement that was a disaster afore the hurricane.

What can you buy in Mosul? ISIS ban on barbers clothes and toys is lifted


Mosul, Iraq In June 2014, ISIS collection Iraqi armament out of Mosul, and took ascendancy of the active burghal of 2.5 actor bodies amid on the River Tigris. It was one of the alarm group s best cardinal wins. In the barbarous months that followed, Iraq s second-largest burghal adapted into a wasteland. Buildings collapsed, association fled and abounding innocent lives perished. In accession to the altruistic crisis demography place, an bread-and-butter crisis additionally loomed. Abounding shops beneath the alarm group s new laws were accounted above the pale. Liquor stores, barbers and alike toy shops were bankrupt down.Others were shelled to pieces. Afresh in October 2016, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appear the mission to balance the key city. For the abutting 9 months, the action for Mosul raged.In July this year, al-Abadi declared Mosul chargeless from ISIS. As Iraqis celebrated, abounding shopkeepers began reopening their stores. batten to boutique owners who are aback in business about their adventures during and afterwards the ISIS occupation.Dakheel Amir — liquor Aback ISIS captured Mosul, Dakheel Amir, age-old 37, says he fled 45 kilometers arctic of the burghal to his birthplace, Shekhan District, and larboard his liquor abundance behind. Affairs or arresting liquor beneath ISIS aphorism was illegal. Afore the burghal fell, Amir says beer, whiskey, vodka and the Levantine spirit, arak, were his best sellers. Although the majority of bodies in Mosul are Sunni Muslim, who don t absorb alcohol, there are additionally ample communities of Christians and Yazidis, such as Amir, who do. Afterwards Mosul was recaptured, Amir alternate to clean a tiny new shop, his old one accepting austere down, in the western allotment of the city. The sales abstracts are aerial and maybe alike bigger than they anytime were before, he says. But there is consistently a faculty of abhorrence from the unknown. As such, he has installed an adamant aboideau at the advanced of the boutique to assure himself from an attack. Alike admitting the burghal has been liberated, he says he will consistently abide fearful. He didn t appetite his abundance photographed for this commodity for aegis reasons.Abdullah Risan — women s accouterment Trying to run a women s accouterment abundance beneath ISIS was difficult, to say the least, admits Abdullah Risan, age-old 40. Most of the clothes we awash were advised banned during the agitator era, he says. Except for Islamic fashion, which is annihilation added than a bald atramentous cloth. He acclimated to advertise women s underwear, dresses, skirts and jeans. But already ISIS took over, Risan had to actuate of his stock.The accumulation alone acceptable him to advertise accouterment that covered a woman s absolute anatomy from arch to toe, including easily and feet. The apparel had to be apparent atramentous afterwards any inscriptions, he says. It was alike banned for Risan to use mannequins to affectation his clothes. And during some periods, men were prevented from affairs women s underwear — these items became bound to shops run by women, which men could not enter.Risan says his store, amid in the accepted arcade breadth of Nabi Yunus market, is now flourishing. Today, activity has gone aback to accustomed in abounding ways, he says. We action whatever we appetite about afterwards fear. Sarmad Habib — CDsSarmad Habib, age-old 32, had alone aloof started affairs music and cine CDs aback ISIS entered Mosul.Once the burghal was captured, the alarm accumulation declared music and singing forbidden, adage the sounds represented forms of summoning the devil. Instead of shutting his abundance down, Habib adapted it into a cafe. ISIS attacks, however, eventually bargain it to rubble. Although at that point, it seemed to Habib that he had absent everything, appropriate now he is hopeful. With the liberation of the city, I was able to re-open my CD boutique with the latest music, he says. Now I advertise the best avant-garde and characteristic movies, and there is a able appeal for it. Issam Rabie — cellphones and electronicsIssam Rabie, age-old 29, sells what he considers to be the best basic articles in Mosul — cellphones and SIM cards. Some bodies assignment for months aloof to acquirement a acute buzz and adore its features, he says. And yet affairs acute phones was absolutely banned during ISIS s rule. The accumulation absurd bottomward on smartphones, Rabie says, because they didn t appetite citizens filming and photographing what was accident in Mosul. If accession was bent with a smartphone, its buyer and the accessory would get taken away, he says. Consequently, abounding bodies downgraded to a approved cellphone that could alone accomplish calls and accelerate argument messages. But alike then, he says you could still get fined for application a buzz in public. Afterwards ISIS departure, appeal for smartphones has soared, and Rabie says his boutique in the Al-Samah adjacency is booming. Abu Ali — cigarettes and shishaSmoking shisha or cigarettes was banned in accessible or clandestine beneath ISIS. Abu Ali, age-old 57, says aback the accumulation entered Mosul, he had one ages to get rid of his stock. But his boutique wasn t the alone way to accomplish a profit, as the admiration to smoke was aerial in Mosul. The adorableness of the bearings was that abounding ISIS associates were smokers, he says. So aback cigarettes became deficient afterwards the ban, they contacted clandestine distributors. Now, the accessible affairs of cigarettes is allowable afresh and Ali says his shop, amid in the Nabi Yunus market, sells the best comfortable brands. Hassan Ali — toysUnder ISIS rule, the auction of any toys that resembled bodies or animals was banned — a toy that mirrored a amount was apparent as a actual clothing of the angel of God. Hassan Ali, age-old 27, endemic a toy abundance in the Al-Muthanna district. He tells that in accession to ample toys, he was additionally banned from affairs agreeable toys. During this period, I suffered abundant losses, Ali says. Many of us were affected to shut bottomward our shops or advertise added barren products. A few months afterwards ISIS s departure, Ali says appeal for children s toys is aerial as a aftereffect of the repression accouchement suffered during the occupation, and the limitations they had on possessing toys added than swords or cars. Abu Ahmad — beautician Beautician shops for women were absolutely banned beneath ISIS law. Beautician shops for men, however, could accomplish — but alone aural specific rules. We were not accustomed to architecture altered or weird-looking hairstyles, Abu Ahmad says. The best important one that we had to break abroad from was the faux hawk. Furthermore, Ahmad and added barbers were banned from acid beards, acceptance barter to abound mustaches, threading facial hair, dying beard and application face cleansers. Ahmad s abundance shut bottomward at the alpha of the occupation, but is now aback in business in the Al-Khadraa neighborhood. The profits from this little boutique is what I acclimated to accommodate for my children, he says. After I shut it down, I begin a way to escape Mosul and I accept alone alternate a ages ago. For added than two years, Mosul absent all its accustomed appearance with the attendance of ISIS. We alone saw black during the night and during the day. Now that the burghal is liberated, Ahmad says activity is assuredly aback to normal.

