The Pamphlet

By Jared East | Conflict. Cooperation. Tribes.

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 …

South China Sea

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 …

Syria

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>…

Foreign Policy

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; …

History
South China Sea

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 …

Journalism

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 …

Facebook

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 …

Chinese Coast Guard is Involved in Most South China Sea Clashes

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 …

South China Sea
South China Sea

The American Brexit Is Coming

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

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 …

Blast off for China's second trial space station

Feeding the war-weary in western Aleppo

A soup kitchen in western Aleppo feeds the war-weary but those in the besieged east of the city are in even greater need, reports the BBC's Jeremy Bowen.

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

In an opinion piece in the US Naval Institute's News Blog, Retired US Navy Commander Daniel Dolan asserts that Russia and Iran harass and intercept the US military not because the US is weak, but because they want to influence the coming presidential election.<p>Indeed, Iranian ships frequently harass …

U.S. Navy

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 …

South China Sea

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 …

Walmart

Russia joins South China Sea naval manouvres

China Flirts With War in South China Sea1:52<p>The risk of a clash between China and the U.S. grows by the day as Beijing flexes it muscles in disputed …

Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he expects talks with China on their South China Sea dispute within a year and he would not raise an international ruling rejecting China's claims there when he attends a regional summit next month.<p>An arbitration court in the …

South China Sea

Russia and China set for joint drill in South China Sea

Russia and China have agreed to hold a joint naval drill in the South China Sea in September.<p>The decision was taken after a final meeting to discuss …

A tiny island in the middle of the Pacific just became even more crucial to US military might

A tiny island roughly five times smaller than Rhode Island in the middle of the Pacific is hosting all three types of America's strategic bombers and the most advanced missile-defense system on the planet.<p>The B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and B-2 Spirit bombers coupled with the Terminal High …

Military

Here's how to interpret the changing relationship between Turkey and Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met on Tuesday. It is not clear what came of it, but it is clear what is at stake.<p>Russia is weakening. The state of the economy is now the main issue (read my extensive overview of Russia’s geopolitical situation) Ukraine …

Russia