Posted on 09-02-2010
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Had previously posted about the mystery of Nigeria’s missing president.  See link.  That mystery continues since President Umaru Yar’Adua has still not given a video interview. But for now the limbo in Africa’s giant has been alleviated with parliament elevating Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to acting President.  See link.  Political tensions still run high and Muslim power brokers are unhappy that President Yar’Adua’s illness caused them to lose power before their turn was up.  In someways the Presidential system of government chosen by Nigeria is ill suited for the delicate sharing of power that its competing ethnicities and religions need.  The theoretical stability of tenure also relies heavily on the wisdom of the man of top.  It is not clear whether a man chosen (in a fashion similar to American practice) to balance a Presidential ticket will be up to the job of balancing the various tensions in the country.

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Posted on 09-02-2010
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

Iran has now come out and repeated India’s position on Afghanistan vis a vis the good Taliban.  See link.  Iran’s motivations are pretty clear since there never has been any love lost between Iran and the Taliban, the former considering the Taliban as backward fanatics and the latter considering the Iranians as schismatic heretics.  Given Washington’s inclination to disregard anything Iran says, this will not prevent the Karzai government from seeking a rapprochement with elements of the Taliban.  But any increase in Taliban influence in Kabul raises the chance of Iranian meddling and counter-meddling from Pakistan.  The vicious cycle continues.

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