6 August 2017   1 comment

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  The use of the atomic bomb marked the beginning of the end of traditional world politics, although few at the time realized its full significance.  There are now nine nuclear states:  the US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea.  Fortunately, nuclear weapons have not been used in war since the end of World War II, but they remain a very active dynamic in world politics.  Last month, 122 members of the United Nations passed a Treaty to ban nuclear weapons, but none of the nuclear armed states signed the Treaty.  Intriguingly, Japan also refused to sign the Treaty.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Venezuelan soldiers at the Paramacay base, one of Venezuela’s most important military bases, launched a coup d’etat attempt which has apparently failed.  According to NBC News:

“In Sunday’s video, a man who identified himself as Juan Carlos Caguaripano, a former National Guard captain, said: ‘We demand the immediate formation of a transition government.’ He was flanked by about a dozen men in military uniforms.

‘”This is not a coup d’etat,’ he said. ‘This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order. But more than that, it is to save the country from total destruction.’

The uprising occurred after the newly elected constituent assembly, whose members were all hand-picked by the government of Nicolas Maduro, ousted Luisa Ortega, a prosecutor who has worked hard to control the government from breaking the law.  There should be little doubt that Maduro will use the failed coup attempt to further crush opposition in the country.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a multilateral organization that runs on consensus and not on majority votes.  Over the years, it has been unable to take a stand on China’s actions in the South China Sea despite great concern on the part of many of its members.  Cambodia, and sometimes Laos, refuses to criticize openly Chinese activities.  On Sunday, however, it issued a “communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building.”   Significantly, China has agreed to cooperate with ASEAN to develop a Code of Conduct on activities in the South China Sea.  We will have to see whether the Code of Conduct actually addresses the concerns of the smaller states in the region.

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Posted August 6, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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