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Bouillon Weekly: Terrorism strikes Nairobi

Dear readers,

although local media remains concerned with the Charter, the world has been rocked by new tragedy. The question of Syria slowly begins to fade in the U.S., but gun control is once again on the table after a shooting in Washington took the lives of several American citizens in the state capital on September 16th. A world  over, yesterday,  Al Shabab militants open-fired in the West Gate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing as of now 68 people and wounding 200 according to Red Cross. 49 people remain unaccounted for. Victims include both Kenyan nationals and a number of foreigners, including two Canadians. This is the worst terrorist attack in the country since the brutal 1998 U.S. embassy bombings.

The surreal photographs taken by journalists on the scene portray just how perfect of a target the mall was, both logistically and symbolically. The plethora of luxury goods and services are an homage to a Kenya on the rise, and the many corners, twists and turns mean that there is always somewhere new to hide. The number of dead, wounded, and missing continues to rise,  and the group which has taken responsibility for the attack, Al Shabab, has released a series of tweets claiming that this terrorist attack is retribution for Kenyan involvement in Somalia.

The group has used Twitter in the past several months to spread images of killed commandos as well as messages of hate – some directed at the Kenya president. After each account suspension the group would simply open another. Until the suspension of their last account yesterday they promised a refusal to negotiate – claiming that Kenya was reaping the “bitter fruit” of its actions. There are an estimated 10 – 15 militants in the mall presently, with an unknown number of hostages who most probably account for some of the 50 or so missing. Security forces on site are prioritizing the safe removal of hostages from the scene over anything else .  Expect more coverage from the Bouillon once the dust has settled later in the week.

While Kenya remains rocked by this tragedy, Germans will be heading to the polls today. So far many are predicting the return of Mutti, and heralding her as the leader that not only Germany, but Europe needs. What do you think? Read Germans to the Polls by Mathieu Paul Dumont.  India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and with this such rapid growth there are usually consequences. In the case of India, a rapid economy hasn’t lead to widespread economic prosperity but the Indian government has recently implemented a bill they hope will help ease the growing pains. Read CSR & the Companies Bill: India’s Corporate Struggle by Hiba Ganta for more. US Supreme court judges wield a lot of power, and have the ability to tip the political balance, given that so many are retiring soon, what does this mean for the near future of American law? The Supreme Court Justices are Getting on in Years – What Does this Mean for America?  by Katie McNamara. The situation in Syria has and will probably continue to be a geopolitical powder keg, and has led to a political shuffling that includes a shift in Franco-American relations. Get the full story in Franco-American Relations get Cozier in Light of Syrian Crisis by new writer Ian Barber.

– Meagan Potier

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About meagan.potier

Student of World Religions and Political Science at McGill University. Meagan joined The Political Bouillon last year in hopes of being able to keep writing and editing, as well as foster her interests in international politics. As Managing Editor. Through her position she helps the Bouillon evolve into stronger and more comprehensive publication that embodies the myriad of opinions and perspectives it represents.

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