16 July 2015   Leave a comment

Jürgen Habermas is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals: a philosopher, sociologist, and critical theorist.  He was interviewed by The Guardian about the Greek bailout deal.  His critique is representative of the left-wing’s critique of neoliberalism and is biting, frank, and an excellent example of political reasoning.

The Obama Administration moved quickly to reassure its Arab allies that the US was committed to their defense against Iranian provocations.  The effort was an attempt to lessen anxieties, particularly among the Saudis, that the Iranian nuclear agreement would embolden the Iranians to exploit the agreement. The gesture is important, but I suspect that the Saudis continue to feel betrayed.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza is running for a third term which is prohibited by the nation’s constitution.  His decision to run again has led to outbreaks of violence in the country, and the UN Security Council has been advised by several human rights organizations that it must take effective action to prevent mass atrocities prior to the election which is scheduled for 21 July.   There are diplomatic efforts to persuade Nkurunziza not to run, but it is unlikely that he will change his mind.

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Posted July 17, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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