World View: Syria's Refugees Overwhelm the Mideast

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 asecurity fence in the Jordan valley,” separating the West Bank fromJordan. Construction will begin once the fence on theborder with Egypt’s Sinai is completed. The revelation has infuriated Palestinians, who are participating in a “peace process” with Israelthat’s considered a joke in the Mideast. According to the report,Netanyahu is concerned about the flood of Syrian refugees pouring intoJordan and the danger that they will continue traveling into Israelin 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 neighboringcountries as refugees, and some 600,000 of these refugees have pouredinto Jordan. Jordan’s King Abdullah II said on Sunday that Jordan’sresources 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 putsenormous pressure on our infrastructure. 

If the international community does not move quickly to help usshoulder the burdens of the Syrian crisis… Jordan is able totake measures to protect the interests of our people andcountry.

Abdullah did not elaborate on what “measures” will be taken to protectJordan 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 than1,000 asylum seekers crossed the border from Turkey in just a fewweeks. In September there were 2,000 more, and by mid-October another1,500. Almost all of them were refugees from Syria and are nowliving in appalling conditions in refugee camps where no food isavailable. Bulgaria’s resources are being overwhelmed by the flood ofSyrian refugees, many of whom have been going to Bulgaria becauseGreece has erected a fence along its border with Turkey. This week,Bulgaria announced a decision to build a 20-mile security fence alongthe 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 attackinghis account and those of several cabinet officials as part of aright-wing plot to destabilize his government. Maduro’s Twitteraccount has 1.4 million followers, but the government says that nearly6,600 followers disappeared from Maduro’s account in 10 minutes: 

We’ve uncovered a massive attack by the Twittercompany and the international right against the accounts ofBolivarian patriots and Venezuelan Chavistas, coming from variousparts of the world.

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

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

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