Saying that a protest against the ouster of the Ukrainian President and the maltreatment of protesters by police in Ukraine is normal is a matter of an understatement. Some people were greatly injured during the protests and people believe that it is good reason to protest that Ukraine allegedly threw away its chance at a European Union membership and instead opted for an economic agreement with Russia.
The European Union condemned the diplomatic pressure and influence of Moscow. Ukrainians were angry because they were in the epicentre of the battle between Belgium and Moscow, both who are vying for diplomatic influence in Ukraine.
Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich’s view of Ukraine’s economic future was with Russia, its former Soviet master a few decades ago. However, majority of Ukraine’s citizens believe that the future lies with working with the European Union.
The protests are threatening to become bigger in the next few months.
Yanukovich might have a perceived dysfunctional government and Russian President Vladimir Putin appears a strongman, but the reality is that the two countries will be facing great consequences if Ukraine signs with the European Union. Russia can be flooded with cheap goods while Ukraine’s natural gas source from Russia might be cut off.
An agreement that makes Ukraine less threatening to Russia could afford the former more leverage from its former master. If the EU brings the Russian economy closer to other European states, it might not have to fight for influence in Ukraine.
After a vote in Istanbul on Monday last week, the Syrian National Coalition had agreed to attend the proposed peace talks in Geneva by the US and Russia. The Opposition is to meet with the Syrian Regime, headed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
However, the opposition said that it would only attend if the government allowed humanitarian corridors to reach besieged areas and the release of civilian detainees, namely women and children.
Even in their agreement to attend the peace talks, the opposition said they will not stop demanding the Syrian President to step down from his office. They said that Assad will have no role in the transition and future of Syria. The opposition said they agreed to talk to the regime after a blockade was eased on a rebel-held town to allow food to reach the civilians.
Despite the agreement of both sides to the peace talks, battles resumed in the country. A regime-held airport in Aleppo saw battle between the two factions fighting for its control.
In-fighting among rebels had also been common. Many factions broke up inside the Syrian National Coalition saying that the body no longer represented their interests.
The peace talks in Geneva is expected by many government leaders to be the start of the end of the Syrian civil war that had lasted more than two and a half years.
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It is possible that you paid other amounts when your insurance policy got involved with your financing. These are called compound interests. A UK claimant named “Roberta”, not her real name, actually reclaimed £65,000 worth of compensation from her two credit cards with compound interests. If you consult a PPI calculator, you might find you have the same situation as well.
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The US-Russia brokered deal for the submission and destruction of all Syrian chemical armaments came into effect late last month and for the first time, the United States had praised the Syrian regime for complying fully with the requirements of destroying their arsenal. According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, this should be taken as a sign of a “good beginning”.
Recent events that led to this situation almost ensured observers and political analysts that tension between the US and Russia may end in another political dispute between the two countries, signifying the possibility of a short international conflict.
However, this does not change the fact that a faction in Syria killed thousands of lives, including hundreds of young children’s lives. What might seem forgotten by the United States and the rest of the world is the fact that somebody in Syria is to be tried for crimes against humanity and to whoever faction this is, they must be found.
The Syrian conflict still continues while the rest of the world tries to push for a diplomatic solution that will not emerge until the two sides of the Syrian civil war are worn down and one waves a banner for compliance.
The United Nations received a call for action against Syria’s wartime crimes. The Arab League called for the United Nations to punish the Syrian Regime’s chemical attack on civilians. While the chemical attacker is not yet known, the Arab League’s concerns sheds light on the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Yet, at home, the United States government is receiving inadequate support for the strike. Allies France and Britain have stepped down from mounting a military strike. People are questioning about what benefit would it bring the countries who attack the Syrian regime instead of starting a potentially continuing war.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon had advised the countries to stand down and restrain themselves and wait for the results coming from the UN investigative probe sent to collect samples and determine if a gas attack took place.
However, US President Barack Obama seeks consultation with Congress before the military strike is approved.
Why the Arab League, a 22-state group, will not attack Syria is not a mystery; in the Middle East, ethnicity runs deeper than love for country and attacking the Syrian regime could stir great violence in their respective countries.
Syria and Iran warned the world of “global chaos” once they try to interfere with Syria’s business. While this is far from a warning of a global-scale war, it might stir up more violence in the Middle East.
Egypt is definitely turning into the second Middle East conflict aside from Syria, which today had created factions within its rebel faction along with other foreign extremist groups in the country. The potential of the conflict to become a sectarian one had now begun as the Egyptian military and security assaulted protesters in an attempt to stop violent protests in the country.
Many countries condemned the actions of the Egyptian military, including the United States, Germany, Turkey, Iran and Qatar. According to the Egypt Health Ministry, at least 638 people were killed when the security forces broke up the protester camps of the opposition with force.
