In Egypt there is a glimpse of democracy in the elections intended to ensure a parliamentary renewal. For the first time, the opposition is seriously organized to gnaw a nice slice of votes at the government party, namely the National Democratic Party. The new popular movement “Kifaya” has given rise to a spontaneous protest against the Iraq war that unexpectedly turned into a mass revolt against the abuses and social disruption that stifled Egypt since independence in the ’52
Islamic infiltration accelerates in Italy and risks coping with criminal activities. According to Sisde’s latest report, the Sunni component is rapidly expanding its network in the central-northern area: Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Friuli and, above all, Marche. The Mosque of Fermo is accredited as a reference reality for the followers. The national meetings are the branching tools on the territory.
Mentre Bruxelles mantiene l’embargo sulle merci di Cipro Nord, mentre Ankara contrattacca boicottando le merci di Cipro Sud, a Pyla si realizza un miracolo multietnico. 1000 “sudisti” cristiano-ortodossi e 500 “nordisti” musulmani convivono pacificamente, dando vita a un laboratorio di umanità e reciproco rispetto, a cavallo della linea del cessate il fuoco che taglia in due l’isola.
Transnistria represents the last Soviet fief on the planet. Igor Smirnov, the president-dictator who has managed to transform the area into the largest “European hub” of criminal traffics, has the power in the region. Shortly due to the blockade of illegal exports imposed by Ukraine and Moldova, with EU support, President Smirnov has halted negotiations and announced for the coming September a referendum with which Transnistria will decide whether to remain part of Moldova or leave it permanently.
The outcome of the elections in Lebanon is for some the first democratic turning point in the Middle East, for many it represents only the maintenance of well-established political immobility. Michel Aoun failed to drag the electorate with his program of renewal, inconvenient to the anti-Syrian opposition led by Muslim Saad Hariri, who ensured the majority in Parliament. Many shadows lie on the credibility of the future government.
Power almost never does the right thing, but certainly always does the story. And that is the brutal story of Kivu, east of Congo. Here, a scum of rotten forces is devastating the territory with kidnapping, destruction of natural reserves and illicit trafficking of raw materials. The armed arm is the well-known general Bosco Ntaganda, at the expense of Congolese President Kabila and Rwandan President Kagame. Many Congolese people wonder whether the international community has now resigned to Ntaganda’s laws.
We are in Congo, on the border with Rwanda, in the Kivu province, battered by guerilla and US embargo on “bloody minerals”. Here, militias piloted by the infamous General Bosco Ntaganda recruited hordes of miners and merchants left without work to widen the network of illicit traffic of precious metals, but arriving on international markets through the legal circuit. The military, by controlling strategic transit points, exploits minerals by force and exports them labeled “Made in Rwanda.”
Tibet is on the verge of extinction. This is the real scenario of the 2008 Olympic Games. With a tourist visa, we have been able to discover the “Chineseization” of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Tibetans do not even shade. Beijing forbids them to leave the country. But besides this, there are so many harassment imposed by the Chinese government, starting with restrictions on births and exploitation of mineral deposits: methane is shipped through gas pipelines directly to Beijing. Will the Olympic torch light up on all this?
Coltan is such a precious mineral for mobile telephones as for the Congolese Democratic Grouping. The rebel militia, checking the field in Kivu, manages to illegally resell the mineral, earning $ 1 million a month, then investing in the war against the government’s army of Joseph Kabila. Today thousands of local peasants have been torn to their lands and forced by militias to extract precious coltan: what are the real ties between belligerents and telephone companies?
Azerbaijan is not just a reserve of black gold, Azerbaijan is also a forgotten war on TVs and newspapers. 1million individuals, well 1/7 of the whole population of Azerbaijan, forced to abandon their homes to escape ethnic cleansing. In the land of Nagorno-Karabakh there are rough disagreements between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities. A drama of men, women and children crushed among the scorns of a corrupt ruling class and an international community so far gagged by the geopolitical status quo between the US and Russia in the Caucasian chess.
The restrictive rule on births is a solution to the containment of the demographic explosion in China but in fact a silent and slow genocide in Tibet. A legally unassailable strategy, conducted with a patient and cold systematicity. That does not let go. “Our population is gradually decreasing due to the limited birth rate, while Han’s ethnicity is steadily rising due to the influx of new settlers from China”.