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    Olympic Games in Sochi are under threats

    Many questions are raised about Sochi Olympics security ;and the capacity of Russia federation to keep athletes secure and safe during the winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi ;two terrorists attacks in two days with many dead people ; the first one it was The explosion hitting a trolleybus near a busy market during the morning rush hour ;the second one was a blast a day after at Volgograd’s main train station killing 17 people and wounded at least 35.
    After these two surprising terrorists attacks ;Russian police have detained dozens of people in sweeps through the southern city of Volgograd ;it is an attempt to show what Russia is able of before six weeks of the winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi ;


    Volgograd under the shadow of terrorism

    Russia on Sunday had waken on deadly explosion in Volgograd ; the death toll was 14 dead people caused by this suicide bombing on a trolleybus ;after this terrorist attack Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia; as the new year is nearing and terrorist groups are eager to use the new year to show up .
    Some political analysts say ,the involvement of Russia in the civil war in Syria will backfire on Russia sooner or later , to mention Russia will host winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi soon ;for terrorists it is a golden occasion to make their cause known .
    Moscow now fell it is highly concerned and many militant groups could go on the rampage in the run-up to the 2014 winter Olympic Games.


    China demographic challenges

    China soon will face a shortage of manpower due to one child policy imposed by china government since 1980’s , the law has become increasingly unpopular over time ;this policy had surely saved china and the world from social and political unrest for decades ,but now this policy is no longer relevant ,as the economic growth of china is going forward ,and this economy needs urgently manpower to make it sustainable .
    China’s top legislative committee has formally approved reforms to the country’s one-child policy, allowing families to have second child .
    This decision was the conclusion of a six-day meeting of the Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, These reforms are expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2014.
    China has faced worrying demographic challenges, with increasing of elderly population, and on the other side decreasing labor force and male-female imbalances.


    Lebanon in quagmire

    A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, leaving many casualties.
    this blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah ,among many casualties; he was former Lebanese Finance Minister .
    Unfortunately the Syrian civil war will inevitably envenom and worsen sectarian tensions not only in Syria and Lebanon but in the whole middle east .
    The Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah has its fighters in Syria to back the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
    many Syrian rebel groups are controlled by the Sunni Muslim al-Qaeda network.


    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in controversial shrine

    China and South Korea are very angry after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had paid a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo ;China and South Korea have condemned a visit by Japanese Prime Minister . Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. said “The essence of Japanese leaders’ visits to the Yasukuni shrine is to beautify Japan’s history of militaristic aggression and colonial rule,” . The South Korean culture minister added that the shrine honored the memory of the people who inflicted “indescribable” pain and suffering on Koreans during the 1910-45 occupation of the peninsula; and this controversial visit was a complete provocation. In this controversial shrine lay High-ranking officials executed after World War II for committing war crimes against Chinese and south Korean people ;the most degrading of these crimes was the rape of millions of Chinese and south Korean women by Japanese soldiers ,then they consider the women of the enemy as a sexual tools to distract Japanese soldiers .


    Egypt regression

    At least one person has been killed and several others wounded in a bomb attack near a passenger bus in Cairo.
    The police said it was just the improvised bomb not sophisticated one ,the Egyptian Health Ministry said the wounded had mild to moderate injuries.
    The police forces has said they have defused another bomb in the same area ,allegedly put in the area by religious group sympathizing with brotherhood.
    Just two days ago the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militant group based in the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb attack in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, where 16 people, mostly policemen, were killed and many others were injured.
    These attacks cast a dark shadow over political future of Egypt ;since the coup d’état of generals against the first president elected democratically in Egypt .
    As for the Muslim Brotherhood they denied energetically the accusations, saying that the group is committed to peaceful demonstrations ;regardless of what generals and their medias said .


    Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov

    Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov born at 10 November 1919 and died at 23 December 2013 (dies at 94 years old ) ;he was a Russian general and small arms designer, he was famous for developing the AK-47 assault rifle,
    Kalashnikov was, according to himself and many people , a self-taught tinkerer who combined innate mechanical skills with the study of weaponry , Kalashnikov was torn between being a rifle inventor ,designer and guilt because of many innocent people killed by his weapon(Kalashnikov),but he stressed that his rifle is a weapon of defense and not a weapon for offense.
    He was rewarded many awards like
    (USSR State Prize at 1949)
    (Hero of Socialist Labour at 1958)
    (Stalin Prize at 1949)
    (Lenin Prize )
    (Hero of the Russian Federation)


    The PussyRiot

    The PussyRiot is seen in western media as a wind of freedom blowing in Russian dictatorial system ,because Russia as they say lacks free judiciary system, independent mass media, honest and transparent elections, political opposition and vibrant civil society, not to mention the complete fusion and marriage between the institutions of state and church.
    But many outside western sphere do not understand why there is a frantic support of Pussyriot in western media an civil society ,but nothing or little when it comes to defend Edward Snowden and Julian Assange .

    The PussyRiot activists had been freed by vladimir putin , there are many supporters of pussyriot throughout the world ;this is a link through which information about pussyriot is gathered and translated into English news ;this link is ( )and there is also Twitter account ( .


    South Soudan

    South Soudan is in real quagmire,this youngest country in the world is on the brink of civil war ,in order to avoid this another tragedy for Africa , South Sudanese President Salva Kiir says he is committed to beginning negotiations with rebel leader and his former Vice President Riek Machar ; but without preconditions as soon as his counterpart is willing for compromise ; in order to put the country in order .
    But the date of these talks between the two sides is not known yet ;but the first condition to start talks is known ; Machar said that negotiations would be held if his comrades who are under detention were released.

    Clashes broke out near the capital, Juba, between government troops and forces loyal to the former vice president on December 15. Hundreds of people have been killed since ;and many had been displaced ,not to mention wounded people ; humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is looming dangerously ,if steps are not taken to stop this civil war from spreading .
    South Sudan is rich of oil but without north Sudan this oil will not be profitable either for south Sudan or (north) Sudan ,as the pipeline pass through Sudan to reach the coast and be exported ,by the way china has refused to built pipeline in south Sudan to make it independent from Sudan when it comes to export oil .


    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born in 18 July 1918 and died in 5 December 2013; Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African politician and activist. He was the first President of south Africa democratically elected in a fully represented democratic election on 27 April 1994. so he was the first black President of south africe .
    Mandela is sometimes is also called by his Xhosa clan name of Madiba.
    Nelson Mandela was honored with the following:
    -In 1990, Mandela received the Bharat Ratna Award in India.
    -In 1992 received Pakistan's Nishan-e-Pakistan.
    -In 1992, he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award, because of human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time.He later accepted the award in 1999.
    -In 1993, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize with F. W. de Klerk for their work during the civil rights revolution in South Africa.
    -In 2007, Mandela was honored with a statue in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
    -In 2009, the United Nations made 18 July Mandela Day.
    -In 2013, a statue of Mandela was unveiled in the South African embassy outside of Washington, D.C..
    -The city of Johannesburg awarded him Freedom of the City.
    -Sandton Square in Johannesburg was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in March 2004.
    -The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was named in his honor.
    -The Nelson Mandela Bridge, in Johannesburg was also named in his honor.
    -Mandela was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President of the United States George W. Bush.
    -Mandela was awarded the Order of Canada.
    -Mandela was the first living person made an honorary Canadian citizen.
    -Mandela was the last recipient of the Soviet Union's Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union.
    -Mandela first recipient of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights
    -Mandela was honored with the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government.
    -A park in Leicester, England was named Nelson Mandela Park was named after Mandela.
    -Elizabeth II awarded him the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John.
    Mandela was also awarded the Order of Merit by Elizabeth II.