Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Explained

israel palestine.jpg

How Israel Was Created?

After World War I, the League of Nations granted the British a mandate to rule Palestine, which was to be changed into a Jewish National Home.

In 1947, the United Nations adopted a Partition Plan for Palestine recommending the creation of Arab and Jewish independent States and an internationalized Jerusalem. The plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency, and rejected by Arab leaders.

On May 14, 1948, the Jewish Agency declared the State of Israel’s independence. The following day, the armies of four Arab countries – Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq – entered what had been British Mandatory Palestine launching the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. They were joined by Yemen, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.

After a year of fighting, a ceasefire was declared and temporary borders, known as the Green Line, were established. Jordan annexed what became known as the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip.

On May 11, 1949, Israel was admitted as a member of the United Nations by a majority vote.

In May 1967, Egypt massed its army near its border with Israel, expelled UN peacekeepers, and blocked Israel’s access to the Red Sea.

On June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against Egypt. Jordan, Syria, and Iraq responded. In a Six-Day War, Israel defeated Jordan and captured the West Bank, defeated Egypt and captured the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula, and defeated Syria and captured the Golan Heights. Jerusalem’s boundaries were enlarged, incorporating East Jerusalem.

In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat made a trip to Israel, and became the first Arab head of State to recognize Israel as a nation. In the two years that followed, Egypt and Israel signed the Camp David Accords and the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In return, Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula, and agreed to negotiations over autonomy for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Current Situation in Israel

The current Prime Minister of Israel is Benjamin Netanyahu, a member of the Likud party, which is a center-right to right-wing political party founded by Ariel Sharon. Politics in Israel traditionally fall into three camps, the first two being the largest: Labor Zionism (social democrat), Revisionist Zionism (conservative) and Religious Zionism.

Today, Israel is 75% Jewish, 18% Muslim, 2% Christian, and has a population of nearly 9 million people. The GDP per capita is $42,115, ranked 20th in the world. Militarily, Israel has a military budget of $21.6 billion (14th largest in the world), which includes the nuclear bomb. The United States provides significant aid to Israel, over $3.1 billion annually, and over $100 billion since its creation.

The Current Situation in the West Bank

Israel has controlled the West Bank since the Six-Day War (1967). After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israel allowed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to run some administrative areas of the West Bank.

The PLO, runs the Palestinian Authority, a government tasked with managing the Palestinian territories until it makes a deal with Israel. The largest faction of the PLO is Fatah, a secular nationalist political party created by Yasser Arafat. The current leader of the Palestinian Authority is Mahmoud Abbas.

Since 1967, Israel has allowed over 500,000 Israeli settlers to move into settlements in the West Bank. These settlements have the effect of blurring the boundaries of any future Palestinian State, as many Israelis want the West Bank to be fully incorporated as Israeli territory. The presence of these settlements requires Israeli forces to establish a military presence, often making life difficult for Palestinians, as they are excluded from certain Israeli-only roads, and forced to go through a number of security checkpoints.

The Current Situation in Gaza

Gaza is currently under Israeli blockade and is governed by a militant “resistance” group called Hamas. Because Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israeli targets, and has conducted suicide bombings on civilian targets, it is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States, and the European Union. To this day, Hamas refuses to recognize the Israeli State, but allows for acceptance of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza strip rather than the entire territory.

The quality of life in Gaza is extremely poor, because Israel maintains direct external control over Gaza and indirect control over life within Gaza. Israel controls Gaza’s air and maritime space, and six of Gaza’s seven land crossings. Additionally, Israel reserves the right to enter Gaza at will with its military and maintains a no-go buffer zone within the Gaza territories. Due to Israeli and Egyptian border closures, and the Israeli sea and air blockade, the population is not free to leave or enter the Gaza strip, nor allowed to freely import or export goods. Palestinians in Gaza have limited supplies of electricity and are dependent on Israel for all basic services.

Palestinian Territories Overall

Life in Palestinian territories is extremely difficult. With a population of 4,550,368, and a GDP per capita of $1824 in the West Bank and $876 in Gaza, opportunities for success are slim. In fact, nearly 26% of the population lives below the poverty line. Making matters worse, the median age is only 19 years old, compared to 30 years old in Israel. Palestinians survive largely due to foreign aid, the United States being the largest contributor ($368 million per year).

Internationally, Palestine is recognized by 136 United Nation members, and has a status of non-member observer State since 2012. Today, there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees living in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria .

What is Zionism?

Zionism is Israel’s national ideology. It is defined as a national movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic land of Israel. Zionists believe Judaism is a nationality as well as a religion.

