Lenin comes back to life & Obama faces a storm of crit­i­cism

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

De­vel­op­ments in the last week have been heated, and some have been odd and ex­cit­ing. In Kiev, the cap­i­tal of Ukraine, the great statue of Lenin was top­pled by peo­ple. A leader from the Na­tional Party claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity and stated that top­pling Lenin’s statue im­plies the end of Soviet col­o­niza­tion in Ukraine. Some peo­ple have likened the event to the fall of the Ber­lin Wall, but the events had op­po­site up­shots: while the two Ger­ma­nies were uni­fied, the events in Ukraine have breathed new life into the his­tory of im­pe­ri­al­ism and Lenin’s an­nex­ing of Ukraine to strengthen the Soviet Union. The fall of the Ber­lin wall helped the Ger­mans for­get the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two Ber­lins; the top­pling of Lenin in Ukraine has brought the catas­tro­phes and dif­fer­ences sharply back into fo­cus.

Ger­many is fac­ing fi­nan­cial crises to­day, as the whole Europe has to deal with eco­nomic prob­lems and the erup­tion of rad­i­cal and racist move­ments. Ukraine, too, is un­der pres­sure from Rus­sia and Putin not to move to­wards the Euro­pean Union.

Just three years ago, Obama turned his back on his trust­wor­thy and pow­er­ful ally, Hosni Mubarak, leav­ing Egypt to sink into a mael­strom of rev­o­lu­tion and counter-rev­o­lu­tion. In con­trast, the Geneva agree­ment al­lows Bashar As­sad to re­main in power in or­der to avoid a clash be­tween Rus­sia, the West and Amer­ica. And we should not for­get that the Egyp­tian dic­ta­tor stepped down at the start of events, be­fore rivers of blood were shed, be­fore the up­ris­ing turned into a rev­o­lu­tion. But in Syria, thou­sands of civil­ians have been killed and chil­dren and women abused with­out in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian lines be­ing drawn be­tween black and white, op­pressed and op­pres­sor. Which is why Bri­tish news­pa­pers rou­tinely state that Pres­i­dent Obama has turned his back on his close and pow­er­ful al­lies in the Mid­dle East. At this im­por­tant junc­ture, the Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has moved quickly to pro­mote Rus­sian in­ter­ests. That is why Bri­tain should has­ten to fill the vac­uum the US has left in the re­gion. Be­cause Rus­sia wants the Soviet Union to pros­per, new life is breathed into the his­tory of Lenin and then his statue is top­pled. Per­haps Bri­tain wants to re­visit its own his­tory in the Mid­dle East?

Bri­tish and Amer­i­can news­pa­pers have given ex­ten­sive cov­er­age to the photo Cameron and Obama took with the Dan­ish Prime Min­is­ter. Amidst a storm of In­ter­net crit­i­cism, Cameron has also been crit­i­cized by Bri­tish MPs who would not ac­cept his ar­gu­ment that when some­one asks to take a photo with you, you should not refuse their re­quest. The crit­ics do not con­sider the photo or­di­nary: firstly, it was taken at the grand fu­neral cer­e­mony of Nel­son Man­dela; se­condly, th­ese three per­son­al­i­ties (Cameron, Obama and the Dan­ish Prime Min­is­ter) took their photo us­ing a phone. Obama laugh­ing with the Dan­ish PM and tak­ing pho­tos and shak­ing hands with Pres­i­dent Cas­tro sparked the anger of Michelle Obama, who seemed up­set at what her hus­band did. In ad­di­tion, his hand­shake with Rafael Cas­tro forced the White House to spring into ac­tion and say this was not some­thing planned in ad­vance--the hand­shak­ing was an ac­ci­dent!

Nel­son Man­dela lived his long march to free­dom and passed away a great, global and peace­ful man. How­ever, the at­ten­dance of world lead­ers—the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter and Amer­i­can pres­i­dent among them--at his fu­neral cer­e­mony has led to storms of crit­i­cism from the me­dia, par­lia­ment, Congress and their fam­i­lies.

Any­way, there is only half a month to go be­fore the end of 2013, and the Mid­dle East if full of is­sues. Rev­o­lu­tions are un­der­way, with one rev­o­lu­tion tak­ing place within another. Sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence is threat­en­ing Iraq, fight­ing be­tween Shi­ites and Sun­nis is at its peak, and rad­i­cal Is­lamist groups and Al-Qaida are ex­tend­ing their ter­ror­ist at­tacks into Syria and bol­ster­ing their power. The Saudi are con­cerned about Obama’s poli­cies, which means a lot in re­la­tion to Amer­ica’s po­si­tion and fu­ture in the re­gion. Tur­key and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are mov­ing to­ward greater joint po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic projects, and the Kur­dish-Turk­ish peace process is be­ing se­ri­ously dis­cussed—in short, the Kur­dish ques­tion is no longer a se­cret. The world me­dia de­scribed Barzani’s visit to Amed as a his­toric event, while his speak­ing overtly about the Kur­dish ques­tion was a step to­wards its peace­ful so­lu­tion. Ev­ery New Year, peo­ple all over the world wish for a bet­ter fu­ture, hop­ing against hope that the world’s po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests will al­low their wishes to nudge the world to move in the right di­rec­tion.

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