The center-right won a plurality of seats in the recent Danish parliamentary elections. If it can form a coalition government, it will replace the current center-left government. Anti-immigration sentiment was a factor in the elections, as a smaller party that opposes the acceptance of asylum-seekers coming into the European Union to escape difficulties in Asia and
Africa gained a significant enough number of seats to be
part of a coalition. Denmark has been a strong ally of the United States
in the global War on Terrorism.
The Malian government has signed a peace treaty with the largest separatist coalition of Tuaregs to end a lengthy insurgency, of which I had posted about previously. The insurgency had led to a coup and the takeover of much of northern
by al-Qaeda Islamists who had allied themselves with various Tuaregs. A French-led international force that
included the troops of several neighboring African states helped Mali to
liberate its north in a major victory in the War on Terrorism, but the jihadis
fled into the desert, where they have launched sporadic attacks on Malians and
the international troops. Mali had
already reached peace agreements with other Tuareg groups. It is hoped that peace with the Tuaregs would
help deter the Islamists from regaining power in northern Mali.
Al-Qaeda Islamists still control significant territory in
and are able to launch attacks in its capital and in neighboring Somali allied
states, although the rebels have been gradually pushed back by international
forces in support of Somalia’s
government. Nigeria, together with several
neighbors, has been battling Islamists in its north and has been having some
recent success in halting the insurgents’ advance. However, Libya’s internationally-recognized
government controls only a relatively small portion of Libyan territory while
various Islamists, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, battle for total
control of Libya, thus making it a potential safe haven for Islamists, as well
as a jumping-off point for terrorists into Europe. It is critical, therefore, that Mali not be
left to fall back into the hands of the Islamist enemy while these other African
battles in the War on Terrorism continue to be fought.
A Cuban human rights organization reports that over half of the total Cubans who had been political prisoners since the Obama Administration normalized relations with
remain prisoners of conscience, as well as others who remain on parole.