13 November 2015   Leave a comment

There is an on-going series of attacks and hostage-taking in Paris.  At this time we have only scattered and incomplete information about the death toll or even the scale of the attack.  There were at least three and perhaps four simultaneous attacks.  Simultaneous attacks suggest a high level of coordination and capability which is particularly worrisome.  More than likely, I will be providing additional posts in the future as more information becomes available.  The Washington Post has a live blog that is posting new information every few minutes.

Chris Whipple has written a fascinating–and devastating–report in Politico on how much information the Bush Administration had prior to the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.  We knew about the 6 August memorandum before, but much of Whipple’s information was unknown to me.   The conclusion seems to be inescapable:  the US government was negligent in not taking stronger measures prior to a clearly obvious threat.

Opposition parties in Burundi have asked the UN to send peacekeeping troops as the situation there continues to deteriorate.  The parties oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza, who ran for an unconstitutional third term, and they have been mobilizing against him.  Burundi experienced a civil war from 1993 to 2005 in which 300,000 people died and the fissures that led to that crisis are still powerful in Burundi.  They are the ethnic cleavages between Hutu and Tutsi, the same as that led to the 800,000 who died in Rwanda in 1994.


Posted November 13, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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