World View: Palestinians Commemorate 'Al Nakba' -- 'The Catastrophe'
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- U.N. General Assembly condemns Syrian regime for violence
- Palestinians commemorate 'Al Nakba' -- 'The Catastrophe'
- Tensions escalate between Taiwan and the Philippines
- Eurozone recession deepens even further than forecast
U.N. General Assembly condemns Syrian regime for violence
France's ambassador Gerard Araud speaks to U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday (AFP)
Ignoring bitter opposition from Russia and Syria, the United Nations
General Assembly approved a non-binding resolution condemning the
regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad for using heavy military
weapons on civilians, and for systematic violations of human rights.
Syria's permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari addressed the
General Assembly with a bitter attack on the Arab League, which
sponsored the current resolution and which, in the past, has expelled
the Syrian government representative from the Arab League and replace
it with a representative of the opposition:
"Giving Syria's seat to the al-Doha [Qatar] coalition
in the Arab League and the attempt to get the UN involved by
giving a [delusional] representation to its aim at breaking off
the road in front of the solution to the crisis and tearing down
the Syrian state.
We bring your attention to the destructive role of the Arab
League, led by Qatar and Saudi Arabia in addition to Turkey
against Syria as the Arab League has given legitimacy to provide
the terrorists with weapons."
The Saudi envoy responded by repeating many of the horrors that
the al-Assad inflicted on innocent civilians -- from bloody massacres
of peaceful protesters to mass slaughter of innocent students in
their college dormitories while they were asleep.
The General Assembly approved the measure by a vote of 107 to 12, with
45 member states abstaining. The "yes" vote was a lot lower than the
vote last August on a similar resolution, where 133 states voted
"yes". According to some analysts, the reason that fewer states
supported the resolution this time is because many of them are
beginning to believe that with help from Russia and Iran, al-Assad is
going to win the war, war crimes and all.
From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, that expectation is
not realistic. Syria is in a generational Awakening era, like America
in the 1960s, and the young Sunni fighters are not going to capitulate
to the Shia Alawite regime. VOA and Al-Jazeera
Palestinians commemorate 'Al Nakba' -- 'The Catastrophe'
On Wednesday, Palestinians all over the world commemorated the 65th
anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 -- a
day that they refer to as Youm al-Nakba or "Day of Catastrophe." The
speeches and protests and demonstrations demanded a "right of return"
to lands acquired by Israel in 1948 and 1967, and full recognition of
Palestine as a nation. In the West Bank, demonstrators clashed with
Israeli police, resulting in 75 injuries and 25 Palestinian arrests.
Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Jerusalem Post
Tensions escalate between Taiwan and the Philippines
Taiwan has rejected as "insincere" an apology from the president of
the Philippines for the Thursday's accidental shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippines
coast guard in a disputed region of the South China Sea. In response
to increased anti-Philippine nationalism in the Taiwanese public,
Taiwan has issued a travel warning telling citizens not to visit the
Philippines, has frozen Philippine applications for work permits in
Taiwan, and is carrying out military exercises in the disputed region
of the South China Sea. BBC
Eurozone recession deepens even further than forecast
The eurozone economy shrank more than economists forecast in the first
quarter of 2013. There have now been six consecutive quarters of
recession, a record. The recession is now affecting even the
so-called "core nations." The German economy, Europe's largest, did
expand, but less than forecast. France's economy went into a
recession, adding to the political troubles of the Socialist president
Francois Hollande. Euro zone unemployment has reached a record 12.1%
as governments increase taxes and cut spending to contain public
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