23 April 2016   Leave a comment

North Korea has tested a missile launch from a submarine.  It is not clear if the test was completely successful, but the launch suggests that North Korea is developing greater strategic capabilities. Submarine launched missiles would give North Korea greater flexibility is an attack, but it seems as if the North Korean capability is still quite underdeveloped.  There are concerns, however, that North Korea is getting close to testing a fifth nuclear explosion which would be in violation of UN sanctions.  The test will inevitably bring China closer to the Western allies opposed to North Korean nuclear capabilities.

Daesh (the Islamic States) has claimed responsibility for the murder of a professor in Bangladesh.  Rezaul Karim Siddique was killed on his way to his class at Rajshahi University and is the fourth professor to be killed in the last 12 years.  Daesh said that Siddique was killed because he was an “atheist” although there is no evidence to substantiate that characterization.   Bangladesh is officially a secular country, but radicals professing adherence to Islam have launched a string of murders against what they regard as enemies of Islam.

Anti-trade sentiment is not simply being expressed by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.   Thousands in Germany have protested against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal that is being forged between the US and Europe.  The BBC has a great summary of the details of the TTIP.  The protesters believe that the TTIP will lower wages and weaken labor and environmental protection laws.


Posted April 24, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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