Noah Yazawa

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'We got pizza and wings': US and Chinese warships talk turkey in South China Sea

As soon as the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached 12-nautical-mile territorial limits around one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea last week, a Chinese warship shadowing its movements began demanding answers.<p>“Hey, you are in Chinese waters. What is your …


America’s plutocrats should be very afraid: The one simple thing that can win back democracy

Voters in Maine and Seattle authorized measures this week that strike an important blow against the 1 percent<p>This week’s elections featured a number of losses for progressive politics, but there was at least one silver lining: They showed that when voters have an opportunity to reject big donor …


The water wars are coming: Civilization will never survive climate calamity

Delegates from 200 nations are convening in Paris for a climate summit. It should be treated as a peace conference<p>At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held. Officially known as the 21st …

Middle East

It's Not Too Late for Amendment 28

As this year's Election Day approaches and as an almost lifetime Washingtonian I am again reminded of DC citizens' lack of voting representatives in Congress. To remedy this injustice we need a constitutional amendment -- the 28th Amendment. The nation as a whole must act to correct this …


Human-rights groups sound alarm about Canada selling arms to Ukraine

Two human-rights groups have teamed up to oppose a plan by the outgoing Conservative government to allow the sale of so-called prohibited weapons to Ukraine, including automatic assault rifles and armoured vehicles.<p>Amnesty International Canada and Project Ploughshares have written to the Department …

A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting

The policy has been dismissed as an impossible pipe dream, but, if applied at the municipal level first, that could change.<p>Not enough people vote. It’s a perennial source of concern in American politics. There’s no shortage of reforms designed to address the problem, but one idea that seems …