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Aleppo Conflict: Is The End In Sight?

In Syria, eastern Aleppo seems to have almost fallen. The government has obtained control of 97% of eastern Aleppo following intense bombardments, reveals Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in the U.K. On seizing the rest of the areas, the President Bashar al-Assad will win a strategic victory returning the urban centers in the country back under his control. The airstrikes are still pounding the collapsing rebel-held regions and over tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped over there. The clashes between the government forces and rebels are still ongoing, says the observatory.
In an intense plea, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) had asked the sides to spare the civilians’ lives caught in the crossfire. The group urges that this as the last chance to save the lives of people. It wants the parties to consider the fate of civilians who are trapped by the ongoing fighting and do their best to spare as well as protect them. Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, stated that he is aware of the atrocities against a huge number of civilians without sparing even women and children in Aleppo. Even the accounts from people in Aleppo seem to validate those fears.

As per Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist and nurse, working with a clinic said that the Syrian government troops have entered the only remaining clinics in the city and sought shelter with the other staff. He told that they are living in Aleppo with bombardments from different kinds of weapons. The government has even trapped them as well as thousands of elderly people, women, and children in a small area, he added. He added that Aleppo is burning and being destroyed and that it is their final call for help to the rest of the world. It has been stated that chemical weapons and explosive barrels are being used.


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Future In Columbia Now Uncertain!

The rejection of a peace agreement by the Colombian voters to end the six-decade conflict of the country with the FARC rebel group has disturbed the domestic as well as international observers. Many are clueless on what will come next. Though the future of Colombia depends on the people, it is time for the global community to step in and resolve the post-conflict future. There is fear and anger that has fuelled the peace agreement’s defeat and this must be recognized. It will not be easy to overcome the bitterness and distrust after years of division and bloodshed.
Though it is a tough task, it is not impossible altogether. There are countries that have faced such a situation and managed to go down the path of peace including Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and South Africa. The international community needs to play a critical role here. The stronger the commitment to handle the post-conflict future of Colombia, the brighter will be the prospects of the country for a durable peace. Under the peace deal, it was believed that over six million internally disp
laced people who fled their homes to stay away from the conflict will return home. The economists believe that the peace as well as safety in the conflict affected areas will yield peace dividend and boost the economy, but this will involve immense up-front costs as people have to return.

Many donors were willing to offer assistance to Colombia to advance their military campaign against the FARC, but prying their wallets to win a durable peace seems to be a tough task. Already, the U.S. provided more than $10 billion from 1998 to 2015. Now also the White House has extended its support, but with a much smaller offer. It is the Colombians who need to decide with they should approve a revised peace deal before it comes to them. In order to reduce the risk, the internal community must give an offer that is hard for the Colombianstorefuse.

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Rodrigo Duterte Wins Philippine Elections

Rodrigo Duterte, the Maverick anti-crime candidate has won the presidential elections in the Philippines after the withdrawal of those who contested against him. Although the result is yet to be declared, Mar Roxas, the main rival admitted his defeat after the polls gave Mr Duterte an impregnable lead. Mr Duterte stated that he accepted the directive with extreme humility. He stirred controversy during his campaigning with provocative comments. He has credited his victory to his tough bearing on law and order.
Other driving issues related to the election campaign were the influential corruption and inequality and poverty experienced by several Filipinos despite the economic growth under Benigno Aquino, the outgoing President. The 71-year old Duterte is a man called by his rivals as an executioner who could bring terror to the land. He has won the presidency elections by a very clear margin involving almost twice as many votes as the nearest rivals. One thing remains to be unclear and it is what Duterte will do with this job. His promise to sweep the criminals and corrupt officials has won him the support of millions of people who are weary of the previous ineffective governments.
So far, he has offered a few policy details. A spokesman already pledged an essential overhaul of the country’s political system. The human rights groups have also warned that he might repeat what took place in the southern part of Davao, where he being the mayor is accused of letting death squads to murder hundreds of suspected criminals. The upcoming President definitely has a formidable task in the country that is hampered by poor infrastructure and poverty. Election officials stated that there was a record turnout at the voting stations with more than 81% of the 54 million voters casting a vote. The statistics seem to be bleak and stark. Experts claim that anywhere between 40% and 80% of the legislators in the Philippines are connected to the dynasties of politics with vested interests. It is only a few families that control most of the wealth of the country and 25% of its population are still under the poverty line.