Category: World Politics

Upon the event of a Brexit, Calais refugees can move into Britain illegally, warns French President Francois Hollande. Hollande said that without an EU involvement, the UK will have to contain the refugees intending to enter the country through their own capabilities.

Hollande warned there will be “consequences” if the UK pulls out of the EU. At the conclusion of the Franco-Briton Summit with British Prime Minister David Cameron:

“I don’t want to scare you, but I just want to say the truth” as he endorsed previous warnings by Number 10 about the consequences for border control.

In his strongest intervention in the EU referendum yet, the French president said: “There will be consequences in many areas: on the single market, on financial trade, on economic development between our two countries.

“Now that doesn’t mean that everything will be destroyed; I don’t want to give you a catastrophic scenario. But there will be consequences especially in terms of people as well.

“It obviously won’t put in question the historical relations between France and the UK – our friendship – but there will be consequences especially in the way we handle the situations that we just mentioned in terms of immigration.”

According to Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling, the EU is desperate for UK voters to allow Britain to stay in Europe. The “Euro Elite” according to the former Justice Secretary, is uniting with big businesses to pressure British voters.

According to French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, he expected the Le Tourqet Treaty to be “torn up” once the UK exits Britain.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said it was just “usual flapping and scaremongering”.

“I would say: Donnez-moi un break. There’s absolutely no reason why that treaty should be changed,” he said in south London. “It was an intergovernmental treaty; it was the Le Touquet treaty. It was signed between the British government and the French government. It’s not in the French interests to want to do that and it’s just the usual flapping and scaremongering.”

Every Israeli had mourned the passing of former Israeli Leader Ariel Sharon, who is greatly remembered for securing the interests of his country and protecting its sovereignty. As the world expresses its condolences and goodbyes, political experts said that Israel will need to confront the legacy left by Sharon, which had created Israel numerous enemies from where it stands.

Sharon was once a reputable military strategist turned politician and he earned the respect of many world leaders because of his endeavours in protecting his country. His narrow objective of conquering Palestine may have strengthened Israel’s army but, according to Palestinian officials, Sharon had left in its wake a violent legacy that will reflect in Israel.
The former leader passed in his deathbed after a multiple organ failure during his 8 year coma last Saturday.

According to political experts, history remembers Sharon as the leader who championed driving away the Arabs during the settlement movement. This incident is the greatest obstacle for a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. Sharon has also become controversial when Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, which bore Hezbollah, which never resolved any issue.

Observers said that his history is what stands between total reversal or a condemned continued legacy for Israel. Israel will need to confront its history to face its new challenges,

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The rift between Ukraine and the European Union increases as the European Union had halted a landmark trade deal and a political pact with Ukraine. Thousands of protesters in the country took to Kiev to urge the Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich to improve their ties with Brussels instead.

Thousands of protesters attended the rally done at Independence Square in Kiev on December 15, 2013. President Yanukovich will leave for talks in the Kremlin in a few days, which many protesters fear would collapse its relationship with the European Union.

The government also angered the protesters by having the EU because, according to EU Enlargement Chief Stefan Fuele, Yanukovich’s words and actions were “growing further and further apart” despite the crisis the country is going through.
Observers estimated that there were more than 200,000 people at the Independence Square on Sunday night.

Fuele’s statement declares the EU’s increasing irritation with Ukraine’s demands for financial aid and its forced participation in a bidding war with Russia. According to political analysts, Yanukovich’s visit to the Kremlin will only make matters worse.

Ukrainian opposition fears that a Mocow-led customs union, which may eventually include Ukraine if it does not stop, may be Russia’s attempts in trying to recreate the Soviet Union.

According to the United States and France, wider support to punish the Syrian regime with a limited military strike continues to increase to date. The European Union had expressed support, but said that the military strike can only happen if it goes through proper UN processes. The EU said that they condemned the Syrian Regime’s “cynical use of chemical weapons” during the August 21 attack.

The attack claimed more than 1,400 civilian lives including children.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the number of countries supporting the strike had increased to double digits. After his meeting with EU foreign ministers in Lithuania, the ministers issued a call to action against the Syrian Regime.

The US Obama Administration had pushed for a global campaign for support for the US-led military strike. US President Barack Obama warned about the dangers of inaction and said that countries should “stand up for the kind of world they want to live in.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said that the suspected chemical attack was a “war crime and a crime against humanity” regardless of which side made the attack in Syria. The EU also called on the United Nations to fulfil its responsibilities in ensuring the security of the entire world.

Still, a wide international opposition against the military strike exists. Pope Francis had led a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin also declared that Russia will defend Syria in case of a military strike.

