This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.
* Tens of thousands protest in Russia as anti-Putin civil unrest grows
* Hamas, embarrassed by Syria’s violence, may be forced to move
* Taliban claims to be talking peace with Pakistan government
Except for the eurozone crisis, the news has been pretty slow this past week. I wonder how long it will last?
Tens of thousands protest in Russia as anti-Putin civil unrest grows
Over 60,000 people rallied in dozens of cities across Russia, from the European enclave of Kaliningrad to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast. The angry demonstrators were demanding that last weekend’s Duma election that gave Putin’s United Russia party a tiny majority be declared invalid and a new election commence. There have been reports of widespread corruption in last week’s election, and many believe that Putin would have lost an honest election. The size of the protest appears to indicate a change in national mood. Up until a couple of weeks ago, the average Russian would respond to charges of corruption by shrugging and saying that nothing could be done about it. The new protests may indicate a change from resignation to anger, and that could bring about an “Arab Spring” in Moscow. Ria Novosti and AFP
Hamas, embarrassed by Syria’s violence, may be forced to move
Hamas, the governing force in Gaza, finds itself in an increasingly embarrassing position because of its neutral stance on the violence in Syria, where the regime of president Bashar al-Assad has been slaughtering thousands of innocent Arabs. Two factors further complicate the situation. First, Hamas has its headquarters in Damascus, Syria’s capital, and is being pressured to move to some other country. And second, al-Assad has named the Muslim Brotherhood as one his enemies, and Hamas has links to the Muslim Brotherhood and used to be a part of it. The greatest fear among Hamas officials is that al-Assad’s regime will collapse, and the new regime will cut its ties to Iran and Hizbollah — and Hamas. Thus, some analysts say that Hamas is running out of options, and may be forced to move from Damascus sooner than they’d like. Xinhua
Taliban claims to be talking peace with Pakistan government
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistan Taliban, a terrorist group that has slaughtered many innocent Pakistanis, is saying that they in “peace talks” with the Pakistan government now that the government is doing the things they’ve demanded — closing the border crossings for NATO supplies to Afghanistan and ejecting the U.S. from an air base used for launching drones. However, TTP has agreed to peace talks in the past and has used them to regroup and rearm their forces in preparation for the next wave of terrorist attacks. Daily Times (Pakistan) and Tribune (Pakistan)