5 January 2017   Leave a comment

Five days ago the Mexican government raised the price of gasoline 20% and the price hike has led to demonstrations and protests all over the country.  The protests occurred in 28 of the 32 Mexican states and reflect anger at gasoline shortages, price levels, and general dissatisfaction with the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.  The protests come at a time when the Mexican economy is undergoing great stresses given the pressures exerted by US President-elect Trump.

Guadalajara Jalisco. Create alert

The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has released its report on global temperatures in 2016 and confirmed predictions that the year was the warmest on record by a very wide margin.  According to Reuters:  “Global surface temperatures in 2016 averaged 14.8 degrees Celsius (58.64°F), or 1.3C (2.3F) higher than estimated before the Industrial Revolution ushered in wide use of fossil fuels”.

According to researchers at the Council of Foreign Relations, “the U.S. dropped some 26,171 bombs across all its weapons platforms, on targets in seven different countries” in 2016.  Syria and Iraq were the countries that were bombed the most.


Posted January 6, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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