Ceasefire For Syria, Will It Hold Out?

Ceasefire For Syria, Will It Hold Out?

Long efforts will begin on Monday.

The United States and Russia have met on an agreement with a cease-fire renewal in Syria this past Friday in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hopefully, in the upcoming seven days, there will be a discontinuation from all air and ground fire by all parties, including the Syrian government and its president, Bashar al-Assad.

"Today we are announcing an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking," said Secretary of State John Kerry, "but it's dependent on people's choices,"

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is compromising for the cease-fire to pull through, then work on military coordination on the efforts on ISIS and the al Nusra Front.

Al Nusra Front is an affiliate of al Qaeda, a group that has planned attacks inside and outside of Syria, including possible attacks directed at the U.S.

The Syrian regime has been informed on the terms of the arrangement and was prepared to adhere them.This agreement is a landmark after several months of denied efforts for a ceasefire with the Assad government and rebels.

Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria was in Geneva to signify this ceasefire will be happening.

“The United Nations hopes that the political will that led to this understanding is sustained,” he said. “It creates a real window of opportunity, which all relevant actors in the region and beyond should seize to put the crisis in Syria on a different path and ease the violence and suffering being endured by the Syrian people."

This can have humanitarian results for countless Syrian lives.

Syria has been going through a five-year war within itself. It is an on-going multi-sided armed conflict, which obviously calls for international intervention. Hundreds of thousands have left and sought refuge in neighboring countries and other regions.

Kerry stated that the Assad air force is the “main driver of civilian casualties.” The amount of bombings in Syria and against Nusra rebels has left many civilian neighborhoods in disaster with too many innocent deaths.

Russia also did bombings in Aleppo, a city that has a great amount of rebel enforcements.This bombing cut food supply, and several people, including children, were killed.Russia has several ties with Assad, which has cooperated with arms dealing and collaboration through the Syrian civil war.

To have great cooperation between Russia and the U.S. is the biggest coordination in order to strategize the reduction of causalities in Syria is to prevent the amount of air-bombing in the cities.

The U.S. administration has always scrutinized Russia’s involvement. Since there has been an agreement to seek for humanitarian aid and to provide support for Syrian people that are suffering, this is a high award in delegation.

This will not change a transition to the Syrian government with Assad as the political leader, but this is a great milestone between the trio who have been in different angles through Syria’s turmoil.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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