5 September 2016   Leave a comment

Philippines President Duterte is scheduled to meet with US President Obama in a side meeting  of the annual Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) conference.  Duterte fears that Obama will raise the issue of human rights since almost 2.400 alleged drug dealers and criminals have been killed in vigilante-style justice since Duterte’s election.  The issue clouds the usually strong relationship between the US and the Philippines–it is difficult to see either one successful in the region without the help of the other.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has issued a report on the effects of climate change on the world’s oceans and its conclusions are sobering.  The oceans act as a great sink for excess heat in the atmosphere.  According to The Guardian:

“The ocean has absorbed more than 90% of the extra heat created by human activity. If the same amount of heat that has been buried in the upper 2km of the ocean had gone into the atmosphere, the surface of the Earth would have warmed by a devastating 36C, rather than 1C, over the past century.”

Oceans temperatures remain a big unknown in the calculations of the climate models.  But these results begin to give us a sense of what might be happening.

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Hong Kong was returned to the control of the government in Beijing in 1997.  As part of the handover of the former British colony was made in a deal that guaranteed that certain political freedoms in Hong Kong would be retained until the year 2047. Many in the city have worried that the Communist Party seeks to erode those freedoms and to place the city under the same type of single-party rule as is the case in the rest of the country.  In the most recent municipal elections, the student leaders of a protest movement in 2014 called the Umbrella Movement, won seats on the Legislative Council.  The election assures that there will continue to be enough votes in the Council to preserve the political freedoms in Hong Kong.

 

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Posted September 5, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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