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March 2015

The Damning Deepening Humanitarian Crisis Brought to Wrought by Assad's Syrian War

That the international community has failed the people and the children of Syria is an understatement - not only has the international community failed to ameliorate the condition of millions of people in Syria, it has also, to some extent, failed humanity, and in doing so, it has undermined its own credibility to be faithfully relied upon by  innocents of future conflicts.

Thus, the damning and deepening humanitarian crisis brought to wrought by Bashar al Assad's Syrian war, denotes the impotence of the international community to right conflicts especially with Russia and China holding veto power on the Security Council of the United Nations.

Deal or No Deal with Iran - a Gallant Diplomatic Effort to Curb Nuclear Weapons

As the deadline nears for an agreement between six World Powers and Iran on that country's nuclear capability, whether or not a deal is finally realized, one thing remains certain of which history must duly note: that on a mountain in Switzerland and in other serene locations across Europe, a group of diplomats gallantly tried to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

And despite concerted malicious efforts by some to spoil the negotiations, it happened that in this 2015, the lasting civility of humankind was exhibited at Lausanne, when men and women sat in effort, to broker an element of the greater spectrum of issues contributing to international stability and security.

A Future-Shaping Era of Increasing Conflicts

Conflicts in the Middle East and in Africa, festering issues in Asia, a crisis and growing agitations in Europe, and a couple of developing hot spots in the Americas, are all indicative of an era of increasing conflicts that stand to shape the future of the World.

And in light of these circumstances, there are basic premises, once identified, that hold the answers to why global peace is unattainable. 

As long as there is at least one displaced person, there cannot be peace. As long as at least one person is denied redress to a grievance, there can never be peace.

Yemen - the Addition of a New Crisis to Prolonged Conflicts

While Saudi Arabia and the Arab Coalition attempt to stabilize Yemen, to quash a Houthi uprising and to return the democratically elected President Hadi to office, the still developing state of affairs in Yemen, represents yet another crisis added to prolonged conflicts in the Middle East region. Bashar al Assad's war in Syria, the terror of the Islamic State, the Libyan violence and the still fragile sectarian differences in Iraq, are some of the prolonged conflicts.

Moreover, fueled by sectarianism and an alleged proxy feud pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran for influence among nations in the Middle East, the crisis in Yemen and its secondary effects will be felt for some time to come.

An Apathy to Empathy - Prolonged Crises and Vehement Violence

When sufficient people to make a difference show no interest of the sufferings or of the appalling existences of others, the expressed historical effect has been prolonged crises and vehement violence.

Thus, prolonged crises and vehement violence follow from an apathy to empathy. Had more people at an early stage cared, recognized and understood the implications of the rise of Hitler, WWII might not have been. 

Had more people cared, recognized and understood the conditions giving rise to a shortage of food in Africa, famines in Somalia and elsewhere could have been averted.

Operation "Storm of Resolve" is Launched by Persian Gulf States to Salvage Yemen's Government

Led by Saudi Arabia, a coalition of Sunni Islamic Persian Gulf States, has launched operation "Storm of Resolve" with air strikes in an attempt to rescue Yemen's battered government from falling to Shiite Islamic Houthis militants, who have ousted the government from the capital and other cities across Yemen.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates(UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan have joined the coalition that has bombarded Houthi positions within Yemen.

The Crisis in Yemen: Another Manifestation of Fractured Affairs

Without any help from the Gulf States region, it will not be long before Houthi Shiite rebels gain control of Yemen or plunge the country into a violent civil war. 

That rebels have gained control of the capital Sanaa and other keys cities, and  are now focused on Aden - the stronghold of President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, is indicative of the decline of Hadi and his government who have been supporters on United States(US) anti-terrorism operations in the region.

The crises, which has taken the form of sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam, is a manifestation of fractured affairs within yet another country which has witnessed years of authoritarian rule, an Arab Spring, new leadership and now consorted instigation by a past ruler to return to power.

On Consideration of the Innocents Duped into Serving the Islamic State

Youth is undoubtedly a time of discovery, of trial, of triumph, of failure and yes, of considerable ideological challenges. 

From the dizzy first drag on a cigarette or marijuana, to the stunning taste of alcohol, to batting practice on neighbors' mailboxes, to the exploration of service in the Peace Corps, to the responsibility of community service, to the freedom of leaving the village or the homestead for the first time; coming of age varies from hamlet to city, from Christianity to Islam and from country to continent.

Russia's Quick Consideration of Nuclear Weapons is a Threat to Global Security

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted earlier this month that he considered uncorking his nuclear arsenal last year amid the Crimea crisis. Yesterday, his ambassador to Denmark said Russia would aim nuclear missiles at Danish warships should they become outfitted with NATO's missile defense systems.

Together, the sum of both admissions by Russia amount to a clear threat to Global security of which both NATO and its allies, along with Russia's neighbors, should pay careful attention.

After Putin's admission of his quick consideration of arming Russian nuclear weapons amid the Crimea crisis, the World should have taken notice, but business continued as usual throughout Europe.

Extremism, Sectarianism, Sovereignty and Austerity Issues: Warming to a Summer of Unknown Consequences

An evolving sectarian crisis in Yemen, the ongoing terror in the Levant perpetrated by the Syrian regime and by the Islamic State(IS), the crude violence in Libya - combined with sovereignty issues on the South China Sea, and in Ukraine, along with austerity issues in Greece compounded by austerity protests in Ireland and possible political change in Spain; are all warming to a summer of unknown consequences.

The developing Shiite-Sunni sectarian violence in Yemen has the character to develop into a full civil war there -  home to an active wing of al Qaeda terrorists, and the scene of two gruesome suicide attacks last Friday that killed 137 people at prayers at two mosques, and for which the IS taken blame.