Let us look at the recent activities of governments worldwide on combating issues that threaten national security. With general frustration levels rapidly rising globally, on all sides of the political spectrum, politicians and government employees have a hard time appeasing the people. They cannot afford to sit silent.
Any news piece involving Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is bound to gather the attention of all 6.7 billion people in the world, such are the state of affairs. However, for once, the two met on a more positive setting in Helsinki, Finland, on the 16th of July as part of a bilateral meeting between the two nations. They agreed to work together on mutually concerning issues such as Islamic terrorism, Syria and nuclear disarmament.
There has been a recent spike in the immigration wave from parts of Africa to Europe. With Italy causing recent furor by entirely closing its borders to immigrants fleeing civil wars and brutality, Spain has taken up the mantle in welcoming such immigrants. The recently docked Aquarius, a rescue ship that set sail from Libya, landed in Spain, with newly elected Socialist government under Pedro Sanchez, and Portugal agreeing to bring in the immigrants.
Nigeria has always had a problem with domestic terrorism. The Boko Haram has proved to be a formidable opponent in the nation. However the government has stepped up its fight against terrorism in recent years, and drew praise from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) during its recent visit to Lagos. The government’s rescue and rehabilitation programs for women and children was also commended.
You may recall the chaotic circumstances facing Turkey, with the ultra-dictatorial Erdogan government not faring quite so well. The Lira has plummeted by about 40% since the beginning of the year, with Turkey potentially set to become the next Argentina in the financial landscape. Turkey doesn’t seem to be about to get any respite, with Trump exerting his populist ideology by planning to double the tariffs on key Turkish imports.
That’s it for today’s edition. This in itself is a lot to digest, with countries still learning on a daily basis to effectively combat the rise of such things as populism, terrorism and anti-immigration. Let’s hope they pick up the pace.