Friday last week, Venezuela gave NSA leaker Edward Snowden an offer of political and humanitarian asylum. The country believes that Snowden did the right thing by exposing the illegitimate activities of the United States. However, one question remains for Edward Snowden; how could he get there?

Snowden is currently stuck in the transit area of the Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, which the Russian government treats the transit area as a “neutral ground” not part of the Russian soil. The US had made it clear that it is watching its airspace and is pressuring its allies to deny airspace rights for any plane that carries Snowden.

Last week, the US, due to suspicions that Snowden has stowed away in the plane, stopped the Bolivian president’s flight.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration urged Snowden to leave as soon as possible and take Venezuela’s offer, to which he had agreed. Other countries offering asylum for Snowden are Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

A flight to Venezuela from Russia would pose problems given that it would go over Europe and the US airspace, to which Snowden is denied access. According to analysts, Snowden can most likely take a regularly scheduled flight on the Moscow OAO Aeroflot that flies directly to Havana. Cuba, sharing its Latin American ally Venezuela’s views, would probably let Snowden in the country, if he is not intercepted by the US yet.

Other plans to get Snowden to Venezuela would be a private jet that would fly north to the Barents Sea, Denmark Strait, Newfoundland and Windward Islands. A lacking flying vehicle would need refuelling and only a wealthy supporter or a Latin American government jet can get Snowden to Venezuela.

 

A reported cyber attack in South Korea affected 32,000 computers. The cyber attack was suspected to come from China. The South Korean banks and broadcasters were the target of the cyber attacks. According to the Communication Committee of South Korea, it was found out that the hackers IP address were coming from China. There were several computers and servers in the South that were damaged by the attack. Most of these were coming from banks and financial companies. The media servers were also affected badly. The systems of the bank were shut down because of hacking.

South Korea had suspected that the incident was caused by North Korea having China as its ally. The officials in South Korea continued to work on the damage and prevent another one to come. It was reported that North Korea has given a lot of new threats to the South. There has been an ongoing tension between Pyongyang and South Korea with the issues of missile testing and weapons. A local news agency in South Korea has reported that the South Korean military would improve their cyber defense plan. The news added that the National Computing and Information Agency said that the government sites were not affected by the cyber attacks.

The government has organized a team to respond to the problem and the South Korean officials were working on an investigation as to how the hackers got in and infected the computers in South Korea. The attack that happened on Wednesday was reported to be a similar attack that North Korea has done before. Related incidents of the attack were recalled between the years 2010 and 2012.

China has finally named its new President last Thursday. The Chinese Parliamnt named Xi Jinping as the country’s President. It was reported to be the first leadership change in China. President Xi Jingping took over as the Secretary General of the Communist Party. He had replaced Hu Jintao, who used to be the outgoing leader of the party. Xi Jingping was formally voted by the deputies in the National People’s Congress. He received a vote of 3,000. It was a unanimous vote in China’s political history.

Aside from being named as China’s President, Xi Jingpin was also declared the head of the Central Military Commission in China. He was described to have stronger relationship with the military. One of the writers described the newly chosen President to have a strong hold in his position and would handle the challenges ahead of him. He added that China will still go through problems because of their economy’s structure and also adding up the social issues the country is facing. The ongoing issues in China include the food safety, retirement of its citizens, health care, housing, education, and pollution.

Tough challenges are ahead of the Chinese president according to the critics. When the NPC has opened last week in China, a lot of officials were part of a series of meetings. The agenda of the meetings were reported to have focused in discussing the structure of China’s State Departments including their future targets.During the 1st day of NPC’s opening, it was announced that China would aim for a 7.5% annual growth rate.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ request for the Palestinian Authority’s recognition as a non-member observer state to the United Nations is now under from Israel. Israel threatened that if Palestine does become an observer state, it would withhold the taxes paid by Palestinians to Israel in which a percentage is given to the Palestinian Authority.

The United States, who had promised an instant veto upon the proposal of the West Bank Palestinian Authority, and Israel, fear that Palestine is trying to create a state without negotiating or consulting Israel. For years, the two countries have fought against each other for the proper distribution of land split between the two of them. Director of Public Affairs at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies David Weinberg said that Israel is trying to achieve statehood without making peace with Israel.

He observes that if the bill does push through, it would cause problems with Israel. Now on the defensive after the Gaza attack, it would defend all of its positions and will take actions against Abbas’ authority, preventing a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

However, Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization, sees that if Palestine will upgrade its status in the United Nations to a non-member state will indeed improve their statehood and determination.

Professor of Political Science Samir Awad of Birzeit University in the West bank states that the latest move of Palestine’s Abbas is a “protection of image” as it would give Palestine more bargaining power against Israel. Hamas’ rocket attacks to Israel “damaged” the image of Abbas, which emboldened the Hamas consequently.