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Mohamed Iqbel Ben Rejeb, president of RATTA, the Rescue Association of Tunisians Trapped Abroad, sat in a chair in the hall of a hotel in Avenue Bourguiba, the Champs Elysées of Tunis. His phone was constantly ringing. He screened every single person entering the building. With him was the father of a jihadist fighter killed in Iraq. His name was Mohamed too.
On January 17 2016, Almigdad Mojalli, a Yemeni freelance reporter, was following the effects of a Saudi airstrike near Sanaa. At that time, he was on a commission from the American television channel Voice of America and there was a photographer with him. A Saudi bomb hit his car, severely injuring Almigdad. His colleague didn’t manage to reach the closest hospital in time to save the journalist’s life.
Venezuelans demanding a referendum on the government of Nicolas Maduro are "marching" on Caracas. Representatives of 20 indigenous ethnic groups took off on foot for a 700 km journey from the state of Amazonas, along with dozens of civil organizations from other cities. A priest, Lenin Bastides, is walking the distance to support the demand for a date for the referendum, which is provided for by the Constitution. If the National Guard continues to block him, he will go on a hunger strike.
While Brazil got emotional with its first Olympic gold medal won by a judo champion who grew up in a favela, the Senate in Brasilia approved 59-21 to carry on with the impeachment process against the deposed president Dilma Rousseff — and in the capital, in Rio in the Copacabana beach and near the Maracanã, as well as in in São Paulo, Fortaleza, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Goiânia and other cities Rousseff's supporters took to the streets to protest against the institutional "coup".
During the evening of the 15th of July 2016 all the press agencies of the world break the news that some Turkish troops occupied armata manu one of the two Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul. Several tanks are seen on the cities’ streets: immediately everybody screamed about a coup.
WASHINGTON, DC - After the dramatic night between last Friday and Saturday, Turkey remains in a very unstable situation. At least 6,000 people are detained over failed coup, as Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. In addition, 265 people were killed in clashes and riots during Friday’s night. Now, the question is: what will be the future of Turkey? We interviewed Ms. Zeynep Jane Louise Kandur, vice president of the AKP’s Istanbul Women’s Branch and responsible for the Foreign Affairs Department. And she has very clear ideas: “The coup? It was undoubtedly plotted by Muhammed Fethullah Gülen.” Despite this statement, made also by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, uncertainties remains, according to US government officials.
Syrian crisis hit Lebanon as well. In the country one person out of three is a refugee, in a territory with only the size of Kosovo. Low salaries, high rents and the rising cost of living are the challenges faced by Lebanese and Palestinian. 25% of the Lebanese population was already under the level of poverty and since 2011 the situation deteriorated.
Saudi Arabia has bought Islam. For over 200 years, the al-Saud family has promoted fundamentalist Wahhabi theology, mostly through warfare inside the Arabian Peninsula; but in the last 50 years it has instead been able to continue this project by using oil money to pay for a worldwide revolution in Sunni Islam.
It happens week after week in this rich nation, where parts of the population are now starving. At La Isabelica, Caracas, likely the largest affordable housing community in Latin America with 70,000 inhabitants, some of the looted stores were greengrocers. People took to the streets blocking access to the roads with improvised barricades after yet another blackout.
One question sums up the situation in Venezuela today: Is it possible that the gross domestic product of the country that holds the largest oil reserves in the world will suffer also the worst decrease, below Sudan and Equatorial Guinea? Yes, Venezuela's wealth will contract this year by 8% according to the International Monetary Fund. For those who prefer other sources, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America (CEPAL) has a 6.9% estimate, while Latinfocus' is 7.2%.
Governments and the public alike are all resenting tiny Panama because that is where Mossack Fonseca conducts its business of helping the rich and the powerful become even richer by hiding profits from their tax authorities. It is the word "Panama" in the so-called "Panama papers" that had the government react promptly. "Under scrutiny is a company," they said, "but that name is a blow to the nation".
The prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, has announced that his country is putting forward a candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations: Helen Clark, herself a former prime minister, and also currently head of the United Nations Development Programme.
Since Russia has been declared officially in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in all forms in Syria, speculations splashed media platforms across the globe. Observers saw in Russia’s decision to enter Syria a long-term strategy, albeit the abrupt announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw most of the Russian forces from Syria put friends and foes alike in bewilderment.
The US president Barack Obama began 20 March his official visit in Havana marking a historic turning point in the relations between Cuba and the United States. Tensions between the decade-long enemies sealed the fate of Latin America for more than fifty years, and brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.
The candidates for the upcoming presidential election in Peru are 19. Well, actually they are just 17. With only four weeks to go before Election Day on 10 April 2016, the Electoral Council disqualified the outsider contender, Julio Guzmán, because of irregularities in his party's registration. And it barred another hopeful, César Acuña, for handling out money while campaigning.
The price of copper keeps falling owing to the slowdown of the Chinese economy in particular. To Chile, which holds the largest reserves in the world, this means less growth, less tax and currency revenues and also a number of small mining operations shutting down at an increasing pace? Thousands of mine workers across the industry are losing their jobs and their families their income.
In September 2015, the Angus Reid Institute asked Canadians about their country’s general military priorities. 74% said that ‘Canada should be focused on peacekeeping’, with the other 26% choosing ‘military preparedness’. This is in line with the main tradition of Canada’s peacetime military role, but is somewhat surprising in view of the deep transformation of Canada’s military under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. Despite ever-increasing demand for personnel for UN operations, Canada currently has some 100 military personnel so deployed.