What we’re reading: Tornado death toll rises, Trump meets with Taliban leader

first_imgJD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ ReddIt JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Twitter Paddle-out in Maui honors Floyd, other black lives printNashville tornado death toll rises to 25Twenty-five people in central Tennessee were killed in severe storms and at least one tornado late Monday night, according to CNN.The initial surveys suggested tornado damage reached an EF3 around East Nashville, the National Weather Service said.Forty-eight buildings collapsed and 150 people were taken to hospitals because of the storm, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, said.Some schools and roads around the Nashville area have closed for the time being.Presidential primary voting was delayed one hour in Davidson County, where Nashville is, and Wilson County because of the storms, officials said.Polling stations stayed open an extra hour to compensate for the delay.Trump speaks with the Taliban leader, decreases U.S. forces in AfghanistanPresident Trump’s phone call with the Taliban’s top political leader Tuesday marked the first direct verbal communication between a U.S. president and the Afghan insurgent force since the United States declared war in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post.“I spoke to the leader of the Taliban today. We had a good conversation. We’ve agreed there’s no violence, we don’t want violence; we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House.The United States and the Taliban agreed on an accord Saturday that will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.Trump said that he intends to meet “personally with Taliban leaders in the not-too-distant future.”The “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is an organized political and military force, and is committed to have cordial bilateral relations with you and the international community,” said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s senior leader.Trump also said he wants to take part in rebuilding Afghanistan following the war.U.S. officials tour Syria, Turkey borderThree top U.S. officials surveyed Turkey’s northern border with Syria Tuesday in an attempt to show U.S. support behind Turkey in its fight against the Syrian government, according to The Washington Post.Rising tensions between Turkish rebel groups and the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Idlib, including an airstrike that killed 36 Turkish soldiers Thursday, inspired the trip.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Knight Craft pledged $108 million to U.N. agencies after seeing the humanitarian crisis in Idlib. U.N. agencies requested $500 million. “This is already the biggest humanitarian crisis, and it’s being deliberately weaponized against Turkey, to push Turkey out of the war and ensure a military victory for Syria,” said the U.S. envoy to Syria, James F. Jeffery.U.S. limits Chinese staff in Chinese controlled news agenciesThe Trump administration limited the number of Chinese citizens who may work for five state-controlled Chinese news organizations in the United States to 100, according to The New York Times.“Our goal is reciprocity,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “As we have done in other areas of the U.S.-China relationship, we seek to establish a long-overdue level playing field. It is our hope that this action will spur Beijing to adopt a more fair and reciprocal approach to U.S. and other foreign press in China.”Beijing expelled three American Wall Street Journal reporters in China last month.While the State Department said they don’t want to expel Chinese journalists from the United States, the new limits could force some Chinese citizens out of employees in the specified organizations are laid off.Currently, about 160 Chinese citizens work in the United States for those news outlets, meaning that 60 must either leave or renew their visas. JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Students react to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Facebook What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right and Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda survey storm damage, in Nashville, Tenn. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing many people. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville and leaving hundreds of people homeless. (AP Photo/Travis Loller) Former Fort Worth, TCU Police Department officer dies of COVID-19 and on-duty injury complications Linkedin JD is a journalism major at TCU from Maui, HI. When he isn’t too busy studying, he’s jamming out or daydreaming about sunset surf sessions. JD Pells TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Facebook What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt Previous articleBaseball blows lead to UTA in extra inningsNext articleHoroscope: March 4, 2020 JD Pells RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Uruguayan Peacekeeping Operations School Trains Troops for Overseas Missions

first_imgThe training program helps prepare Uruguayan Troops for peacekeeping missions throughout the world. Since 2004, for example, Uruguay has contributed Soldiers and police officers to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Uruguay had 1,200 Troops in the Caribbean nation by 2010, though its contingent has been gradually reduced to 250. Protecting civilians a top priority Military Troops headed to overseas missions will have to interact differently with the people they encounter than they would if they were at home or in a situation of war, so training them on protecting civilians is important. “In fact, our diplomatic mission to the UN has always maintained POC as one of its top priorities,” said Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Frachelle, ENOPU’s director. “When ITS offered up a training kit specifically dedicated to this topic, we decided to adopt it immediately.” On October 23rd, 21 Chilean, Paraguayan, and Uruguayan service members completed the most recent Protection of Civilians (POC) course offered by the Uruguayan School for Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU). In addition to training Uruguayan Troops, members of the military from other friendly nations have also participated in ENOPU’s PKO courses. The school collaborates regularly with other countries in different ways, such as sending Troops and instructors to POC courses abroad, or bringing international courses to be taught locally. In addition to Haiti, Uruguay also contributes to UN PKO missions in the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and the UN Operation in the Ivory Coast (UNOCI), according to the UN report “Troop and Police Contributors.” In September, several nations contributed to training Uruguayan service members deploying to MONUSCO in the Tactical Combat Life-Saving Course (TCLS). The combat medic course was customized for the Uruguayan troops at ENOPU and taught by four Peruvian and two Salvadoran instructors, two U.S. combat medics from the Special Operations Forces, and a member of the U.S. Southern Command’s Command Surgeon’s Office. Preparing service members for peacekeeping missions “The majority are sent to countries considered friends, such as Argentina and Chile, for example. We also send instructors [abroad] as part of bilateral agreements or as part of duties of the Latin American Association of Peacekeeping Operations Training Centers. Some of our instructors are also at the service of the UN itself, so through the UN, we have sent instructors to courses in countries like Austria, Sweden, and Mexico.” center_img In 1998 the Uruguayan Military created the National School of the Army for Peacekeeping Operations (ESPE) to support overseas missions, but officials later changed the institution’s name to its current form, ENOPU. By Dialogo December 16, 2015 Courses like POC and TCLS are important components of peacekeeping missions. “As years have passed – and with them the growth in international cooperation in the formation and training for peacekeeping missions – results have gotten much better. We hope that there will be continued investment in this area, which is of high importance for a large part of the international community, especially those states which cooperate on this issue. Uruguay is committed to working toward peace.” Backer, who works for the National System of Peacekeeping Operations, added: “The ENOPU course provided me with a holistic view on the topic because it dealt with external influences and how this, in turn, affects all levels of a peacekeeping operation. All of the instructors had deep understandings of their training modules and communicated their knowledge with eloquence and grounding. It is of utmost importance that these types of courses be offered to the Armed Forces and even to civilians and other police officials, since the content of these courses gives students a general vision of what the UN’s missions’ goals and missions are.” The students — who were part of the Army, Navy, or National Police — completed courses on the United Nations’ (UN) peacekeeping operations (PKO) missions focused on protecting civilians during conflict, on the problems they may encounter in distinct mission areas, and on the measures used to resolve them. The course was made available by the UN’s Department for Peacekeeping Operations and Integrated Training Service (ITS), and concluded with informative talks and an exercise requiring students to apply what they learned. “In order to do my job, I must always be aware of the missions’ mandates, and, without a doubt, protection of civilians is of great concern to peacekeeping missions,” Elena Backer, a translator and interpreter for the Uruguayan Army who participated in the course, told Diálogo. “I always have to be up to date on the content and terminology utilized in the missions.” Col. Frachelle explained that Uruguay has a long tradition in peace missions, “but within a context where the environment and threats in our mission areas are constantly evolving, so we too must evolve our techniques and training in order to remain current”. last_img read more