16 September 2015   Leave a comment

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that his government is negotiating with the extremist groupBoko Haram.  The group has been terrorizing many  parts of Nigeria in its pursuit of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, and has kidnapped over 200 Nigerian girls.  The group, whose name means “Western education is a sin”, has been difficult to control and has destabilized the economy of Nigeria to a considerable extent.  Buhari has made bringing the group under control one of his top priorities.  Nigeria’s progress on this matter has been difficult to assess.

Sri Lanka endured a 26-year civil war between the dominant Sinhalese and the minority Tamil on the island which finally ended in 2009.  The end of the civil war was bloody and raised all sorts of questions about the conduct of the war.  The UN has finished an investigation into the conduct of the war and has issued a report which asserts that many war crimes and crimes against humanity occurred.  The report does not name any particular individuals involved in the crimes but the implications of the report suggest that the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was involved in the commission of the atrocities.  Sri Lanka now will wrestle with whether a domestic court of inquiry is an acceptable alternative to the suggested international court.

11 September marked the end of the ice melting season in the Arctic, and the amount of ice recorded was the fourth lowest since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s.  The lowest level ever recorded was in 2011, followed by 2007 and 2011.  The trend seems unmistakable: Arctic sea ice is diminishing and the likely cause if global warming.  The prospect of an ice-free Arctic in the summer months could potentially be destabilizing in world politics and states compete for what are believed to be significant oil and gas resources in the region.

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Posted September 16, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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