The French embassy in Vietnam said France regretted the Vietnamese authorities decision to revoke Hoang’s Vietnamese nationality and to deport him.
“Freedom of expression and of opinion, notably on the Internet, are both guaranteed by the international covenant on civil and political rights to which Vietnam is a party. France calls on Vietnamese authorities to ensure compliance with these commitments”, the embassy said in a statement sent to Reuters.
Informations sensibles sur ISIS révélées à Lavrov par D. Trump ?
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
President Trump appeared to acknowledge Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information to Russia — a stunning confirmation of a Washington Post story and a move that contradicted his own White House team after it scrambled to deny the report.
Vantant la qualité de ses informations, M. Trump se serait exprimé longuement sur des projets prêtés à l’organisation Etat islamique (EI), selon cet article. Il s’agirait d’attentats contre des avions provoqués par des explosifs dissimulés dans des ordinateurs portables et tablettes, que les passagers peuvent jusqu’à présent utiliser à leur bord.
Ces craintes ont poussé les autorités américaines à interdire l’usage de ces appareils en vol pour des compagnies du Moyen-Orient. Les propos de M. Trump, toujours selon le Washington Post, pourraient permettre aux Russes d’identifier la source de ces informations, obtenues vraisemblablement par les services d’un pays allié des Etats-Unis. Un partenaire qui n’aurait pas donné l’autorisation à Washington de les partager avec Moscou.
Donald Trump « a révélé plus d’informations à l’ambassadeur russe que nous n’en avons partagées avec nos propres alliés », affirme un haut responsable, cité sous couvert de l’anonymat par le Washington Post.
The world is a lot more complicated than can be seen from a Predator drone or an F-35. A budget that slashes State Department and USAID funding, while further expanding the Pentagon, shows Trump is intent on undermining US government agencies that address pressing human rights issues, most of which are not dealt with by military force.
There are also indications that the Trump budget seeks to cut State Department programs, including those that fund independent media, civil society groups, and the rule of law. Doing so would reverse decades of bipartisan consensus that the United States benefits from a world where executive authority is constrained by these essential checks on democracy.
The most significant human rights problems included a politicized and ineffective judiciary; increased restrictions on freedoms of speech, assembly, and association; and the use of violence and imprisonment–both actual and threatened–to intimidate the political opposition and civil society as well as to suppress dissenting voices.
Other human rights problems included continued prisoner abuse, restrictions on press freedom and online expression, failure to grant equal access and fair treatment to asylum seekers, pervasive corruption, and trafficking in persons.
Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 1, 2017
As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration process that vets those coming into our country, and borders/ports of entry that are secure. We will work with allies to counter nations that threaten their neighbors or destabilize their regions. American foreign policy must promote our core values of freedom, democracy, and stability.
Mais le véritable enjeu d’un traité qui, dès le départ, a laissé Pékin sur la touche, est diplomatique. Le Partenariat transpacifique était au cœur de la stratégie du « pivot » vers l’Asie défendue par M. Obama. Avec l’ambition assumée de contrebalancer l’influence grandissante de la Chine.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):
“President Trump’s decision to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a serious mistake that will have lasting consequences for America’s economy and our strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This decision will forfeit the opportunity to promote American exports, reduce trade barriers, open new markets, and protect American invention and innovation. It will create an opening for China to rewrite the economic rules of the road at the expense of American workers. And it will send a troubling signal of American disengagement in the Asia-Pacific region at a time we can least afford it.
“Abandoning TPP is the wrong decision. Moving forward, it is imperative that America advances a positive trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific that will keep American workers and companies competitive in one of the most economically vibrant and fastest-growing regions in the world.”
The options for Thais are not appealing. To vote yes would enshrine an undemocratic constitution and might lead to years of authoritarian rule.To vote no, defeating the charter, could leave the junta in place longer and might lead to a new constitution that is even less promising. Either way, the West must regard this vote for what it is, a Potemkin exercise staged by modern authoritarians, not the genuine process of change that Thailand sorely needs.