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President Hosni Mubarak Resigns - Egypt Revolution

posted Mar 3, 2011, 1:53 PM by Mateo Pedia

Breaking News: President Hosni Mubarak Resigns 
February 11, 2011 - Former President Hosni Mubarak resigned Friday after long days of protests in the streets of Cairo. Protesters were on the streets since January 25 seeking change in their government. The dictatorship that lasted over three decades is now over and a new government is expected soon.
Former President Mubarak has already fled the capital with money and has relocated himself to a resort town in the Red Sea. His dictatorship collapsed after even more protesters went out to the streets of Cairo and other towns.

The people has finally achieved their main goal; to abolish that dictatoship and to change the government. The protesters are not protesting anymore but crying and chanting "Egypt is free!". It was reported that some protesters fainted or had a heart attack after hearing the joyful news of the collapse of the Mubarak Regime.

The power is currently being held by the military; an unusual thing for this country. In the Egyptian constitution if the president shall no longer hold the power the Vice President or Parliamentary Speak shall step in as the current leader. However in this situation the military is in charge of the country.

The military has also responded well to the news and has accepted their new role of temporary leaders. Their main goal is to calm down the people, to prevent deaths/injuries and to make sure nothing horrible happens.

President Barack Obama has congratulated the people of Egypt and has encouraged them to handle the situation carefully. He urges the people to make changes to the constitution and to develop a democratic government. He also adviced them to start a new set of rules where the people will be able to have more freedom and more basic fundamental rights. President Obama is hoping that the people will finally act right and start free democratic elections and abolish the dictatorship they held for over thirty years.

The people has finally achieved the goal and after 300 deaths they get what they wished for; freedom. ParkerPedia would like to congratulate the people of Egypt for this great effect on their wishes. We wish them the very best luck on electing a new government. We hope that democracy can spread into the region and set an example for countries still under a dictator rule.
For more information on this joyful events, please watch the provided videos.

New Nation

posted Feb 11, 2011, 6:06 PM by Mateo Pedia   [ updated Feb 11, 2011, 6:07 PM ]

World News: World Welcomes New Nation
 February 10, 2011 - This year the world will be welcoming the new republic of South Sudan. The votes are in and it is official, the people of southern Sudan has voted to separate and form a new country. They have declared independence and the new country will be born on July 9, 2011.
The people voted from the 9th to the 15th of January and the votes were counted and verified on January 30. 98.83% of the people that participated in this historical referendum voted for the separation of Southern Sudan. 
There are still obstacles in the separation like the sharing the oil reserves, 80% of which now belong to Southern Sudan. The president of Sudan has officially agreed to the separation and will not prevent its independence. 
Folks, it looks as if we will have to re-draw our maps. However it is a great thing that the people have found a way to solve their issues. We expect the cultural tension in this region to decrease as they have finally settled it by separating and forming a new country in which we hope will start off in a great way.
ParkerPedia would like to wish the people of Southern Sudan good luck in their separation and hope that everything runs smoothly. 

Mubarak Steps down

posted Feb 11, 2011, 2:20 PM by BlvK Dawgs1911

After 18 long days of revolting President Mubarak of Egypt has steeped down. As we speak there are crowds of Egyptians jumping with joy to hear that there "Leader" has left. On what we thought was just a vacation for Mubarak turned into the beginning of a new change  for Egypt.

Egypt Protests Coverage

posted Feb 10, 2011, 4:51 PM by Mateo Pedia   [ updated Feb 10, 2011, 4:52 PM ]

