Sunday, March 11, 2012
Ecuador and other developing countries will continue to struggle with with issues like this as companies in China, the US and other world powerful countries seek to secure resources at whatever cost. While the strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must.
by Rachel Foy
Egyptian MPs have voted to move towards a vote of no-confidence against the military government. The move could lead to confrontation if the government refuses to resign. The Prime Minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, is also in talks with the IMF for a $3.2 billion loan which could get complicated should to vote occur. Egypt's system of government only allows the military council to discharge and appoint cabinets however. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, who holds 43% of parliament seats, argues that the government should resign or be dissolved if it loses confidence of the parliament
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By: Tyler Lundquist
This simply demonstrates the wide range of influence and power that Iran’s supreme leader possesses. After the most recent elections in Iran it is looking like Ahmadinejad and the how presidential office in the Iranian government is going to be dissolved. This would leave only the supreme leader and his puppets in charge of the country.
To read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17288785
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The British foreign secretary, William Hague, said in a statement reflecting the unity among the US, China, and the EU against Iran's nuclear program: “We all agree that the international community should demonstrate its commitment to a diplomatic solution by acknowledging Iran’s agreement to meet, by testing its desire to talk and by offering it the opportunity to respond to our legitimate concerns about its nuclear intentions.
Meanwhile, France showed skepticism that the talks may repeat "the fruitless discussions in Istanbul."
Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s foreign minister, warned that Iran only damages its own interests through “tactical maneuvering and playing for time”.
Iran's reactions will be very interesting to watch for in the next few weeks.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
It should be interesting to see if other countries intervene to help end this violence.
"But opposition groups have reported widespread fraud, with many people said to have voted more than once.
They have called for mass protests in central Moscow on Monday.
Meanwhile tens of thousands of supporters of Mr Putin gathered with Russian flags and banners outside the Kremlin for a concert to celebrate his victory.
Making a brief appearance with current President Dmitry Medvedev, Mr Putin thanked his supporters from "every corner" of the country.
"I promised you we would win, and we won," he said, his eyes watering. "Glory to Russia!" "We have won in an open and honest battle. "We proved that no-one can force anything on us."
Slogans on the banner included "Putin - our president" and "We believe in Putin", but there were indications that some participants had been ordered to attend."
Once again that old communist rhetoric has returned. Many nations in Eastern Europe and the West worry that this is not a good sign and that Russia may be reverting to old tactics. This is leading to more massive protests in Moscow. Opposition leaders are claiming they will not stand for this. Only time will tell where this will lead.
Post by Rima Gungor
Police presence in Tibetan areas is escalating, along with internet censorship and surveillance at monasteries. Tibet is one of many criticisms of China, but it has a broad support, especially here in the United States. China's disrespect for human rights remains a contentious issue with the Chinese government, and a blotch on the United States'.
by Rachel Foy
By: Kaitlyn Gordon
On Sunday President Obama gave a strong speech defending his administration's commitment to Israel's security in response to the Republican presidential candidates who have called for a more forceful response to Iran's nuclear program. In his speech President Obama declared he would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran and if the situation called for a military response that option was not off the table.
"I do not have a policy of containment," Mr. Obama said, to a cheering crowd. "I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I've made clear time and again during the course of m presidency, I will not hesitate to use for when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."
Mr. Obama then went onto address the security problems posed by too much loose talk of war. "For the sake of Israel's security, America's security, and the peace and security of the world, now is not the time for bluster." Any military strike would only delay Iran's nuclear program not deter it.
President Obama then briefly commented on domestic polities then returned to affirming his commitment to Israel's safety and security stating, “But as you examine my commitment, you don’t just have to count on my words,” he said. “You can look at my deeds.”
Mr. Obama declared, to applause: “There should not be a shred of doubt by now: when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” He added: “So if during this political season you hear some question my administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts.” President Obama concluded his speech once again affirming his administrations strong support of Israel and also reminding the American public that force would only be used when the time and circumstance call for it.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Before the meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama confirmed the US position that she will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but at the same time, he warned Israel not to rely too much on military option which can provide a way that Iran can "portray itself as a victim of a aggression" Pointing to Libya and South Africa, Obama noted that countries tended to relinquish nuclear weapons on their own, rather than as a consequence of military action. And he said such military action would only delay, not prevent, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. The US, he said, is seeking a permanent, not a temporary, solution. Interestingly, Obama spoke about how Iran’s acquisition of a weapon would set off an arms race in the Middle East, offering a robust case for why the West could not emply “containment” strategy toward Iran the way it did the Soviet Union during the cold war. Mr. Obama is to speak about the timing issue of any attack against Iran to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
By: Tyler Lundquist