Violence in Juarez, Mexico — arguably the world’s deadliest city — is now costing not only lives, but livelihoods, as residents flee, abandoning homes and businesses to save themselves. The highest unofficial estimates of the exodus, compiled by social organizations, a local university, and a municipal group, could exceed 230,000, according to CBS News.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the head of the Iraqi government, has said that no American troops should remain in Iraq at the end of 2011. “The last American soldier will leave Iraq…. This agreement is not subject to extension, not subject to alteration. It is sealed.” The Prime Minister also granted assurances that his nation will not be pulled into an alliance with Iran, even though that is what some Iraqi politicians want (Iran and Afghanistan have recently signed a memorandum of understanding which brings those two nations into closer cooperation).
After the recent revelation of Russian sleeper operatives in the United States and London, the winds of espionage continue to move eastward, as the Polish government has announced that they have discovered and sentenced a Russian spy.
As reported previously, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) hosted the 12th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties. Among the stated “102 delegates representing 51 participating Parties from 43 countries” was the Russian Communist Workers' Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists (RCWP-RPC) leader Viktor Tyulkin.
Muslim Jihadists are now claiming responsibility for the wave of bombings which struck churches in Nigeria on Christmas Eve. Although some officials within the Nigerian government — including Azubuike Ihejirika, the head of the nation’s military — attempted initially to downplay the religious character of the Muslim assaults on Christians churches, the Boko Haram organization has now claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed approximately 40 people.
A pair of lawsuits threatens to strain the relationship that has developed between the United States and Pakistan since 9/11. For the first time since 9/11, the relationship between Pakistan and the United States has become noticeably worse.
The First Vice President of Iran, Mohammed Reza Rahimi, one of the closest political allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, faces charges of corruption in Iran. The story, which follows on the heels of a recent agreement signed between Iran and Afghanistan, reveals just how unsavory international politics can be.
The bear continues to rattle as, on December 23, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported that a former Russian colonel was “detained on suspicions of complicity in terrorism.” Sources at Moscow’s Lefortovo district court identified the suspect as “Former Colonel of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU), Vladimir Kvachkov” and told Itar-Tass that Col. Kvachkov “is suspected of complicity in terrorism and plans to organize an armed revolt.”