30 April 2017   Leave a comment

The New York Times has a depressing article on how globalization has affected fishing .  Many of the advanced industrialized countries in Europe, as well as Japan and China, have developed industrialized deep-sea fishing which involves trawling nets that are literally miles long and scoop up essentially everything that swims.  These techniques have depleted the stocks of fish available for everyone else, and the people that suffer the most are local fisherman who cannot compete with the trawlers.  There are international laws that allegedly govern overfishing, but they are impossible to enforce and most poor governments lack the means to enforce their legal rights.  The effects on poor societies, many in West Africa, have been devastating.

Two years ago, the US pulled most of its soldiers out of Helmand Province in Afghanistan.  The pull-out was consistent with President Obama’s desire to limit the US role in what has become its longest war ever (the US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001).  Now, however, American troops are returning to Helmand Province as Taliban forces have re-established control over the region.  The US troops are expected to support the Afghan army in its fight against the Taliban, but it is hard to imagine what objectives can be realized at this point.  Several years ago there were tens of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan and the situation was never stabilized.

On 30 April 1975, the capital of what was then South Vietnam, Saigon, fell under control of North Vietnam, leading to the unification of the once-divided country.   Most of the American forces had left the country after the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973.  The collapse of the South Vietnamese regime in 1975 was complete and very quick, and the country went through a very difficult and painful unification.  Many Vietnamese left the country and came to the US.

Evacuees Leave from the Roof of a Building Used by the CIA, Saigon

Posted April 30, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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