3 August 2015   Leave a comment

Under a new plan announced by the Obama Administration, the US intends to reduce overall carbon emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.    The plan is ambitious and is certain to provoke an angry backlash among the producers of energy in the country.  But President Obama declared that “[w}e are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”  The President clearly wishes to set up a high threshold for the UN climate talks scheduled to be held in Paris in December.

Many high-ranking former members of the Israeli military and security forces have signed a petition urging Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept the nuclear agreement with Iran.  According to the Daily Star:

“Signatories include former heads of the Shin Bet security agency, Ami Ayalon and Carmi Gillon; a former deputy director of theMossad intelligence agency, Amiram Levin; the ex-chief of the Atomic Energy Commission Uzi Eilmann; and dozens of former generals and senior officers.”

The petition emphasizes the dangers of possible damage to the US-Israeli alliance by continuing to oppose the deal by pressure on the US Congress.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was responsible for initiating a peace process with the Kurds early on in his Administration.  Recently, however, Erdogan has been playing a double game of fighting both the Islamic State and the Kurds, who are also the enemy of the Islamic State.  Erdogan’s policies are fraying the domestic politics of the country, and there are reasons to believe that Turkish civil society is not capable of accommodating these internal pressures for much longer.  Civil strife in Turkey would only rattle the regional politics of the Middle East even more.

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Posted August 4, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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