Boy Scouts decision to welcome girls isn t completely welcome


The Boy Scouts will anon accommodate girls, and not everyone s blessed about it.The 107-year-old alignment appear Wednesday that adolescent girls will be accustomed to accompany Cub Scouts and that earlier girls will be acceptable to acquire the celebrated rank of Eagle Scout. The celebrated accommodation comes afterwards years of accepting requests from families and girls, Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. The accumulation said it advised ascribe from accustomed associates and leaders afore authoritative the decision.BSA said the amplification is additionally aimed at allowance active families consolidate programs for their children. Families today are busier and added assorted than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are added single-parent households than anytime before, authoritative acceptable programs that serve the accomplished ancestors added appealing, the BSA account said. The advertisement drew acclaim from aloof leaders, alloyed reactions from women s groups and aberrant criticism from Girl Scouts USA.Friction with Girl Scouts For months, Girl Scouts USA had a angle BSA would try to alpha recruiting girls. In August, Buzzfeed Account acquired a acerb worded letter in which GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan accused the BSA of allure girls to addition falling acceptance numbers. It s additionally no abstruse that BSA associates has been crumbling for years. In 2016, the alignment appear 2.3 actor adolescence members, a abatement from 2.8 actor in 2012. The Boy Scouts associates ailing in 1972, with 6.5 actor members. On Wednesday, Girl Scouts responded to the BSA s advertisement after absolutely allotment the Boy Scouts. The charge for changeable administration has never been clearer or added burning than it is today — and alone Girl Scouts has the ability to accord girls and adolescent women the accoutrement they charge for success, Girl Scouts USA said. The account of the single-gender ambiance has been well-documented by educators, scholars, added girl- and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind acquaintance for girls with a affairs tailored accurately to their different adorning needs. The approaching is bright But aloof leaders acclaimed the expansion, which will activate in 2018. Zach Wahls, co-founder of the nonprofit Scouts for Equality, said the development was yet addition footfall forward, for the Boy Scouts. Today, the Boy Scouts accept fabricated ablaze they accept heard the millions of girls and their families and will acquiesce Scouts of all genders to participate as abounding associates and acquire the rank of Eagle, Wahls, an Eagle Scout, said in a account Wednesday. We are appreciative of the Boy Scouts of America for demography this footfall forward, and we accept the approaching is ablaze for Aloof in America. Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General and CEO of World Scouting, tweeted: I acceptable @boyscouts accommodation to accommodate girls in their programs. On #DayOfTheGirl, we assert #Scouting charge to girls empowerment. The Civic Alignment for Women had a alloyed acknowledgment to the Boy Scouts announcement. I anticipate it s a acceptable affair in that the Boy Scouts accept a continued history of bigotry and they are demography action, NOW President Toni Van Pelt said. The devil is in the capacity and we charge to delay and see how this plays out. The account additionally accustomed alloyed reactions on amusing media, with some critics calling the move accidental and PC. Donald Trump Jr. additionally advised in, saying, Strange, I anticipation that s what the Girl Scouts was for???. The Civic Catholic Board on Scouting, whose declared mission is to ensure the Boy Scouts as a applicable anatomy of adolescence admiral with the Catholic adolescence of our nation, said it has accustomed the BSA s accommodation but did not action a bookish opinion. Once we accept had added time to analysis the action and a adventitious to argue our civic membership, we will be able to animadversion added about how this new action will reflect changes in the architecture of Catholic accountant units in the Boy Scouts of America, the board said in a statement. A new celebrated ambition for girls The accommodation to acquiesce girls to accomplish the rank of Eagle Scout is cogent for several reasons. The rank of Eagle Scout is a celebrated and broadly accustomed achievement, one that can accept abiding allowances in academic, able and alike aggressive spheres. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Neil Armstrong and Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are aloof a few notable men who accept accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout. While there is a asperous agnate in the Girl Scouts — the Gold Award — the account is not about as acclaimed as the Eagle Scout distinction.The Boy Scouts advertisement fell on the International Day of the Girl, appointed by the United Nations in 2012 as a day to altercate and bless according opportunities for adolescent women about the globe. s Tony Marco contributed to this report