18 August 2015   Leave a comment

Glaciers in the Tian Shan (in Chinese, “Celestial Mountains”) mountain range in Central Asia are melting at a faster rate than glaciers in other parts of the world, and by 2050 these glaciers could be gone.  The glaciers currently supply many countries in the region with their only supply of fresh water, and the demise of the glaciers will likely trigger off competition among the states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and northwest China) for water.   By the middle of the century,  access to water will likely be the major cause of conflict in the world.

Tian Shan Mountain Range from Space


Earlier estimates of how many refugees are seeking asylum in Germany appear to have been far too low.  New information suggests that Germany is likely to receive nearly 750,000 refugees this year, primarily from Syria, Eritrea and Sudan.  The number is shocking for a country of 80 million.  But in percentage terms, Sweden is likely to receive a far higher number.   Other European countries take in far lower percentages but the more important point is the extent to which people are fleeing desperate conditions in their home countries.  Unfortunately, there are many in Germany who resent the refugees and are burning down the facilities made available to house them.

Bernie Sanders has made an impression on American electoral politics, but there is another left-wing politician who is making a mark.  Jeremy Corbyn represents a left-wing tradition in British politics that essentially ended during the government of Margaret Thatcher (much as left wing politics in the US died during the coterminous government of Ronald Reagan) and he is making a bid for leadership of the Labour Party.   Those who oppose Corbyn fear that he may reintroduce Clause IV of the Labour Party Constitution which reads:

To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.

Perhaps left-wing politics are making a comeback in the US and Europe.


Posted August 18, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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