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VIOLENCE: THE REALITY AND THE THREAT
In this June issue, we offer three reports: Syria: where we take a
long look at what probably remains the most dangerous place on earth overdue
for resolution! North Korea, after a lengthy lay-off by NN, the nuclear
menace that surrounds the Secret Kingdom is probed; as also is the
destabilised Balkans, where violence is once again simmering amongst the
fifteen nationalities. Urgent attention is necessary.
SYRIA: Alessandro Bruno who has covered Syria since before the six
years of war, makes a lengthy review of this nation-sized battlefield where
militarily the various rebels - the Islamists being the most problematic-
are looking at military defeat, not necessarily imminent. Yet it now seems
that there is little scope for the rebels and their salafist sponsors (not
limited only to Al Qaeda and ISIS), of any prospect of military victory. And
yet the reality is grinding down, even further, the country and its hapless
population. Bruno argues that there are no alternatives to Bashir al Asad as
president, until the war is over. GO TO: ........
"SYRIA: Shattered but Still Standing"
NORTH KOREA: With a new president in Seoul, after the downfall of his
predecessor Park Geun-hye, our account of the 'Hermit Kingdom' to the north
is updated. After a lengthy pause in our Korean narrative, Aidan Foster
Carter reviews the current situation in both Koreas and the key events
during the intervening period, since last discussed in these pages. Not only
does the advent of a new, former opposition leader, Moon Jae-in as South
Korea's president change the situation, but more significantly even than the
nation's new president, another newcomer, the world's big brother US
President Donald Trump, is a new and completely unpredictable player (as he
is in most of international politics). Therefore there is a new mix at the
top of Korean pressures and interests. GO TO: ........
"NORTH KOREA: Trump and Moon, Missiles and Mayhem"
SERBIA exhibiting its disgruntled role at the reality of democracy is
indulging in it�s normal disruptive behaviour at the widespread criticism
both national and international, over the conduct of the recent election.
This leaves the incumbent prime-minister now President Vucik. The widespread
criticisms alleging it to have been a fraudulent election, includes, amongst
others, the charge that there were 800,000 alleged 'ghost' names on the
electoral lists, which if true, indicates that democracy is already broken
in Serbia. Vucik thus far has not suggested any large scale investigation of
this and other claims. Sara Bielecki takes us through Serbia's close
relationship with Moscow, it even being suggested that Vucik is
role-modelling Russia's president Putin, particularly in terms of
authoritarianism. 'Reporters Without Borders' tells us, that Serbia is
amongst the nations that saw the worst decline in media freedom over the
It's an unhappy story and Serbia is not alone. Croatia, its nearest large
neighbour, already a member of the EU had also veered to 'the right'. Kosovo
and Albania are protesting at Serbia's attitude towards them. Only Croatia
and Slovenia of the former Yugoslav federation are as yet members of the
European Union. The other FYR republics notably Serbia are not making
progress and tempers are rising, yet it is not credible that the EU would
simply extend membership to grossly corrupt applicants, or those who are
dangerously quarrelsome in terms of frontiers. Albania never a Yugoslav and
the new republic of Kosovo, both moslem, are dissatisfied at their extended
wait for EU membership and alarmed at Serbia's intransigence. Altogether,
the Balkans are not a happy place: GO TO: ........
"The Balkans - Democracy is Struggling"
Clive Lindley - Publisher/Editor