May 22, 2014

6 Reasons the U.S. Should Rescue Those Girls

Jay Hallen, Forbes

The Associated Press

While the sentiment is sincere, there is something perverse about an American First Lady – perhaps the second most powerful person in the world – resorting to social media to counteract a crime against humanity. Can a single image better encapsulate American futility? Islamist terrorists kidnap and rape at gunpoint, and the U.S. responds with hashtags. Little wonder that Putin laughs at us, while China continues to harass its neighbors in the East China Sea. Fortunately, there is more the U.S. can do, and Mrs. Obama should start lobbying her husband.

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TAGGED: Boko Haram, Nigeria


May 14, 2014
Why Boko Haram Might Be Unstoppable
David Francis, Fiscal Times
The Nigerian government blinked today in its standoff with Boko Haram, agreeing to talks with the group in an effort to get back 276 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria three weeks ago. It’s another sign of... more ››
May 14, 2014
Boko Haram Is No 'Global Terror' Threat
Mike Smith, The Guardian
The Islamists' aims remain mainly local. Saving the abducted girls won't change the conditions in which they flourish. more ››
May 14, 2014
Britain Made Nigeria, Boko Haram United It
Barnaby Phillips, LES
In a year of centenaries, one has gone unnoticed in the UK. In 1914, the British created Nigeria — when the country’s two very different territories of north and south were amalgamated. Muslims and Christians, feudal... more ››
May 13, 2014
What Could Get U.S. Military in Nigeria
David Francis, The Fiscal Times
The offer comes as military advisers from the United States, France and other countries arrive to assist the Nigeria military in its inept search for the 276 school girls kidnapped three weeks ago. But other than advising and... more ››
May 13, 2014
How The West Underestimated Boko Haram
Christian Putsch, Die Welt
What remains unclear is whether the organization really cooperates with other terrorists in Africa or if they're only saying they do for propaganda purposes. Boko Haram published video material allegedly shows joint training... more ››