Weekly brief: Unrest in the Middle East and Russians are banned from the Olympics

Jerusalem is a capital or one of the capitals?

The former president of the United States once said “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.” Last week the current US president said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This sentence did not just change a country, but affected the whole region.

Ahmad Gharabli _AFP - Getty Images
Ahmad Gharabli / AFP – Getty Images

Thousands of Palestinians took the streets in Jerusalem, Lebanon, Jordan and many other countries. Other countries across the globe showed their support. The so-called “two-states” solution is now under the danger as never before. The Holly city of Israel is a home for 3 confessions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, while Palestinians and Israelis for the past 50 years were trying to establish which part of the city belongs to one or another. A bill, which passed the tables of Bill Clinton, George W.Bush and Barack Obama now landed for the signature of Donald Trump. Some may say, that Donald Trump coordinated this move with the heads of Arab states in the region and there is no favouritism for the state of Israel, however the damage was done. A fragile peace in the region, where we just witnessed another political crisis in Lebanon, may get hit with another wave of uncontrolled protests and anger.

Russians will participate in the football world cup, but will skip the Olympic games.

International Olympics Committee (IOC) has ruled to ban the Russian Olympic team because of the past doping scandal. This means, that some athletes lost their medals, which they won during the last games in Sochi (in 2014) and also the whole team is banned to participate in the upcoming games in Pyeongchang (Korea). At the same time, these sportsmen can participate under the so-called “Olympic flag” as individuals. In general, this news was not received positively among Russians, however some suggest that this is a great motivation for the athletes to shine and at least bring up their names as Russians.  Certainly, this scandal should be seen in a political context where the interests of the Russian State are frequently colliding with the Western world. Who knows, how would the IOC react if the Russian diplomacy of the past years showed a different approach.

Crypto madness

The price of the leading cryptocurrency – Bitcoin – showed yet another rollercoaster ride this week. Starting from $11,200, going up to $17,000 and finishing the week with a price of slightly over $15,000. It seems nowadays, that it is easier to predict the weather for the next week, than the price of bitcoin.

California is on fire

When thousands of people were demonstrating across the globe to raise an awareness about the Global Warming, the US president Donald Trump showed less importance to this question, bringing forward various business argumentation. The forest fires in California of this week is a result of changing climate. While we can`t shift the blame to one side or another, it is clear that a similar European disaster of this summer (mainly in Spain and Portugal) can`t even compete with the horror in California. Around 200,000 citizens were evacuated and hundreds lost their houses.  It is indeed a big grief, which should raise an awareness not only in the USA, but around the world.

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