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November Grumblings

From Europe to Africa and Asia, November ushers in new grumblings along with the continuation of unsettled affairs as people revolt for change, terrorists ally with each other to wreck havoc upon civility, a government meddles into the affairs of another in a futile attempt to revive a dead empire, authoritarians seek to prevent democratic reforms and the stalwarts of democracy continue to build upon an International Coalition to effect stability and the rule of law across a rapidly and ever changing restless world.

Eastern Ukraine...

Pro-Russian rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine prepare for an election tomorrow that will not be recognized by the World with the exceptions of Russia and China. As tools of Russian agitation within Ukraine to block the expressed Western aspirations of Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels in the east have staged tomorrow's vote with a view that it would give them and Russia some legitimacy over a swath of Ukraine sovereign territory. Yet, as some Russian troops rollback closer to the border with Ukraine, November will usher in a host of still unanswered questions as to the final outcome of Ukraine's borders.

Hong Kong...

Students and democracy reformers continue their vigil to universal suffrage in the former British colony of Hong Kong. Though China has indicated that it would not relent on denying universal suffrage to the city, demonstrators have now been embolden in their resolve for democratic reforms since their local leader and another high ranking Beijing loyalist in the city have questioned allowing equal political participation to working class people.

Middle East...

The ISIL lined up and executed 50 members of an ethnic tribe yesterday in Anbar province Iraq and that grim total of executions could be added to another 35 found in a mass grave left by the ISIL putting the number of executions carried out by the ISIL in Anbar province to some 300 in the past week west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

In Syria, the Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda terrorist group, has ousted moderate Western supported fighters from Idlib and this action appear to support a chilling realization that Al Qaeda and the ISIL are warming up to each other to further wreck havoc in the Levant.

Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have entered the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border in an attempt to save it from the ISIL.


Signs are suggesting that the dreaded Ebola outbreak might be abating in the urban areas of Liberia, yet much work remains to end the tide of the virus in the rural parts of the country.

In Burkino Faso, protests against the 27-years of rule by President Blaise Compaore, forced him to resigned the presidency of the impoverished country and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after protesters set fire to the parliament in the capital of Ouagadougou. While his chief of staff General Honore Traore briefly proclaimed leadership of the transitional government in Burkino Faso on Friday, by this morning, after defiance from protesters and junior army officers over Traore as president, Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida appears now to be leading the country.

In Nigeria, terrorist group Boko Haram has denied any truce with the Nigerian government and its leader has proclaimed that the 200 kidnapped teenage girls have been converted to Islam and married off to different men.


An internet tax proposed by the government that brought thousands of Hungarians into the streets in protest, has been scrapped, but Hungary remains uneasy because similar attempts to regulate free speech could be proposed by the government.


While many didn't appear to notice, tens of thousands of Irish poured into the streets of Dublin recently to denounce further austerity plans for the Emerald Isle. What will November bring to Ireland?

Across our World, people are restless and demanding better representations of their governments and the rights to decide their own destinies against a background of those seeking to curtail their freedoms. As the stalwarts of democracy form Coalitions to achieve some measure of stability, there will arise other testing situations. Yet, the resolve remains high that people be allowed to government themselves in peace and in accordance with the rule of law.