15 November 2016   Leave a comment

Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental group that provides medical assistance in emergency situations all over the world, has conducted a survey of children in northeast Nigeria, the area of the country that has been ravaged by Boko Haram, an Islamist rebel group.  In their analysis, about a quarter of all the children in this region have died of starvation.   In the 7 year insurgency, about 2.6 million people have been displaced and an estimated 20,000 have died.  The Nigerian government has not been able as of yet to establish order in this region of the country.

The election of Donald Trump has emboldened certain hard-line members of the Israeli Cabinet to believe that the new Administration would not stand in the way of an Israeli annexation of most of the West Bank.  Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home Party and the country’s Education Minister, is quoted as saying:

“Trump’s victory is a tremendous opportunity for Israel to immediately announce its intention to renege on the idea of establishing Palestine in the heart of the country – a direct blow to our security and the justice of our cause. This is the president-elect’s outlook as it appears in his platform, and that definitely should be our way. Salient, simple and clear. The era of the Palestinian state is over.”

The Ministerial Council of the Israeli government has voted unilaterally to give the government the right to expropriate land privately held by Palestinians so that more settlements can be built.  The measure was opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, but it seems likely to pass in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

The Oxford Dictionaries have declared “post-truth” to be its word of the year.   According to The Guardian:

“Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.

I would have preferred Stephen Colbert’s word, “truthiness”, but I guess they mean the same thing.


Posted November 16, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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