30 May 2015   2 comments

There have been two bomb blasts in Saudi Arabia for which the Islamic State has taken credit.  The IS’s claim to be the caliphate rings hollow without control of both Mecca and Medina (and Jerusalem), so it is clear that ISIS would like very much to control Saudi territory.  But the bombings suggest that Saudi internal control is less solid than the Kingdom claims.  That the Islamic State is capable of launching such attacks is worrisome to the overall stability of the Middle East and should raise questions for the US about its alliance with the Kingdom.

The heat wave in India continues and the death toll is nearing 2,000.  Those that have died are largely children and poor workers who are working outside in strenuous conditions.  The heat wave may be a harbinger of what the world might be like if global warming continues.   The rich will be able to adapt–air conditioning can make such temperatures tolerable.  But those who cannot protect themselves because they cannot afford to make such adaptations will surely suffer.

Turkey has parliamentary elections on 7 June and President Tayyip Erdogan is making a strong push on behalf of his party, Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (Justice and Development Party).  The AK Party is pro-Islamist and Erdogan has been largely responsible for moving Turkey away from the strongly secular path endorsed by the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  The election is predicted to be a close one, and the outcome seems to be dependent on the support given to the Kurdish parties in the election.

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Posted May 31, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

2 responses to “30 May 2015

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  1. Even as the temperature rises, future energy prices and/or shortages may force even rich countries – and particularly the U.S. – to adapt in other ways, such as restricting the use of air conditioning.

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