International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

The peace talks for Syria had a very slow start
With both sides demanding a change of heart.
But Assad won’t agree to play a smaller part
And the opposition says that just ain’t smart.

As well as refusing to make his rule more brief,
Assad failed to come through on humanitarian relief.
Since both parties claim the other won’t play nice,
The Syrian envoy says breaking the ice must suffice.   	

We don’t often hear about the land of Bahrain,
Where the US-backed monarchy causes its citizens much pain.
While dialogue is now open with the Shiite opposition,
The government still responds to protests with oppression.

37 prisoners were released in Afghanistan,
Even though it defied the US plan.
And the Marine sergeant jailed for war crimes in Iraq
Had his conviction overturned, saying his defense was a crock.

The Central African Republic is facing such a fight
That the UN troops there are increasing their might.
In the face of what could soon become genocide, 
More troops try to protect those who have nowhere to hide.

On the third anniversary of the Egyptian coup,
Demonstrators saw much violence ensue.
The military government has also accused
Journalists of interviewing terrorists and “spreading false news.” 

On a more upbeat note, Tunisia has a constitution
For the first time since its 2011 revolution.
But in eastern Nigeria two villages faced
A murderous rampage laying 74 to waste.

The Ukrainian parliament offered to trade
Their political prisoners if protesters obeyed
The new law that, if agreed to, forbade
Demonstrators from occupying using their barricade.  

Cuba plans to expand ties with the EU
With the US discouraging til its face is blue.
Just because there’s been an embargo since 1962
Doesn’t mean it’s not time to try something new.

Although this is local I cannot resist
Including this snippet that you might have missed:
A US Representative was caught threatening on tape
To throw a reporter “off this f*cking balcony,” a little bent out of shape.

Try not to turn from bad news with despair,
But rather with courage to make a difference somewhere.
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7 comments

  1. Yes, absolutely! I included Bahrain specifically because I saw a news article on reconciliation talks supposedly resuming between the monarchy and opposition groups, though members of the opposition are still facing considerable abuse. I also included it because I rarely hear about Bahrain in US media, even though they host one of our most strategically important naval bases in the region.

    I see from your page that you live and study in Bahrain; do you have anything to add? I appreciate the contribution!

    1. I have loads to add as my brother’s been detained for almost one year now for simply doing nothing. He was accused of setting fire to tires on street whilst in fact he didnt. Well, I can’t post anything political for the moment for I am to be monitored for every single word written here. Let’s be silent till things get better… You can follow me! Or contact at : mure1992.8@gmail.com for more information on this. Though I’ve been planning on being a journalist to report the truth to the world… a bit risky in a world like this, methinks.

  2. ”We don’t often hear about the land of Bahrain,
    Where the US-backed monarchy causes its citizens much pain.
    While dialogue is now open with the Shiite opposition,
    The government still responds to protests with oppression.”

    Spot-on! But this isn’t only with this country. It is the same scenario used by other governments, isn’t it?

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