Civil War Simmers in Ivory Coast
The United Nations has started to evacuate its staff from Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast, ahead of a bloody final battle for the city that is expected to start today.
The Ivory Coast began a slow descent into civil war last year when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after losing a popular election to the now president-elect Alassane Ouattara. Now the city of Abidjan, the country's commercial capital, is at the center of a gruesome battle for control. France has taken control of the country's airports to allow for evacuations of foreign nationals, and while tens of thousands of U.N. peace keepers have been deployed to West Africa, the international community's response to Ivory Coast has been much less forceful than the no-fly zone it imposed on Libya.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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