22 January 2016
The sole Arab Spring success,
Tunisia has been struck by protests,
With one in seven unemployed,
The youth became annoyed,
And began to throw projectiles with zest.
23 January 2016
When Iran was brought in from the Cold,
China saw a chance made of gold,
Trade priorities they’d realign,
600 billion they'd sign,
On which the Iranians were completely sold.
24 January 2016
In the coastal province of Latakia,
Hezbollah, Iran and Russia
Launched a joint offensive,
Leaving the UN pensive,
And captured the town of Rabiya.
25 January 2016
A leader of Egypt’s revolution,
Said the army had foiled their ambition,
To live in a democracy,
Not a police state, or theocracy,
What they got was unparalleled repression.
26 January 2016
The Malaysian PM was accused,
Only to be promptly excused,
Of a dodgy Saudi haul,
680 mil in all,
Leaving the public somewhat bemused.
27 January 2016
When it comes to Google paying tax,
The government are accused of being lax,
Leaving Osborne’s support,
Of a point where he might relax.
28 January 2016
In the turbulent South China Sea,
Taiwan’s president went to see,
The Itu Aba Atol,
Where supremacy he extolled,
And so complicated US diplomacy,
15 January 2016
Jihadists from Al Mourabitoun,
Are still playing to the same old tune,
After the Radisson Blu,
They went to Ouagadougou,
Where at the Splendid they left corpses strewn.
16 January 2016
In spite of all the haters,
The proxy wars and baiters,
When the sanctions were lifted,
Iran’s attitude shifted,
And to American prisoners they said laters.
17 January 2016
When it comes to the Trident Vote,
Corbyn had an idea to float,
Scrap the bomb, but keep the rockets,
The only hole burned’ll be in our pockets,
Leaving Britain with a useless boat.
18 January 2016
Debating to ban Donald Trump,
For denouncing Muslims from the stump,
MPs called him a wazzock,
Who was bound to cause havoc,
Giving Trump the Hump.
19 January 2016
A government of national unity,
Aimed to bring Libya security,
But rather than be one,
They’d actually gone,
And set up three foreign ministries.
20 January 2016
Terrified of knowledge impious,
Some thugs decided to be malicious,
And shot up Bacha Khan,
A uni in Pakistan,
In an assault cruel and pernicious.
21 January 2016
Across the dwindling West Bank,
Hopes for two states sank,
When the Israelis announced,
Though the UN denounced,
That some extra land they’d yank.
8 January 2015
A drug lord of preeminent stature,
El Chapo had long defied capture,
But he met with Sean Penn
Who led the police to his den,
And they ended his criminal venture.
9 January 2016
In the German city of Cologne,
The left were cut to the bone,
When gangs of young adults,
Unleashed mass sexual assaults,
And Merkel sent refugees home.
10 January 2016
An American B-52,
In a show of force flew,
To frighten mad Kim,
Though the chances were slim,
That North Korea would take the cue.
11 January 2016
A leaked internal report,
Said Labour was rather distraught,
About the government forcing unions to abate,
Deciding to whom members should donate,
Leaving the party 6 million short,
12 January 2016
The government rashly proposed,
That five twelve hour shifts they’d impose,
Which the doctors didn’t like,
So they all went on strike,
And now the NHS is closed.
13 January 2016
The rumours began in September,
That AJAM would shortly surrender,
With very few viewers,
And uninspired editors,
The network proved a blunder.
14 January 2016
After Paris was bathed in sorrow,
Some nut jobs thought these tactics they’d borrow,
So to Jakarta they went,
Utterly hell bent,
On finding innocent civilians to harrow.
1 January 2016
The president of Turkey, Tayyip,
Made a gaffe with a poorly judged quip,
When he said he aspired,
Like Hitler, who he admired,
To have absolute power in his grip.
2 January 2016
When China landed a plane,
On the Spratlys, which Vietnam claims,
There was great consternation,
At their dangerous escalation,
But the Vietnamese protested in vain.
3 January 2016
A prominent Shia Imam
Fell victim to a rift in Islam
When the Saudi's ire
Caused him to expire
And they severed relations with Iran.
4 January 2016
Corbyn’s cabinet reshuffle,
Caused quite an ugly scuffle,
Labour’s Left and Right,
Broiling for a fight,
With the former losing the tussle.
5 January 2016
When it comes to the European Union,
The Conservatives are not in communion.
With a knife at his throat,
Cameron gave a free vote,
Allowing for a difference of opinion.
6 January 2016
North Korea made a harrowing boast,
That its enemies would soon be toast,
With an H-Bomb they’d created,
Though the scientists debated,
Concluding that it was atomic at most.
7 January 2016
The World Bank issued a warning,
That a perfect storm could be dawning,
For the much hyped BRICS,
May be out of tricks,
Their economies slowing and yawning.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Rendered in limericks, because the news is too important to leave to the prose.