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The Eurozone is endangered, the Middle East is a proper warzone, Africa is ransacked by terrorism, and Asia has worries of its own. This week has brought us closer to a range of interesting, yet troublesome events.   EUROZONE Greece has said “Ohi” (No) to austerity through the referendum that took place on Sunday, July

The Eurozone is endangered, the Middle East is a proper warzone, Africa is ransacked by terrorism, and Asia has worries of its own. This week has brought us closer to a range of interesting, yet troublesome events.

 

EUROZONE

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Greece has said “Ohi” (No) to austerity through the referendum that took place on Sunday, July 5th. The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, despite SYRIZA’s victory, has been forced to resign and has been replaced by Euclid Tsakalotos. According to his blog, some Eurogroup leaders refused to negotiate for a better agreement without his resignation.

What does this mean for the Eurozone though? Jeroen Dijsselbloem has marked this as “regrettable”, whereas a Grexit is internationally disputed in terms of legality. The Tuesday Eurogroup Summit has concluded that Greece needs to come to terms with an acceptable bailout plan by Friday, giving an ultimatum to Alexis Tsipras on this coming Sunday, whereby the EU leaders will hold another summit to decide on whether Greece should receive another bailout or face a Grexit. The Guardian says that these are Europe’s most critical five days in its history, since no other country has ever exited the Eurozone before.

THE MIDDLE EAST

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More suicide attacks have taken place in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack against NATO and Afghan forces was claimed by the Taliban. There were no casualties in the process and all equipment and personnel has been recovered, according to U.S. Army Colonel Brian Tribus.

At the same time, the United States has only trained roughly 60 Syrian rebel fighters since July 6th, out of the goal of 3000-5000 recruits a year, against the threat of the self-styled “Islamic State”. The rebels undergo strict training whereby it is ensured that they will stick to their sole purpose of eradicating the “IS” threat instead of targeting the Assad regime. At the same time, the US believes that getting the Iraqis to fight against the “Islamic State” is key to destroying the “IS”. About 11000 Iraqi soldiers have been trained by the US.

AFRICA

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The Middle East is not the only region where the jihadi movements have made their moves. Nigeria has suffered attacks by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. A device packed with explosives (possibly set up by a suicide bomber) killed at least 26 people in Lagos last Tuesday. The government is struggling with attacks within its soil since Boko Haram started raiding villages earlier this “bloody July”, in the name of the holy Muslim Ramadan month.

Meanwhile, Kenya has melted down in a turmoil after Al-Shabaab claimed an attack in Mandera County with 25 casualties. The attack was against “Kenyan Christians”. This Islamic extremist group operates primarily in Somalia.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned a number of extremists for their acts during Ramadan.

ASIA

On the other hand, India has linked numerous deaths to the Vyapam scandal. The scandal involves several undeserving candidates bribing politicians and entry-level examination officials to get high ranks in entrance tests for India’s state and civil services in Madhya Pradesh. The recent deaths are deemed to be highly suspicious, since they occur irregularly, with people linked to the scandal, being victims. In the case of the TV journalist Akshay Singh, for instance, the journalist did not smoke, had no previous medical illnesses, was fit, exercised and did not consume alcohol, according to a twitter post by a former colleague of his. Ministers and government officials believe these deaths are the cause of foul play.

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