Friday 27 May 2016
Obama went to Japan,
Where he embraced an elderly man,
Who survived the atom bomb,
And wanted Obama to fathom,
The effects over his lifespan.
Saturday 28 May 2016
Urged to move the Olympic games,
The WHO said it won’t blame,
Brazil for the Zika virus,
And though its spread is not desirous,
Attendance shouldn't fan the flames.
Sunday 29 May 2016
In the water, rescuers spied,
Migrants whose boat capsized.
In the space of a week,
That was awfully bleak,
300 or more died.
Monday 30 May 2016
After prolonged shelling,
The Iraqi army set about quelling,
Fallujah’s IS garrison,
Though it’ll be a bloody season,
When it'll fall there’s just no telling.
Tuesday 31 May 2016
In a day that was politically mad,
Kim Jong Un said Trump wasn’t bad,
Cameron shared a stage,
With a man he’d disparaged,
While a poll made the Remain camp sad.
Wednesday 1 June 2016
In the ongoing saga of Tata steel,
They have finally reached a deal,
Buying the business for a pound,
With a plan to turn it around,
High value products, are the spiel.
Thursday 2 June 2016
As Germans voted to decide,
Whether to recognise the Armenian Genocide,
Turks got the hump,
Saying there’d be a bump,
In relations, while they tried to regain lost pride.
Friday 20 May 2016
In the latest dire warning,
Of steady global warming,
Phalodi hit fifty-one,
Degrees, adding to the tonne,
Of evidence the Republicans are ignoring.
Saturday 21 May 2016
An American Reaper Drone,
Having tracked a suspicious phone,
Struck the Taliban’s top man,
Causing Pakistan to publicly groan.
Sunday 22 May 2016
In Israel the Minister of Defence,
At being undermined, took offence,
Moshe Yaalon stepped aside,
Replaced by a man few can abide,
Uninterested in bringing down the fence.
Monday 23 May 2016
In Austria National Socialism was beaten,
By a whisker, and continues to threaten.
It was the Greens that held them off,
In a knife edge vote, a standoff,
Leaving Europe’s collective memory smitten.
Tuesday 24 May 2016
To Turkey the UN came,
Where it failed to lay the blame,
For starvation and massacre,
And humanitarian disaster,
On dictators to whom it is tame.
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Embattled, embittered and resentful,
In Brussels, were happenings most eventful,
Greece won an economic reprieve,
With a bailout, and debt relief,
Though of austerity most are lamentful.
Thursday 26 May 2016
As China tests the US will to flight,
It flexes its military might,
Sending nuclear submarines,
In a Cold War like scene,
To the Pacific, at which few expressed delight.
Friday 13 May 2016
As the Brexiteers continued to spout,
Comparisons that fail to check out,
The IMF made a din,
About the recession we’ll be in,
If we decide, in the end, to come out.
Saturday 14 May 2016
As Venezuela threatens to fall apart,
Maduro thought emergency powers would be smart,
In getting hold of the levers,
Of power over the disbelievers,
While the opposition hopes he’ll soon depart.
Sunday 15 May 2016
In Yemen Al Qaeda lost ground,
But in the vacuum ISIS has found,
A window of opportunity,
In which they commit atrocities,
A strategy that is far from sound.
Monday 16 May 2016
In Libya the UN has declared,
That no expense shall be spared,
In giving them more guns,
Though governance there is none,
So long as they’re fighting ISIS, no one cared.
Tuesday 17 May 2016
Armed with batons, wearing flak vests,
Kenya’s police responded to protests,
By beating men till they bled,
And kicking them in the head,
In front of the cameras they showed real zest.
Wednesday 18 May 2016
Over the aegis of German law,
Creeps the shadow of Erdogan’s claw,
Who as a tragic result,
Of a court case, we can’t insult,
Unless we want the laws protection to withdraw.
Thursday 19 May 2016
In the night an AirEgypt plane,
Appears to have gone down in flame,
Crashing into the sea,
After disappearing mysteriously,
The cause we cannot yet ascertain.
Friday 6 May 2016
In London hope trumped fear,
Khan took the mayoralty with cheer,
Having threatened and bullied,
Zac's reputation was sullied,
While Khan showed Corbyn how to steer.
Saturday 7 May 2016
Canada’s forests were all ablaze,
Fort McMurray could be razed,
While the population flees,
It's climbing to 20 degrees,
Leaving fire fighters struggling and amazed.
