Syria

Aug. 28th, 2013 09:35 pm
mcgillianaire: (Bedouin in Desert)
Well done Labour, if indeed they were instrumental in securing two votes in the Commons. The second is the crucial one on military action, but it won't take place until the on-site UN weapons inspectors have reported back their findings. My views on Syria are still fairly fluid given the complex nature of the conflict, however if chemical weapons have been used (regardless of whether it was the government or the rebels), then I think I would support a limited air strike, merely to dissuade either party from engaging in that type of attack again. But only on one mandatory condition, that we had UN (and possibly even Arab League) support, just as we did with Libya. Surely that's the most important lesson to draw from the Iraq War fiasco. I don't think we should (ever) engage ground troops or take sides in this conflict because I think they're as bad as each other. If the rebels were to come to power, I'm fairly confident they would wipe out the Alawite community, to which Bashar Assad belongs. Sad as it is to digest, pre-Arab Spring, Assad, like Saddam Hussein before him, had largely maintained the peace (albeit fragile) between the various communities. Both belong to minorities, just as the Sunni rulers do in Shiite majority Bahrain. I suspect the best solution for Syria, would be to broker a deal between the warring factions, with the support of Russia. The last thing we need is to meddle in another regional conflict that is essentially a Greater Game being contested between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Yet I suspect between Iran's sabre-rattling over Israel, the Anglo-American Jewish lobbies, Iran's nuclear enrichment, and rising oil prices, my advice will eventually be ignored.
mcgillianaire: (Did You Know?)
Today is the organisation's 64th anniversary and not a single post about it by my LJ-friends. Everybody having a good weekend? :)
mcgillianaire: (Bedouin in Desert)
Am I missing something? Is it really this RIDICULOUS?

"Cubans have begun voting to elect a new National Assembly. Only one person is standing per seat, including Fidel Castro. His brother, acting leader Raul Castro, said the new chamber would meet on 24 February, when it is expected to decide whether Fidel will remain president. There are 614 candidates contesting 614 seats. Campaigning is not allowed, but a turnout of about 90% is expected. The BBC's Michael Voss in Havana says it is a low-key affair in this one-party state."

I don't know where to begin? What is the whole point of this sham vote? And how is it low-key if they expect a 90% turnout?!
mcgillianaire: (Ari G)
Between 45 billion & 125 billion - and even that's a guess!

"Any estimate of the total number of people who have ever been born will depend basically on two factors: (1) the length of time humans are thought to have been on Earth and (2) the average size of the human population at different periods. Our estimate here is that about 5.8% (6.2 billion out of 106.5 billion in 2002) of all people ever born are alive today." -Carl Haub
mcgillianaire: (India Flag)
The tectonic shift

"The leadership in the developed world still have not adjusted to the fact that this is not just a modest change in global economic power and influence. If you look at the developed world and how it is addressing this change, the steps that are being taken are relatively trivial. The emerging powers are still treated with a 'colonial' attitude." -James Wolfensohn, World Bank President 1995-2005

Right on mate! The earlier the developed world adjusts, the better for them. If not, the change is going to be uncomfortable. Outsourcing is just the beginning. A mere tremor for the earthquake to come. It's not too late to change.
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Have you been to this site before?

When you click on the website link below, a world map comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world. This "map" updates every 300 seconds ... constantly 24/7. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area and actually up-load the story of what is going on. It is amazing when you can see the things that are happening in this world, sometimes right in your own city.

The Global Incident Map

I have been waiting for a website just like this!! It's ironic that the day I thought about googling for it, my dad sent me this link. I hadn't even told him about my intended googling. Wallahi, what timing!

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