However, Arabs and Palestinians generally oppose Zionism, as the explicitly Jewish character of the Israeli State means that Jews have privileges that others do not have. Indeed, any Jew anywhere in the world can become an Israeli citizen, a right not extended to any other class of person.

The Proposed Solutions:

There are 3 proposed solutions for the conflict:

  • Two-State Solution

Palestine becomes an independent state in Gaza and most of the West Bank, leaving the rest of the land to Israel. Most polling suggests that both Israelis and Palestinians prefer a two-state solution. This is the solution that the United State is currently working on.

  • One-State Solution (Non-Jewish State)

All of the land becomes one nation, becoming a single democratic country. Left-wing Israelis and some Palestinians favor this solution.

A core Palestinian demand in peace negotiations is a “right to return” to the homes their families were forced to abandon in 1948. However, Israel believes it cannot accept the right to return without abandoning either its Jewish or democratic identity. Indeed, adding 7 million Arabs to Israel’s population would make Jews a minority. Thus, Israelis refuse to consider including the right to return in any final status deal.

  • One-State Solution (Non-Democratic State)

All of the land becomes one nation by annexing the West Bank and either forcing out Palestinians or denying them the right to vote. Some right-wing Israeli’s favor this solution, but virtually the entire world rejects this option as unacceptable.

The Likely (and Best) Solution

Israelis and Palestinians unite to form a single nation. The government would follow the Lebanese model, where highest offices are proportionately reserved for representatives from certain religious communities. This would allow Jews to feel safe that their people would be represented, while allowing Palestinians the right to vote. For example, the President would always be a Christian, the Prime Minister always Jewish, and the Speaker of the Parliament always a Muslim. In doing so, the nation retains its democratic identity while granting rights for everyone. Most importantly, this solution would bring peace to both Israelis and Palestinians.

For more information, Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter and Facebook

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

Advertisements

World News of the Week – May 14 to May 20, 2018

 

Gaza protest s1
Palestinians flee from Israeli fire during a protest demanding a right to return (via Reuters)

 

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Daily Briefings.

PS: Subscribe to receive the “World News Recap” directly by email.

What You Need To Know:

1. Israeli forces killed 58 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 people during mass protests along the Gaza border, as the U.S. opened their embassy in Jerusalem.

2. Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities and extremely low turnout.

3. A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, won Iraq‘s parliamentary election.

4. A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Texas high school killing 10 people, most of them students.

5. At least 15 people were killed and six were raped during a referendum campaign in Burundi that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza hold power until 2034.

6. North Korea threatened to scrap a summit next month between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Trump, saying it has no interest in a “one-sided” affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

7. A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned just after taking off from the Havana airport, in Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades.

8. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League published their joint government program, promising a major spending spree that will likely put Italy on a collision course with the European Union.

9. At least 8 people were killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

10. At least 19 dead, 39 infected in the Democratic Republic of Congo‘s latest Ebola outbreak, where authorities will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine.

Afghanistan

Albania

Argentina

Armenia

Bahrain

Bosnia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cameroon

Chile

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Egypt

El Salvador

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Macedonia

Malaysia

Mexico

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar

Nepal

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestinian Territories

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Slovakia

Somalia

Spain

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – May 7 to May 13, 2018

trump hostages
U.S. President Trump walks with three U.S. hostages released by North Korea (via EPA)

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Daily Briefings.

PS: Subscribe to receive the “World News Recap” directly by email.

What You Need To Know: 

1. U.S. President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered economic sanctions to be reimposed. France, Germany, the U.K., China, and Russia condemned the move.

2. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un pledged to dismantle a nuclear test site in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists. He will meet President Trump in Singapore on June 12.

3. A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians.

4. Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister after a stunning election comeback, defeating the coalition that has ruled for six decades.

5. A suspected jihadist killed a pedestrian in a knife attack in the heart of Paris before he was shot dead by police.

6. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinian was chosen as Armenia‘s new Prime Minister after weeks of protests against the ruling party.

7. Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League reached a deal to govern the nation. The new Prime Minister should be named in a few days.

8. 26 people were killed in an attack by an unidentified “terrorist group” in rural Burundi, days before Burundians vote in a controversial referendum that could extend the president’s term.

9. At least 17 people died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola.

10. Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon’s election securing half the seats in parliament. Prime Minister Hariri is expected to remain in office.

