FC: Jacob West's Current Event Project
1: Yesterday, Cyclone Evan threw the South Pacific island state of Fiji with 200km/h winds, shutting down power and water supplies in the northern region. Thousands took refuge in evacuation centers in the areas. The government warned Evan could be one of the most destructive cyclone since 1993. Meanwhile, New Zealand searchers are looking for 10 fishermen missing off Samoa since the cyclone hit and they believe they have found one of four missing boats. Four people have already died and more casualties are feared as damage so far appeared to be worse than the 2009 earthquake and tsunami that killed 135 people. "Evan Batters Fiji as Samoa Counts the Cost." SBS. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2012. | This storm is significant because Fiji, and other south asian/pacific countries, have experienced many horrible storms in the past which have been very costly. These countries need aid because they cannot pay for all of the damages and costs of these natural disasters. Their economy has suffered by businesses being destroyed, families houses being uprooted, and food becoming scarce. This interferes with our trade with Fiji. We need to support these countries who currently need relief aid because nobody else will. | Cyclone Evan batters Fiji
2: Yesterday, a trio of rebel groups in the Central African Republic took the central mining town of Bria before dawn. This has been the fifth town to fall into rebel hands in their two week long offensive. The rebels are demanding a re-negotiate past peace terms. Residences say that fighters invaded the town at around 4 a.m. using heavy weapons to drive their way into the military garrison. Bria, home to gold and diamond mines, is located in a sparsely populated and poor nation at the heart of Africa. Press, By HIPPOLYTE MARBOUA Associated. "Rebels in C. African Republic Take 2 More Towns." ABC News. ABC News Network, 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 18 Dec. 2012. | This event is signifigant because many countries in Africa have been fighting their own civil wars which causes much chaos in these regions. This makes it hard to aid and support the people in harms way without recieving casualties. The country’s economy suffers due to the occupation and decline of the gold and diamond mines of Bria. Central African Republic also suffers when the government and the rebels fight due to the death count and the money funding these conflicts. This revolution another problem the U.N. and the U.S. have to deal with. | Rebels in Central African Republic Take 2 More Towns.
3: Yesterday, at least 13 members of Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, have been killed in an air strike. The air force bombarded a rebel camp in northwestern Antioquia province on Monday and has since found 13 bodies. Air Force officials said that among those injured in the attack was a rebel who was involved with a killing of 19 soldiers in 2009 in Antioquia. The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has set a deadline of November 2013 for an agreement to be reached with the rebel group. "Thirteen Colombian Farc Rebels 'killed in Air Strike'" BBC News. BBC, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 02 Jan. 2013. | This event is significant because Colombia and other Latin American countries have been effectively dissipated rebellious movements and illegal actions lately. Once these countries have dealt with these problems then they can focus on economic issues and have a more effective economy. These Latin American countries are doing well to take care of their internal affairs and will become better allies with the U.S. In Colombia, the Farc in its heyday in 2001 had 16,000 fighters, but military operations and desertions have halved their number. These countries will conduct better trade and run a better economy once they get rid of these internal problems. | Thirteen Colombian Farc rebels were killed in an air strike
4: Rebels in Central African Republic said they had halted their advance on the capital on Wednesday and agree to start peace talks, avoiding a clash with regionally backed troops in the mineral-rich nation. The Seleka rebels pushed within striking distance of Bangui, the capital, during a three-week campaign to expel President Francois Bozize from office. The advance by Seleka was the latest in a series of revolts in a country at the heart of one of Africa's most chaotic regions. Aboa, Ange. "Central African Republic Rebels Halt Advance, Agree to Peace Talks." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 02 Jan. 2013. Web. 02 Jan. 2013. | This event is significant because countries like the C.A.R. in Africa are resolving these civil issues without violence. There have been many past conflicts like in Sudan and Uganda where these governments have turned on many of their own people. These governments are learning that it is a waste to use valuable resources against their citizens. Once the C.A.R. have planned peace agreements then they can focus of having a better health care, education, and economy. | Central African Republic rebels halt advance, agree to peace talks
5: Senior Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir has been killed by a U.S. drone strike. He died with at least five fighters when two missiles struck his in the north-west tribal district of South Waziristan. He was the leader of one of four major militant factions in Pakistan and was accused of sending fighters to Afghanistan in support of the Taliban. He and his fighters were Reportedly hit by the missiles on Wednesday while they were getting ready to change vehicles. Khan, M. Ilyas. "Pakistan Militant Mullah Nazir Killed 'in Drone Attack'" BBC News. BBC, 01 Mar. 2013. Web. 03 Jan. 2013. | This event is significant because the U.S. has struck a blow to those who side with the Taliban. The Taliban have changed their beliefs to make it acceptable to kill anyone in their way. The world is better without people who are willing to kill to gain much power. The world will be a better place once we can eliminate the threat of the Taliban in the Middle East. | Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir killed in a drone attack