Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?”

The world is a happening place. Some good. Some bad.

In China, they are getting ready to unveil the leaders who will rule for the next 10 years. Tomorrow, a number of men will walk out in a particular order, and that is how the world will know who is filling what position.

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has heightened in the last couple days as Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabari was killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza strip. “In a televised address on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu said: ‘Today we sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist organisations, and if it becomes necessary we are prepared to expand the operation.’ ‘Hamas and the terror organisations have chosen to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel in recent days,’ he said after consultations with his security cabinet.’ We will not tolerate a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by rocket fire.'” So far, at least 7 have been killed, 2 children. There are 60 more reported to have been wounded, 10 children.

Swingeing austerity in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal has sent unemployment soaring – there are now more than 25 million unemployed Europeans, and about one in every eight people in the eurozone is jobless. Figures to be released on Thursday are expected to show that the eurozone has tipped back into recession.” Europe is exploding with austerity protests.

I knew cars could be impounded…but ships? Ghana is holding Argentina’s Libertad in a debt dispute. Learn a bit about maritime law and the UN’s International Sea Tribunal.

Also, who doesn’t want a little heartwarming news? A little message in a bottle from Canada to Ireland. International surprises. Love that.

Wednesday’s “What’s Up in the World?” [11.7.2012]

While the US is concerned with elections, countries around the world are struggling with wars, freedom of the press, religious hostilities and social unrest.

Syria: A cease-fire mediated by the UN a couple weeks ago has completely failed. Syrian unrest stopped for religious holidays. President Bashar and Syria’s rebels are not even close to an agreement. War will not be ended by resolutions elsewhere.

Myanmar: Religious hostilities persist in areas of Myanmar as Buddhists block aid meant for Muslim refugees. Most of these refugees come from Bangladesh and have been accused of mistreating Buddhists.

Bolivia: A few days ago four armed men attacked a radio station in a small town in Bolivia killing one reporter. The event calls to question who was involved and for what reasons. The Bolivian government has been regulating social media more than any other government in the history of the country. Could the government kill their own journalists? 

China: The Mekong River runs through South East Asia and provides most of the fishing for the impoverished population of the region. In the last days the Chinese government has been pushing Thailand to build dams in the river for energy purposes. The project can drastically affect the population economically.

Greece:  The Greek people took over the streets again this Tuesday. New cuts in wages and pensions are about to be approved by parliament and labor unions have established 48-hour strikes that could develop into riots if the parliament votes for the spending.