26 October 2017   Leave a comment

As the world rushes headlong into advanced technology without even a whisper of a discussion about whether it should be managed only after a serious conversation involving most of the people affected, the global economy continues to shed jobs while at the same time increasing output of all sorts of things.  Manufacturing is not “dead” in the global economy; only manufacturing jobs are dying.  The chart below shows the discrepancy between manufacturing and manufacturing jobs.  And in one of the more bizarre twists to the new age we are entering, Saudi Arabia is the first country to grant citizenship to a robot.


You can listen to Robot “Sophia” at the ceremony granting her Saudi citizenship.


The United Nations has found the Syrian Government responsible for the chemical weapons attack against civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April of 2017.  The UN also found that Daesh (the Islamic State) was responsible for killing civilians with Mustard Gas in 2016.  The Syrian Government has repeatedly denied that it used sarin gas, but these findings leave the government of Assad liable for war crimes. Sarin gas is a particularly nasty chemical weapon whose use is completely banned by international law.


Kenya’s rescheduled election was marred by low turnout and violence.  The election was held because the earlier election in August was annulled by the Supreme Court.  But the main opposition leader, Raila Odinga,  bowed out of the rescheduled election, citing voting irregularities and the difficulties in holding a far election.  Voting was postponed until Saturday in four voting areas because of violence and it remains to be seen whether those polling areas will be open.  The current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, won the election, but it is hard to describe the process as legitimate and Kenyatta will find it difficult to rule.

Kenyan Police Prepare to Use Tear Gas Against Election Protesters.

Posted October 26, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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