Saturday News: North Korea, Global Warming

North Korea Reemerges Raising Tensions In Asian Peninsula
Recent news that North Korea was restarting work on the Yongbyon nuclear reactor was a reminder of the multiple threats posed to the international community by rogue nations. While international attention has been focused on Syria, Pyongyang appears as if it is violation of the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework of 1994, which closed the reactor in 2007.

An editorial in the Joongang Daily notes it ” would be a violation of multiple resolutions of the UN Security Council if North Korea reactivated the nuclear weapons manufacturing facility” and, if confirmed, would be a “blow to China, which has been trying to revive the six-nation talks to denuclearize North Korea.” Not to mention increasing tensions in the Asian peninsula.

In an hour-long address, prominent North Korea analyst Victor Cha of the East-West Center discussed faded hopes for change in North Korea under its young new leader. In more video available here, fellow analysts Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard review some of the latest developments from Pyongyang.

Debate Over Global Warming Continues
One of the ongoing – and heated – debates is whether global warming or climate change exists. While few would dispute that our climate is changing and that human behavior has an impact on the environment, disagreement about the degree of influence humans have and what the solutions should be.

For example, Jeff Goodell of Rolling Stone has a recent article fact-checking those the “climate deniers,” while Andrew Montford of The Australian contends the “consensus” on climate change is nothing more than hype.

The Arab Spring: An Analysis
Frederick Kagan acknowledges that the Arab Spring already has fundamentally changed the Middle East, but admits the path forward for the region remains very unclear.

“The crisis of Arab governance in the 20th Century was not a consequence of any innate inability of Arabs to govern themselves, but rather a reflection of several centuries of imperial and colonial rule during which they were not allowed to do so. When they finally did establish their own states and systems of government, they found themselves without indigenous consensus on what those states should look like and how they should be ruled,” he writes.

 

 

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