US Senator John McCain plans to write a column for a Russian newspaper Pravda in response to President Vladimir Putin’s opinion piece on Syria in The New York Times that outraged some members of the American Congress.
Russia and the US continue to trade barbs over President Vladimir Putin’s recent Op-Ed in the New York Times, in which he took issue with America viewing itself as “exceptional” and the dangers it posed in Syria and beyond.
Anders Breivik, the 34-year-old extremist who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun attack in Norway two years ago, will begin studying political science through the University of Oslo, which The Guardian describes as Norway's "oldest and most...
The Director-General of the OPCW Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü received a letter on 12 September sent by the Syrian Foreign Minister, Mr Walid al-Muallem, informing him of the decision by the Syrian Government to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and of the transmission of a legislative decree to the UN Secretary General.
Syrian Deputy Minister Mr Faisal Mekdad called the Director-General today in the context of Syria’s decision and requested technical assistance from the OPCW.
The Director-General informed the Deputy Foreign Minister that the Syrian request for provisional application of the Convention to Syria prior to its formal entry into force has been forwarded to the States Parties to the CWC for their consideration. In that context Syria’s request for assistance is also likely to come under review by the States Parties.
While the whole world was terrified by the prospect of the Obama administration bombing Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping was busy doing the Silk Road.
One has to love that famous Deng Xiaoping dictum; "Always maintain a low profile". This being the second-largest economy in the world, "low profile" always packs a mighty punch. Cue to September 7, in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, when Xi officially proposed no less than a New Silk Road in co-production with Central Asia.
Xi's official "economic belt along the Silk Road" is a supremely ambitious, Chinese-fueled trans-Eurasian integration mega-project, from the Pacific to the Baltic Sea; a sort of mega free-trade zone. Xi's rationale seems to be unimpeachable; the belt is
the home of "close to 3 billion people and represents the biggest market in the world with unparalleled potential".
In 2006 the U.S. was at war in Iraq. Some of the enemy forces it very much struggled to fight against were coming in through Syria. The same year Israel lost a war against Hizbullah. Its armored forces were ambushed whenever they tried to push deeper into Lebanon while Hizbullah managed to continuously fire rockets against Israeli army position and cities. Hizbullah receives supply for its missile force from Syria and from Iran through Syria. Its long-term plans to attack Iran and to thereby keep supremacy in the Middle East depend on severing Hizbullah's supply routes. The sectarian Sunni Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia, saw their Sunni brethren defeat in Iraq and a Shia government, supported by Iran, taking over the country. All these countries had reason to fight Syria. There were also economic reasons to subvert an independent Syria. A gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey was competing with one from Iran to Syria. Large finds of natural gas in the coastal waters of Israel and Lebanon make such finds in Syrian waters quite plausible.
Ironically, the biggest threat to plans for destroying the Syrian government's chemical weapons may come from Syrian rebels if they balk at a ceasefire and target UN inspectors removing poison gas canisters, a possibility that the rebels may hope...
The higher up the political ladder one goes the bigger the ethical compromises one must make.
It is very rare to find people of strict ethical and moral behavior in the higher echelons of government. The reason is that the higher up the political ladder a candidate goes, then the more ethical compromises they would have to make in order to reach those positions at the top. Ethical compromises that good people would not be prepared to make, nor even tempted by with all the big money pay cheques. This is why we very rarely find high ethical and moral qualities in people in positions of power. John Kerry is a great example of someone ethically compromising and becoming corrupted and immoral as they reach the higher echelons of government in this video of him being morally correct in his younger days.
Very occasionally we have seen people of ethics somehow get through to the higher echelons of government, such as John F Kennedy, who was clearly threatened for his ethical and moral standards he tried to placate, by the ruthless money men, who eventually had him killed. He was too great a threat to the ruthless perpetuation of control by fear, greed, unethical, and unscrupulous misery and slavery for the population, by the heartless puppeteers above him.
Often in the earlier stages of a person’s political career, they can have great aspirations to bring about a more ethical and morally sound system, and I am sure a young, unsullied Tony Blair going door to door campaigning may have had such aspirations, but the further up the political ladder they climb, the more they have to compromise ethically in order to proceed.
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