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Thirty years on, the events that took place in Beijing remain misunderstood – and the Chinese government wants to keep it that way.
The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.
Boko Haram now controls more towns in Nigeria and an election is drawing near.
It all happened because of the use of a single German word, unverzüglich: “immediately”, or “at once”.
The jihadis are fighting on several fronts in two countries – and reports say that demoralised western recruits are increasingly repulsed by the atrocities they have witnessed.
Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan are all in danger of becoming black holes in which the nastiest groups can thrive. The only credible solution is to turn them back into proper countries.
President Goodluck Jonathan has no strategy for dealing with Boko Haram – he just hopes the world will forget the 276 youngsters kidnapped by them in April.