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Agitations Continue to Grow in 2018 - Maldives, Kenya, Corsica and Greece Join the List

In Greece, thousands of Greeks demonstrated in Athens today in opposition to the government's proposal to resolve a matter over the name of neighboring Macedonia, which shares its name with the northern Greek region of the same name, to which the Greeks object.

The Macedonia naming protest in Greece joins a widening list of social and political agitations and uprisings already seen, occurring or ripe in 2018. Greece has always made claim to the name Macedonia, a northern region and a part of Greek history for thousands of years. 

In 1991, the country of Macedonia, not associated with Greece, gained independence from Yugoslavia and officially became the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) - the name used in international organizations, like the United Nations (UN). 

But many Greeks object to the inclusion of the word Macedonia being used in the name of the country, arguing it implies a territorial claim on Greece's northern Macedonia region. However, since the Greek government has proposed accepting the neighboring country's use of the word Macedonia, on the condition there is a clear differential from the Greek region, many Greeks still object, thus today's demonstrations in Athens.

In Corsica, the French territory island in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of France and southwest of Italy, protesters turned out in thousands on Saturday in advance of Tuesday's visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, to demand, not independence from France, but a greater financial devolution from France along with recognition for the Corsican language.

While Corsican nationalists have heeded a 2014 ceasefire in their struggles with France, Saturday's protest, according to a BBC-News report, was a warning that Paris would be "playing with fire" if it did not engage with Corsica's issues. 

In Kenya, freedom of speech issues continue to question the stability of the African nation, as President Uhuru Kenyatta, has ordered private television stations closed because they dared attempted to cover an inauguration of the opposition leader there, following a controversial election last November that returned Kenyatta to the presidency, but with dogged issues over the integrity of the election. 

And in Maldives, the pristine-beach tourist-getaway, the embattled government has ordered its security forces to resist any action by the nation's Supreme Court and not to arrest or to impeach President Abdulla Yameen. The Supreme Court on Friday declared as unconstitutional the 2015 conviction and 13-year-jail sentence of former President Mohamed Nasheed on anti-terror charges, a sentence the international community has viewed as political motivated against the first democratically elected leader of the Pacific Ocean paradise. The court also ordered the release from detention of nine-opposition members of parliament, thus giving the opposition a majority in parliament.

However, in an attempt to withstand the actions of the judiciary and to prevent the opposition from probably impeaching him, Yameen has moved to suspend parliament, while his security forces detained at the airport two opposition members of parliament who were returning home from overseas earlier today.

Clearly, a constitutional crisis have emerged in Maldives casting it onto a widening list of nations facing social and political troubles in 2018.