6 June 2017   Leave a comment

Arwa Damon is a war correspondent for CNN and she has done an extraordinary job over the years reporting on some of the more dangerous and horrific circumstances of the wars in Syria and Iraq.  She has posted a video of the recent fighting in Mosul, Iraq.  The video is brutal and one should forewarned about the graphic images of violence in the battle.  But there is little question that Daesh (the Islamic State) is deliberately targeting civilians in particularly ruthless ways.  In recent days I have been reminded many times that the world is ignoring the growing violence in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and is being diverted by stories which are, by comparison, silly and gratuitously fatuous.

Today is the anniversary of the invasion of France by British and American forces in 1944, commonly known as D-Day.  The invasion was the first time the allied forces had opened up a second front in the war against Germany (the first front was in the east in deep Russia, a front that had been stuck in Stalingrad since 1942).  By the time of D-Day, the Russians had suffered tremendous casualties, but had also pushed the Germans back out of the country.  The invasion of France was the beginning of the end of the German Reich.

The Pew Research Center has released its survey of global public opinion about the economic future.  By and large, the survey of publics in 18 different countries indicated that a slim majority believe that their economies are improving.  However, in some countries the Center found that a majority believe that the economic future for their children will not be better than it has been in the past.  There is a clear difference between rich and poor countries about how to view the future for their children:

“While publics in emerging markets and developing countries are not that happy about their current economic condition, a median of 56% nevertheless believe that when those who are children today in their countries grow up they will be better off financially than their parents. Just 38% voice the view that they will be worse off. Indians (76%), Nigerians (72%) and Chileans (69%) are particularly optimistic about economic prospects for the next generation.

“Publics in advanced economies are quite pessimistic about young people’s financial prospects, just 34% believe they will be better off than the current generation. Such despair is particularly strong in Greece, Japan, France, Australia, Canada, Spain and the UK, where roughly seven-in-ten people say today’s children will be worse off.”

Confidence in the future has a significant impact on how publics view the legitimacy of their system

Posted June 6, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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