Czech and Global Events from the Third Quarter of 2009

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Czech and Global Events from the Third Quarter of 2009


* 4. 6. The US and Cairo

US President Barack Obama addresses the Muslim world in a highly anticipated speech in Cairo, Egypt. The speech marks the new administration's attempt to patch up relations between the US and Islam.

* 11. 6. World Health Organization

The World Health Organization officially declares the outbreak of Swine Flu (or H1N1) a pandemic, which means that it is the first pandemic since the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

* 12. 6. Iran

Iran holds its presidential elections. Three days later, the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi disputes the election results on account of fraud, and over the ensuing weeks, thousands of Iranians go the streets to dispute the election results despite a ban on protesting. Foreign media is barred from coverage.

* 13. 6. North Korea

In response to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874, the North Korean government of Kim Jung Il announces that it will "weaponise all plutonium" and begin uranium enrichment.

* 14. 6. Israel

Small strides are made in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, declares that he supports the creation of a Palestinian state in absence, however, of an army and air force. He also states that Israel will continue to develop its settlements in the occupied territory of the West Bank.

* 17. 6. Ukraine

The foreign ministers of Poland and Germany make a trip to Kiev to address Ukraine's burgeoning political crisis and the tensions between Ukrainian President Yushchenko and Prime Minister Tymoshenko. The political crisis is threatening to send the country into a full-blown economic collapse.

* 19. 6. Iran

After issuing a governmental inquiry into the election results, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declares incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be the winner of the presidential election by 24 million votes.

* 20. 6. Somalia

The Somalian government declares a state of emergency, and calls for military aid from its neighboring countries in response to violent fighting in the capital Mogadishu. Over the past month, clashes between hard-line Islamists and government forces have increased in number and severity as 300 people have been killed. In general, the fighting threatens the stability of the entire Horn of Africa.

* 23. 6. Northern Ireland

Following increased racial violence and discrimination, 100 Romanians living in Belfast decide to flee Northern Ireland and return to Romania. Belfast has seen a marked rise in racial discrimination over the recent years.

* 22. 6. The US and Syria

The US government announces that it will resume sending an ambassador to Syria after a four-year hiatus. The decision reflects the Obama administration's attempts to renew US relations with the countries of the Middle East.

* 26. 6. The United States

The US House of Representatives passes the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which if passed in the Senate will establish a cap and trade system to address the country's emissions of heat-trapping pollutants. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.

* 27. 6. NATO and Russia

NATO and Russia resume military ties after a ten-month suspension. NATO cut off military ties after Russia deployed military troops into South Ossetia, a province of Georgia, and engaged Georgia in war.

* 28. 6. Honduras

Following an order from the Honduran Supreme Court, soldiers arrest and depose President Manuel Zelaya after he calls for a referendum on extending his non-renewable presidential term. Roberto Micheletti, an opponent of Zelaya, is appointed the new head of state.

* 29. 6. Azerbaijan

Russia and Azerbaijan sign a gas deal in the former Soviet state's capital of Baku. Some fear that the deal, which stipulates for Russia to sell 500 cubic meters of gas to Azerbaijan, will undercut Europe's attempt to decrease its energy dependence on the country. …

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