Sunday, January 18, 2015

Foreign Digest: Ukraine, China, Syria and Iran

Interpol recently issued an arrest warrant for charges of embezzlement of public funds against the former pro-Russian authoritarian President of Ukraine, who was overthrown by a pro-democratic and pro-Western revolution last year.  He fled to Russia

The property of one of the leaders of the pro-democracy movement in the Chinese Hong Kong was recently firebombed, in addition to the crackdown on street protesters by Chinese Communist authorities insistent on limiting the choices of Hong Kong leaders in elections to those approved only by the Communist Party. 

The fourth anniversary of the civil war in Syria has passed.  The grim toll is now more than 200,000 dead and 3 million refugees, the latter of which are straining the resources and stability of the neighboring states to which they have fled.  Meanwhile, another human rights organization has confirmed the Syrian dictatorship’s use of chlorine as a weapon.  Syria’s partner in sponsoring terrorism, the Iranian regime, has reportedly admitted to supplying arms to Syria, and manufacturing arms there, as well as pursuing its nuclear weapons program in the territory of its only Arab ally.

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