2 February 2015   Leave a comment

A bomb went off in Nigeria near a rally site for President Goodluck Jonathan.  There were other bomb blasts nearby, but only the bombers themselves were killed in those blasts.  The violence raises fears that the presidential election scheduled for 14 February may be marred by other acts of violence.  Nigerians are deeply involved in social media and are masters of the media.  Dr. Damages, a New York-based Nigerian satirist, gives an irreverent view of the elections.

The Members of the European Union have long banned capital punishment.  The US, however, still maintains the practice.  Most Americans are unaware of how Europeans view the American practice as a violation of human rights.   Spiegel has run an op-ed piece which outlines the European position powerfully. 

Many regard Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a hard-line Hindu nationalist.  All of politics, however, is relative.  There are some in India who believe that Modi is not hard-line enough.  The threat of Hindu extremism in India continues to grow and to threaten the very healthy civic society that generally characterizes the country.

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Posted February 3, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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