World View: Egypt's Interim Government Declares End to Negotiations with Brotherhood

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Russia 'disappointed' that Obama cancelled Putin visit
  • Mongolia's natural resource riches lost to corruption and foreigners
  • China reports human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu
  • Egypt's interim government declares end to negotiations with Brotherhood

Russia 'disappointed' that Obama cancelled Putin visit

Obama and Putin in June
Obama and Putin in June

A spokesman for Russia's president Vladimir Putin says that he's "disappointed" that President Obama will not meet with him in September, as previously planned, because of Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. on charges of espionage. This is just the latest negative incident in relations between Russia and the U.S. that were supposed to have gotten better after the U.S. pushed the "reset" button in 2009. However, from the point of view of Generational Dynamics, America's real enemy in the coming world war will be China, not Russia. Russia was America's enemy before and after World War II, but was America's close ally during the war, and it appears that something like that is happening again. BBC

Mongolia's natural resource riches lost to corruption and foreigners

Mongolia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of raw materials that everyone wants, such as coal, copper, gold, uranium and rare earth minerals. Under a 2007 deal between Mongolia's government and Australia's mining giant Rio Tinto, billions of dollars worth of Mongolian minerals have been shipped to China. Rio Tinto is making a great deal of money, but Mongolia is not. The situation is made worse by incompetency and corruption among government employees, such as the former head of Mongolia's Mineral Resources Authority, who was sentenced to several years in prison. The result is that tensions are growing, and Rio Tinto is threatening to shut down operations. Spiegel

China reports human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese scientists on Wednesday reported the first likely case of direct person-to-person transmission of the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed over 50 people since March, mostly in China. Scientists have long feared the virus would mutate into a form that transmits easily from person to person. However, there's no evidence that such a mutation has occurred, since person to person transmission is still "not so effective." Still, in May of this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared H7N9 bird flu a 'significant' public health danger. Although there's no current pandemic threat, it's feared that cold weather in the fall and winter will cause a lethal resurgence of the virus.

H7N9 is not the only pandemic threat of concern these days. The extremely lethal Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has killed 44 people so far, mostly in Saudi Arabia (See "15-Jul-13 World View -- WHO meets to discuss MERS virus pandemic threat") The concern is that the Hajj, which will bring millions of Muslims from around the world to Saudi Arabia in October for their once in a lifetime pilgrimage, will result in the spread of MERS to countries around the world. AFP

Egypt's interim government declares end to negotiations with Brotherhood

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi and interim president Adly Mansour
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi and interim president Adly Mansour

In a televised speech on Wednesday, the last day of Ramadan, Egypt's interim president Adly Mahmoud Mansour said that ongoing attempts to end violence had failed:

"Diplomatic efforts ended today. The state gave room for all necessary efforts to be exhausted in order to urge the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters to reject violence, prevent bloodshed and cease the disruption of Egyptian society by holding its future hostage. [The Brotherhood and its allies bear] full responsibility for the failure and what will follow."


Mansour did not specify what action will be taken. Al-Ahram (Cairo)


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