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.