12 March 2015   Leave a comment

Rumors are a staple of world politics, and it is important for analysts to keep a critical eye on all news stories.  The current rumor is about Russian President Putin who has not been seen in public since 5 March.   He has missed some important meetings and old photos are being used in the Russian press accompanying current events.  Putin generally speaking keeps a very high visible image in Russia so his absence is peculiar.  Whether it means anything of importance is impossible to tell.

The Syrian civil war is entering its fifth year and it only continues to get worse.   There has been no progress whatsoever in achieving a cease-fire or even in providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians.  Life expectancy in Syria has dropped by 20 years, from 75 to 55 last year.  And the international community is completely paralyzed, incapable of even keeping the conflict in the public’s mind.

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Posted March 13, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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