Breaking News Update: Negotiations in Egypt 
February 07, 2011― The government is now negotiating with the opposition groups in Egypt. It is a 
major turning point and things may get better. However we are still keeping a high alert watch on 
Egypt as negotiations may not be met by the government or by the opposition groups.
The government is also granting the freedom of press; finally allowing reporters at the streets without
fear of being arrested. Many of the reporters that were capture during the protests are now released.
Many are still in hiding in fear of being arrested.
 We believe that the things in Egypt can start looking better, however we will still have a close watch as the country recovers from this long chaos. ParkerPedia will continue to monitor the situation but will only report any important breaking news. This could be our final report in the Conflict in Egypt.
 For more information please contact us using the contact form found on the contact page and our webmaster will get with you as soon as possible. 
World News : Conflicts Continues in Egypt 
February 04, 2011― The President of Egypt finally agreed to be interviewed by ABC News
in which he announced that he wishes to step down but his immediate resignation could cause further
chaos. The people have remained the same; still protesting in the streets of Cairo and still demanding
the resignation of the Egyptian president. 
The Obama 
Administration has not responded to the latest address of the Egyptian president. 

ParkerPedia will continue to monitor and provide coverage on this important issue.

World News: Violence Between Protesters
February 03, 2011  We have received confirmation that protesters are now attacking other protesters. The situation started when pro-Mubarak protesters tried to push the anti-Mubarak protesters out of Liberty Square. The anti-Mubarak protesters managed to defend themselves with what ever they could find. They were able to fend off the pro-Mubarak protesters and they still remain at Liberty Square demanding the immediate resignation of the Egyptian President and his officials.
Many people believe that these pro-Mubarak protesters were sent by the government. However there is no confirmation on whether that is true or not. The U.S. Government has stated that the person or organization responsible for sending those violent pro-Mubarak protesters must pay.
This does not look good for the future of Egypt. If the conflict continues to escalate the peaceful transition that the entire world is wishing could not take place. Instead a rough government transition might be likely for Egypt.
 We will continue to monitor and provide coverage on Egypt for our viewers.
World News:  Conflict in Egypt Continues
 February 02, 2011  Conflict continues to escalate as protesters continue to stand against the Mubarak's regime and demand an immediate change in government. Many people have taken sides, some are supporting the fall of the regime and some are supporting the continuation of the current government.

The number of victims is still unclear however we predict that more than 100 people have been injured due to the rioting in the streets and by the attacks  made by the Egyptian police. 

The current Egyptian leader has addressed and has reassured the people that he will turn over his power in September. Many are still demanding an immediate change and it looks as if the regime will fall soon. It is still unclear whether the people will force the president out of office. 

 We will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt and update our viewers on any important news.

 For more information on the riots in Egypt watch the provided videos.



South/North Korea Conflict

posted Dec 17, 2010, 2:59 PM by Mateo Pedia

Update: South Korean Defense Minister Resigns

 Thursday November 25, 2010 ― The South Korean Presidency has confirmed that the South Korean Defense Minister does no longer hold the position after resigned Thursday due to a high volume of criticism. 
Many South Korean lawmakers believe that South Korea should have deployed their fighter jets to respond to N. Korea's attack.

A spokesman from the Presidential Blue House stated that the Defense Minister had submitted his resignation in May when N. Korea torpedoed a South Korean boat. The Presidential Blue House turned his first resignation down but now with the heavy criticism they didn't have any other choice to accept the resignation. The P. Blue House said that a new Defense Minister will be appointed soon. 

The Presidential Blue House

Update: Conflict Continues Within the Koreas

 Thursday November 25, 2010 ― North Korean media said that the military has been ordered to attack if provoked again by the South Korean military. The N. Korean military said that they will not tolerate any provocations from the routine exercises being conducted by the S. Korean and the United States military at the Yellow Seas. South Korean responded by enforcing its exercises and alerting the five marine bases near North Korea.

A stronger military drill will be conducted by the joint forces of the South Korean military and the United States military. This drill will be starting Sunday and it will take place at the Yellow Seas. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington is steaming at full speed towards the Yellow Seas to be part of this planned exercise drill.

Many economic experts will be monitoring the markets to see if this conflict will affect the stock market. The South Korean government will be implanting any necessary measures so that the stock market is too affect.

ParkerPedia will continue to update any important news in this arising conflict.

USS George Washington steaming towards the Yellow Seas.