The assault made the country’s divide crack a bit deeper as anti-Morsy protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, Morsy’s political party, continue to raise the conflict’s level. The Egyptian government had actually declared that it is in a state of emergency and today, the police are given authority to use live ammunition when dealing with government building and public property attacks.
The UN and other countries have encouraged restraint from both sides of the Egyptian conflict. The US said that it could not continue providing military aid for Egypt if civilians are being killed in the country.
It is only a matter of time until the entire pot boils over en masse in Egypt to make it a part II of Syria.
How the Egyptians ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak a few years back showed how democracy could give them a new chance. The first formal democratic elections had President Mohammed Morsy in power. His political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, gained the ability to express their opinions openly after being isolated and virtually banned by the former administration.
Today, Egyptians revolt against Morsy because he used his presidential powers to ban any inquiry on his attempts to write Egypt’s constitution. With this move, several other minority representatives quit their positions in his constitution, to which Morsy replaced some more from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsy’s moves were suspicious and the public protested against his actions and for firing the former prosecutor-general of Egypt. The military seized power from Morsy for the reason that the government “cannot provide for the people”.
Like in every kind of revolution, the first person who makes a move is the one who started the war. Many protesters and the Muslim Brotherhood are blaming the military for using their power to oust the president even if he is the legitimately decreed president by the vox populi. However, if Morsy did not use his powers in writing the constitution, then the revolution may not have happened at all.
Experts are saying that Egypt could potentially become a second Syria if the military continues to push on with the protests. The two-year old Syrian civil war began with peaceful demonstrations, which ended in bloodshed and a war.
One type of personal injury is one not committed by an offending party, but the party concerned with improving you medical condition. Medical professionals may have had the best training and education for their profession, but they are not immune to mistakes. If ever a medical professional committed negligence against you, here are some things you could do.
1. Have a Check Up
Have another medical professional in the same field as your offending doctor give you a medical check up to determine your pain and suffering, the extent of your damages, the recovery time of your injuries and the total amount of your medical bills. With the medical report, your legal representative can study it and compare it to previous similar cases to determine your actual compensation.
2. File a Complaint
A medical professional is usually part of a larger medical group and to formally file a legal complaint against them, you’ll have to communicate with his or her medical group. Most of the time, they would like to negotiate an outside settlement with you. However…
3. Court Action
…if you feel the damages you or the victim sustained during the medical procedure merits higher rewards for personal injury, such as disfigurement, mutilation or reduced life expectancy, it is advised that you proceed with court action instead.
Recently, the tensions shifted from North Korea and the United States to Taiwan and the Philippines. The tensions began when the Philippine Coast Guard shot a 65 year old Taiwanese national for stepping into the Philippine boundaries with a fishing boat with other younger Taiwanese nationals. Taiwan reacted in retaliation, banning the Philippines and harassing Filipino nationals in Taiwan.
While the government promised that Filipino nationals would be protected, the government of Taiwan had also advanced an interest to go to war with the Philippines because of the conflict. Protests were held by activists in Taiwan. However, the Philippines issued a public apology rejected by Taiwan, but never made a second apology, indicating that they are “standing up” against Taiwan’s harassment.
Is Taiwan’s reaction an overreaction? It may appear so. Taiwan is a very least known country but with capable economy and good solidarity. However, when they overreact to the situation, it is an opportunity to raise their name in the global scene. While the ASEAN wishes to resolve the conflict peacefully, Taiwan continues to provoke the Philippines by indicating it would conduct a military exercise in the disputed islands of Scarborough Shoals.
While the Philippines’ military is the least advanced of all, it is backed by many western allies such as the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Middle Eastern nations also back the Philippines given that a bulk of its economy also works with the country.
This year, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, has declared that it is in a state of war against its Southern Counterpart. The armistice, which for 50 years protected both territories, was annulled by North Korea. The armistice never meant peace for both countries; for more than 50 years, the two countries had technically been at war.
Any kind of war could spark major international catastrophe and clearly, the world is seeing something that has the potential to affect markets, economies, investments and even daily life itself. North Korea is a country that mass produces nuclear weapons and recently, it has reactivated its Yongbyon nuclear complex. The restarted nuclear complex is a major component to North Korea’s nuclear armament development and production. The international community, including the United Nations, sees this reactivation as an “unacceptable action”.
The world cannot risk a nuclear war. Even if nations called for calm and peace within the conflict, if North Korea attacks South Korea, the latter country will probably retaliate in kind. This will send off a chain reaction to the rest of the world. South Korea also holds a large market for both Asian and Western countries; its state of war could affect the importation of goods, which could collapse different world markets.
North Korea may cause great destruction with its nuclear arsenal, but the loss of lives is not the world’s primary problem; if North Korea does not stop, it could probably end life in the world itself.