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South Korean democracy in crisis

Seoul, March 21.– South Korea’s Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae recently rejected Turmoil in So. Korean ParliamentTurmoil in So. Korean Parliamentthe National Assembly’s request for the prosecution documents indicting 13 individuals, including former staff and other allies of President Moon Jae-in, on charges of unlawfully intervening in the 2018 Ulsan mayoral election.

This exposes alarming signs that South Korean democracy is in crisis under Moon. The 13 suspects include three former senior presidential secretaries as well as Ulsan Mayor Song Cheol-ho and Vice Mayor Song Byeong-gi.

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Syrian army blocks US military convoy in Northeastern Hasakah and force it to move back

Government forces blocked US convoy and groups of angry local residents, upset with its presence in the region, threw stones at the US troops.

Turkish-backed militants breach ceasefire in Idlib.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed the importance of continued close joint efforts, first of all between the Russian and Turkish defense ministries, in order to ensure a stable ceasefire and further stabilization of the situation"

Hasakah, March 24.– Syrian government forces blocked a US military convoy in the village of Kuzelia, Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, on March 8, 2020 as local residents pelt the American soldiers with stones.

A US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah after government forces blocked its way and groups of angry local residents, upset with its presence in the region, threw stones at the US convoy.

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At least 70 Nigerian soldiers killed in jihadist ambush: military sources

The ambush took place in the restive northeast of the country.  

Kano, March 24.– At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by jihadist fighters in the restive northeast of the country, military and security sources said Tuesday.

Two military officers told that Islamist insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy guns at a truck carrying troops as it travelled near Gorgi village in Borno state on Monday.

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Coronavirus: Pandemic is 'accelerating', WHO warns as cases pass 300,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus disease pandemic is "accelerating", with more than 300,000 cases now confirmed.

It took 67 days from the first reported of Covid-19 to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the third 100,000.

But WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was still possible to "change the trajectory".Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies.

"What matters most is what we do. You can't win a football game by defending. You have to attack as well," he told a joint news conference with Fifa president Gianni Infantino to launch a "kick out coronavirus" campaign featuring footballers.

Dr Tedros said asking people to stay at home and other physical-distancing measures were an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus, but described them as "defensive measures that will not help us to win".

"To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics - testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and chasing and quarantining every close contact."

Read more: BBC

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Should women serve in combat units?

Until recently, women in the United States were only able to enlist in military support or intelligence positions and couldn’t physically serve in combat. In 2015, the U.S. Pentagon opened all combat jobs to women, and in 2016, the ban on women serving in close combat roles in the British military was lifted. (In other countries, like Israel, women have been allowed to serve in combat units for much longer). While many people believe that allowing women to serve in combat units is a positive step towards gender equality, there are concerns that it is inappropriate, if not dangerous.

Here are three reasons why women should be able to serve in combat units, and three reasons why they should stick to other military units.

 

In Favor Against
The bar is high – for everyone Potential to misbehave
The monopoly on emotions Political correctness has no place in the military
Same job, different title Don’t fix what isn’t broken

Women Deserve a Chance in Combat

 The bar is high – for everyone

Just like men, women should be allowed to choose how they fight for their country based on their strengths. Joining a combat unit requires meeting high demands regardless of gender; if there are women who are able to meet the same training standards as men, they can only be an asset to their team. Having female troops in every combat role is crucial for intelligence gathering, because they’re naturally able to navigate cultural differences when interacting with local populations.

If the military is looking for the creme de la creme to serve in their units, then why give up on 51% of the candidates upfront? 

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