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The international committees, especially African leaders, are strongly advised to play a more significant role in resolving these regional issues. No one wants to see another crisis sparked over oil row since independence between the two countries set lights just a few months ago after decades of civil war.
By: Tyler Lundquist
By: Kaitlyn Gordon
As the European Union comes together this week for a summit the situation with Greece is sure to be a heated topic. Recently, the German government proposed Greece had control over its finances to a eurozone ‘budget commissioner’. This would allow the commissioner to decide Greece tax and spending with a veto power to make sure the government was in line with international lenders. There is an obvious distrust between Greece and other EU countries, as Greece is trying to receive a second bail-out. The consequences are risky if Greece were to default and as of now that could come as early as March, when Greece’s bonds that are due will total €14.5 billion. Although I agree that Germany’s plan is completely overreaching on Greece’s sovereignty, I do understand Germany’s frustration as a second bailout plan is being proposed. As that discussion continues, Germany, France, and other EU countries are taking a firm stance that 130 billion euros will be the ultimate limit. However, economists are questioning if that will even be enough. Maybe Germany’s plan isn’t so bad after all???
Saturday, January 28, 2012
the "immaturity" of the movement. One of the liberalist credited the nationalists’ long experience in opposition politics and inststed that secure cooperation with all the political groups in Russia was critical to success or failture of the movement. Since the participation of the nationalists has gathered support of the conservative area: the offices and hipster cafes, their political influence is getting more perilous to ignore. The inclusion of the nationalists is currently based on their vows not to exercise any violent means for racism. However, now it remains to seen until when this democratic movement can endure the hidden voices of the nationalists.
Friday, January 27, 2012
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The observer mission has been abandoned by the Gulf Co-Operation Council. The Council (part of the Arab League) has called upon the United Nations to put pressure onto Damascus to end the violent crackdown against the ongoing protests.
Syria rejected the Arab League's plan for president Bashar Al-Assad to step down and hold elections.
The Foreign Minister for Syria (Mullam) claims that the Arab Leagues has joined in Western conspiracies to destabilize the country and has failed to mention the recent decrease in violence.\
However, Mullam did not say there would be an end to the crackdown stating,
"It is the duty of the Syrian government to take the necessary measures to address the problem of those armed elements who are wreaking havoc throughout Syria."
None of this seems to bode well and it seems that changes to the Syrian government won't be made any time soon.
Post by Rima Gungor
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By: Tyler Lundquist
1/ the creation of a presidential-parliamentary governmenthttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
2/ a legal system no more Islamic than the previous one
and 3/ broad guarantees of freedom of religion and expression.
Even though these are just the "signs" for future betterment and that the two players have gone back and forth between promises and disengagement, experts believe in what they are seeing. Moreover, 1,900 prisoners are scheduled to be released, among them is Maikel Nabil, a blogger who was jailed 10 months ago by the military court for critizing military leader. Furthermore, the leaders of the two powers have the intentions of seeking the French-style mix of presidential and parliamentary powers. It will be very interesting to see how these all will lay out.
To read more, please click here.
By: Kaitlyn Gordon
Not really an international affair, but interesting nonetheless.
Croatia’s referendum to see if the country’s population wanted to become a member of the European Union seems to be largely supported by the voters. In fact, only 32% of voters were against pursuing membership. So far, Croatia is on track to join the European Union by July 2013. This seems like an interesting move by Croatia seeing the financial imbalance of the EU and I am even more surprised that countries like Germany that are already being asked to bailout other EU countries are on board with allowing Croatia to join. Currently, Croatia has a high unemployment rate along with other reported economic instabilities. If the EU is able to pass a economic stimulus it will be interesting to see if Croatia is going to be apart of the bailout.
To read more:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16670298
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Businessman and former billionaire Sean Quinn has been declared bankrupt in the Republic of Ireland after previously filing for bankruptcy in the United Kingdom. His massive fortune was lost after investing in Ireland’s failed Anglo Irish Bank Corporation. The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly known as the Anglo Irish Bank, filed the bankruptcy application in the Republic of Ireland which was not opposed by Quinn. The judge ruled in favor of the bank and finalized the bankruptcy. Quinn released a statement arguing the petition for bankruptcy is a form of revenge following the collapse of the financial system in Ireland. He believes that such an action will not reduce the current burden or recover any money for the Irish taxpayers and is thus useless. The process of bankruptcy in the Republic of Ireland is much more tedious and burdensome than that of the United Kingdom. Quinn will not be able to return to business for a number of years.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Turkey, a US ally, has announced that it will not go along with US sanctions of Iranian oil because of Iran's developing nuclear program. Turkey has stated that it will only comply with sanctions set forth by the UN.
Amongst the ever concerning Syrian crisis, President Bashar al-Assad has granted amnesty for all crimes committed in the 10-month uprising. Amnesty would be given to army deserters, peaceful protesters, and people who handed in unlicensed weapons. President Bashar al-Assad has been dealing with pressure from the international community, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for the President to end the bloodshed. However, many speculate the overall impact of offering such amnesty because in the past the state has not honored its immunity promises. Having previously blogged on the new North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, who granted amnesty for prisoners beginning February 1st, I think the idea of granting amnesty has turned into a strategic strategy to fend off pressuring nations and gain positive public opinion.
To read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16481003
By: Tyler Lundquist
China's premier visiting Saudi Arabia and Britain stating the it believes that the EU would soon ban imports of Iranian oil as signs of increasing isolation of Iran. President Obama has also signed a law that would block any institution out of the US financial system that deals with Iran's cetral bank. The law could make it impossible for most countries to buy the oil if it is applied. However, there would be waivers that would allow countries to import Iranian oil but would demand that they gradually cut back. Iranian OPEC Governor Mohammad Ali Khatibi warned neighboring Arab oil exporters that it would view any move to make up for Iranian crude oil as an unfriendly act. Khatibi told the Sharq newspaper that any country replacing Iranian oil "would be the main culprits for whatever happens in the region- including the Staitof Hormuz."
I forgot to type full name in the last post but I can't edit that so I reupload it.
According to the United States' sanctions on Iranian oil, Asian countries decided to join that direction. It has significant meaning to Iran since China, India, Japan, and South Korea altogher consume 60% of Iranian oil. China already reduced its import of oils from Iran. Japan and South Korea are trying to accomodate the pressure from the US. The success of failure of this sanction depends on how other countries in Middle East can export oils to fill the Iran's portion. Any disruption in the Middle East would make oil prices sharply increased, which will be followed by more chaos in world economy.
Lt Gen Thomas Waldhauser, a three-star general, is appointed to decide if any http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif"disciplinary action is to be taken".
Even though two of the men had moved to other assignments before the video became public, they have been strongly criticized by both Afgan and American officials and people for their immoral, "inhuman," and "disgusting" acts. A Kabul resident told AFP news: "This is an absolutely savage act and condemnable in any religion."
There is no doubts that this will hamper the peace attempts between the US and Afghanistan.
Video and further reading can be found here
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