As California's epic drought worsens, every day is considered "fire season," record temperatures are set in the Antarctic and the majority of glaciers in Canada are expected to be gone by the end of the century. According to recent studies, we are at the very beginning of a period of "abrupt" climate disruption.
Despite the end of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2008 and the surprise of the January 8, 2015, election where the incumbent autocratic government of Rajapaksa was voted out of power, many issues remain. For example, return of expropriated land and full political enfranchisement remain elusive.
President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. This has included a press call where he apparently got testy over the charge by critics that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a secret deal.