The J&R Chronicle Pilot

The JR Chronicle Pilot

Like any other, the summer season of 2013 was a chaotic one. While part of the globe goes to rest for their yearly deserved holidays and disconnects from the world news, it is always staggering to come back and understand the complexity of the rentrée.

Unlike us, the world did not go on a break.

In Europe, summer euphoria brought by the millions of tourists who pumped our economies, has ended. Unemployment went down in some countries due to the season’s advantages but now winter is coming. The EU Member States are holding their breaths while Germans prepare to the polls at the end of this month. If Merkel wins – and she probably will – those Europeans who support austerity can relax as past years’ economic diet will not have been in vain. On the other hand, despite the EU’s efforts of speaking with a common voice, Syria is again showing our lack of foreign policy consensus. Still, none of this really matters; after all, a royal baby was born.

Regarding the Americas, the world was shocked to discover that the United States was spying on pretty much everyone one, even on its closest allies. With three more years ahead of him, President Obama is probably living the worst momentum of his career. The President elected to end wars, faces the moral dilemma brought by Assad’s use of chemical weapons. And because of that, he’s now embarking upon of a revival of the Cold War atmosphere.

Heading South, Mexico’s government is being pressured by the private industry to embark on an energetic reform. As the Constitution sets a State monopoly on the country’s natural resources, private interests are struggling to reform the founding text and start profiting from a massive privatisation of energy wealth. In Colombia, where former President Uribe’s war against the FARC is still very much deep-rooted, President Santos peace process with the guerrilla organisation is progressing slowly due to popular pressure. And in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff continued to be pressured by the sweeping protests but was lucky enough that the ‘wannabe revolution’ did not gather enough strength.

In Africa, the events in the north of the continent have made everyone think that the Arab Spring has failed. Fears of a civil war between anti and pro-Morsi supporters are certainly legit in Egypt. Despite the hypocrisy of the West, not wanting to call it a ‘military coup’, the country’s past month has witnessed every characteristic of a military overthrow. The regional instability compromises of course, the rest of the Middle East. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are disputing what seems to be becoming a ‘proxy’ conflict, while Israel quietly suffers from anticipatory panic. Finally, our generation’s hero, Nelson Mandela is probably dead despite the relentless denial by his family, most likely pressured by those who fear the instability that this news will bring to South Africa.

In Asia, the war in Afghanistan continues, without any end in sight and the President Hamid Karzai, has asked Pakistan to start peace talks with the Taliban to help him with the Afghan peace process. In the meanwhile, the border between Pakistan and India continues to be a hot spot. In China, Bo Xilai’s unique trial has been the big topic of the summer, even bringing protesters to the streets. In India, 22 children died due to another sanitarian crisis, while the rupee faced a continuous plunge, showing the weaknesses of the world’s ‘biggest democracy’. Last, but not least, despite Japan’s terrible crisis caused by the Fukushima disaster, Japanese have come to discover that they will host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

As the summer ends, we come back, with a new look.

The magic formula remains pretty much the same: sharing random things/subjects/events/affairs, that are interesting to us, and that, hopefully, you will find interesting as well. We will tell you about things that happened, events that are taking place in front of our eyes, groundbreaking science, amazing people, about what we support and about what we disagree with.

However, we have changed. After getting feedback from many of our readers, we understood that the “newsletter” format was not making a consensus. From now on, you will be able to read our articles in this online page. From now on, we will post an article every day, instead of giving them all to you on Sundays. From now on, we really want you to be part of our project.

Indeed, if you you would like to share something about a certain topic, do not hesitate and write us. We want volunteers. If there are no volunteers, we will write to you directly and ask you to write with us. After all, it is all about sharing.

We hope you will like The J.R. Chronicle. In the meantime, check out our previous articles below!



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