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By: Tony Hotland and April Elizabeth Curtis
Uganda is in the news again, but oddly this time it is because they have too much money. An audit by Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria found that only 46% of funds given to Uganda between 2013 and 2015 had been spent. Medicine shortages are common in state health facilities and the government often claims that they do not have the funds necessary to care for those in need. Sadly, it looks like inefficiency rather than lack of funds is what is killing Uganda's most vulnerable.
Libya. It's so much more than Bengazi. With all the talk about the war in Syria, it is easy to forget that there is a Libyan civil war. Five years ago, a revolution removed Gadhafi from power, however the only thing that came after him was a vacuum. According to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, this political and military vacuum is “allowing terrorist groups and criminal networks to establish deep roots." Libya will be a place to watch in the future as its combination of humanitarian suffering, proximity to Europe and an increase in ISIS recruits will most likely result in something horrible.
On Wednesday, the UN voted unanimously to impose some of the toughest sanctions ever on North Korea. One result of these sanctions is that all snowmobiles worth more than $2,000 are now banned from being sent to the country. The horrific result being that North Koreans will no longer look chic plowing through snow. This will, without a doubt, change Kim Jong-un's mind about his nuclear program.
Ironically, six hours after the UN imposed the sanction, Kim Jong-un did the political equivalent of "pssssh" and launched six short-range projectiles into the sea.
On Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande warned David Cameron that if Britain were to leave the EU, the French could end border controls with the UK. Referring to "consequences," Hollande suggested that the thousands of refugees currently trying to enter the UK would no longer be stopped from continuing on to Britain.
On Thursday, the President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk has warned illegal economic migrants trying to come to Europe, saying they will risk their lives and money for nothing. This warning comes as Europe tries to control its refugee crisis, which is of high concern as new projections state that more than 1 million refugees could enter Europe before the end of the year.
Now something to warm your heart in the dead of winter. A job fair for refugees in Berlin attracted over 4,000 people. Many refugees held skilled jobs in their country of origin and so employers hope to use their skills, while both refugees and the government hope jobs will provide independence and help integrate refugees into Germany.
THE MIDDLE EAST
As if the Syrian civil war couldn't get darker, the government reported a nationwide power outage on Thursday following reports that militants had hit with rockets part of a power-generating station in Hama. On a positive note, the United Nations said the ceasefire was largely holding in its first week despite sporadic clashes. Brokered by the U.S. and Russia, the ceasefire was an important start to pave the way for regular humanitarian aid deliveries to remote and besieged areas that have been cut off by the fighting. Our friend Henry Villacorta argued in his piece for the nextgen blog that the proxy war in Syria would require more than just a ceasefire. For an in-depth read about what's at stake right now, go over this summary by the Associated Press.
Over in the south, Saudi Arabia this week canceled billions of dollars in aid for Lebanon and formally declared Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The Sons of the Desert, using the Gulf Cooperation Council, accused the Lebanese militia group of "hostile acts" in six Sunni states. The New York Times said that this development opened the door for Hezbollah's patron—Iran—who has long battled with the Saudis for a stronger influence over Lebanon. In a speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah struck back by accusing Saudi Arabia of war crimes in Yemen. It wasn't immediately clear if Nasrallah had a glass of lemonade at hand for this speech.
In a U.S. presidential debate, Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican Party presidential nomination, has defended the size of his presidential....
A study revealed this week that New York City has spent more to anticipate side effects of climate change than any other of the world's 10 biggest cities. Speaking of climate change, figures from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that the first two months of this year already broke temperature records. Here's an analysis offered by The Guardian.
Here is one happy story to help restore your faith in humanity about Syrian refugees and their new lives in Canada.
A real-life telenovela has taken place in Bolivia when it surfaced this week that President Evo Morales' estranged son, whom he believed had died shortly after birth, turned out to be alive. This was revealed after the mother was arrested as part of a corruption investigation alleging her company received lucrative government contracts via her presidential connections. Ay dios mio!
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was detained on Friday for questioning as part of a long-running corruption probe at a state oil company. Police claimed to have evidence that Lula received illicit benefits from kickbacks at the company.
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