16 Aug 2012

JULIAN ASSANGE, AN ECUADORIAN CITIZEN


Mr. Julian Assange
Today, 16 August 2012, Ecuadorian government has awarded Mr. Julian Assange political asylum. For the time being, he remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, where the compound was surrounded by police, by early morning. The British government informed will not give Mr. Assange any kind of safeguard and will do anything to arrest him. This sort of behaviour British government has been taking towards Ecuador, only shows disrespect not only for Ecuadorian government themselves, but also to all international treaties and agreements.

For sure, there’s someone stronger behind the scenes putting Great Britain under pressure to take such measures (the US? Sweden?). We have already seen British government being subdued due to foreigner interference (“War on Terror” is a good example), so it’s up to them – the British – to go on and show to the world that they are able to manage their own things or will accept outside interference and make this absurd decision of arresting an Ecuadorian Citizen by disrespecting international agreements.

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER UNDER THREAT


UK Police Officers
I’ve just read an article that says that Ecuador reported it received a report from the UK government that threatens to arrest Mr. Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, who requested asylum in the Andean country and is in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The information was confirmed by the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, in a news conference in which he ratified, if it does happen, his country will take strong measures to stop this violation of international standards.

The British official communication, announced on this 15 August 2012 the Ambassador of Ecuador in London, Ana Albán, that the Britsh forces are seeking the possibility “of invading” the Ecuadorian embassy, said Patiño.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister described the British position as a "hostile and unfriendly act" that violates "expressed international standards."
It also revealed that the Ecuadorian government will announce soon the answer to the request for asylum made ​​by Mr. Assange to the Ecuador.

By reading at such news, I ask myself: Why do Britsh authorities would take such a repulsive action against Ecuador? It’s hard to believe that Great Britain is taking a desperate step towards Ecuador without suffering any external pressure. If Britain does it, for sure it will set a dangerous precedent all over the world. By doing so, all countries will have the right to do the same to British, in retaliation. That’s to say, all international treaties regarding Embassies, would be at stake. If you do not respect me, why should I respect you?

I hope Great Britain do not take such an offensive action against international agreements only to satisfy external interests. It actually would be below the belt.

14 Aug 2012

Syrian Uprising - Part 2


It’s been almost 16 months since the beginning of the uprising and Mr. Bashar al-Assad still remains as a powerful dictator in his stronghold. The slaughter of civilians is uncountable; all we know for sure is that the number of casualties is getting higher every day.

President Bashar al-Assad talking to his soldiers
I’m trying to understand what goes through Mr. Assad’s head. Why doesn’t he leave the power? Shouldn’t he think about what’s happening to his people? Doesn’t he think of his people’s suffering? Well, if he really likes Syrian people, it’s reasonable to believe that Mr. Assad would at least try to listen to what his people want to say – unless he believes all this upheaval is part of an Occidental plot to overthrow him, that is, the USA.

It’s well known that all dictators have something in common in their minds: an absurd obsession for power. They see themselves as the only saviour for their people. It, of course, could not be different to Mr. Assad who has been in power since 2000 after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, who ruled the country for 29 years.

Syrians refugees
Whilst the world watches comfortably in their sofas the course of those events, several children and the olds are losing their lives amid explosions and shootings. Perhaps, they are also dying of starvation and lack of basic supplies as water and pills but, unfortunately, Mr. Assad doesn’t care about it; the power is far more important than the lives of children.

Why do people are not able to oust Mr. Bashar al-Assad? In my point of view, one of the main reasons is that Syrians have been subdued for decades and so, are not strong enough to maintain a joint direction to depose the dictator. Another reason is that of internal matters, as for example, sectarianism and ethnic. The CIA “World Factbook” summarizes Syria’s cultural make-up as follows:  Ethnic Groups - Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other - 9.7%. Religions: Sunni Muslim - 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) - 16%, Christian (various denominations) - 10%, Jewish - only tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo. Those groups are not as united as it should be to get rid of President Assad.

Rebels fighting on the streets
For the time being, as they keep killing themselves off, countries such as Israel, the US, France, England and Germany, are just watching... It’s important to them to do not take any measure against Mr. Assad. As Syria is an old enemy of the Western countries, the most Syrians die “the best to the rest of the world”. Why should some country send troops to free Syrian people if the outcome could be this people turning against their “liberators”?

“Let’s Syrian kill each other in peace”.