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Crisis in Syria Escalating

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Now in their fifth month of protest, Syrian citizens remain determined to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The government has passed several reforms demanded by the Syrian people but has still failed to appease protestors who continue to voice their dissatisfaction throughout the nation. Over the past few days, however, pro-Assad security forces have crack-downed on dissidents from Damascus and other areas such as Barzeh and Hasrata. On Wednesday morning, Syrian soldiers killed an estimated 20 people and arrested 300 more in Damascus alone. The government’s newfound co....

Middle East: The Crisis in Libya

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Origins of the Crisis

In 1969, Muammar Gadhafi and a group of army officers staged a coup d’état against King Idris I. The new regime promptly abolished the monarchy and declared Libya a republic. Gadhafi soon emerged as the leader of the new republic, which has come to be known as the Jamahiriya, or “the state of the masses.” Under the Jamahiriya, the creation of political parties is forbidden, as the expression of any political ideology that deviates from the current regime’s is deemed treasonous. As a result, Gadhafi has been able to stay in power for over 40....

Searching for a Plan for Libya

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While NATO continued its bombing campaign in Libya, the United States and 30 other nations met on Friday, July 15 in Istanbul where they outlined plans for a post-Ghadafi transitional Libyan government. The conference focused its discussion on the establishment of a national congress and an interim government following an end to the conflict. Most importantly, the attendees agreed to officially recognize the Libyan rebel government, the Libyan National Council, as the sole legitimate governing authority of the nation. Fortunately for the rebels, this means that the Obama administratio....

Food Crisis in Somalia

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Antecedents of the Crisis

SOMALIA has swayed from crisis to crisis since 1991, when the central government fell. In 1992, the same elements of drought and war set off a famine that killed hundreds of thousands of people and started a cycle of international intervention that, despite billions of dollars and more than a dozen transitional governments, has yet to stabilize the country. Today, pastures have dried up, and the animals that Somali nomads survive off of are dying in large amounts. Food prices are escalating, and after 20 years of anarchy, coping mechanisms are collapsing, with ....

Crisis Alimentaria en Somalia

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Antecedentes de la Crisis

SOMALIA ha saltado de crisis en crisis desde el 1991, cuando el gobierno central se derrumbó. En 1992, los mismos elementos de la sequía y la guerra provocaron una hambruna que mató a cientos de miles de personas y comenzó un ciclo de intervención internacional que, a pesar de miles de millones de dólares y más de una docena de gobiernos de transición, aún no ha estabilizado al país. Hoy en día, los pastos se han secado y los animales que los nómadas somalíes utilizan para sobrevivir se están muriendo en grandes cantidades. Los precios de los alimentos están au....

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