Turkey’s Purge Continues
The purge by the Islamist authoritarian Turkish government continues after the failed military coup in July and expands into still more areas and professions. As a result, in addition to
Greece, some Turks are now seeking political
asylum in Germany.
Venezuela’s Dictatorship Blocks the Democratic Opposition
After the recent blockage by
Socialist dictatorship of the democratic opposition’s attempts at placing a
referendum on the ballot to recall the President, in what the opposition calls
a “coup d’etat,” more demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the
regime. The opposition-led Congress is
now placing the President on a political trial. The opposition won a supermajority in the
national legislature, but the regime has acted in an authoritarian manner to
deny them any share of power.
Hong Kong’s Pro-China Legislature Refuses to Seat Democratic Opposition Legislators
The Chinese Communist-appointed government of Hong Kong declined earlier this week to seat two members of the democratic opposition to the special territory’s legislature because of their objections to the oath of office that implies loyalty to
opposition had won a majority in the elections after mass protests last year
against the Chinese Communists’ efforts to strip Hong Kong
of its autonomy. The territory was
promised fifty years of autonomy, liberty and free markets after reverting from
British rule in 1997, but Peking has limited the number of elective seats in Hong Kong’s legislature and barred some opposition
candidates from standing for office.
A report publicized earlier this week conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and a non-proliferation organization has concluded that the Syrian dictatorship has repeatedly used chemical weapons of mass destruction in the Syrian Civil War.
had pledged to give up all of its chemical weapons, but the terms of the
agreement brokered by the United States
did not include chlorine, one of the earliest-known chemical weapons. The Syrian regime of Bashar Assad, like that
of his father, uses weapons indiscriminately against civilian residential areas
where there is opposition to the dictatorship.
Such actions are crimes against humanity. The Assad regime also sponsors terrorism and
is the main ally of Iran,
which is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Iran
are backing the Syrian dictatorship.
United Kingdom’s Economy Grows, Despite Leaving the European Union
The British economy grew more than expected last quarter, following the approval of the referendum for the
Kingdom to leave the European Union,
according to a report by the British government a few days ago. Although the British economy has suffered
some adverse effects, the doomsday-type predictions of the supporters of
remaining in the E.U. have not materialized.
Supporters of leaving the E.U. had expressed confidence that the U.K. would
thrive if it regained its economic sovereignty and independence. The U.K. will begin negotiations to
leave the E.U. next year.
United States reported yesterday that it has intercepted
multiple Iranian shipments of weapons to the pro-Iranian Shi’ite Houthi rebels
in Yemen. The interceptions are apparently the reason why
the rebels recently attacked American warships off the Yemeni coast.