The last US president called the countries of Africa (and elsewhere) “shitholes” and questioned their contribution to American society-despite having never visited the continent.
This year the US will face a number of domestic issues — rising long-term unemployment, an economic recession, rising debt, a polarized and dysfunctional political system, right-wing extremists, and of course stopping the COVID-19 pandemic — all of which threaten to overwhelm the attention of the Biden administration.
France Looks for an Exit from the Sahel Ahead of the Presidential Election
After eight years of operations in the Sahel region, politicians in France are looking for an exit strategy. President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce the withdrawal of 600 troops in February, who were only deployed last year. It’s rumored Macron wants to reduce troop levels further before his reelection next year.
As violent extremists organizations (VEOs) have been gaining ground in recent months, anti-French sentiment in the region has also been growing. To make matters worse, of the 50 casualties France suffered over the past eight…
This was written before the attack on the Capitol yesterday. I originally wrote this with the idea of exploring the motivation behind telling constituents the election was “stolen.” I hope this story helps inform people about the political motivations that ultimately allowed yesterday’s attack to happen.
The attack was a horrific consequence of the President of the United States promoting conspiracy, lies, and disinformation. Almost 4000 Americans died yesterday due to COVID-19, four people died as a result of the attack at the Capitol. Those deaths rest squarely on the shoulders of Donald Trump and the politicians that support him…
Every year some news stories for whatever reason don’t get the attention they deserve when they are published. Money laundering at the best of times doesn’t make front page news. This past year was especially difficult as headlines were constantly competing with the latest tweets from President Trump or the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Here is one story that didn’t stand up to the storm of news items in September.
Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Dramane Ouattara increased the possibility of political instability when he announced in August that he was running for a controversial third term. The move comes at a time when the country’s economic forecast has been reduced due to COVID-19, and the region is experiencing a rash of leaders trying to extend their time in office — a trend called third-termism, as well as increasing activity from violent extremists organizations.
President Ouattara’s plans to peacefully transition power for the first time in the country’s history were upended when his chosen successor Prime Minister Amadou Gon…
Trump Allies Claim Biden Is Attempting To ‘Steal’ Election And Warn Of Armed Revolt (Forbes, Sept. 15)
Sept 19, 2020
On Monday, the NY Times reported that the Biden campaign was preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration over election results. In response, republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted, “Dems assemble an army of lawyers to challenge the legitimacy of the election & try to steal the race.”
On Sunday, the Atlantic’s Shadi Hamid speculated that if Trump again wins the electoral college but not the popular vote, people on the left would be unwilling…
What happened (since the last update)
The anticipated spike in cases happened July 29th, just about 3 weeks after the fourth of July holiday weekend and the start of the phase-three reopening. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea not to stagger the third phase of the reopening further away from the long holiday weekend. Daily case counts rose above 400 for five consecutive days and the 21-day moving average of new cases almost doubled (Table 1). As a result, Governor Baker reduced the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50, required people to maintain…
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