Saturday, March 16, 2013
- Maghreb/Sahel nations join ‘Saharan Express’ exercise to combat terrorism, trafficking
- Africa Destined to Bleed Yet More! Any Remedy?
- Nigeria: Why Boko Haram Insurgency Escalates - Emir of Anka
"The security agencies are to be blame for the escalation of the Boko Haram sect. Where were the security agencies when the sect members are importing guns? Where were they when they were training their members in Somalia? The security agencies should have pre-empted all these," he said.
- Mali's Bad Trip: Field notes from the West African drug trade.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
- Greece, Troika Talks Break Down, Loan Put Off
- More Bombing Of Greek Political Offices
- Greek Unemployment Rate Hits 26.4 Percent
- EU Considers $13 Billion Bailout for Cyprus
- A flawed temple: The loss of legitimacy may now be the biggest threat to the European project
- "Abolish austerity" Brussels protesters tell EU leaders
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
- Mali: Stabilising northern Mali: different approaches to peace operations
- Mali: Tuareg rebels call for ICC war crimes probe
- Mali Islamists, Separatists Join Forces
- Chad’s Humanitarian Challenges
- Discordant Voices in the “New Nigeria” Trope
But while the financial press continues to gush about the amount of money to be made in the country, a range of Nigerian voices are expressing fear and anger. Former World Bank official Oby Ezekwesili’s passionate convocation address at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in January criticized an “indulgent elite class” that had squandered $67 billion in reserves that the Obasanjo administration handed over to its successor government in 2007. Transparency and accountability, key to governance benefiting the general public, remain elusive.
- Nigeria's government has pardoned a key ally of President Goodluck Jonathan who was convicted of stealing millions of dollars
- Malian President Plays Down UN Atrocities Accusations
- Maiduguri: The Nigerian city gripped by insurgency
Since 2009, northern Nigeria has been gripped by a bloody insurgency as militant group Boko Haram continues its quest to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. Visiting the Boko Haram stronghold Maiduguri is dangerous, so a BBC reporter filmed with a concealed camera to reveal what life is like for citizens caught in the crossfire. The journalist's identity has been concealed for security reasons.
- Belgrade Denies Backing Bosnia Serb Opposition
Aleksandar Vucic, Vice-President of the Serbian government, has dismissed reports in the Sarajevo media that Belgrade plans to help the opposition in Republika Srpska win the next general election in 2014.
- Bill Black: Which Aspect of the FDIC’s Litigation Failures is the Most Embarrassing and Damaging?
The article contains four key facts we did not know about the FDIC’s leadership and its litigation director. ...The first fact is that the banks and bank officers can now cut deals with the FDIC designed to keep their settlements secret.....The second key fact that we learned from the article is that the size of the settlements, for some of the most culpable fraudulent mortgage lenders, is so embarrassingly low that the FDIC’s litigators and investigators have proven to be an embarrassing failure....The third fact that emerges is that the FDIC’s real purpose in entering into these settlements crafted to try to keep the public from learning about them is not to secure a higher settlement but to protect the FDIC leadership from embarrassment for their failures of nerve, competence....The fourth fact that emerges is that the FDIC does not understand how a banking regulator and its litigators must deal with control fraud.
Monday, March 4, 2013
- Greece: Social explosion?
- On the social conditions in Greece, now
- Portugal’s Left must respond to a rising tide of rebellion
- How Beppe Grillo and Italy’s Five Star Movement stole the election
- Stiglitz: What is Italy Saying?
As the president of Greece becomes the latest person to predict a 'social explosion' in Greece it seems a good idea to ask the question: Are we likely to see an escalation of social unrest as the crisis continues?
- Argentine and British protesters resist 'vulture fund' debt claims
British and Argentine campaigners have staged a noisy pots and pans protest outside the offices of Elliot Associates in London, in support of Argentina’s right not to pay the ‘vulture funds’ still chasing huge profits from its late-2001 debt default
- 12 Things That Just Happened That Show The Next Wave Of The Economic Collapse Is Almost Here
- Africa and AFRICOM: Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance
- Gambia to destroy 2 tonnes of cocaine worth US$1BN today
- Conflicting accounts emerge over AQIM leader's reported death
- Is the Polisario an ally of AQIM commander killed in Mali? – MedAfrica Times
- Following Mali, AQIM to Retreat to Algeria
- Shell Considers Shutting Nigerian Pipeline on Increased Oil Theft
- Shell decries unprecedented oil theft in Nigeria
- Boko Haram Leader Disowns Ceasefire
- Al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar may be 'alive’
- Bulgaria’s acting PM fires corruption unit deputy director
- Germany may bloc Bulgaria, Romania accession to Schengen area - official
The two nations have seen their accession repeatedly delayed due to concerns over their failure to contain corruption and organized crime.
- Realism about the prospects for reform in America
I don't know of any reason why civil society of some sort should not persist on the North American continent more or less than anywhere else. However, this is a time when, so far as reform is concerned, that each and every one of us be more concerned with setting our own houses in order than in reforming the body politic. That would be a waste of time.
- Jury Nullification, Your Secret Civil Right
Sunday, March 3, 2013
- This Story Stinks
Simply including an ad hominem attack in a reader comment was enough to make study participants think the downside of the reported technology was greater than they’d previously thought.
My Observation: Since Aristotle, rhetoric has included not only the reasoning of an argument, logos, but also its ethos and pathos, how well it advances the good and how strongly. See Modes of PersuasionTo enshrine Logos while discounting Ethos and Pathos is simply to be incomplete..
- Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else
The President’s “sequester” offer slashes non-defense spending by $830 billion over the next ten years. That happens to be the precise amount we’re implicitly giving Wall Street’s biggest banks over the same time period.
- Good Italy, Bad Italy Girlfriend in a Coma
A very informative, sad, inspiring documentary about the past, present and future of Italy.
- Greece reclassified to 'emerging market' from developed
A major fund manager has reclassified Greece from a developed to an emerging market, in an unprecedented move reflecting the "unfortunate economic tailspin" of the Greek economy, which has threatened the future of the euro.
- Alasdair Macleod: Europe Is In Worse Shape Than Everyone Thinks
- Cash Airlift Prevented Greek Bank Run
- Saudi Arabia and Qatar ratchet up sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq
Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been working hard to break up the Shia-Kurdish strategic alliance in Iraq, replacing it with a Turkish strategic alliance with the Kurdish Region (KR), headed by Massoud Barzani, a development which has not only dramatically bolstered the position of the KR in its tense confrontation with Iraq's central government (CG) over land and oil, but also more broadly ramped up ethnic tensions.
- The Saudi Arabization of Islam
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The government apparently calls such attacks signature strikes because the targets are identified based on intelligence “signatures” that suggest involvement in terror plots or militant activity.
So what signatures does the U.S. look for and how much evidence is needed to justify a strike?
The Obama administration has never spoken publicly about signature strikes. Instead, generally anonymous officials have offered often vague examples of signatures. The resulting fragmentary picture leaves many questions unanswered.