10 February 2016   Leave a comment

Boko Haram has launched a bomb attack against refugees in a camp in northeast Nigeria.  The attack, launched by two female suicide bombers, killed at least 60 people and suggests that the Nigerian government’s efforts to contain the extremist group have not been effective.  There has been an uptick in terror attacks since the beginning of the year which indicates that the group is still a potent insurgency despite the government’s claims to have taken back territory.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blasted the US for its support of Syrian Kurds in the fight against Daesh.  The speech indicates that Erdogan considers the Kurds to be a greater threat to Turkey than Daesh.  Interestingly, the attack on the US comes just as information is beginning to surface that the Kurds are beginning to work very closely with the Russians, indicating that the US-Kurdish alliance is coming under strain.

The US Supreme Court ruled against President Obama’s attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions until it determines whether the regulations were legal.  The decision throws a wrench into the recent Paris Agreement on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.  Other countries, notably India and China, has suggested that if the US does not honor its commitment to the Paris Accord, then they may also reassess their commitments to the Accord.

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Posted February 10, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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