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The Ukraine Crisis: The Crimean Referendum and after
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:15

The referendum on the status of Crimea was held on March 16, 2014. The polling started at 6 AM local time and lasted 12 hours, the people were asked whether they wanted to join Russia as a federal subject, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea's status as part of Ukraine. The European Union, United States, Canada and several other nations condemned the decision to hold the referendum. In addition the Tatar who make about 12% of the peninsula’s population who are Sunni Muslims, called for a boycott of the vote. On march 15 The United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution declaring the referendum invalid, because Russia vetoed it, However, the Crimean parliament and the Sevastopol city council considered the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Feb. 22 as a coup , and the new interim government in Kiev as illegitimate. As a response to these developments, the Crimean leadership argued that they had to enquire of their people what they wanted for their future, whether they want to stay with the Ukraine or they preferred to go to Russia, so they scheduled a referendum for Sunday March 16, during which the Crimean officials declared that over 97% of voters supported the choice to join Russia with a turnout of over 80% of the 1.5 milion Crimean who were eligible to vote, the next day Crimea declared its independence from Ukraine the and requested to join the Russian Federation. On the same day, Russia recognized Crimea as a sovereign state.

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The World: The Exploding Middle East and the Ukraine Crisis
Monday, 17 March 2014 01:48

Our world is in trouble, a very serious trouble, as if the violence, destruction and death in the Middle East is not enough, the world has been plunged very recently into a very serious crisis as result of the confrontation between the Russia and the Western powers over the Ukraine. This is the main topic for this update, but before I start talking about it I am going to go back to the Middle East situation, which has been the topic for my last update, which since then, and this is why I am going back to it has gotten much worse. In all of the countries which were supposed be going into a spring which have turned as I have made it very clear in my last update had in fact turned into a real hell, which again as a result of the restraints on the size of a Hanoudi Letter update, I am going to say few words about the situation in Egypt, Syria and Iraq and will concentrate on the recent east-west crisis, which is reminiscent of those world was frequently plunged into during the cold war and the threat it poses to the world’s peace and stability.

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The Arab Spring: A Dream Turned Into a Nightmare
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 01:49

I have been trying for the last two weeks to find a topic which is interesting enough to talk about on the Hanoudi Letter Blog, but I was undecided, and then the violence which has been engulfing the Middle East for more than three years suddenly turned into an even greater menace with a huge upsurge in death and devastation.  This was very sad, because things  started with a great dream of hope and a better life for the people in the Middle East, which followed the uprising in Tunisia in 2010 and resulted in the toppling of the regime there, and forced the president, Ben Ali who has been in power from 1987 to 2011, to flee Tunisia and seek refuge in Saudi Arabia, this amazing event was followed shortly by  the forcing of Hosni Mubarak who has been in power in Egypt from 1981 to 2011, to step down, as a result of a similarly huge uprising against his rule, this was followed by similar rebellions in many other Middle Eastern Arab countries, which created a great movement to turn the whole Middle East into a better, a more  democratic place, it was called the Arab spring, but unfortunately it was a very short spring, because after a very short time dream turned into a terrible nightmare of death and destruction.

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The: Hanoudietter: Few Highlights from 2013
Monday, 06 January 2014 00:52

This update is about three of the most important events of the year 2013, there has been others equally important ones, but there is no more space for them in this piece. 2013 has been a very unusual year, what happened then, was very often dangerous, and very weird.  I have decided to talk about only three events which I think had a great impact on many people all over the world, the election of pope Francis as the last heir to the St. Peter throne, the second story is about the non-ending mayhem in the Middle East, the ongoing slaughter in Syria Egypt and Iraq. The third is about the death and burial of Nelson Mandela.  I was hoping that I would be able to say something about some major crises which griped this country during the year, the first was the exposure of America’s secret surveillance machinery and the backlash it created, and finally the failure of congress to reach an agreement about next year’s  budget which resulted in the shutdown of the federal government for 18 days and threatened  default and a failure of the country to pay its bills, but it was impossible, the space in this site for an update is limited to around 1,400 words.

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