Afghanistan

Armenia

Australia

Bahrain

Brazil

Burundi

China

Colombia

Congo

Czech Republic

East Timor

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

France

Georgia

Germany

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mexico

Myanmar

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Paraguay

Philippines

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Yemen

Zimbabwe

 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – April 30 to May 6, 2018

volcano
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shakes the Big Island (via USGS)

What You Need To Know:

1. Two ISIS suicide bombers struck Afghanistan’s capital, killing 25 people, including nine journalists, in the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

2. The Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its political allies looked set to win more than half the seats in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in nine years

3. Powerful rainstorms killed at least 91 people in northern and western India.

4. Protests in the Armenian capital Yerevan suddenly calmed after the ruling party confirmed it would back an opposition leader to become prime minister.

5. The U.S. government to take another 30 days to decide whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, extending a period of uncertainty for businesses in those regions.

6. Nearly 1,600 protesters were arrested across Russia as Vladimir Putin is set to begin a new 6-year term. Opposition leader Navalny was among those arrested.

7. ISIS suicide bombers attacked Libya’s election commission, killing at least 14 people in an attack aimed to disrupt a nation-wide vote planned for later this year.

8. Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinian protesters injuring nearly 1,100 people.

9. Boko Haram bombed a mosque in northeast Nigeria killing 27 people. At least 45 people were killed in a separate attack on a village in northern Nigeria.

10. Spain’s maritime rescue service saved 476 migrants who were attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from African shores.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Brazil

Burundi

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Colombia

Denmark

France

Gabon

Germany

Guatemala

Honduras

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Peru

Poland

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Switzerland

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email.

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – April 23 to April 29, 2018

Kim Moon 2.jpg
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line  (via AFP)

What You Need To Know: 

1. The leaders of North and South Korea pledged at a historic summit to work for “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

2. Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned after almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the country into political crisis. Parliament is due to pick a new PM on May 1.

3. A man deliberately drove his van into a Toronto sidewalk killing 10 people and injuring 15. The driver was quickly arrested in a tense but brief confrontation with officers.

4. Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen.

5. Indian security forces killed at least 37 Maoist militants in an ambush at the Indravati river, east of Mumbai. 

6. Suspected jihadists killed 40 Tuaregs, mostly young men, in two attacks in northern Mali’s Menaka region.

7. Three suicide bombers attacked Pakistani police and paramilitary soldiers in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing 6 police officers and wounding 15 soldiers.

8. At least 9 students were killed in a knife attack outside a secondary school in northern China.

9. At least 15 African migrants died when their boat capsized off the Algerian coast on their way to Europe.

10. French President Macron addressed the U.S. Congress during his 3-day state visit with President Trump, laying out a firm vision of global leadership.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

China

Czech Republic

Denmark

Egypt

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Japan

Kuwait

Libya

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email.

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – April 16 to April 22, 2018

A boy walks along a damaged street at the city of Douma in Damascus
A boy walks along a damaged street in the city of Douma in Damascus, Syria (via Reuters)

What You Need To Know: 

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he will suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site, and instead pursue economic growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

2. An ISIS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others.

3. Raul Castro retired as Cuban President at the age of 86. Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez was selected to replace him.

4. Nicaragua‘s President Ortega canceled plans to overhaul the social security system after massive protests turned deadly.

5. Paraguay‘s ruling party candidate, Mario Abdo, was elected President pointing to another five years of pro-business policies.

6. 20 people were killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led military coalition in southwestern Yemen.

7. Israeli troops killed more Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland.

8. Armenia’s former president shifted into the prime minister’s seat as about 40,000 protesters rallied in the capital to oppose the move. Police detained 3 opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters.

9. China conducted live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait increasing tensions in the region.

10. Tens of thousands of Hungarians protested against government control over the media, which they say helped Prime Minister Orban to a landslide election victory earlier this month.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Botswana

Brazil

China

Colombia

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Ethiopia

France

Germany

Guinea-Bissau

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Kyrgyzstan

Libya

Lithuania

Madagascar

Malaysia

Mali

Mexico

Myanmar

Nepal

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestine

Pakistan

Paraguay

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Slovakia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Sudan

Swaziland

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – April 9 to April 15, 2018

Syria attack.jpg
Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria (via AP)

What You Need To Know:

1. The United States, France, and Britain launched military strikes aimed Syria to punish President Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians.

2. A plane crash in Algeria killed 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the country’s history.

3. The Taliban attacked a government compound in central Afghanistan killing 15 people, including three top local officials.

4. Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in Gaza continued, bringing the death toll to 28.

5. Veteran pro-EU candidate Milo Djukanovic won Montenegro’s presidential election with 53% of the vote.

6. Militants wearing explosive belts killed 8 Egyptian soldiers at a military base in central Sinai.

7. At least 82 people have died from drinking tainted bootleg liquor in Indonesia.

8. Militants disguised as U.N. peacekeepers killed one person at a United Nations base in Mali.

9. Indian security forces killed 4 civilians in a village in Kashmir.

10. Nigeria’s President Buhari announced he will seek another term in elections next year ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health.

