16 December 2015   Leave a comment

China has hosted its second World Internet Conference in Wuzhen and the different attitudes toward the internet were obvious.  The Chinese prefer to allow national authorities to regulate the internet in a manner consistent with traditional conceptions of state sovereignty.  In this model, China “censors topics deemed sensitive on domestic social media platforms — Tibet, the Tiananmen Square protests, the treatment of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang — while completely blocking access to Facebook, Twitter, Google, the New York Times and a host of other foreign websites.”   The US and other liberal states prefer to think about the “stakeholders” in the internet which includes private and commercial interests in the network of interests to be satisfied.  The struggle over control over the internet will likely continue for many years into the future.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued its annual report on the Arctic climate.  The report notes that “the average surface-air temperature from Oct. 2014 to Oct. 2015 was about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 1981-2010 baseline.”  The climate change is having a serious effect on the habitats of walruses and other arctic animals, and will likely have serious effects on the overall climate of the planet.

Macedonia became an independent state in 1991 after the dissolution of Yugoslavia (along with Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia).  But its name has been the source of constant friction with its neighbor, Greece, which believes that Macedonia is the true name of a province in Greece.  The Greeks are particularly irate since the majority population of the Republic of Macedonia is Slavic, not Hellenic.  The Macedonian prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, has indicated that he is open to the possibility of a name change for the Republic.

 

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Posted December 16, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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