Sunday 8 May 2016
In an ongoing spat with its creditors,
Greeks have fallen victim to the auditors
As Parliament passed reforms,
Establishing new tax norms,
While the country is struggling to house visitors.
Monday 9 May 2016
In a display of military might,
Red Square was quite a sight,
At Russia's Victory Day Parade,
For the historic contribution it made,
Though prospects for the present gave a fright.
Tuesday 10 May 2016
On a law and order platform,
Though vague about proposed reforms,
Duterte won the vote,
He floats Filipinos’ boat,
Though on human rights, he pours scorn.
Wednesday 11 May 2016
In Cardiff there was hullabaloo,
When Plaid ran for the leadership too,
Wood’s nearly took the crown,
Causing Labour to frown,
At the breach of a Parliamentary taboo.
Thursday 12 May 2016
In an effort to tackle corruption,
Cameron had a proposition,
Putting business owners in a register,
Making them culpable for dealings sinister,
Though from Dependencies there was opposition.
Friday 29 April 2016
In France, the peace was shattered,
As the police and rioters clattered,
Over labour reforms,
That the protesters scorn,
Though once battered they scattered.
Saturday 30 April 2016
Kenya burned its ivory,
Though in a cruel twist of irony,
The more they burn,
The more poachers earn,
Leaving Kenya far from victory.
Sunday 1 May 2016
In the city of Stuttgart the far right,
Were given an all mighty fright,
When left wing activists on a crusade,
Came to their conference to set up a blockade,
Where the Police rescued them from their plight.
Monday 2 May 2016
A football team from Leicester City,
Had long been, the beneficiaries of pity,
But that is all in the past,
For the Premier League they won at last,
Causing their fans much levity.
Tuesday 3 May 2016
Against exams, kids are on strike,
Mainly from families who think the state’s alright,
Just so long as it doesn’t impose,
Tests, which they vehemently oppose,
Designed to compare like and unlike.
Wednesday 4 May 2016
In defiance of all logic,
With powers demagogic,
Trump's become nominee,
Of the Republican Party;
Which if not farcical is tragic.
Thursday 5 May 2016
Medecins Sans Frontieres,
The finest NGO out there,
Withdrew from the WHS,
And in a statement, laid stress,
Upon its proficiency at spreading hot air.
Friday 22 April 2016
Britain, out of the EU,
Would be sent to the back of the queue,
At which the Brexiteers flared,
But in their bigotry they were left to stew.
Saturday 23 April 2016
In Southern Turkey there was great fanfare,
All the doyens of the EU were there,
To strut about the desperate mass,
Of Syrians they had not let pass,
Striving to look like they care.
Sunday 24 April 2016
In Yemen, the Saudis have made a token gesture,
By promising that AQAP territory they'll capture,
But their likely plan of attack,
Is to ask tribal elders to change hats,
With the incentive of a financial venture.
Monday 25 April 2016
In Dakhar Xulhaz Mannan,
Editor of the magazine Roopbaan,
Was savagely attacked,
In his first floor flat,
By six bigots, with no love for the man.
Tuesday 26 April 2016
After decades of deceit and bile,
A jury found something most vile,
96 unlawfully killed,
About which the police weren’t thrilled,
While the Sun remains in denial.
Wednesday 27 April 2016
Negotiations with the government failed,
So calls for a strike prevailed,
Consultants filled the time sheets,
While Junior doctors took to the streets,
Against whom Jeremy Hunt railed.
Thursday 28 April 2016
Naz Shah, was finally kicked out,
Of Labour, an anti-semites redoubt,
While Corbyn failed to apprehend,
What her comments did portend,
And is struggling to manage the fallout.
15 April 2016
In Germany a comedian had a plan,
To insult Turkish President Erdogan,
And show the limits of free speech,
When he was promptly impeached,
For being mean to a spineless man.
16 April 2016
From Gitmo, Obama was pleased,
To release nine more detainees,
Bringing the remainder to eighty,
Twenty-two will never be free.
17 April 2016
In Ecuador the ground did shake,
From a 7.8 magnitude earthquake,
Killing at least 413,
The final toll has yet to be seen,
While the economy threatens to break.
18 April 2016
It looks as though Dilma will be impeached,
But the corrupt are breathing a sigh of relief,
For the rake off is Parliament wide,
And so they have ardently tried,
To put all of the blame on the chief.
19 April 2016
To celebrate the coming of spring,
The Taliban conducted bombing.
