Friday News Roundup — May 10, 2019: Approaching the Trade Cliff; Undermining the Iran Deal; Ensuring that Rights Apply Everywhere, Even Gitmo; Plus News You May Have Missed

U.S.-China Trade Tensions Roil World Markets

Dan Mahaffee

President Trump and President Xi at the G-20 in Hamburg in 2017 (Photo Credit: Shealah Craighead, White House)

Iran Deal Sabotage Continues

Michael Stecher

USS Abraham Lincoln, Currently on Deployment to Send Iran a “Clear and Unmistakable Message” (Photo Credit: Seaman Zachary Pearson, U.S. Navy)

Onion Predicts Future: Gitmo Becomes Old Age Home

Chris Condon

Former Guantanamo Bay Commander Rear Admiral John Ring. RADM Ring was relieved of duties for reasons allegedly unrelated to his complains about the impending need for elder care for detainees (Photo Credit: Sgt. Zach Tomesh, U.S. Army)

Stories You May Have Missed

“Russia, If You’re Swimming”: Military Mammal Shines Spotlight on Animals as Defense Counterparts

Alec Mancini

“As Bad as It Gets: Former CIA Official Pleads Guilty To Spying for China”

Alec Mancini

ANC Maintains Majority in South Africa

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the same political party has ruled South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress, formed from the various opposition groups that existed during apartheid, has secured a majority in South Africa’s legislature yet again in this week’s elections. However, the party had perhaps its weakest showing since the nation’s democratic government was established, owing to widespread corruption within the ruling party. Although the current president (who ascended to the office after the last president resigned in disgrace) has vowed to clean up corruption, it appears that the people are not entirely convinced. Regardless, they have given the ANC a chance to clean up their act in the coming years.

Nigeria’s Electrical Grid Shuts Down

On May 8th, Nigeria’s electrical grid collapsed, leaving almost all of the nation’s 200 million inhabitants in darkness. While the average electrical output was 4,032 megawatts at the beginning of this week, the average dwindled to 230 megawatts in the midst of the outage. The distribution company that supplies electricity to the country’s federal capital and the surrounding area was particularly hard hit, receiving only 70 megawatts from the national grid at its peak after the crash; this area alone is home to at least 13 million people. The government has not identified the cause of the massive outage, but it points to an infrastructure deficit in the African power. In 2018, gas shortages crippled the nation’s electrical grid as well.

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