Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 11.18.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Nigeria: “A night-time explosion blamed on Boko Haram extremists killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency official said.”
 
* On the other hand: “Boko Haram has lost significant ground in northern Nigeria, according to some of the region’s top officials and international security experts, dealing a setback to a group that for years has menaced the nation with murder, abductions and other violence.”
 
* France: “French police hunting the suspected ringleader behind the Paris massacre raided another terrorist cell Wednesday which was plotting a fresh strike – but it was not immediately clear if they got their man.”
 
* This won’t help the U.S. look any better: “While American politicians compete in the wake of the Paris terror attacks to see who can most hysterically denounce the possibility of accepting Syrian refugees, French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that his country will follow through on its pre-attack commitment to take in 30,000 Syrians fleeing that country’s conflict.”
 
* Syria: “Despite heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa this week, damage to the extremist group appears to be minimal, according to analysts and Syrian activists.”
 
* I’m starting to think Republican senators don’t care about the climate crisis: “The Senate voted on Tuesday to block President Obama’s tough new climate change regulations, hoping to undermine his negotiating authority before a major international climate summit meeting in Paris this month.”
 
* China: “President Obama called on China on Wednesday to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific Rim leaders also discussed trade and climate change.”
 
* A worthwhile perspective: “As the U.S. debates the security implications of accepting refugees from the Syrian crisis, Americans should remember our history – both good and bad – of dealing with Jewish refugees during World War II, a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum official said Tuesday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 11.18.15