Across Kabul, they went,
With suicide vests, hell bent,
On finding civilians and murdering.
20 April 2016
With the Syrian peace talks on the rocks,
The opposing factions took stock,
Of their weapons and gear,
In preparation for a year,
Of continued attritional deadlock.
21 April 2016
Queen Elizabeth turned 90 today,
Though the Royals may not be here to stay,
For her son lacks intellect,
And yet we cannot select,
A more suitable candidate to lead the way.
8 April 2016
A remarkable reusable rocket,
Funded out of Elon Musk’s pocket,
Managed to land,
On a floating stand,
Delivering all the items on the docket.
9 April 2016
In preference to crossing to Greece,
Where one is apt to run into the police,
Libya’s become a favoured path,
Though it leads some to take a fatal bath,
While by smugglers the remainder are fleeced.
10 April 2016
In the Philippines there was a violent clash,
Between the army and Abu Sayaf,
With eighteen soldiers killed,
While for hostages they billed,
For an obscene amount of cash.
11 April 2016
In Russia, a powerful police state,
Terrorism has yet to abate,
There was consternation,
At an attack on a police station,
Where separatists refused to capitulate.
12 April 2016
A pre-eminant stargazer,
Wants to use a giant laser,
To send on a twenty years flight,
At a fifth of the speed of light,
A robot, to Alpha Centuri, for a taster.
13 April 2016
In a facade that was terribly droll,
Assad held a Parliamentary poll,
On the ballot, the options were few,
Vote for Assad, or he’ll do for you,
Causing Western eyes to roll.
14 April 2016
In Ireland they just can’t reach,
Agreement on who will be taoiseach,
For the Dail is divided,
The parties aren't decided,
And old hatreds they aren’t ready to breach.
1 April 2016
When Obama said the Turkish press aren’t free,
Erdogan demanded an apology,
Though reporters are in gaol,
He called Obama’s comments a betrayal,
And said "they’re perfectly free to praise me."
2 April 2016
In a bid to keep the peace,
Burundi will accept UN police,
Coming in to make sure,
That there aren’t any more,
Killed, with 439 already deceased.
3 April 2016
The plan was to send the migrants home,
But how it was to be done wasn’t known,
For the laws are pretty clear,
Yet at the refugees grief and fear,
Greece left them in limbo, all alone.
4 April 2016
When it comes to the world’s largest leak,
World leaders did not want to speak,
About the billions tucked away,
To keep the tax man at bay,
Into which the Panama Papers let us peek.
5 April 2016
The Prime Minister of Iceland resigned,
Over a fancy financial scheme he had designed,
A tenth of the country were on the streets,
His concealed capital was no longer discrete,
But it’s a slim chance bigger fish will be arraigned.
6 April 2016
Around the village of Tamysh,
The battle began to Diminish,
When the sides agreed a truce,
After Russia suggested they reduce,
Tensions, though the problem hasn’t vanished.
7 April 2016
In Yemen the US struck with drones,
But they were very far from alone,
The UK Provided names,
And trained the Yemenis to do the same,
Though they said their involvement was none.
25 March 2016
The man in charge of IS’s accounts,
Was laid out for the count,
When spec ops gunned him down,
From above an Iraqi town,
So IS fighters’ll be paid the wrong amount.
26 March 2016
As the population gets old,
China’s government was bold,
In extending leave,
To make sex a reprieve,
From work, lest the economy fold.
27 March 2016
The forces of Bashar al-Assad,
Left IS's militants rather sad,
When Palmyra they seized,
Making Putin awfully pleased,
While Obama leaves Syria to the mad.
28 March 2016
In expectation of the economy booming,
Dilma’s generosity with cash was blooming.
Now the President’s allies are few,
With an impeachment trial or two,
And economic woes looming.
29 March 2016
In the wake of a failed marriage,
A man hijacked a flying carriage.
The plan wasn’t the best:
With a fake suicide vest,
He got the plane to Cyprus and was discouraged.
30 March 2016
The British government is wrestling with crisis,
And for once it has nothing to do with ISIS!
Tata steel is in the lurch,
15,000 may need to job search,
For whom encouragement hardly suffices.
31 March 2016
Thunder roars around the throne,
As Jacob Zuma must pay for his home,
Having robbed the state,
The courts dictate,
That it’ll cost £13 million to atone.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Rendered in limericks, because the news is too important to leave to the prose.