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Politics Heat Up Summer of 2014 (continued)

Scotland Potentially Leaving Great Britain

In July a very heated argument found itself at the forefront of European affairs. Scotland, a member of Great Britain since 1707, began talks to help determine whether they should become completely autonomous. Update: On September 18, Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, a decision which has sparked great debate within the country.

Assad Re-Elected

With all that’s been going on in the Middle East for the past decade, it’s hard to keep everything straight. In early June, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was re-elected, granting him another seven year long term amid a raging civil war, which broke out because of overwhelming dissent against his rule. What does this mean for the future of Syria? Only that the worst has yet to come.

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola is a life threatening virus, with a 90% fatality rate, that broke out in West Africa last year and spread rapidly this summer. It has hit Liberia the hardest, with over 1,200 reported cases, as well as Sierra Leone, New Guinea, and Nigeria. The World Health Organization, as well as other humanitarian aid groups such as Doctors Without Borders, have sent healthcare workers over to Africa to treat patients. However, the contraction of the virus by several doctors, and the scarcity of hospitals, beds, and supplies has been problematic.

ISIS/ISIL

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is an extremist terrorist group that rose to the forefront of global issues in the past few months. ISIL’s goal is to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, throughout the Middle East. ISIL has committed serious war crimes, such as killing over 1,000 Iraqi civilians and beheading several US and British journalists. In mid-September the US government, with the support of several Arab nations, began attacking ISIS in Syria via airstrikes.

 

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