12 February 2015   Leave a comment

The negotiations in Minsk, Belarus for a cease-fire in Ukraine produced a glimmer of hope.  The agreement between Russia and Ukraine, brokered by Germany and France, stipulates that a cease-fire should begin on Sunday, that heavy weapons be pulled back from the cease-fire line, and that greater autonomy be given to the eastern provinces populated by a majority of Russian-speaking people.  Indeed, the cease-fire terms are consistent with what is truly necessary for an end to the violence.  The critical question is how seriously both Moscow and Kiev believe that an agreement is in their interests.  Time will tell.

Apparently, the meteorologists are predicting yet another snow storm this weekend for New England.  It is truly the winter of our discontent.  But do the snowstorms refute the claims that the earth is warming?  Hardly.  And the explanation for the link between warmer temperatures and snowstorms in New England is actually quite interesting.

Indian politics got quite interesting as the Common Man Party (Aam Aadmi Party) won convincingly in elections in Delhi, giving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a significant defeat.  Arvind Kejriwal will be the new leader of Delhi, and  there is little question that his personal charisma was an important factor in the rout.  But the election also raises questions about the depth of the BJP’s victory just recently.  The victory of the Hindu nationalist party was overwhelming a few months ago, but perhaps its policies have proven to be too radical for India.

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Posted February 12, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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