DGI Brief - May 11, 2016
Good morning to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are from #Iraq #DRC #Turkey #Germany and #SaudiArabia:
Today is the deadliest string of attacks Baghdad has seen this year, greatly undermining the advances against ISIS. Iraq is in a deep political crisis and the military fight to retake Mosul and Anbar province won’t succeed without cross-sectarian cohesion.
DRC: how long can Congo postpone elections past November allowing Kabila to extend his 15-year rule? Just ask any neighboring country, really.
Turkey’s definition of ‘terrorist’ & ‘terrorist act’ is purposefully broad to include freedom of expression and press. Even USD 6.8 billion and fast-track EU membership won’t incentivize Erdogan to loosen his power grip over the country, it seems. Meanwhile, migrants and refugees are stuck in a nightmare limbo. Shameful.
In Germany, some 50,000 gay men were convicted for homosexuality. The new legislation, proposed by Germany’s justice minister will annul these convictions and create “a right to compensation”.