Hafez al-Assad - Syria News

Born in the village of Qardaha in Syria on October 6, 1930, Hafez al-Assad became Syrian president of the country in 1971, after taking part in multiple coups. Though widely criticized for brutal tactics (most notably the 1982 Hama massacre), he is also praised for bringing stability to Syria, and for improving relations between Syria and Western powers by supporting America in the Persian Gulf War. He served as president of Syria until his death on June 10, 2000.

Of the five members of the Ba’ath Party’s Military Committee who seized power in Syria in 1963, Hafez Al-Assad went the furthest. Of the other four, one took the blame for Syria’s loss of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War and was pushed out of politics; one committed suicide; a third was assassinated; the other died in prison after 25 years.Continue reading

Bashar al-Assad - Syria Politics News Headlines

Bashar al-Assad inherited power in July 2000, a month after his father, military strongman Hafez al-Assad died. But since March 2011, his rule over Syria has been under threat, with the country beset by violence that has killed an estimated 465,000 people and embroiled regional and world powers in the never-ending horror.

Despite Western and Arab countries backing the opposition, Assad has survived seven years of war and refuses to step aside.Continue reading

Julian Castro - USA News Today

Julian Castro was born on September 16, 1974, along with his twin brother, in San Antonio, Texas, where his family has lived since the 1920s. He was always a brilliant student, attending both Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Upon his graduation from law school, Castro ran for a seat on the San Antonio City Council and won, making history as the youngest councilman in the city’s history.

He served for several years and then ran for the mayoral seat, which he lost. He ran again for the mayoral seat in 2009 and won, becoming the fifth Hispanic mayor in San Antonio’s history. Castro was relatively unknown before he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 2012.Continue reading

Tulsi Gabbard - US Politics News Today

Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa on April 12, 1981, the fourth of five children. At the age of two, Tulsi and her family settled in Hawaii where as a teenager, she co-founded the Healthy Hawaii Coalition, a non-profit teaching children to take care of themselves and the environment.

“I grew up with the Aloha Spirit. We try to treat everyone with respect. Like family.” -Tulsi Gabbard, US Congresswoman.

An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi ran for the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 and became the youngest person ever elected. A year later, Tulsi joined the Hawaii National Guard to serve Hawaii’s citizens and our country. Continue reading

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern - Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand Politics News Today

Jacinda Ardern (Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern) was born on 26 July 1980 in Hamilton, New Zealand, and grew up rurally. She attended a Morrinsville College before graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Politics and Public Relations.

Post-university, she worked as an advisor in the office of then-Prime Minister Helen Clark, in London for the Government Cabinet Office and as an Assistant Director in the Department for Business and Enterprise, and on a review of Policing in England and Wales.Continue reading

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Yoweri Museveni - Uganda Politics News Headline

Yoweri Museveni (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) was born on 15 August 1944. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni became President of the Republic of Uganda on January 29, 1986 after leading a successful five-year liberation struggle. He went to the bush with 26 other young men and organised the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army (NRM/NRA) to oppose the tyranny that previous regimes had unleashed upon the population.

The push for Kampala started on January 17th from different parts of the central region. While General Salim Saleh was the field commander, Museveni was the overall commander. They captured power on 26th January, 1986.Continue reading

John Dramani Mahama - John Mahama - Ghana News in Politics Today Story

John Dramani Mahama (JM), as he is colloquially called, is a Christian, born on 29 November 1958, and raised a Presbyterian but now a member of Assemblies of God, living in a multi-faith family consisting of Christians and Muslims; he loves afrobeat music, is a passionate reader and a consummate writer, and has a vivid interest in farming, information and communication technology, and environmental issues.

His book, “My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa”, published in July 2012, has won international praise for describing a world of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.Continue reading

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, Abu Hamza al-Masri - UK News

Abu Hamza al-Masri (Mustafa Kamel Mustafa), born in Alexandria, Egypt, on 15 April 1958, Abu Hamza was the son of a naval officer and a primary school headmistress. He initially studied civil engineering before leaving for England in 1979. In London, one of his first jobs was as a nightclub bouncer. He married a British woman who he says encouraged him to embrace Islam.

“I took time off from the clubs and I enjoyed it,” he said at his trial in the US.

He decided to resume his studies at Brighton Polytechnic and gained a civil engineering degree, joining the Institution of Civil Engineers where he remained a member until 1994.Continue reading

Osama bin Laden - Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden - Saudi Arabia News Today

Osama bin Laden (Osama bin Laden – Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 10 March 1957. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, bin Laden joined the Afghan resistance. After the Soviet withdrawal, bin Laden formed the al-Qaeda network which carried out global strikes against Western interests, culminating in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. On May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden had been killed in a terrorist compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden was born Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden on March 10, 1957, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to construction billionaire Mohammed Awad bin Laden and Mohammed’s 10th wife, Syrian-born Alia Ghanem. Osama was the seventh of 50 children born to Muhammad bin Laden, but the only child from his father’s marriage to Alia Ghanem.Continue reading

Kim Jong Un - North Korea Politics News

Kim Jong-un took on the mantle of North Korea’s supreme leadership with little political or military experience behind him. Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s “Dear Leader”, was in the process of grooming him as his successor when he died in December 2011. Immediately after his father’s death, the younger Kim was hailed as “the great successor”. He was named head of the party, state and army within a fortnight of his father’s death.

Since then, he has shown he is committed to the advancement of North Korea’s weapons programme, ordering four nuclear tests and several missile tests.Continue reading