Obama to Ease Export Controls on Thousands of Military Items

first_imgBy Dialogo April 22, 2010 The Obama Administration is moving to ease export controls on thousands of military items sought by allies and other friendly countries, while toughening controls on the most sensitive high-technology material. The plan was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said it would likely increase exports, but is mainly aimed at improving security for the United States and its partners. Secretary Gates says the current system, last updated more than 20 years ago, makes it difficult for the United States to provide critical items to allied troops. He said it also hurts critical U.S. defense industries by driving some of the best scientists and engineers to work in other countries. Speaking to a business group in Washington, Gates outlined a plan to streamline the process of approving exports of most military gear, while enabling officials to focus on the most sensitive items. “We need a system that dispenses with the 95 per cent of easy cases and lets us concentrate our resources on the remaining five per cent,” said Robert Gates. “By doing so, we will be better able to monitor and enforce controls on technology transfers with real security implications, while helping to speed the provision of equipment to allies and partners who fight alongside us in coalition operations.” The current system involves two lists of restricted items maintained by two government departments, and two processes for approving export applications. Secretary Gates used words like Byzantine (ancient and complex), labyrinthine (complicated) and confusing to describe the system. Gates said it is even sometimes difficult to sell spare parts to countries that have already been allowed to purchase a major weapons system, like a fighter jet or military cargo plane. And he said even simple items, like nuts and bolts or low-technology gadgets available in stores, are often difficult to export if they have military origins. Gates said the administration will move in the coming months to consolidate the lists and the processes in a new agency, to create a new enforcement mechanism, and to seek congressional approval for further steps it wants to take by the end of this year. And he mentioned one other part of the plan.last_img read more

Donut-cha want one?

first_imgJessica Zhou | Daily TrojanSarah Nuslein, a sophomore majoring in English and economics, sells Krispy Kreme donuts on Trousdale Parkway on Monday in order to finance Thanksgiving dinner meals for low-income families.last_img

James McClean decides not to wear poppy again for upcoming games

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade While at Wigan, James McClean explained his reasons for not wearing a poppy on his shirt in a letter to the club’s chairman, Dave Whelan James McClean has again decided not to wear a poppy on his shirt.Stoke’s upcoming games are against Middlesbrough and Forest, with the Republic of Ireland international making the same decision he did at previous clubs Sunderland, Wigan and West Brom. McClean is a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, the site of Bloody Sunday where in 1972 British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protesters.The 29-year-old said in a statement issued by the club: “I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy.“I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.” 2 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dear Mr Whelan I wanted to write to you before talking about this face to face and explain my reasons for not wearing a poppy on my shirt for the game at Bolton. I have complete respect for those who fought and died in both World Wars – many I know were Irish-born. I have been told that your own Grandfather Paddy Whelan, from Tipperary, was one of those. I mourn their deaths like every other decent person and if the Poppy was a symbol only for the lost souls of World War I and II I would wear one. I want to make that 100% clear .You must understand this. But the Poppy is used to remember victims of other conflicts since 1945 and this is where the problem starts for me. For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different. Please understand, Mr Whelan, that when you come from Creggan like myself or the Bogside, Brandywell or the majority of places in Derry, every person still lives in the shadow of one of the darkest days in Ireland’s history – even if like me you were born nearly 20 years after the event. It is just a part of who we are, ingrained into us from birth. Mr Whelan, for me to wear a poppy would be as much a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles – and Bloody Sunday especially – as I have in the past been accused of disrespecting the victims of WWI and WWII. It would be seen as an act of disrespect to those people; to my people. I am not a war monger, or anti-British, or a terrorist or any of the accusations levelled at me in the past. I am a peaceful guy, I believe everyone should live side by side, whatever their religious or political beliefs which I respect and ask for people to respect mine in return. Since last year, I am a father and I want my daughter to grow up in a peaceful world, like any parent. I am very proud of where I come from and I just cannot do something that I believe is wrong. In life, if you’re a man you should stand up for what you believe in. I know you may not agree with my feelings but I hope very much that you understand my reasons. As the owner of the club I am proud to play for, I believe I owe both you and the club’s supporters this explanation. Yours sincerely, James McClean MONEY REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Stoke host Boro in the Championship on Saturday and travel to Forest the following weekend. The statement added that other players would be wearing poppies on shirts at both fixtures.It continued: “However, we recognise that the poppy means different things to different individuals and communities and (like the Royal British Legion) do not believe that anybody should be forced or even pressured to wear the poppy against their free will.“James has informed us that he will not be wearing a Remembrance Day poppy in our next two games. We respect his decision and his right to follow his own convictions.”In 2014, when the midfielder was playing for Wigan, he explained his stance in a letter to chairman Dave Whelan, which was published on the club’s website. REVEALED 2 McClean will not wear a poppy in the upcoming Championship fixtures last_img read more