The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
The Ukraine continued to present divided government with a Crimean port that houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet full of troops. Simon Ostrovsky with Vice News reports of soldiers insisting Ukrainian soldiers surrender their weapons and give over command of posts. (Video of Crimean confrontation.)
Russia has invaded the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine and taken over its civilian and military infrastructure. Not a shot has been fired so far, but Russia is using its superior force to intimidate Ukrainian troops in an attempt to get them to surrender.
Russia claims it wants to stabilize the situation on the peninsula, which has a large Russian population, but Ukraine’s new government regards the move as an occupation of its sovereign territory.
Expressing condemnation over interference in other countries’ affairs, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their representatives in Qatar. The country is home and sponsor of al Jazeera news.
A joint statement said Qatar had failed to implement a security accord signed last year stipulating non-interference.
Qatar expressed its ‘regret and surprise’ at the move, and said it would not withdraw its own envoys.
Oil- and gas-rich Qatar has been an increasingly vocal diplomatic player. It strongly supported Egypt’s now-ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and is a key backer of Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
‘We know that those non-dangerous viruses are alive there, which probably is telling us that the dangerous kind that may infect humans and animals — that we think were eradicated from the surface of Earth — are actually still present and eventually viable, in the ground,’ said microbiologist Jean-Michel Claverie of Aix-Marseille University in France.
The earth gives back.