Canada has been making a lot of plays this week on the international stage. For one, our government has decided to close the Canadian Embassy in Iran on the grounds that “Canadian diplomats could be targeted for reprisals after an attack because of Ottawa’s staunch support of Israel and tough stand on Iran”.
Okay, fair enough, they are concerned about the safety of our delegates. However, there is concern from critics that this is a step that could prove bad for future diplomatic efforts in the region, especially since no specific incidents have been cited to have triggered such a decision. It may be a disproportionate move on the part of the Canadian government, for diplomatic presence in foreign countries is largely a good thing. However, others say that this move is influential and does play towards Canadian interests. Yet this also removes another outlet for the US to receive first-hand diplomatic information.
That was September 7th. Interestingly, yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seemed to be having some diplomatic tensions with U.S President Barack Obama, seeing as the US declined an opportunity to meet with him. Also, as of this morning The National Post has announced that Canada has closed its embassy in Cairo as a precautionary measure since there are protests against the US. The demonstrators supposedly consider a film to be “blasphemous to Islam”.
In short, Canada seems to be quite active on the international stage, especially in the Middle East. It will be interesting to see the dynamics this creates, particularly any direct or indirect effects our actions will have on the US and their relationships.
It was another turbulent and eventful week in the world of politics. Today, we will cover the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, the first president of Somalia in 21 years, and lastly, Vladimir Putin’s latest showcase of his strong leadership and lofty visions.
Tuesday was the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, a tragic event in which approximately 3,000 innocent civilians passed away and forever changed the course of modern international politics.
On this day, the mob of protesters enraged by the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of J. Christopher Stevens, a senior American diplomat. Stevens was the first American ambassador killed in duty since the death of Adolph Dubs in 1979. The U.S. has increased security in the area by sending in more marines and warships. There are claims that the attack on the consulate may have been planned. The American embassy in Egypt was surrounded by protesters enraged for the same reason, and the turmoil spread to Iran and Yemen as well.
In Somalia, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, an activist and academic, was elected as the first President of the country in 21 years by its newly created Parliament. Somalia, the setting of the film Black Hawk Down, suffered decades of internal conflict and has been known as the epitome of a failed state for those interested in international politics. President Mohamud has a long and winding road ahead of him, a fact that was reminded by an assassination attempt through suicide bombing two days into his term.
Lastly, Vladimir Putin, the manliest leader of the world, showcased his impressive leadership and lofty visions again, this time by heading a flock of endangered Russian cranes. Check out this video of Putin on a hand glider.
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