This week, the deadly hostage crisis by radical Islamist militants in an Algeria gas field made international headlines. Brazen Algerian soldiers rushed to the scene, resulting in the death of 23 hostages and 32 militants. It is yet another sign of trouble and conflict brewing in North Africa over the past few months. Meanwhile, the recent French intervention in Mali is giving a boost to President Francois Hollande’s popularity. There’s nothing like putting your military into use to evoke nationalist sentiments. Editor Henry Fieglar gives an insightful overview of the political turbulence facing Mali.
In Canada, Idle No More grassroots movement has gained widespread traction. Trent Lee acquired an exclusive Political Bouillon interview with Widia Larivière, one of the organizers of Idle No More’s Quebec division.
In the United States, as President Obama was sworn in at noon on Sunday, the topic of gun control is still taking center stage this week with Obama’s January 16th gun reform proposals (Molly Korab). Naturally, the horrific events of Sandy Hook Elementary School should continue to stir debate over America’s “addiction” to guns.
Overshadowed by gun control reform, the tragic suicide of 26 year-old Aaron Swartz (Mischa Snaije) is worth mentioning. A programming whiz kid, Mr. Swartz committed suicide after a long and brutal battle with the U.S. government that he illegally downloaded 5 million documents from the online scholarly archive named JSTOR. Mr. Swartz is also the brains behind the creation of the Creative Commons, a service thanks to which the Political Bouillon can offer you a rich multimedia experience.
The Political Bouillon published two in-depth reports: Veronica Aranova provides a witty and sharp analysis of the tragic struggles Chechen women are facing today; M. Polar highlights the long road Myanmar has to achieve a true democracy as she focuses on the Muslim Rohingya.
Finally, with the tensions in Syria escalating beyond its borders, we’ve been hearing more about the Kurds, who border Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Alexander Langer examines the recent revival of Kurdish nationalism, a movement heavily repressed over the last few decades.
See you all next Sunday!
And until then, I encourage you to comment, discuss and debate!
Editor-in-Chief, The Political Bouillon
(Featured photo: Magharebia. Creative Commons, Flickr)