World View: Syria's Refugees Overwhelm the Mideast

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Israel plans security fence along border with Jordan
  • Jordan's King Abdullah threatens 'measures' over Syrian refugees
  • Bulgaria to build a security fence along border with Turkey
  • Venezuela's Maduro accuses Twitter of attacking his government

Israel plans security fence along border with Jordan

Israel's security fence in Bethlehem
Israel's security fence in Bethlehem

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "decided to build a security fence in the Jordan valley," separating the West Bank from Jordan. Construction will begin once the fence on the border with Egypt's Sinai is completed. The revelation has infuriated Palestinians, who are participating in a "peace process" with Israel that's considered a joke in the Mideast. According to the report, Netanyahu is concerned about the flood of Syrian refugees pouring into Jordan and the danger that they will continue traveling into Israel in large numbers. AFP and Al Bawaba / Ma'an 

Jordan's King Abdullah threatens 'measures' over Syrian refugees

Syria's civil war has driven some two million people into neighboring countries as refugees, and some 600,000 of these refugees have poured into Jordan. Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Sunday that Jordan's resources are being depleted by the huge number of refugees: 

Jordan currently hosts around 600,000 Syrian refugees - an issue that depletes our already limited resources and puts enormous pressure on our infrastructure. 

If the international community does not move quickly to help us shoulder the burdens of the Syrian crisis... Jordan is able to take measures to protect the interests of our people and country.

Abdullah did not elaborate on what "measures" will be taken to protect Jordan from the refugees. AFP

Bulgaria to build a security fence along border with Turkey

Bulgaria's government was caught by surprise in August when more than 1,000 asylum seekers crossed the border from Turkey in just a few weeks. In September there were 2,000 more, and by mid-October another 1,500. Almost all of them were refugees from Syria and are now living in appalling conditions in refugee camps where no food is available. Bulgaria's resources are being overwhelmed by the flood of Syrian refugees, many of whom have been going to Bulgaria because Greece has erected a fence along its border with Turkey. This week, Bulgaria announced a decision to build a 20-mile security fence along the most vulnerable sections of the border with Turkey. Global Post

Venezuela's Maduro accuses Twitter of attacking his government

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has accused Twitter of attacking his account and those of several cabinet officials as part of a right-wing plot to destabilize his government. Maduro's Twitter account has 1.4 million followers, but the government says that nearly 6,600 followers disappeared from Maduro's account in 10 minutes: 

We've uncovered a massive attack by the Twitter company and the international right against the accounts of Bolivarian patriots and Venezuelan Chavistas, coming from various parts of the world.

Earlier this year, when Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chávez was dying of cancer, he accused the United States of giving him cancer by poisoning him. AFP

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan, King Abdullah II, Syria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Twitter 

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