This photo is the work of the U.S. Military, thus making it public domain

Tension Builds Between the Koreas

 Tuesday November 23, 2010 ― It all began when South Korea started its military routine exercises by firing artillery shots within its territorial waters when suddenly North Korea fires 100 rounds of artillery at Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. North Korea said that South Korea was engaged in "reckless military provocation" and that they wouldn't tolerate any provocation from them. The attack against South Korea has currently caused two deaths, several casualties, and the evacuation of the Yeonpyeong Island.

After N. Korea's attack towards S. Korea, South Korea's military responded by firing about more than 80 rounds of artillery and deploying several fighter jets; the confrontation lasted for about an hour and then later stopped. 

After firing ceased, South Korean leader stated that the foreign aid being given to N. Korea will stop and also said that the S. Korean government  "banned its nationals from entering the communist state, indefinitely postponed scheduled Red Cross talks and began looking at ways to push the United Nations to condemn Pyongyang.

President Barack Obama defended South Korea in this conflict and that he will not give his opinion on the matter until he consults with the South Korean President. However he has stated that both presidents have agreed to have both (South Korean and United States) military in combined exercises to prepare for any further arising conflict. 

Many officials say that North Korea was trying to distract the world from a recent discovery from a scientist stating that N. Korea has built a new uranium enrichment facility and that they plan to enhance their nuclear program.

Several meetings will be taking place to discuss the actions of North Korea and to discuss to whether there should be any consequences towards North Korea. ParkerPedia will be on the topic reporting any important news from this arising conflict between the Koreas.

Israel clamps down on immigrants seeking work

posted Nov 28, 2010, 1:25 PM by Junior Pedia

    Israel is working on stopping immigrants that are seeking work. Israel's prime minister has announced  that the immigration is getting out of hand since they are stealing their jobs. They have made a detention center to put immigrants in to stop them from taking their jobs for the immigrants that enter the country illegally but yet cannot be deported.

Pakistan denies U.S. request to expand drone access

posted Nov 23, 2010, 6:19 AM by Mister Parker   [ updated Nov 23, 2010, 6:21 AM ]

(from Elizabeth)

  Pakistan has denied the U.S's request to access more air space for U.S drones. Drones are planes were there is no pilot and are remote controlled. Four militants were killed on November 15, 2010, it is suspected that these were U.S drone strikes.Although Pakistan has denied air access they have said that the U.S to enhance intelligence capability on Pakistan soil. What interests me in this story is that the two military officials that have spoken to CNN in this article have asked that there names not to be stated because of sensitivity of the matter and they were not authorized to speak to the media. 
SS7CG4 The student will compare and contrast various forms of government. a. Describe the ways government systems distribute power: unitary, confederation, and federal
(the military officials were not authorized to speak to the media.)
Pakistanis burn a U.S. flag last month in Quetta to protest against the threat of American drone attacks.

How Will We Finish What We Have Started???

posted Nov 19, 2010, 4:31 PM by Brianne Pedia

Now that we have gotten in Afghanistan, how are we going to get out? The Government has decided to use NATO. Many people feel as if this is putting a lot on Obama's shoulders. To find out more you can click on the link for, or you can watch the video below.

Are the troops EVER going to leave Afghanistan?

posted Nov 19, 2010, 5:25 AM by Christian Gerdes   [ updated Nov 19, 2010, 3:10 PM ]

     NATO members announced that they are planning to have troops in Afghanistan for a while. At 2014, they were going to leave control to the Afghans, but they are going to have troops in Afghanistan longer than that. The US is a part of NATO. People are saying that progress is being made in Afghanistan, which is a little reassuring.
      SS7H2 The student will analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East) leading to the 21st century.  d. Explain U.S. presence and interest in Southwest Asia; include the Persian Gulf conflict and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Iran claims missile defense advancements

posted Nov 18, 2010, 7:19 PM by Rachel Pedia

Iran designed an air defense system that has the same things as a Russian made system. Russia said in September that they were blocking weapons sales to Iran because of the U.N. Security Council that banned export of armored vehicles, military aircraft, helicopters and ships.

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