Monday News Headlines

Libyan Gunmen Kidnap Coptic Christians
Gunmen kidnapped 13 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the Libyan city of Sirte Saturday a week after the abduction of seven others, reports BBC News.

According to one witness, 15 gunmen went room to room in a residential compound on Saturday asking for their paperwork, so they could differentiate between Muslim workers and Christians.

“Christians in Libya are in extreme danger from Islamic extremists who have shown they are actively hunting them down. It is imperative that the Egyptian government work with relevant authorities to provide for the security and safety of its citizens who are currently in Libya and provide a way for them to safely exit the country as they attempt to flee the violence,” Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern regional manager for the Middle East told The Christian Post.

Boko Haram Proving To Be A Challenge To West African Militaries A U.S. military official recently warned that Boko Haram was on par with Nigeria’s military, which proved to be true when the terrorists captured a military establishment in the northeast town of Baga.

They were able to infiltrate the camp even though it was guarded by additional troops from Chad, Niger, and Cameron, the Christian Science Monitor notes.

Ranking The Seven Global Powers
Conservative writer Walter Russell Mead names his own G-7 countries – those seven nations which have the ability to shape both their immediate environments and the broader world.

In selecting the group, he states his belief that “the world’s institutions increasingly fail to match the realities of world power,” so the list will not reflect what are commonly considered global powers.

In addition to the United States and Germany, Mead includes Russia even though it is viewed as a power in decline.

According to Mead, it has not finished its decline, “and it by no means reconciled to the prospect. This makes it extremely dangerous. It may be failing at some of the most important tasks of a great power, but it still has nukes; plentiful natural resources; effective (and often underrated) intel, infowar and cyber capacities; and is currently led by a tactically canny president who punches above his weight.”

Is China A Friend Of Russia’s Or A Foe?
Alex Calvo writes on the China Policy Institute blog that he believes that while tensions have developed between Moscow and Beijing, “there are powerful reasons to believe that the fundamental nature of the Sino-Russian relationship remains the same, and that Moscow’s 2014 military doctrine is as important for what it says as for what it leaves unsaid.”

Russia recently released its revised military doctrine, which identified NATO as one of the key threats to its security.

Calvo says that although China was not named as a threat in the doctrine, it continues to retain superior conventional military power over Russia and there are “unresolved historical issues and divergent interests in key regions such as Central Asia and the Arctic.”

Because of those factors, it that likely will mean Moscow will keep its “policy of engagement with many of China’s adversaries in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region, while seeking to avoid excessive reliance on Beijing in areas like energy and continuing her military modernization drive, compatible with retaining the option of employing tactical nuclear weapons against a conventional attack.”


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