World News: GLV Daily Digest for July 29, 2014

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The world news daily digest update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 29, 2014 provides coverage of the fuel depot fire in Libya. Meanwhile, China investigates its former security chief, Zhou Yongkang.  The Ukraine crisis spills into sports, as United Kingdom lawmakers demand Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup.

Fire in Libya Threatens Lives of Civilians

Officials in Libya warned civilians of the growing dangers from a large, fast spreading fire at a fuel depot in city of Tripoli. The fire started on Sunday after a rocket hit a fuel storage tank located near the city’s international airport. In a public statement by Mohamed al-Harari, a spokesman for Libya’s National Oil Company, it was released that the depot’s storage contained nearly 16 million gallons of diesel and petroleum, as well as canisters of potentially explosive liquid gas. At least two storage tanks of petroleum are on fire.

Firefighters battling the blaze were pulled from the area as the fighting between militias continues in the area. Meanwhile, Libya requested help from neighbouring countries, asking for firefighting aircraft. So far that request has been refused.

China Investigates Former Security Chief

Chinese president Xi Jinping has continued to battle with corruption by announcing an investigation into the former Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkong. The 71-year-old Zhou, who retired in 2012, is one of the most senior party figures to ever face a formal investigation in China. According to the state-run news agency, the anti-corruption agency of China decided to investigate Zhou for violations of discipline.

Much of Zhou’s family holds assets worth $160-million in the sectors that were heavily controlled by Zhou during his political career. It is believed that the wealth of his family is the main reason for the investigation.

United Kingdom Wants Russia Stripped of the 2018 World Cup

United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, called for Russia to be stripped of the honour to host the 2018 World Cup. Clegg continued by saying that Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin’s behaviour towards Ukraine has reached a tipping point.  Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, opposed the suggestion, believing that politics and sports should not be mixed.  According to a spokesperson for David Cameron, the Prime Minister believes other mechanisms, such as asset freezes, should be used to punish Russia instead.

Nick Clegg is not the only politician to demand that Russia, many of the German politicians have called on the international football federation, FIFA, to stop Russia from hosting the tournament. Following the crash of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which has been widely blamed on Russia, Netherlands is planning to meet and decide whether or not they will participate in the 2018 World Cup. Almost 200 Dutch citizens lost their lives in the Boeing-777 crash.

FIFA, has so far rejected calls from politicians to strip Russia of the championship, believing that the tournament can help achieve a change for the better. A FIFA official announced that boycotting sporting events is not the most effective way of solving problems. Meanwhile, the public attention the World Cup can bring “can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments.”

World News Digest Commentary by Ivelina Kunina

See also:
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Health News: GLV Daily Digest for July 28, 2014
Today in Science: GLV Daily Digest for July 28, 2014

Sources:
New York Times- Libya
New York Times – China
The Globe and Mail
Knoxville News

3 Responses to "World News: GLV Daily Digest for July 29, 2014"

  1. Tabitha Farrar   July 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Believe me when I say I never thought I could agree with David Cameron, but yes, sports and politics should not be mixed! But to be honest, should this even be a question, because what is happening should not be…..

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  2. Michael Schultheiss   July 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I am fascinated by Xi Jinping’s reform efforts, because they demonstrate that here is a leader with the political will and the *backing* (he could not do this if he did not have the backing) to tame elite excesses. The role of the reformer-king is a time-hallowed one, given the benefits accrued to the strength and success of the state apparatus by imposing this kind of fiscal discipline.

    It is a classic problem in the political economies of state formations: allowing corruption is an excellent way for a ruler to ensure support from elites, but it comes at the cost of less revenue and collective capacity for the state. Imposing fiscal discipline is possible if one has the support of enough of the elites, and it yields dividends in collective capacity and more revenue for the state.

    In this case, I think Xi Jinping is working to institute reforms at least in part in order to solve the growing risk of joblessness and frustrated expectations in some sectors of the Chinese population. This is not to suggest that he is not principled, but his efforts can be contextualized in light of the realities China is facing as it seeks to transition away from the input-driven, export-oriented model.

    Since China is outgrowing that model, and is in fact already experiencing rates of job growth that lag far behind the growth of the economy, transitioning to a new model is a political as well as economic imperative. The Chinese government is working assiduously to transform the country into a more developed one with a more diverse economy, an economy that will be able to transcend the limitations of the input-driven growth model, absorb more people into the workforce, and satisfy the expectations of the Chinese people. If it fails to do this, China will face massive unrest.

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    • Ivelina Kunina   July 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      What amazes me even more so, is his backing of the Communist state. It doesn’t seem like he will follow the path of Gorbachev and the Soviet Union. At least not any time soon.

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