The United Nations has issued a 102-page report, alleging that both sides on the Syrian conflict have carried out numerous “war crimes.” Now the trouble is in danger of spreading into Lebanon.
The leader of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, has said that this could all herald the unraveling of Sykes-Picot, a reference to the secret agreement between the British and the French in 1919 that was meant to define their spheres of influence and control in the Middle East during World War I.
Separately, Indians celebrated on Wednesday the 65th anniversary of their country’s independence from Britain.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the country would send a rocket to Mars next year. India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world even if many of its people do not have a safe drinking water.
In 2008, India sent a successful probe to the moon and detected evidence of water on the lunar surface for the first time.
“A note to Mr. Singh, providing reliable water for your own people at home might be a better achievement,” said George Galloway.