The new peace accord between the Colombian government and the Marxist narco-terrorists was approved by the legislature this week. It replaced the one rejected by referendum, which, unlike the new accord, included amnesty from criminal prosecution for the rebels. The agreement ends over five decades of guerilla war. The government of
working on peace accord with a smaller leftist rebel organization.
Philippines Update: Rodrigo Duterte’s Abuses and Donald Trump’s Praise
President Rodrigo Duterte, the “Filipino Trump,” encouraged neighbors
Malaysia and Indonesia this week to pursue and
strike kidnappers in Philippine waters, even if their hostages would be
hit. The populist strongman has been
encouraging citizens to kill suspected drug dealers, which has resulted in
thousands of deaths without trial. Republican United States presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom Duterte admires,
praised his Filipino counterpart this week for this human rights abuse. The "Filipino Trump" also this week barred American naval vessels from using Philippine ports to conduct freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea, which is claimed by China, but is disputed by all the neighboring states.
Late this week, Russians observed the 25th anniversary of the dissolution of the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
in 1991 and the independence of the Soviet
Republics, leaving the Russian Federation
as the rump of the polyglot Russian/Soviet Empire. The Baltic States
had earlier declared their independence.
Russian Federation Communist dictator Vladimir Putin regards the Soviet
dissolution as the greatest political disaster of the Twentieth Century and has
endeavored to reform the Soviet Union, despite Russian treaties with the former
recognizing their sovereignty
and independence. Soviet Republics Russia has invaded two of them, Georgia, where they have installed two puppet
states in breakaway regions, and Ukraine,
first annexing Crimea and then invading Eastern Ukraine
in support of Russian-backed Russian-speaking separatists.
Gambia Update: the longtime Gambian President Has Retracted His Concession of the Election
The longtime president of
changed his mind yesterday and retracted his concession of defeat in the
presidential elections earlier this month.
The African Union has announced its rejection of his concession. The President has ruled for 22 years since
taking power in a coup. He was defeated
by a coalition of the democratic opposition led by a businessman. It is hoped that the election results, once
confirmed, will be accepted and a peaceful transition of power will follow.