14 December 2014   Leave a comment

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition won a super-majority of seats in the snap election Abe called a few weeks ago.   The outcome assures that Abe will be able to pursue his economic policy of stimulus and his bid to beef up the Japanese military.   Interestingly, although Abe’s coalition won a super-majority, his party, the Liberal Democratic Party, actually lost seats.  Moreover, turnout for the election was significantly lower than the turnout in 2012 when Abe last won a majority.  Those two facts suggest that the outcome of the election is a little more nuanced than the final count suggests.

Shinzo Abe

Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has resigned after a presidential commission raised serious questions about his effectiveness.   He and the government have received serious criticisms after the failure to hold scheduled elections last October.  That failure has led to a completely ineffective Senate since it has led to repeated failures to achieve a quorum.  Haiti cannot afford to have such a dysfunctional government–its people need much more effective governance.

The US Congress has passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 which authorizes President Obama to provide lethal military aid to Ukraine.  Fortunately, the bill does not require President Obama to provide such aid–such a move would have been outrageously provocative, as opposed to the moderately provocative move endorsed by the bill.  The last thing that should be done in the current Ukrainian crisis is for another outside power to contribute to the lethality of military action.

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Posted December 15, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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