17 July 2015   Leave a comment

Boko Haram targeted a market, a mosque and prayer ground as families celebrated Eid al-Fitr as Ramadan ended.   According to reports, three young women–one as young as ten-years–had bombs strapped under their gowns which might have been remotely detonated.  President Buhari has taken strong steps to try to arrest the violence in Nigeria, but the brazenness of the attacks is indicative of the difficulties he faces.  Buhari is getting ready to fly to Washington, DC to meet with US President Obama to ask for US assistance in addressing Boko Haram’s violence.

The German success in holding the line on the Greek bailout has been popular in Germany, but there has been a backlash against Germany in other European countries.  The complete capitulation of Greece to the terms of the deal has raised concerns that Germany is wielding its economic power at the expense of smaller and weaker powers.   Such a backlash was to be expected, but it is unclear how the German people will react to the negative response–in some very curious ways, the outcome of the negotiations raises fears of the German past.

The evidence is mounting that 2015 will be the hottest year ever recorded–by a wide margin.  Last June was the hottest June ever recorded on the planet, and a very strong el Niño is building in the Eastern Pacific.  Fortunately, a strong el Niño usually means that the West Coast of the US will have higher rainfall in the winter months, so perhaps the US Southwest will get some relief from the drought.

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Posted July 17, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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