Yet, there is another issue with the potential to affect deeply the long-term evolution of the European Union. Although this issue has been fermenting for some time, only recently has it registered as a potential point of conflict on the European agenda. It is the possibility of Scottish independence. How this issue is handled in Brussels may also affect the terms on which Cyprus is reunified and the Turkish Cypriots are formally integrated into the rest of the EU.
CALL it the cussedness of an island nation. Beneath the cheeriness of Aphrodite’s sun-kissed island lies the intransigence of the Balkans and the Middle East. On the eve of its accession to the European Union in 2004, the Greek-Cypriot republic rejected a UN plan to reunite with the Turkish-Cypriot north, where the plan was supported. Within the club the Greek-Cypriot government has used and abused EU institutions to wage its feud with Turkey and to lend support to Russia.
This week’s 36-0 vote in the Cypriot parliament to reject a euro-zone bail-out, in protest at a large proposed tax on bank deposits, may be the most momentous act of bloody-mindedness yet, raising new questions about the stability, and even the survival, of the euro. Outside parliament, a demonstrator’s poster summed up the mood: “Fuck Europe”. Such defiance from the island will be admired by some, yet it does not alter Cyprus’s predicament. It is bust, and cannot afford to salvage its oversized and insolvent banks (see article). Cyprus is also trying to play the euro zone against Russia, amid rumours that it might be prepared to offer Russia concessions in offshore gasfields or a naval base.
Press Release Occupy Buffer Zone (OBZ) On the night of Friday 6/4/2012 as is known, the police invaded the space that was under occupation by the Occupy Buffer Zone movement in the Dead Zone. The m...
Jessica Martel's insight:
this article helps to better understand the issues as to why the biffer zone has become occupied. it outlines the reasons why cypriots feel they dont have rights and they are being invaded by police forces
A promotional video shows planned development of a state-level development zone by government of Lanzhou, a provincial capital in China's arid northwest...
The Lanzhou province is lightly populated mainly due to it's semi-arid climate and rugged topography. The goal is make a 500 square mile area (currently with 100,000 people) into a city with over 1 million people by 2030. To make this new metropolis, developers are planning to literally remove mountains to create a more 'ideal' urban environment. This makes some of the most ambitious environmental modification projects seem tame. For more read, the accompanying article from the Guardian.
Questions to Ponder: What potential environmental impacts come from this scale of modification? How will this massive influx of the population impact the region? Could this type of project happen in other part of the world?
crazyyyy.... and I thought the dorms at ric were little, people are confined to these small spaces because there is so many people living there there isnt enough room to have bigger more comfortable living spaces.
North Korea on Monday approved the withdrawal of most of the remaining South Korean personnel at a jointly run industrial park in the North, South Korean officials said, with a final seven set to stay behind to negotiate unpaid wages for North...
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It's crazy that two countries this close together are so polar opposite. When is North Korea going to take southern inflkuence and beneifit themselves?
This is a Muslim state, but alcohol flows liberally. By law, it can be served only within the confines of a hotel, but with an estimated 450 hotels in the emirate, some with up to 26 bars, restaurants...
By establishing a program to promote agriculture and especially that of cotton, Soviet government led by Khrouchtchev in the 1950s deliberately deprived the Aral Sea of its two main sources of water income, which almost immediately led to less water arriving to the sea. Not only was all this water being diverted into canals at the expense of the Aral Sea supply, but the majority of it was being soaked up by the desert and blatantly wasted (between 25% and 75% of it, depending on the time period). The water level in the Aral Sea started drastically decreasing from the 1960s onward. In normal conditions, the Aral Sea gets approximately one fifth of its water supply through rainfall, while the rest is delivered to it by the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Evaporation causes the water level to decrease by the same amount that flows into the Sea, making it sustainable as long as inflow is equal to evaporation on average. Therefore the diversion of rivers is at the origin of the imbalance that caused the sea to slowly desiccate over the last 4 decades.
"Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you may notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B. Yes, some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops."
"women hold up half the skye" I like that haha. Anyways, the gender imbalance in china is rediculas. Hopefully be trying to forsce the women are equal thought this will in a generation or so fix itself. This way, there will also be less abortions per family.
Somali pirates are pushing global trade costs up by billions of dollars per year, says the World Bank, with more than 1,000 pirate attacks since 2005.
Jessica Martel's insight:
These arent johnny depp and his cast members. These pirates are very scarey, and dangerous. With out them, the trading industry would be alot different, it would be safer and it would also cost less, if only there was a way to end the piracy.
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