Geopolitical

Analysts still see China’s application of economic leverage over the regime as the key to avoiding nuclear weapon attacks from North Korea, but still unclear if China is truly willing to do so. Pakistan’s democracy may be at risk as the Prime Minister was dismissed from his position by the nation’s Supreme Court on Friday over a failed disclosure of some income during the 2013 general election based on a rarely used piece of legislation that requires honesty from elected officials. Concern is that this could open Pandora’s box and be used against a number of other elected officials and open the door for a very different type of government in the nation. Weekend attack on a military base in Venezuela could signal more turmoil for the nation.