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Posts Tagged ‘ Tunisia ’

Crisis Year: International Relations 2014

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In a morose way, 2014 has been a fascinating year for those with an interest in International Relations. Resurgent Russia and Islamic State have presented two prominent challenges to western liberal world order. The optimistic ‘end of history’ liberalism of the 1990’s now feels like a golden bygone era of stability and prosperity. In its place is a world where the hegemonic power of the United States is limited by insurgencies and despotic powers. In the field of international relations, realist scholars have had a long awaited ‘we told you so moment’. John Mearsheimer has ruffled many feathers with his article in Foreign Affairs ‘Why the Crisis in Ukraine is the West’s Fault’. Regardless of how palatable it is, Mearsheimer’s argument is frustratingly robust, and he presents credible counters to his critics. EU and NATO expansion has encroached into a region that Russia considers critical to its own security, and the latter has firmly drawn a line in the sand, violating international treaties and norms in a display of pure power politics. Although Russia is paying a price, it has asserted itself outside of its own borders in a way that the west cannot prevent. It seems that at long last, balancing is occurring, and the ‘rest’ are pushing back against the ‘west’ after a decade of diminishing US legitimacy and soft power. Continue reading

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Star Wars Episode VII Set For 2015 Release

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Disney and Lucasfilm have today announced that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studi

It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time. Continue reading

Prisoner Returns To Jail To Avoid Arguing With His Wife

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The idea of your day’s routine being identical to your previous day’s routine would be an anathema to this correspondent (likes the odd change in schedule).

Your correspondent though came across an interesting individual recently who thought differently towards his day’s routine and was quite happy for it to be the same as the previous day’s one.

It relates to a thirty-two year old Tunisian, Walid Chaabani, from Livorno in Italy who your correspondent read about in the Times newspaper. Continue reading

Ten Crucial Moments In European World Cup Qualifiers

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With the nine automatic 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification spots sealed in Europe, plus the eight contenders in the upcoming play-offs known, for many it is hard not to think how different it all could have been.

The final matchday of the European qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw group winners Bosnia-Herzegovina,England,Russia and Spain join already qualified Belgium,Italy,Germany,Netherlands and Switzerland on the plane to Brazil. Continue reading

Occupy Dame Street:Who We Are

#OccupyDameStreet is a people’s movement, which stands in solidarity with and is inspired by nearly 1000 sister occupations in the evolving global movement initiated by the people of Iceland, Greece, Spain, and Tunisia. We use tactics of non-violence akin to the scenes of peaceful resistance in Tahrir Square and Wall Street. This is a diverse people’s initiative, unaffiliated with any political parties. We are the 99%. We stand together against political and economic corruption. We stand for equality and social justice. This is a “leaderless resistance movement” with people of many nationalities, backgrounds, genders and political persuasions.

 We say to the people of Ireland: if you have ever looked for an opportunity to engage in realistic change, this is the platform. Now is the time when the spirit of the revolt is spreading to other major cities and financial districts around the world. It is the duty of everyone to stand together against the endless greed and corruption on which our financial system is based. 

We reject the complete control of the European Central Bank (ECB) in dictating our economic policy. Our demand is that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stay out of our affairs. We do not want their influence or control. Our demand is that the private bank debt that has been socialised and burdened upon the population of our country who had nothing to do with it be lifted. We will not pay and let our children and their children pay for this crisis that private banks and bondholders have caused. It is their problem, not ours. Our demand is that the oil and gas reserves off our coast that were criminally handed away to private corporations be returned to sovereign control. Our demand is for real, participatory democracy – where the people’s interests come first, where the people decide what happens. 

We do not claim to have a complete list of solutions. We believe, however, that the process is just beginning. The more participation we can build, the more power our decisions will carry. We invite any person to join us, but we ask that they leave their political party at the door. 

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World News: Berlusconi, Protistutes and More

Acting President sworn in after Tunisia riots

The country`s parliamentary speaker has taken over as interim president after violence forced the nation`s president to flee to Saudi Arabia. The Department of Foreign Affairs are currently trying to aid Irish people in the country in an effort to get them home. 

100 Feared dead after Indian Stampede

Up to 100 people are feared dead after a stampede at the Sabarimala Shrine in India. Large crowds had gathered to mark the start of the annual Hindu religious festival of Makaravilakku. 

 Wikipedia Celebrates 10th Birthday  

The online encyclopedia founded by Jimmy Wales has reached its milestone tenth birthday

Flood Efforts Continue

Rescue attempts are still ongoing after large floods have damaged large parts of Australia, Brazil and Sri Lanka. 

Berlusconi Facing Prostitute Investigation

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated after claims emerged that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

EU Freezes Ivory Coast Assets

The European Union has tightened sanctions against Ivory Coast’s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, freezing the assets of the country’s main ports, the state oil firm and three banks.

Ryanair Boarding Pass Charge Illegal (Spain)

A judge in Spain has ruled that Ryanair cannot charge passengers for failing to print out their own boarding cards.

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