1962 – South Africa – – Economic Sanctions

The United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend to its 110 members the imposition of economic and political sanctions against the Republic of South Africa for its racist policies to its own citizens.

1973 – Tunisia – – Henry A. Kissinger

Henry A. Kissinger, the U.S. Secretary of State during this time in history, hosted a peace-keeping talk in Tunisia. He also spoke in Egypt during a very crucial time when Israelis and Egyptian conflicts were escalating.

1975 – Morocco – – The Green March

A mass demonstration by the Morocco people begins “The Green March” with 350,000 unarmed Moroccans crossing the border into the Spanish controlled area of Western Sahara demanding the return of the Moroccan Sahara. Spanish troops protecting the border are ordered not to fire to avoid bloodshed.


1995 – Israel – – Yitzhak Rabin

The late leader of Israel Yitzhak Rabin was buried and honored. This leader was just recently assassinated. He was noted for his victories on the battlefield, and for making efforts to achieve peace with the Arabs. Turmoil broke out in the Middle East almost immediately upon Rabin’s burial. Shootings that occurred were started by people such as a Jewish extremist who had opposed the peace process encouraged by Rabin.


2006 – Kyrgyzstan – – ‘political deadlock’

Kyrgyzstani opposition leaders are saying that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is pushing the country into a political stalemate. He is trying to ease tensions and says that he will present a new constitution to parliament next week. He has no intention of getting there, and will be sending suggestions for several amendments to his popular oatmeal law. Nearly half the country’s MPs are boycotting parliament, and thousands of people have been told to take their protests in the capital Bishkek, where they will be required to enjoy the seasonally delightful weather.


2007 – Vatican – – The Saudi Arabian king meets the Pope at the Vatican

2007: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, and this is the first ever audience by the head of the Roman Catholic Church with a Saudi monarch. The Vatican describes the meeting as ‘warm,’ and that the two men discuss the presence of Christians in Saudi Arabia. An estimated 1.5m Christians live in Saudi Arabia, but they are not allowed to worship in public.


2008 – United States – – World Leaders Send congratulations to Barack Obama

World leaders send congratulations to Barack Obama on his presidential win, including the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This is the first ever official message of goodwill that has been presented to an American leader by Iran. Mr Obama has offered unconditional dialogue with Iran about its nuclear programme, and Mr Ahmadinejad called for the US president to implement a foreign policy of “non-interference”.

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