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A History of the Brittle Cease Fire for Israel – Hamas War

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

After eight days of unrest, both Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas had finally agreed to call upon a cease-fire. The move was initiated by the Egypt’s new Islamist government and supported by the United States.

The conflict which had just been recently reignited by Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense,” resulting to numerous civilians casualties for both sides. Four years after the Gaza War back in the winter of 2008-2009. The ideal – rooted conflict can be traced way back in 1988 when the founding charter of Hamas declared for a Jihad – Holy War.

Hamas

Is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawamah al- ‘Islamiyyah which can be literally translated as “Islamic Resistance Movement.” It is a militant fundamentalist Islamic organization who currently occupies the West Bank and Gaza. Originally, it is an alternative group of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which is founded by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin aimed in establishing a network of charities, schools and clinics in the region. But certain ideologies and circumstances had urged it to engage into several bloody conflicts with Israel.

A year after the declaration of Jihad, its founder was convicted by an Israel court for giving orders to its members to kidnap and kill two Israeli soldiers which gained him a 9 year sentence in jail. He died 7 years later from an airstrike by Israel. According to reports, the group has been targeting Israelis with suicide bombing which now tolled to 500 individuals since 1993.

The group is viewed differently depending on the audience. Israel, United States, UK, and other western countries treats it as a terrorist group. Meanwhile, Arab and Muslim nations has a different perspective regarding them. They considers them as a victim of Israeli aggression.

Israel

a formidable ally of the United States in the middle east, Israel had age-long conflicts with its neighbors. Many Muslim countries and groups had outrageously deny its existence and called for its destruction. Hamas is one of them. The military power of Israel proved to be more capable than their foes which gained them territories in the Six-Day War.

Over time, some had yielded their advocate but conflicts still ravages on. Gaza War is one of those. It is a result of an offensive measure of Israel against Hamas over the disputed Gaza Strip, a strip of coastal land on the Mediterranean sea. It resulted to more than a thousand Palestinian and 13 Israeli soldiers dead.

Present Conflict

The present conflict was temporarily halted after a truce between the two sides has been agreed upon which took effect 14:00 EDT on Tuesday. According to reports, It stopped a supposedly Israeli ground

invasion which may lead to further casualties aside from 162 Gazans and 5 Israelis dead from bombing and rocket fires. Unfortunately 37 of the present casualties are children.

Stephen Stevenson

Up for the Presidency: Xi Jinping

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Chinese Community Party already released the voting result of who will dictate the leadership of China in the next five years. The country’s vice president Xi Jinping was chosen to take the presidency after Hu Jintao steps down from the office this March according to Xinhua.

Aside from being the Vice President, Xi Jinping is also currently the top-ranked member of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China, Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission, President of the Central Party School and the 6th ranked member of the CPC Politiburo Standing Committee. He was the son of the communist veteran Xi Zhongxun and had experienced his part of struggle during the cultural revolution. He is a man known to have a tough stance on corruption and a frank openness about political and market reform.

The selection, which takes place every 5 years, was just recently deliberated with a list composing of highly recognized Chinese officials. Also in the same report, the other candidates who belong to the list are North Korean-trained economist Zhan Dejiang, financial guru Wang Qishan, minister of the party’s organization department Li Yuanchao, Tianjin’s party boss Zhang Gaoli, and the conservative Liu Yunshan.

But it seems that only those in the government are celebrating the transition of power. In an another article, the locals, most especially the young and educated, are infuriated because not even a touch of democracy is present in the voting. Only those in power are given the chance to select and appoint the leader, robbing the people of their say to the faith of their government in the next five years.

The recently concluded US election, wherein President Barack Obama was given his second term, also salted the wound of the Chinese. Democracy was proudly displayed on the event, giving a fair ground to the American citizens to choose on who will going steer the wheel for the next couple of years. In the same article, the Chinese people are also weary from shouts of reforms coming from the former upcoming candidates thus deepening the disappointment.

The incoming President Xi Jinping has a lot of tough challenges ahead and his character will be really put to test. The most pressing concern will most probably the real reforms in the system that the Chinese people are deliberately seeking. But achieving it won’t be a walk in the park because unrooting the habits, serving as a blockade for its achievements, is a messy process. Relationship with relatives and friends may be lamented in the process before the problem will be finally rooted out.

Stephen Stevenson