Category: Politics

What were the 2014 Hong Kong protests (Umbrella Movement/Umbrella Revolution)?

  • Started Sept. 2014 when activists protested outside the HK Govt. HQ & occupied intersections in response to China's decisions on proposed HK electoral reform.
  • Protesters want HK to be allowed to choose leaders in 2017 elections without interference from China.
  • Chinese govt. has said it will allow universal suffrage, but will screen candidates for the chief executive post in advance. Protests continue.
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Who is Fran├žois Hollande? (1954 – present)

  • French politician and longtime leader of the Socialist party who became President of France in May 2012.
  • Domestic policy highlights: Supporter of same sex marriage, labor reform, pension reform and creation of a European Credit rating agency.
  • Foreign policy highlights: Early withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and continued close ties with Germany.
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Who is Hosni Mubarak? (1928 – present)

  • Egyptian politician and President from 1981 - 2011.
  • In Nov 2014, charges against Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters (during the 2011 uprising against him) were dropped.
  • Currently serving 3-year sentence for embezzlement of public funds.
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Who is Klaus Iohannis? (1959 – present)

  • Romanian politician who became President in December 2014.
  • Became leader of National Liberal Party in 2014, having been as leader of Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2002 to 2013.
  • Physics teacher and school inspector before entering politics.
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What is ISIS?

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a Sunni, extremist and violent political and military group controlling territory in Syria, Iraq, eastern Libya, and Sinai in Egypt.
  • Designated as a terrorist organization by UN, EU among others, and accused of human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing.
  • Principal aim is to establish an Islamic state in Sunni-majority regions of Iraq & Syria. Broad aim is to build a caliphate to emulate the days of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
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Who is Jean-Claude Juncker? (1954 – present)

  • Luxembourg politician (12th and current President of the European Commission).
  • Prime Minister of Luxembourg 1995 - 2013.
  • Minister for Finance - Luxembourg 1989 - 2009.
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Who is Chuck Hagel? (1946 – present)

  • US politician (Defence Secretary Feb 2013 - Nov 2014).
  • Vietnam War veteran (2 purple hearts), US Senator (Republican) from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009.
  • Removed from Defence Secretary position in Obama cabinet reshuffle.
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