Nigeria: Killing of Oyerinde Signals Further Instability

June 17, 2012 by

Faced with an oil-export based economy, intra factional clashes coupled together by a feeble and corrupt centralized government, Nigeria has struggled to become more than a transitional democracy. Armed groups and violence, fueled by disputes over oil revenue sharing efforts have exacerbated internal security problems and continue to undermine domestic stability as well as thwart progress to establish democratic norms.

Not so Super Mario Brothers

June 17, 2012 by

This week Italy was carted in to the spotlight of the Eurozone crisis as its benchmark 10 year borrowing costs moved above 6 per cent for the first time since January. With Italy now beginning to suffer as contagion spreads from the currency block’s other problem areas it is clear that tensions are rising in the Euro area. In a further sign of disunity between the Eurozone’s Latin bloc and other EMU member states on Tuesday, Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, was forced to reject claims from the Austrian Finance Minster that Italy would require financial assistance.

Obama’s ‘Kill List’: On War, Humiliation and the Making of History

June 17, 2012 by

The “global war on terror” which began under the former Bush administration more than a decade ago has taken a new and more sinister turn. We now know, mostly as a result of New York Times reporting, “Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will” that President Obama routinely vets and reviews profiles of suspected terrorists before military strikes are ordered in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.