The Pamphlet

By Jared East | Conflict. Cooperation. Tribes.

An Apparent Sonic Attack At The U.S. Embassy In Uzbekistan May Point Toward Russia In The Cuba Attacks

In October, the U.S. expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington, D.C. after the U.S. was forced to bring non-essential personnel back from its Havana embassy because a series of sonic attacks had some State Department employees experiencing mysterious symptoms like nausea and …

Cuba

North Korea says Kim ordered ICBM to be fired with 'courage'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's state media say leader Kim Jong Un ordered his engineers to launch a new intercontinental ballistic missile with "courage" a day ahead of the flight test where it demonstrated its reach deep into the U.S. mainland.<p>State television on Wednesday broadcast a …

Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’

WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War …

Elon Musk's Response to Puerto Rico Is Pure Marketing Genius (and Should Be Required Reading)

The lesson from Elon Musk: Stop asking people to pay attention to your brand. Start doing things worth paying attention to.<p>"When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world."<p>Elon Musk may have said those words decades ago, but perhaps never in his storied career …

Elon Musk

Chinese fighter jets intercept US 'sniffer' plane over disputed territory

A pair of incidents involving fighter jets from China, Japan and the US over the East China seas have escalated an already tense situation. Several …

Why China is Tolerating Vietnam’s South China Sea Activities

China’s expanding military presence in the South China Sea has prompted Vietnam to enhance its ability to protect its own holdings in the region. In late November, for example, commercially available imagery revealed that Vietnam was dredging a new channel at Ladd Reef on the southwestern edge of …

Assad: US military forces in Syria are 'invaders'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Syria's President Bashar al-Assad scoffed and questioned US actions in Syria, calling American troops deploying to the country "invaders" because he hadn't given permission for them to enter the country and saying there's been no "concrete action" from the Trump administration toward …

Middle East

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Is Denounced by 134 Foreign Policy Experts

WASHINGTON — More than 130 members of America’s foreign policy establishment denounced President Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday as just as damaging to the United States’ interests and reputation as his original order that halted refugees and froze travelers from predominantly Muslim countries.<p>…

The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes<p>Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; …

Correction: AS-South-China-Sea-Watch story

BANGKOK (AP) — In a Nov. 21 summary of South China Sea news, The Associated Press reported erroneously that China's first aircraft carrier was commissioned in 2013. It was commissioned in 2012.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea<p>Satellite …

China

Obama is worried about fake news on social media – and we should be too

The outgoing US president has lamented an age where ‘active misinformation’ can spread as quickly and easily as the truth. And he is not exaggerating<p>Barack Obama, facing the imminent handover to his bombastic successor, has plenty to be concerned about this week. But he took the time to express his …

One Thing Voters Agree On: Better Campaign Coverage Was Needed

THERE is a group of 10 friends in Charlotte, N.C., all women, all in their 50s, all white. They’re college educated with successful careers, and they have a message for The New York Times: Come visit us.<p>They voted for Donald Trump and don’t consider themselves homophobic, racist or anti-Muslim. But …

Facebook, Google Take Steps To Confront Fake News

Since Donald Trump's election victory, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out not once, but twice, to address the issue of fake news, inaccurate or simply false information that appears on the Web in the guise of journalism.<p>Zuckerberg made his remarks at the Techonomy 16 media conference and …

Internet

Postelection, Overwhelmed Facebook Users Unfriend, Cut Back

Rachael Garrity posted a farewell message on Facebook. She told her "friends" — that's how she puts it in an email to NPR, in quotes — that she would delete her account. An email from her son followed: <i>Are you</i> <i>OK</i><i>?</i><p>"I am finding Facebook to have a negative impact on my continuing to keep a positive …

Social Media

The Real South China Sea Danger: A Brewing Security Dilemma

In a seminal article in 1978 Robert Jervis outlined the concept of the security dilemma. Jervis observed that ‘many of the means by which a state …

China

The Chinese Coast Guard is Involved in Most South China Sea Clashes, Survey Finds

An increasingly active Chinese coast guard in the South China Sea is responsible for most of the clashes in the disputed waterway, according to a new …

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s thin skin and bombast is threatening the peace in Southeast Asia

US efforts to promote peace and stability in the South China Sea are facing a new challenge. This time, the difficulty comes not from China but from the leader of a US treaty ally—president Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.<p>In recent weeks, the US-Philippine alliance has come under strain as …

Asia

The American Brexit Is Coming

At a recent White House meeting, President Barack Obama assembled an eclectic cast of characters: the CEO of IBM, one of the largest corporations in …

Dadaab camp closure: Repatriation of Somali refugees 'fails to meet international standards'

<b>The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya fails to meet international standards for voluntary return, a Human Rights Watch report has found.</b><p>The organisation says many of those returning to Somalia are motivated by fear of being forced out.<p>Tens of thousands of …

Africa

Blast off for China's second trial space station

China's second experimental space station, Tiangong 2, has launched from the Gobi desert.<p>The mission is part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service by 2022.

China

Syria conflict: Aleppo soup kitchen feeds the war-weary

Four days into a cessation of hostilities in Syria and the focus is now on getting desperately needed aid to areas hit hard by the conflict.<p>The BBC's Jeremy Bowen visits a soup kitchen in western Aleppo, but says the east of the city - which has been deliberately cut off by government forces - is …

Middle East

Former Navy Commander: US is not weak, but Russia and Iran provoke us to get Trump elected

Indeed, Iranian ships frequently harass US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and very recently a Russian Su-27 fighter jet carried out a very unsafe and unprofessional intercept of a US reconnaissance plane.<p>Critics of the Obama administration have been quick to blame these …

Military

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — the ongoing invasion of the northwestern Syrian Kurdish...<p>In April 1941 Axis …

Military

North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts Keep Getting Stronger

North Korea said it conducted its fifth underground nuclear test on Friday. Since the first test, almost a decade ago, the size of the resulting earthquakes from the country’s test site have increased, indicating that the devices are becoming increasingly powerful.<p>The device detonated on Friday …

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte picked the wrong week to call Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”

It isn’t often the president of the United States is called a derogatory term by his counterpart from a friendly nation—and cancels a meeting as a result. But that’s just what happened (paywall) after Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte deployed a derogatory slur against Barack Obama.<p>The Tagalog …

Asia

Wal-Mart's Crime Problem Overwhelms Police Across U.S.

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews reporter Shannon Pettypiece about her article regarding crime at Wal-Mart in <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>. She says there's a violent crime every day at a Wal-Mart somewhere in the country, and local police are overwhelmed.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>There are so many …

Russia joins South China Sea naval manouvres

Russia’s Pacific Fleet and elements of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy will engage in manoeuvres designed to test tactics and equipment in …