Week In Brief (#1)

By this article, we introduce a new category, which will present in brief, seven interesting events of the week, though not necessarily the most debated.


Pope_FrancisPope Francis angered Turkey for a second time after June 2013, when he publicly called the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians, 100 years ago a genocide. Turkey, which does not recognize the Armenian massacre, summoned Vatican’s ambassador. A few days later, on April 15th, European Parliament voted for the official recognition of the genocide. The European decision prompted a furious response from Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to Kazakhstan. “Come on, let’s leave history to historians.” Earlier he had made an implicit threat to deport Armenian citizens, many of whom work in Turkey, writes The Telegraph.

More about this:
Why Pope Francis was right to call the Armenian massacres genocide

Pope Francis’ Armenian genocide remarks prompt strong response


 HillaryClintonOn April 12th, Hillary Clinton formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in the 2016 election on April 12, 2015. Though this is not a surprise, she remains a controversial politician who during her term as Secretary of State and afterwards, has kept balancing on the edge of conservatism. Many of her views and practices match to these of a republican rather that a democrat.

Read also:
Hillary Clinton Announces Candidacy: ‘Everyday Americans Need a Champion’


Eduardo GaleanoEduardo Galleano the Uruguayan author and journalist, died on April 13th of lung cancer at age 74 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is the writer of 35 books and is considered to be one of the most notable authors of Latin American literature. His death is a severe loss of the global intellectual world.

Read also:
Uruguay Honors the Life of Eduardo Galeano in Wake Ceremony


 gunter_grassOn the same day, the German Nobel literature prize winner, author of The Tin Drum and political activist Günter Grass also died at the age of 87. Double loss for the world of literature and intellect.

Read from Spiegel:
Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to Germany’s Towering Literary Figure


Chibok-marchOne year before, on April 14th 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram abducted 276 teenage girls from their school hostel in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria. The majority remain captive, their whereabouts unknown. The global public opinion and the movement #BringBackOurGirls demands action. The families still mourn their children.

See more at:
UN Women-Statement of the executive director of UN Women on the one year anniversary  


Draghi terrifiedMario Draghi, the President of European Central Bank, was “attacked” with confetti by Josephine Witt, the 21-year-old protester and activist, during a press conference which turned interesting thanks to Josephine. Photos of frightened/surprised Draghi and “super-Josephine”, have made rounds all over the web after the event on April 15th. A rather awkward moment for mighty president.

See also:
Interview: ECB Protester Josephine Witt: ‘If Greece Falls, the Whole European Idea Has Failed’

Protester Attacks ECB President Mario Draghi


Islamic State Archaeological Sites GlanceOne more video was released by ISIS on April 12th showing the attack and the destroy of the monuments at Nimrud an archeological site of Iraq by ISIS terrorists. Islamic State militants used bulldozers and explosives. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on April 14th that the action constitutes a war crime.

Read also:
ISIS Video Shows Apparent Destruction of Nimrud Archaeological Site

UN: Islamic State Group’s Ruin of Iraq’s Nimrud a ‘War Crime’

Have a nice and interesting week!

New president elected in Nigeria – Muhammadu Buhari


The voting of 1st April in Nigeria, gave nearly 54%, of the 60 millon registered voters, to Muhammadu Buhari (of All Progressives Congress-APC party) who is going to be the successor of the former president Jonathan Goodluck (of People’s Democratic Party-PDP).

The 72-year-old new president was a professional soldier and has a history of two coups, one in 1980s which overturned the elected president -to be overthrown himself later- and an older coup d’état in 1966 by which he ousted the military dictator Ajuiyi Ironsi.

In much troubled as much as rich country (with poor people) Nigeria, it is the first time that an opposition candidate wins an incumbent. A first is also the phone call from Jonathan Goodluck to Buhari after the results to congratulate him.

In Nigeria, where people vote according to ethnic criteria, the choice of his vice president Yemi Osinbajo gave to Buhari the votes of both clans (Buhari is member of Hausa ethnic group, while Osinbajo is of Yoruba. Goodluck is of Ijaw).
Even if 40% of the population does not belong to any of these three ethnic groups, they are the ones who have ruled Nigeria since the country won its independence in 1960.
The country has a heavy burden of problems with dominant the security problem caused by Boko Haram.
The new president announced in his first formal speech: “Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort … In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.”
During the election, Boko Haram killed more than a dozen voters in an attempt to disrupt the vote, which it referred to as “not Islamic”, reports teleSUR.

Inherited problems

Nigeria has the largest population as well as economy of African countries. It is a distinct example of a rich country in which 48% of the population suffers from extreme poverty and the country itself from widespread corruption.
To these problems has been added the plague of Boko Haram.

On the occasion of Easter, APC called Nigerians “to come together irrespective of the fault lines separating them, for a national rebirth, in the spirit of Easter…”
The two dominant religions in Nigeria are Christianity -47% of the population- and Islam -51%.

Western nations’ bad foreign polices in the region have intensified the country’s polarization due to ethnic groups or religion.
The West’s exploitation of Nigeria’s natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas has deepen the economic gap between the population and, the profit hunting by the large oil companies have caused severe environmental problems.

A hard way is laid ahead for the new president of the tough-tested Nigeria.

Read also: Nigeria Beyond the Elections – teleSUR                     
“Nobody’s Ambition Is Worth The Blood Of Any Nigerian” – BuzzFeedNews