Bloomberg Opinion-You can think of the unfolding disaster in Niger in four ways, from embarrassing to ominous, catastrophic and apocalyptic.
Embarrassing, because the country’s coup on July 26 is blowback for a clueless West:
Neither the hapless former colonial power, France, nor the waning superpower, the US, saw this coming.
Ominous, because it’s a windfall for Russia and China, as they vie with the West for influence in the region and world.
Potentially catastrophic, because it’s a setback in the struggle against jihadist terrorism and uncontrolled migration.
Possibly apocalyptic, if it marks a slide into world war. Continue reading Speaking of Coups, Two Reports, Bloomberg on central Africa, and Dyer on the U.S.
AP News: Some critics see Trump’s behavior as un-Christian. His conservative Christian backers see a hero
For eight years, Donald Trump has managed to secure the support of many evangelical and conservative Christians despite behavior that often seemed at odds with teachings espoused by Christ in the Gospels.
If some observers initially viewed this as an unsustainable alliance, it’s different now.
50 Years of Republican history in a convincing, chilling thumbnail
Why have only a few elected Republican officials rejected Trump? Columnist Jamelle Bouie highlights scholarly views that “strong loyalty to an institution like a political party might lead a dissenting or disapproving individual to hold on to his or her membership even more tightly, for fear that exit might open the door to even worse outcomes.”