Central African Republic Sees Increase In Violence, Brutality

Violence In Central African Republican Increases As Year Comes To An End
Violence has increased greatly in the last day in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic as militia groups attacked on the camp of former Seleka rebels, Reuters reports. French and African troops are finding It more and more difficult to contain the conflict, which claimed as many as 1,000 people in December.

In addition, UNICEF reports that several children were beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in a sign that the civil war is worsening.

“We are witnessing unprecedented levels of violence against children. More and more children are being recruited into armed groups, and they are also being directly targeted in atrocious revenge attacks,” said Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF Representative in CAR.

2014 Could Be Bad Year For Global Economy, Some Believe
Jeremy Warner of London’s Telegraph believes the fate of the global economy in 2014 will be determined by the price of oil – which he estimates will rise to $80 a barrel. He asserts the US will benefit from the current energy “revolution” but his prediction for the Eurozone is quite dismal.

“Regrettably, the same cannot be said about the eurozone, where the crisis will re-erupt in political form. Policy makers have succeeded in keeping the eurozone together but at terrible economic cost. In times gone by, such   brutalisation would already have sparked revolutions. These days those that would lead such change – the young – simply emigrate.

“Nonetheless, voters will vent their anger in May’s European elections, leading to a profoundly eurosceptic parliament. With dysfunctional populists to deal with, eurocrats will just carry on regardless but attitudes will harden and the eurozone will become progressively ungovernable.

“With China slowing, there must be some possibility that eurozone travails will finally begin to bite at the core, by pushing Germany into recession. Perhaps this will provide the necessary wake-up call. Unwise to bet on it, though,” he predicts.

David Dalpice of YaleGlobalOnline also shares his worries for the global economy in the coming year.

“China remains a major question mark. Its growth of 7 to 8 percent has been a factor in keeping global demand relatively buoyant and helped raw material exporters in the Americas, Africa and Australia. However, weak banks, growing social expenditures and tapering of excessive investment along with slowing to zero labor force growth should mean somewhat slower growth in the medium term. Most expect 7 percent growth to continue in the next few years, but anti-pollution measures could restrict energy use or increase costs,” he writes.

And . . .

The Wall Street Journal takes a look back at the significant events in 2013.

The Scotsman’s Tiffany Jenkins writes that 2013 showed the global community remains enthralled by the question of what lies outside our own world.

Sara Sorcher of National Journal reflects on the best national defense books of 2013.

2013 witnessed some notable advances in combating HIV/AIDS, but also saw some setbacks in fighting the spread of deadly viruses, such as SARS, notes Radio Free Europe.



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