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January 2015

On the Protection of the Homeland and the Region in the Face of Global Instability

With Russia making a mockery of civil systems of stability in Europe, with China sowing instability in Asia through its actions at home and on the South China Sea, with the actions of extremists stunting African security, with Bashar al Assad in Syria continuing his wide swath of destruction and decay, and with the Islamic State(IS) and other violent extremists extending their violence beyond the borders of the Middle East; it becomes imperative that the United States(US) maintains and sustains its protection and security of the US Homeland and that it extends sound protection to the entire Americas.

Thorns of Instability have been Planted Worldwide

"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well..." Voltaire.

But at some point realism must be assumed, and once enacted, a picture of the state of unpredictability and instability with regards to world affairs should become clear.

Russian meddling in Ukraine threatens European and world security. Russian jets prowling off the coast of the United Kingdom(UK) adds to instability. The rise and actions of extremists and terrorists is ripe across the globe.

In Syria, Bashar al Assad still sits in power after gassing hundreds of Syrian children and thousands of other civilians to death.

With Any Rift in the EU - Russia Could Benefit

Europe's economic health and strength lies in the European Union(EU). The continent's security is protected by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO). Yet, a rift into the EU's solidarity and unanimity appears to have opened - caused by grumblings from the newly elected leftists in Greece that could pull other previously quiet disgruntled members of the EU into dissent. And the only party to benefit from any fissures in Europe, is Russia.

But the situation in Europe is not dire. The new leftists in Greece have now explained that they not necessarily want to veto any additional sanctions on Russia, but hoped for respect and consultation from the big players of the union on matters before they become public.

The People V. the Financiers: a Greek Mandate

As the profits and returns concern of financial markets remain skeptical over the leftist decision of the Greek people last week, in Athens, a newly elected government has emerged with a mandate from Greeks to provide much desired social and economic relief from the harshness of austerity measures.

To this end, new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has taken office intent on taking the cry of hardships by Greeks back to the negotiating table with financiers to reschedule Greece's obligations with a view to easing the economic pain felt by many in the birthplace of modern democracy.

Europe's New Balance: Decisions to Rejuvenation

There is a new balance on the scales of Europe, and how best the continent decides the tipping point of present weights pressing against it, will augur in deciding the security and the economic health of the continent. Decisions with regards to unity within the European Union(EU) is the single most important question Europe needs to answer. 

In light of the recent election of the anti-austerity left in Greece, Europe will need an early definitive answer from Athens in respect to its commitments to the EU.

To Counter a Surging Crisis: NATO-Ukraine to Meet

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) allies and Ukraine will hold a special meeting in Brussels, Belgium, today to discuss the surge of violence by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

Recent offensives and declarations by pro-Russian rebels have killed some 30 people in the port city of Mariupol and another seven Ukraine soldiers were killed and 24 wounded during rebel offensives in the past 24-hours.

While Russia has blamed Ukraine for the rebel-confessed new offensives, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged rebels to halt the attacks upon Mariupol and to abide by the ceasefire agreement signed last September at Minsk, Belarus.

Signs of More Troubles in Ukraine: Russian Failure to Condemn Rebel Acts

Ukraine faces more troubles in light of Russian failure yesterday at the United Nations(UN) Security Council(SC) to sign off on a Council statement condemning recent violence in Ukraine and statements by rebels to seize more territory.

As pro-Russian separatists mount increase offensives in east Ukraine, the SC yesterday proposed a statement of condemnation of that violence and of statements rebel leader Alexander Zahkarchenko has made suggesting a widening of the rebels' campaign against the Ukraine government.

On Consideration, Compassion and Mercy of those Duped into Jihad

I reference yesterday's four-year jail sentence meted out to a teenage Colorado girl convicted of trying to go to Syria to help Islamic State(IS) militants.

As reported by the BBC-News and the Huffington Post, Shannon Conley, 19, pleaded guilty last September to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

"FBI agents say Conley wanted to marry a suitor she met online who told her he was fighting with extremists. She repeatedly told them she wanted to fight alongside him or use her skills as a nurse's aide to help," the Huffington Post article said.

Peace is Shelved in Ukraine: Pro-Russian Separatists Seek more Territory

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine's east have vowed to continue their mid-winter assaults, agitations and land grabs as Russia warns that Ukraine could become a "bleeding wound for decades". 

Despite the efforts of Germany and France to lure the conflict parties into honoring a cease-fire agreement inked last September at Minsk, Belarus; and despite a pledge earlier this week that rebels would honor the demarcation line established by the Minsk Pact, pro-Russian rebels have now set out upon a new offensive, to capture more territory in eastern Ukraine.

Attacks Escalate in Ukraine as Parties Meet in Berlin

Eight civilians died in an attack upon a bus/trolley stop in east Ukraine earlier today and overnight 10 Ukraine soldiers were killed in battles with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk.

These events, as Separatists, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France met in Berlin to salvage a riddled cease fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in the east, underscores the fragility and the exposure Ukraine faces from Russian meddling.

Furthermore, before these attacks unfolded, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, revealed to the World Economic Forum(WEF), at Davos, Switzerland, that Russia had sent 9,000 troops into Ukraine.