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Statistics in Focus
The ISA Global Update
29th of May 2013
Published by ISA (International Strategic Analysis)
Summary - While the civil war in Syria has grown steadily more deadly, the potential for the level of violence to escalate even further has risen as more countries are planning to ship arms to the two sides battling for control of Syria. On one hand, President Bashar al-Assad’s government has been receiving a steady flow of arms from backers such as Iran and Hezbollah and is now about to receive sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles from Russia. Meanwhile, rebel groups have received significant amounts of arms from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and the European Union has just lifted its arms embargo on the rebels.
Summary - Free trade agreements in Latin America have often failed to live up to their hype, but the new Pacific Alliance may be the region’s trade bloc that transforms trade and investment in Latin America. With a combined population of nearly 220 million people and a total GDP of almost $2 trillion, the Pacific Alliance has the potential to become a serious trade bloc with a global reach. Moreover, each member of the Pacific Alliance has a wealth of natural resources that will continue to attract foreign investors to these countries in the years to come.
The United States government unveiled changes to its use of drone aircraft.
The two largest street gangs in Honduras declared a truce this week.
The four countries of the Pacific Alliance agreed to drop tariffs on goods traded within that bloc.
A deal on the issue of land reform was reached in Colombia this week.
The European Union lifted its arms embargo on Syria’s rebel forces.
Large-scale rioting took place around Stockholm in recent days.
Russia stepped up its efforts to support Syria’s embattled government.
A proposed new anti-racism law is dividing Greece’s coalition government.
An international conference on the Syrian Civil War will take place next month in Switzerland.
Sectarian violence continues to intensify in Iraq.
Militants attacked a uranium mine and a military base in Niger last week.
French forces accelerated their withdrawal from Mali
Maoist rebels carried out an audacious attack in India last weekend,
India’s prime minister travelled to Japan this week.
Ethnic and religious unrest is threatening Myanmar’s stability.
Malaysia’s economy slowed in the first three months of 2013.
While the demand for wine in traditional wine-drinking countries has been stagnant or declining in recent decades, demand for wine is growing rapidly in many countries where wine drinking was not as popular in the past.