2 November 2014   Leave a comment

The UN has issued a stark climate report, arguing that humans must stop consuming fossil fuels entirely by 2100 or face irreversible and unlivable climate change.  The evidence suggests that 2014 could end up being the hottest year on record, and there is little evidence that carbon emissions have declined appreciably across the planet.  Sadly, only 54% of Americans believe that climate change is due to human behavior: the willful disregard of the science on the issue is a deeply troubling political obstacle to effective change.

Turkey has a new residence for its President–an edifice that spreads over 50 acres and boasts 1000 rooms.  The new residence is called Ak Saray (White Palace) and dwarfs Buckingham Palace, the White House, and the Kremlin.  The estimated cost of the residence is about $350 million.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled the residence in celebration of the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.   The architecture is modern, but contains strong elements of the architectures of the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires, and reflects Erdogan’s aspirations for the new role of Turkey in world affairs.

Ak Saray

 

Two weeks ago, we noted that an agreement had been reached between Boko Haram and the Government of Nigeria for a cease-fire and the release of hostages being held by the radical group.  The good news was too good to be true, and Boko Haram now denies that any agreement had been reached, and that the 200 girl hostages had already been sold off or married.   The failure to reach an agreement or to take effective action against the group will undoubtedly lead to more kidnappings in the future.

 

 

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Posted November 2, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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