World View: 'Explosive' Polio Outbreak in Somalia

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  • Concerns raised about a possible civil war in Egypt
  • 'Explosive' outbreak of polio spreading in Somalia

Concerns raised about a possible civil war in Egypt

Dramatic videos were broadcast on Saturday of Egyptian security forces hiding behind tanks shooting and killing unarmed protesters with their hands up, further polarizing the country after almost 1,000 people have been killed in the last week in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters. Although most MB supporters are protesting peacefully, some reports are saying that some activists are stockpiling weapons in preparation for a major battle. Egypt's interim government on Saturday threatened to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood organization entirely, and seize its property and assets, calling it a terrorist organization. However, attempting to dissolve MB would not end the protests and riots, and might make them worse. 

Many politicians are expressing concern that Egypt is headed for a civil war, and they're using Syria as a comparison. But from the point of view of Generational Dynamics, Egypt and Syria are completely different cases. 

Syria is in a generational Awakening era (like America in the 1960s), with plenty of survivors who have vivid memories of the 1982 bloodbath when tens of thousands of people were slaughtered in fighting between Sunnis and Alawites in the city of Hama. These survivors do not want to see anything like that happen again, and the war in Syria would have fizzled long ago if it weren't for the actions of the psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad, supported with massive heavy weapons shipments from Vladimir Putin, the psychopathic president of Russia. 

Egypt is in a generational Crisis era. There is no inhibition of the kind felt by the survivors in Syria. A full-scale crisis civil war is a real possibility in Egypt. BBC

'Explosive' outbreak of polio spreading in Somalia

With the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab blocking international aid workers for vaccinating Somalians against polio, an "explosive" outbreak is now occurring. According to the United Nations, "The fact that [over 100] children show symptoms of paralysis means that there are probably thousands more with the virus, who do not have symptoms, but are capable of spreading it." 

Polio is highly infectious, exacerbated by poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The disease is spreading through regions of Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab and various warlords, and is also spreading to the almost half a million Somalia refugees in camps in Kenya. On Wednesday, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF - Doctors without Borders) closed its programs in Somalia after 22 years because of repeated terrorist attacks and murders by al-Shabaab. Polio remains endemic in three other countries -- Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan -- mostly because al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups refuse to allow vaccination programs, sometimes claiming that they're a secret plot to sterilize Muslims and prevent more Muslim children. BBC and Middle East Online

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