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

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’sSeptember, as previously planned, because of Russia’s decision togrant asylum to Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. on chargesof espionage. This is just the latest negative incident in relationsbetween Russia and the U.S. that were supposed to have gotten betterafter the U.S. pushed the “reset” button in 2009. However, from thepoint of view of Generational Dynamics, America’s real enemy in thecoming world war will be China, not Russia. Russia was America’senemy before and after World War II, but was America’s close allyduring the war, and it appears that something like that is happeningagain. BBC

Mongolia’s natural resource riches lost to corruption and foreigners

Mongolia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms ofraw materials that everyone wants, such as coal, copper, gold, uraniumand rare earth minerals. Under a 2007 deal between Mongolia’sgovernment and Australia’s mining giant Rio Tinto, billions of dollarsworth of Mongolian minerals have been shipped to China. Rio Tinto ismaking a great deal of money, but Mongolia is not. The situation ismade worse by incompetency and corruption among government employees,such as the former head of Mongolia’s Mineral Resources Authority, whowas sentenced to several years in prison. The result is that tensionsare 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 ofdirect person-to-person transmission of the deadly H7N9 bird flu virusthat has killed over 50 people since March, mostly in China.Scientists have long feared the virus would mutate into a form thattransmits easily from person to person. However, there’s no evidencethat such a mutation has occurred, since person to person transmissionis still “not so effective.” Still, in May of this year, theU.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 fearedthat cold weather in the fall and winter will cause a lethalresurgence of the virus.

H7N9 is not the only pandemic threat of concern these days. Theextremely 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 isthat the Hajj, which will bring millions of Muslims from around theworld to Saudi Arabia in October for their once in a lifetimepilgrimage, will result in the spread of MERS to countries around theworld. 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’sinterim president Adly Mahmoud Mansour said that ongoing attempts toend violence had failed:

“Diplomatic efforts ended today. The state gave roomfor all necessary efforts to be exhausted in order to urge theMuslim Brotherhood and its supporters to reject violence, preventbloodshed and cease the disruption of Egyptian society by holdingits future hostage. [The Brotherhood and its allies bear] fullresponsibility for the failure and what will follow.”

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

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