22 September 2017   Leave a comment

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned that Pyongyang could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in response to the volley of insults being thrown by US President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.  Needless to say, such a move would be a highly provocative act would rattle everyone in the world–no state has tested a nuclear bomb in the atmosphere for over 40 years.  But since North Korea is no longer a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (it abrogated the Treaty in 2003) the test is perfectly legal, albeit highly dangerous.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made this comment about the behavior of the US and North Korea:

“Together with China we’ll continue to strive for a reasonable approach and not an emotional one like when children in a kindergarten start fighting and no-one can stop them”.

Although the Russians also have much to account for in Ukraine and Syria, the sentiment is likely shared by many in the world.  I have become increasingly worried about this dispute getting out of hand even as I continue to believe that neither side wishes to see an open conflict.  This dispute is foolish.

 

Two researchers have published a paper which examines the rise of right-wing and nationalist parties in Europe.  Their findings are intriguing.  They believe that the rise of these parties does not reflect a rise in such sentiments among the European populations,  Rather, they argue that the rise of these parties indicates a loss of faith in “political institutions and leaders.”  In other words, Europeans have not become more right-wing; they have become more strongly anti-establishment, and the nationalist parties are the only way to express their dissatisfaction.  If true, this conclusion offers a degree of hope if the traditional parties in Europe (and, in the US as well) begin to offer good solutions to the economic malaise the people are enduring.

 

Posted September 22, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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