Afghanistan

Algeria

Azerbaijan

Brazil

Bulgaria

Central African Republic

China

Colombia

Czech Republic

DR Congo

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Japan

Mali

Malta

Mexico

Montenegro

Mozambique

Myanmar

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Philippines

Russia

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Syria

Thailand

Uganda

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – April 2 to April 8, 2018

Presidents Rouhani of Iran, Erdogan of Turkey and Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara
Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey (via Reuters)

Here’s What You Need To Know: 

1. Suspected poison gas attack killed at least 40 people in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Syria.

2. Hungary‘s right-wing Prime Minister Orban easily won a new term as his political party received a super-majority.

3. Brazil‘s top court narrowly ruled against former President Lula. He faces a 12-year jail sentence for corruption.

4. Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinian protesters along the Israel-Gaza border.

5. French and Malian troops killed 30 Islamist insurgents near the border with Niger.

6. Saudi-led airstrikes killed 12 civilians in the coastal city of Hodeidah in Yemen.

7. U.S. President Trump proposed $100 billion in additional tariffs on China “in light of China’s unfair retaliation” against earlier U.S. tariff actions.

8. Christian militias stormed a U.N. base in the Central African Republic killing one peacekeeper.

9. Former South Korean President Park received a 24-year prison term for corruption.

10. Opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as Sierra Leone’s new president.

Afghanistan

Albania

Argentina

Australia

Bahrain

Brazil

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

China

Congo

Czech Republic

Egypt

France

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Hungary

Indonesia

Israel

Malaysia

Mali

Nigeria

North Korea

Pakistan

Palestine

Philippines

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Syria

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – March 26 to April 1, 2018

Osnos-Why-Kim-Jong-Un-Went-to-China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China (via KCNA) 

Here’s What You Need To Know: 

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met with Chinese President Xi in a surprise visit to Beijing.

2. Leftist candidate Carlos Alvarado, who campaigned on same-sex marriage, easily won Costa Rica‘s Presidential election run-off.

3. At least 18 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli security forces in Gaza.

4. Egyptian President Sisi re-elected for a second term despite extremely low turnout.

5. The United States, European Union, and NATO allies expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats over U.K. nerve attack. Russia retaliated by expelling over 150 diplomats.

6. In Venezuela, a fire in the cells of a police station killed 68 people.

7. The Syrian army declared victory in eastern Ghouta after opposition fighters vacated most of the area.

8. Myanmar‘s Parliament elected a longtime loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist as new President.

9. Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 15 people in in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

10. Ethiopia‘s ruling coalition named Abiy Ahmed as chairman, becomes new Prime Minister.

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Azerbaijan

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

China

Congo

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

Fiji

France

Ghana

India

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Kenya

Lebanon

Libya

Mali

Mauritania

Mexico

Myanmar

Nigeria

North Korea

Palestine

Peru

Poland

Romania

Russia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Switzerland

Syria

Tanzania

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Follow @TheZenCorner on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for Breaking News.

PS: Subscribe to the newsletter to receive it directly by email. 

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00

World News of the Week – March 19 to March 25, 2018

Trump b tariffs
U.S. President Trump’s memo targeting Chinese imports (via UPI/Barcroft Images)

Here’s What You Need To Know:

1. An ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 33 people in Kabul as Afghans were celebrating the Persian new year.

2. A shopping mall fire in Eastern Russia killed at least 64 people. No fire alarms went off.

3. Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters have total control of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

4. Months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia‘s former President was detained in Germany on an international warrant.

5. U.S. President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft

6. A gunman in southern France killed 3 people in a hostage takeover of a supermarket. ISIS has claimed responsibility.

7. Five Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in a gun battle near the border between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir.

8. Turkey’s President Erdogan announced the country is conducting operations in northern Iraq against Kurdish rebels it deems “terrorists.”

9. In Nigeria, the terrorist group known as Boko Haram released nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month.

10. Peru‘s President Kuczynski resigned ahead of an impeachment vote. He was ensnared in a bribery scandal with a Brazilian construction company.

Afghanistan

Australia

Belarus

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cameroon

Canada

China

Congo

Croatia

Czech Republic

Egypt

El Salvador

France

Germany

Ghana

India

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Japan

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Maldives

Mali

Mexico

Moldova

Myanmar

Netherlands

Nigeria

Norway

Palestine

Peru

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Somalia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Syria

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

Vatican

Venezuela

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Help Support ‘The Zen Corner’

$5.00