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.
18 March 2016
To the government’s benefits plan,
IDS professed himself not a fan.
He resigned; which is ironic,
For his tenure's been shambolic.
For Brexit, he’d cause as much harm as he can.
19 March 2016
To Belgium the authorities had tracked,
Two men behind the Paris attacks,
The spooks were rather pleased,
That neither were deceased,
So their memories can be unpacked.
20 March 2016
In a policy turn unequivocally meteoric,
Obama’s trip to Cuba was historic,
Hoping that sanctions withdrawn,
Would plant the seeds of reform,
With the help of Cubans diasporic.
21 March 2016
The opposition accused the president of graft,
At which Zambia's government first laughed,
But as elections approach,
The police were reproached
And with arrests, thought democracy they’d shaft.
22 March 2016
All the predictions came true,
When Jihadis attacked Brussels too.
With 31 dead,
We can take it as read,
That Belgium’s security are too few.
23 March 2016
Zuma has the backing of the ANC,
But his future is all at sea,
For the police said they’d look.
Over his son’s books,
In search of what corruption they might see.
24 March 2016
Releasing the SNP’s wrath,
Was a humiliating confrontation with math,
When examining Scotland’s budget,
Reveals a mountain of debt,
Out of which there would be no clear path.
11 March 2016
Protests swept Baghdad like a storm,
With people demanding reform,
But between religion and race,
Abadi must face,
That to one faction or tother he must fawn.
12 March 2016
In a pattern all too familiar,
Rwandan soldiers are doing something sinister,
In Burundi one was arrested,
His intentions suspected,
As in Congo where they’ve tried something similar.
13 March 2016
Once again Turkey is grieving,
A bomb killing 30 this evening,
But Erdogan’s got a plan,
To arrest everyone he can;
Just who does he think he’s deceiving?
14 March 2016
Having secured Assad’s position,
Russia withdrew from the war of attrition,
Pretending at peace,
Though their support won’t cease,
Providing expertise, guns and ammunition.
15 March 2016
The Saudi coalition with a plane,
Struck Yemeni civilians again,
When a market they bombed,
And the depths they plumbed,
Of excuses inexact and inane.
16 March 2016
Clinton swept Bernie from the field,
Of delegates, Trump had a fine yield,
So Rubio dropped out,
Of this crazy bout,
And with dignity hung up his shield.
17 March 2016
On the brink, Brazil’s government totters,
After phone taps revealed that plotters,
Conspired to avoid prison,
With a ministerial position;
Sparking protests against these corrupt rotters.
4 March 2016
The thin skinned brute Erdogan,
Forced the closure of the paper Zaman,
Its owner he hated,
And feeling rather baited,
Showed himself to be no gentleman.
5 March 2016
After fifteen years' violent struggle,
For peace the Taliban won’t haggle,
They want more of the same,
To kill, burn and maim,
Leaving Afghanistan to straggle.
6 March 2016
Among the things that cause Erdogan to stress,
Are WOMEN, kurds, and the press.
When women marched for their rights,
They were shot with rubber, which blights,
The hope for eventual progress.
7 March 2016
To South Korea's annual war game,
The North always reacts with the same,
Lame old threats,
Coming out in cold sweats,
As though a war they want to inflame.
8 March 2016
Greece and Turkey are hardly friends,
But over migrants they’ve made amends.
Greece’ll send them back,
Turkey’ll take a kickback,
And to help the refugees everyone pretends.
9 March 2016
Missile tests in Iran,
Sure annoy Republicans,
But if Hilary takes over,
The honeymoon is over,
For of sanctions, she’s said, she’s a fan.
10 March 2016
As Corbyn continues to bumble,
And the backbench continues to grumble,
Jarvis gets in position,
To strike with precision,
In May, should Labour take a tumble.
26 February 2016
The leader of the Free Democrats opposition,
Found his life in a precarious position,
When to a cemetery he was tracked,
And inexplicably attacked,
Being shot, though with a lack of precision.
27 February 2016
Much to the discomfort of Fine Gael,
Voters think they should ally with Fine Fail;
By circumstance uninvited,
May leave Ireland with a government rather frail.
28 February 2016
President Rouhani was vindicated,
To Parliament his allies were elected,
With the economy booming,
And foreign governments swooning,
The extremists, by ballot, were evicted.
29 February 2016
There were violent clashes in Calais,
When the police sent the migrants away,
By smashing their home,
Making them unwelcome,
France gave them no leeway.
1 March 2016
Drumpf was preeminent on the right,
Besting his rivals in the fight,
Clinton upped the pace,
While Bernie had to face,
Demands for him to call it a night.
2 March 2016
In Tunisia the German Army,
Are back, on a mission quite barmy,
To train Libyans how to fight,
And save Libya from its plight,
Though their reception is likely to be stormy.
3 March 2016
In a decision uncharacteristically kind,
The Olympic Committee said they don't mind,
If refugees compete,
As professional athletes,
So long as they leave their flags behind.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Rendered in limericks, because the news is too important to leave to the prose.