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11-Oct-14 World View -- Renewed violence in Central African Republic despite peacekeepers

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11-Oct-14 World View -- Renewed violence in Central African Republic despite peacekeepers

The daily needs of a single Ebola patient

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The daily needs of a single Ebola patient


Health care workers in Liberia carry the body of an Ebola victim (EPA)
Health care workers in Liberia carry the body of an Ebola victim (EPA)

According to televised report appearing on al-Jazeera, caring for an Ebola patient uses up the following resources every day:

That doesn't include any medications.

It's estimated that there are currently at least 8,000 people sick with Ebola in West Africa. That number is expected to be well into the tens of thousands by the end of the year, and then to double every three weeks after that. Washington Post

U.N. envoy makes highly emotional appeal to Turkey to save Kobani

Steffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy to Syria, made a highly emotional appeal to Turkey on Friday to aid the Kurds in the Syrian border city of Kobani, under attack by the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS or ISIL). Turkey is demanding that the U.S. change its strategy in Syria to attack the Bashar al-Assad regime, as well as ISIS fighters. ( "10-Oct-14 World View -- Turkey and America play a game of 'chicken' over ISIS and Kobani")

De Mistura invoked the memory of the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, which is the subject of trials in the Hague to convict Serb leaders of war crimes. According to de Mistura:

"You remember Srebrenica? We do. We never forgot. And probably we never forgave ourselves for that.

If Kobani falls, there will be close to 400 kilometers of the Turkish border basically under control of ISIL out of 900. And what would be next? Other villages? Even Aleppo?

There are the images that we donít want to see, we cannot see and I hope you will not be seeing of people beheaded, of the defenders and civilians."

De Mistura did not ask Turkey to send its own troops to defend Kobani. Instead, de Mistura asked Turkey to permit Kurdish fighters in Turkey to cross the border into Syria so that they can join the fight against ISIS. However, Turkey has previously indicated that no such request will be granted, because Turkey's Kurdish fighters would be members of the separatist terror group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), with whom Turkey fought a decades long civil war. McClatchy

Renewed violence in Central African Republic despite peacekeepers

The United Nations Security Council is threatening the government of Central African Republic (CAR) with sanctions, because a Pakistani peacekeeper was killed on Thursday after an attack by "unknown perpetrators" in Bangui, CAR's capital city. According to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "The secretary-general condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing and wounding of UN peacekeepers. Such acts against those who are working towards peace and security in the Central African Republic are entirely unacceptable. The perpetrators of the violence, which has also resulted in a number of civilians killed since the clashes in the capital began on 7 October, must also be brought to justice."

Several hours after Ban's denunciation on Friday, an armed group fired on U.N. peacekeepers, wounding six.

These attacks come amid a sudden increase in mob violence in Bangui, breaking a July 23 ceasefire agreement. The ceasefire was partially observed in Bangui, but CAR is a country the size of France, and fighting has continued in villages to the north and west.

This week, Bangui has seen its most significant violence in months, resulting in "many casualties." A Muslim man was lynched, decapitated and his body torched by anti-Balaka Christian fighters on Tuesday, and a Muslim Seleka fighters killed a taxi driver in revenge, sparking the latest violence. Gunfire and explosions rang out in Bangui on Thursday. In all, 25 people, excluding peacekeepers, have been wounded since the new round of fighting began.

CAR is in a generational crisis war, which will not end until it runs its course and reaches a climax.

CAR's last generational crisis war was the 1928-1931 Kongo-Wara Rebellion ("War of the Hoe Handle"), which was a very long time ago, putting CAR today deep into a generational Crisis era. The early stages of the new generational crisis war began last year when Muslim Seleka militias began committing atrocities. French Foreign Legion troops arrived to disarm the Seleka militias, but then the Christian anti-balaka militias "rushed into the vacuum," and began committing atrocities this year, for revenge.

Recent reports indicate that both sides are regrouping for new fighting. The U.N. peacekeepers may be able to partially delay some of the fighting, but there won't be peace in CAR until the war has run its course. Daily Times (Pakistan) and Al Jazeera and AP

(Comments: For reader comments, questions and discussion, see the 11-Oct-14 World View -- Renewed violence in Central African Republic despite peacekeepers thread of the Generational Dynamics forum. Comments may be posted anonymously.) (11-Oct-2014) Permanent Link
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