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This Happened

This Happened — October 25: Mount Merapi Erupts

On this day in 2010, Mount Merapi in Indonesia began a month-long series of violent eruptions that killed 353 people and caused the evacuation of another 350,000 people

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What caused the violent eruptions of Mount Merupi in 2010?

The eruptions of Mount Merapi in 2010 were primarily driven by the movement of magma within the volcano , which led to the release of volcanic gases, ash, and pyroclastic flows. The geological and volcanic conditions in the region make Merapi prone to eruptions.

What is the significance of Mount Merapi in Indonesia's culture?

Mount Merapi is culturally and geographically significant in Indonesia. It is often referred to as the "Mountain of Fire" and holds spiritual and mythological importance. The volcano is located near Yogyakarta, a major cultural and tourist hub , making it a central part of the region's identity.

The violent eruptions of Mount Merapi in 2010 were a tragic event that highlighted the ongoing threat posed by active volcanoes in Indonesia. The country's efforts to monitor and mitigate these risks have become essential components of disaster management in the region.

Is Mount Merapi still active today?

Yes, Mount Merapi remains an active volcano, and it periodically experiences eruptions. The volcano is closely monitored, and the Indonesian government and scientists work to provide early warning systems and disaster preparedness in the region.

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After The War, After Abbas: Who's Most Likely To Be The Future Palestinian Leader

Israel and the West have often asked bitterly: Where is the Palestinian Mandela? The divided regimes between Gaza and the West Bank continues to make it difficult to imagine the future Palestinian leader. Still, these three names are worth considering.

April 12, 2023: Palestinian artists work by a mural shows jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza.

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Israel has set two goals for its Gaza war: destroying Hamas and releasing hostages.

But it has no answer to, nor is even asking the question: What comes next?

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the return of the current Palestinian Authority to govern post-war Gaza. That stance seems opposed to the U.S. Administration’s call to revitalize the Palestinian Authority (PA) to assume power in the coastal enclave.

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But neither Israel nor the U.S. put a detailed plan for a governing body in post-war Gaza, let alone offering a vision for a bonafide Palestinian state that would also encompass the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority, which administers much of the occupied West Bank, was created in1994 as part of the Oslo Accords peace agreement. It’s now led by President Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat in 2005. Over the past few years, the question of who would succeed Abbas, now 88 years old, has largely dominated internal Palestinian politics.

But that question has gained new urgency — and was fundamentally altered — with the war in Gaza.

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