11 December 2016   Leave a comment

At least 38 people were killed and about 150 wounded in twin bomb blasts around a soccer stadium in Turkey.  At this time, no group has claimed responsibility for the bombings but the government is unified in its condemnation for the attacks.  The suspicion is that the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is the most likely candidate since the bombing seems to be consistent with its decades-long struggle for greater autonomy in Turkey.

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the Parliament on Friday.  After months of protests and growing anger over Park’s relationship with a confidant who peddled her influence with corporations for millions in bribes, there was little support for allowing the scandal to persist any longer.  Investigations into the companies that paid the bribes will continue, but these corporations, known as chaebol in South Korea, are incredibly powerful and it is doubtful that they will pay any public price for their crimes.  Right now, there are no clear candidates to replace Park and South Korea will undoubtedly go through a difficult transition period.   But the global public outrage against governmental corruption continues unabated.

Rumors are swirling that President-elect Trump will nominate Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, to be the Secretary of State.  I have doubts about whether those rumors will come true because I do not think that Trump wishes to run the risk of Tillerson being turned down by the Senate.  But Julian Borger of The Guardian has an article about Tillerson which roughly sums up the issues concerning the appointment.  He would lead a State Department that would be quite reluctant to adapt to his leadership style.

Tillerson and Putin

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Posted December 11, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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