11 August 2016   1 comment

Zambia is holding a tightly contested presidential race today.  The two leading candidates are the current president, Edgar Lungu, and Hakainde Hichilema.  The key issue in the race is the wretched state of the Zambian economy which has suffered from low copper (it main export) prices and very high levels of government debt.  The election has been marred by high levels of political campaign violence.

The day after Russia accused fighters in Crimea of launching terrorist attacks on government forces, Russia has announced that it will be holding war games in the Black Sea.  Such activities mobilize armed forces in combat mode, and the exercise is clearly calculated to put pressure on those in Crimea who oppose the Russian annexation.  Not coincidentally, these activities will also likely become a major issue in the US presidential campaign as Russian President Putin has not disguised his support for Donald Trump.

Nigeria has suffered two cases of wild polio.  It has been two years since the last polio case had occurred in Nigeria and officials had been hoping for a third year of being polio free since three years is the threshold for declaring eradication of the debilitating disease.  Nigeria has been immunizing its children, but the violent activities of Boko Haram has prevented health workers from visiting all areas of the country.


Posted August 11, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. Thanks for the distressing news about Nigeria and polio. I had missed it.



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