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.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Rendered in limericks, because the news is too important to leave to the prose.