BURUNDI/GENOCIDE – The UN has warned that “a complete breakdown of law and order is just around the corner” following allegations of gang-rapes, enforced disappearances and the digging of mass graves last month.
“All lights are flashing red” said the UN in a report which noted that atrocities are increasingly taking an ethnic dimension between the Hutu and Tutsi populations.
At least 439 people have been killed since April when President Nkurunziza declared he would stand for a third term as President.
VENEZUELA/EMERGENCY – Venezuela’s President Maduro has declared a 60-day state of emergency. He will govern by decree for the next two months. The Supreme Court (mostly appointed by his Socialist Party) has declared that all motions passed by the opposition controlled National Assembly will be declared invalid. The country is collapsing economically; annual inflation is thought to be around 300%.
BURKINO FASO/MALI – The two countries have said they will work together to counter of Islamic militants in the region. This follows Al Qaeda’s assault on the Splendid Hotel in the capital of Ouagadougou over the weekend. Last November a raid on a hotel in the Mali capital, Bamako, killed 20 people. The two states aare likely to sharae intelligence and increase patrols along their borders.
AFGHANISTAN/BOMBING At least 13 people at a meeting of tribal elders in Jalalabad died in a suicide bombing. The attack comes ahead of the 2nd round of talks aimed at leading to negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
Jan 19 – European Parliament debates Polish media law and other ‘anti democratic measures’ Poland is enacting.
Jan 21 – Resumption of trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in 2011.
Jan 21 – Organization of Islamic Conference emergency meting re attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Jan 20/23 – World Economic Forum. Davos, Switzerland.
Jan. 20/22 – Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Egypt. His first visit to M East.
Jan 23 – Xi moves on to Iran. It’s not personal, its business. He hopes to link China to Iran by rail.