by Charles Lemos, Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:43:43 AM EDT
News from the around the globe impacting our world.
Europe Assesses the Impact of the True Finns. The True Finns' electoral success on Sunday in which the right wing populist party captured 19 percent of the vote becoming the third largest politial force follows a recent trend in the Nordics, which has seen right-wing populist parties do well in a region that was once dominated exclusively by the social democratic center-left. The right-wing Danish People's Party won 13.9 percent of the vote in 2007, and their counterparts in Norway won 22.9 percent in 2009 though a similarly xenophobic party in Sweden fared less well managing to win just 5.7 percent in 2010. Still the specter of right wing populism is casting a deeper shadow across Europe particularly in the Nordic countries, European policy makers wonder about the impact to the European Union while many Europeans consider what happened to values of tolerance and openness. Der Spiegel looks at the debate.
UK to Run Libya Evacuation. Britain to help evacuate thousands trapped in Misrata and provide medical aid across western Libya. The story in The Guardian.
Nigerian Results Trigger Violence in Muslim North. As results in Nigeria's presidential elections continue to trickle showing a commanding lead for incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, protests turn violent across the Islamic north of the country. Some 73.5 million Nigerians had been expected to cast their ballots in Africa's most populous country with international observers finding the elections as "fair and credible." Coverage from the Associate Press, All Africa and the BBC.
Mexico State Police Chief Dismissed. The head of security in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas is replaced after the discovery of 145 bodies in mass graves in San Fernando believed to be the work of Las Zetas drug cartel. More from the BBC.
Communists in West Bengal Face Electoral Test. The Indian state of West Bengal went to the polls Monday in a vote that looked set to end three decades of uninterrupted rule by the world's oldest democratically elected communist government. The Left Front, led by the Communist Party of Indian (Marxist), or CPI-M has dominated electoral politics in the east state of West Bengal that includes Kolkata since 1977. Opinion polls suggest the Left Front may be headed for a defeat at the hands of Mamata Banerjee,a populist who casts herself as a champion of the poor. Elections are also slated for four Indian states against the backdrop of several corruption scandals and a surge in food price inflation. Agence France Presse reports.