On December 19, the Constitutional Court of South Korea ruled 8-1 in an unprecedented case for the dissolution of the left-oriented Unified Progressive Party (UPP) on grounds of treason under the National Security Act of 1948. According to Andy Kim, the dismemberment of the UPP will have a chilling effect on the Korean political left.
In the 007 movie Tomorrow Never Dies, the villain, media guru Elliot Carver, sought to start WWIII by sinking a British Royal Navy frigate in the South China Sea and shooting down a Chinese fighter jet. According to Zihao Liu, Mr. Carver would need to think twice about his plan today, given the diminished presence and capability of the British Royal Navy.
Just days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Boko Haram opened fire in the village of Baga in northern Nigeria, killing as many as 2,000 people. Adrian Jennings explains Goodluck Jonathan’s mysterious silence on the issue, and finds his leadership wanting on a number of levels.