Obama’s wars were designed to produce little or no American casualties, since they were almost entirely conducted from the air and via unmanned drones operated by remote control, sometimes thousands of miles way. That approach proved less taxing, politically. However, it worsened the situation on the ground, and instead of ending war, it expanded it.
As refugees take the Olympic stage, the wars that sent them running for their lives continue apace.
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After a long struggle, the system of apartheid in South Africa was overcome. Elections based on universal suffrage were held. The chief architect of this transformation was the African National Congress (ANC). However, recent municipal elections have been widely appraised as a major electoral setback for the ANC. Why did this happen, and what next?
Many far right groups continue to believe in some sort of conspiracy aimed at destroying their "way of life." Specifically, they remain united by a fanatical fortress mentality and the belief that their rights as individuals are under attack. Taken together, these threads provided a template for the Tea Party and Trump-ism.
As a result of Saudi-led bombing raids, Yemen's underdeveloped socio-economic infrastructure has been largely destroyed. The UN-mediated peace negotiations have been broken off and most probably will not meet again in the near future. There is now a serious need first for post-war planning.