Category: Current affairs
- Recent dominance of left-wing politics.
- Argentina (2001-15), Brazil (since 2003), Venezuela (since 1999), Bolivia (since 2006), Ecuador (since 2007).
- Seems to be ending.
- Yes - prior to Paris attacks France considered Assad a pariah.
- But now focus has shifted to defeating ISIS.
- France now suggesting that Assad regime's soldiers can fight alongside Coalition-supported opposition groups to defeat ISIS.
- If the terms of any accord are legally binding (i.e. a Treaty), Obama will need Republican dominated Congress' approval, which he's unlikely to get.
- The Republican party refutes the opinions of humankind's scientific community, and is accordingly hostile to attempts to combat climate change.
- France has already conceded to the US demand that agreement will not be legally binding.
- Yes - economic crisis continues.
- Political crisis continues too - Rousseff hugely unpopular.
- Petrobras corruption scandal moving closer to her as investigators arrest corporate, financial, judicial & political grandees.
- 2.5m refugees on its soil.
- Has reinvigorated Kurdish militancy within Turkey.
- Has soured relations with Russia, its 2nd largest trading partner.
- Both are authoritarian, populist leaders with big egos, thrive on confrontation, and are preoccupied with national pride.
- Not a lot of warmth between them (publicly or in private).
- Differing Syria strategies - Turkey wants Assad removed, Russia wants him to stay.
- EU wants Turkey (which currently has 2.5m refugees on its soil) to become a migrant buffer, instead of a gateway.
- So Brussels is ignoring Erdogan's autocratic drift, and is showering Turkey with political and financial favours.
- In return, Turkey would stem the flow by providing job and education opportunities for refugees, and tighten border controls.