3 October 2017   1 comment

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and said that Iran is adhering to the terms of the nuclear agreement: “At this point in time, absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying in”.  The statement puts Secretary Mattis at odds with President Trump who believes that Iran is violating the “spirit” of the agreement by supporting Hezbollah and by its missile program.  Neither of those two concerns are covered by the nuclear agreement.  The President must certify to Congress whether he believes that Iran is in “material breach” of the agreement by 15 October.  If the President decides to leave the agreement, it is not clear how Iran will respond.


Inside Climate News has published an article about new research on the effects of global warming on ocean water temperatures.  Ocean temperatures do not fluctuate as widely as land temperatures and are therefore more reliable indices of actual temperature.  Unfortunately, reliable records of ocean temperatures only go back a few decades, so it is difficult to draw conclusions.  But recent studies indicate that “[t]he excess energy amassed in the oceans since 1992 is roughly equivalent to 2,000 times U.S. electricity generation during the past decade”.   Moreover, “[t]he rate at which the oceans are heating up has nearly doubled since 1992, and that heat is reaching ever deeper waters”.

Oceans Storing More Heat as CO2 Builds Up


According to the Pew Research Center, “more than 80 countries either have an official religion or favor one or more religious groups over others”.  A fifth of the 199 countries surveyed have an official religion and another fifth have a “preferred” religion.   The majority of states with an official religion are Muslim and the majority of states with a preferred religion are Christian.  There are some states that repress religion: “In 10 countries, the state either tightly regulates all religious institutions or is actively hostile to religion in general. These countries include China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and several former Soviet republics – places where government officials seek to control worship practices, public expressions of religion and political activity by religious groups”.

Posted October 3, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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