In Nigeria’s contested presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan has been reelected, and the reelection of a candidate from the Christian region of southern Nigeria is being received by Muslims in the north with rioting, arson, and murder.

The headline of a Washington Post story on the post-election violence — “Mobs overwhelm police in northern Nigeria after vote, leaving behind charred corpses and fear” — well summarizes the chaos which has erupted in the Muslim states of Nigeria. The story continues, “...[o]fficers recovered 31 corpses from the city of Kaduna alone Tuesday, with more likely yet to be found, the commissioner said. Police arrested more than 300 people during the rioting, but many citizens remained inside their homes as police and military helicopters flew overhead and soldiers filled the streets."

Ai WeiweiThe murderous communist regime ruling China has been cracking down on opponents in recent weeks and months, disappearing dozens of the nation’s most prominent human-rights activists and lawyers. While the world is watching, the Chinese government continues to intensify its clamp down on critics with zealous brutality and vengeance in what experts say is one of the fiercest episodes of repression in years.

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the so-called “BRICS” countries, added more pressure against the U.S. dollar after their leftist leaders called for a new international monetary system and announced that they planned to start issuing credit for trade among themselves using their own currencies.

The communist Chinese regime is cracking down on Tibetan monks at a major Buddhist monastery as well as the surrounding community, murdering and arresting protesters while prompting worldwide condemnation and warnings of more atrocities to come.

On Tuesday, Cuba announced that José Ramón Machado, 80, would fill the second highest position in the Communist Party, putting him in line to possibly succeed President Raul Castro. The New York Times notes that the announcement was significant as it was the first time since 1959 that “someone other than the Castro brothers” was selected to fill such a prominent position.

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