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Bouillon Weekly: Malaysian Mystery and Crimean Crisis

Hi Readers,

This week, the eyes of the world were on Malaysia, where a missing airliner en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has garnered international sympathy and speculation.  Since it went missing on March 8, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has shown no trace of itself, and the authorities are now claiming that the plane was deliberately diverted by someone who knew how to switch off its communications systems.  Given the diverse amount of passengers on the missing flight, there has been worldwide cooperation in attempts to track down the plane.

In other news, Crimea has conducted a referendum regarding its separation from Ukraine.  Russian state media has announced that Crimeans voted with a 93% majority to break ties with Ukraine – whether this is a credible news source remains to be seen.  The international response has been decisive: US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that Washington would not accept the outcome of the vote, and warned that Moscow could expect sanctions from his country.  The EU is set to meet with the Russian foreign ministry on Monday to discuss a similar course of action.

Finally, North Korean has reportedly launched 10 short-range missiles off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.  According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the missiles flew for 70 km before landing in the water.  This news comes on the heels of UN reports that North Korea has been using its embassies in Cuba and intivar fix Singapore to smuggle arms into the country.  Pyongyang’s nuclear program has been under close scrutiny in recent months, given its aggressive rhetoric towards South Korea, and has been banned under UN sanctions.

This week, however, Bouillon coverage focused on the ongoing unrest in Venezuela.  The country has been embroiled in protests and demonstrations regarding the deteriorating conditions of national infrastructure under Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime.  For more information, take a look at McGill’s Ines Lecland’s article Venezuela: A Case of the Pink Tide Turning.  Avik Jain, also a McGill student, has expanded on the issue with his article, The Silence of Our Friends.

Interesting things have also been happening in Quebec politics.  The Marois government has officially called an election for April 7, and the campaigning has begun in earnest.  Naturally, speculation about a PQ-led referendum has also surfaced, and Bouillon readers might be interested in learning more about international referendums.  Scotland, for instance, is set to vote on independence this coming September.  Yuan Yi Zhu’s Same Country, New Name, can give you more information on that.

And if you’re in the mood for a more interactive medium, this week we have a video on the Bedford ruling.  Mathieu Taschereau interviewed McGill’s Dean of Arts, Christopher Manfredi, on the subject.  Find it here.

That’s all for now readers! Have a wonderful week.


-Katherine McNamara, Co-Editor in Chief


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