At Least 9 Killed In Attack In Somalia Capital

A least nine people were killed in an attack on Somalia’s interior ministry and security forces killed all three attackers after a two-hour gun battle inside, police said Saturday, as the al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. (July 7)

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The Biggest Risks Facing The World In 2018

Every year, Eurasia Group puts out their Top Risks report, and the world pays attention – from Wall Street to Washington. Here is their ranking for the top risks facing the world in 2018. The following is a transcript of the video:

The biggest risks facing the world in 2018

Eurasia Group released its predictions for the biggest global risks in 2018

Here’s what to watch for in the geopolitical landscape this year.

10: Security in Africa

Instability in less-developed countries like Somalia and Mali will spill over into Africa’s core countries. 

Dangers from the terror groups like al-Shabab will intensify. Increased security costs will hurt countries like Kenya and Nigeria.

9: Identity politics in Southern Asia

Islamism, anti-Chinese sentiments, and intensifying nationalism in India are leading to a rise of populism. Persecution of Muslim Rohingya has triggered a humanitarian crisis. 

Prime Minister Modi’s use of Hindu Nationalism in the 2019 election could give cover to radicalized elements of society.

8: United Kingdom

Brexit negotiations could lead to endless fights. It could also cost Prime Minister Theresa May her job. Her potential replacement could complicate Brexit talks even further. 

7: Protectionism 2.0

Anti-establishment movements have led to proposals of border walls and metaphorical walls in the global economy.

Policy makers are now forced to work more on “behind-the-border” measures like bailouts, subsidies, and “buy local” requirements.

Protectionism 2.0 creates barriers in the digital economy and in blue-collar industries as well.

6: The erosion of institutions

Institutions like governments, the courts, political parties, and the media continue to lose public credibility.

Anti-establishment populism could lead to political turmoil and authoritarianism in some countries. 

5: US-Iran relations

Trump will support Saudi Arabia to contain Iran in other countries like Syria and Yemen. Iran will push back against more sanctions from the US.

If the Iran Nuclear Deal can’t hold, Iran will ramp up its nuclear program, creating another threat to the US and Israel.

4: Mexico

Uncertainty over NAFTA could harm Mexico’s economy and play a major role in the country’s election. Voter frustration over corruption, drug gangs, and slow growth could lead to a new president. Obrador could break with previous investor-friendly economic policies. 

3: Global tech cold war

US and China will compete to master artificial intelligence and supercomputing. Both countries will struggle for market dominance all around the world. Fragmentation of the tech companies could lead to major market and security risks.

2: Accidents

While there hasn’t been a major geopolitical crisis since 9/11, there are many places where a misstep could lead to serious conflict.

The likeliest risks:

Conflict in cyberspace, fighting over North Korea, battlefield accidents in Syria, US-Russia tension and dispersal of ISIS fighters.

1: China loves a vacuum

China has developed the most effective global trade and investment strategy.

It uses Chinese tech companies to advance state interests and has extended its influence in other countries that are now more likely to align and imitate it. 

A US-China conflict on trade will become more likely this year.


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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 3, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire after the United Nations discontinued her aid, a prominent islamist was killed in Kenya, protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression in the Philippines and an explosion at Cairo University killed a high-ranking police officer.

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Syrian Refugee Self-Immolates
A Syrian woman in Lebanon lit herself on fire last week, highlighting the desperate plight of the more than two million refugees who have fled that nation’s civil war.

Prominent Islamist Killed
A prominent islamist leader with purported ties to the Somali militant group Al Shabab has been shot dead in front of a Kenyan court house.

Protests Over China’s Maritime Aggression
Dozens of angry protesters gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Manila after Chinese military vessels blocked Filipino supply ships from reaching a disputed outpost in the South China sea.

Police Chief Killed in Cairo Bombing
A series of bombs exploded near Cairo University, killing a high-ranking police officer.

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