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As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to use them<p>Last week, Donald Trump deployed his superweapon Moab, the “mother of all bombs” – 10 tonnes of high explosive detonated in mid-air in such a way …

North Korea

This animated map shows how World War I changed Europe's borders

World War I involved 32 nations from 1914 to 1919. It redrew the world map and reshaped many borders in Europe.<p>The collapse of the Russian Empire created Poland, the Baltics, and Finland. The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved into Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. When the Ottoman …

Tofu Tikka Masala

An appetizing plate of Tofu Tikka Masala is all I really need for the perfect Sunday night dinner. The tofu is baked and then simmered in a spicy, …

Jake Tapper Went All in on Trump's 'Embarrassment' of a Wiretap Claim

The CNN host pulled no punches.<p>These are transformative times for Jake Tapper. Once seemingly seduced by the both-siderist hellscape of Beltway punditry, Tapper has undergone a reinvention in recent months, speaking hard truths to powerful people. That came to a head today with his segment …

A Modern Updated Version of the Classic HBO Feature Presentation Show Open From 1983

HBO has partnered with creative house Imaginary Forces to reimagine a modern, updated version of the classic “HBO Feature Presentation” show open …

Trump knows the feds are closing in on him

It didn't last long.<p>Immediately before and after his well-received speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump curtailed his use of Twitter. "For precisely four days, eight hours and five minutes, Trump refrained from tweeting anything inflammatory," the Washington Post noted. …

7 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

This year’s Academy Awards edition is almost here, which means movie fans will probably be busy counting how many Oscars <i>La La Land</i> ends up getting. …

Russian Plot: White House Denials Fail to Convince

<i>This article first appeared on the Just Security site.</i><p>Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, appeared on three Sunday morning shows last …

Does Donald Trump Know What His Own Administration Is Doing?

While the president blasted America’s allies during a rally in South Florida, his vice president and secretary of defense embarked on an apology tour in Europe.<p>For a few fleeting hours on Saturday, <b>Donald Trump</b> slipped the confines of his scandal-plagued new home in Washington, D.C., for the more …

The Trump-Russia Saga Takes a Strange New Turn

The president's personal lawyer, a Trump associate with Mafia ties, and a wealthy pro-Putin Ukrainian lawmaker reportedly joined together to concoct a secret peace plan to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis—and lift U.S. sanctions.<p>As the Russian intrigues surrounding <b>Donald Trump</b> continue to pile up,</i> …

The Creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump

And how Republicans in Washington have allowed themselves to become his apparatchiks.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>The vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by <i>The Washington Post</i>, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense …

Fox’s Chris Wallace Confronts Reince Priebus Over Trump’s Beef With The Press: ‘You Don’t Get To Tell Us What To Do’

Reince Priebus likely thought he was entering friendly territory to defend Donald Trump’s attacks on the press. However, <i>Fox News Sunday</i> host Chris Wallace (much like Shep Smith a few days ago) had no patience for the White House chief of staff’s approach. This discussion follows Trump’s combative …

Donald Trump

10 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

Good news, folks, it’s already that time of the week when we try to forget about all the serious things that happen around us during the week while …

Donald Trump echoes Chairman Mao by attacking media as 'enemy of the people'

Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks on journalists, echoing Chairman Mao Zedong and other dictators by branding a large section of the mainstream media "enemy of the people".<p>After a combative press conference on Thursday, in which he railed at "fake news", bullied reporters and dismissed facts, …

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview

John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.<p>During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump's worldview and brand of …

Donald Trump

With His Power Unchecked, Michael Flynn Could Lead Trump Into War With Iran

Flynn, who recently consolidated national security power, sees Iran as the U.S.'s number one enemy.<p>Within President Donald Trump’s inner circle, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn may be down, but he is not out. He remains national security advisor, and his thinking clearly stands behind the recent, …

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: The White House Is ‘Officially Putting Iran On Notice’

On Wednesday afternoon, National Security Advisor Gen Michael Flynn issued some stern words to Iran. The action arrives after Sunday’s Iranian missile test, which the country has confirmed, along with an Iran-sponsored attack by the Houthi movement (of Yemen) on a Saudi naval vessel. In addition, …

National Security

8 Great Podcasts for Teachers of History

I absolutely love listening to podcasts in my spare time. It’s an easy way to delve in to history topics I know little about, and it provides an …

Podcasting

The Real 007 Used Fake News to Get the U.S. into World War II

The British ran a massive and illegal propaganda operation on American soil during World War II—and the White House helped.<p>In the spring of 1940, …

China military official: War with US under Donald Trump 'becoming practical reality'

War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said.<p>The remarks …

China

This racial justice map sheds light on an often overlooked part of U.S. history

Dark parts of American history are often swept under the rug for being too shameful and painful. But engaging with that history is crucial to …

Chinese military official warns that war with US under Trump is becoming a 'practical reality'

On January 20, an official from the People's Liberation Army wrote on its official website that the US's "rebalance" in Asia, its deployments to the region, and its push to arm South Korea with the THAAD missile-defense system were provocative "hot spots getting closer to ignition," The South China …

Russia urges caution on US plan for safe zones in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Trump administration's expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted Thursday with caution by …

Mogadishu attack: At least 21 killed after explosion outside hotel

<b>Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) —</b> Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two explosions Wednesday that police say killed at least 21 people and rocked the Somali capital.<p>At least 50 people were injured in the attack, said Capt. Abukar Osman with the Somali Police Force. Among the injured …

North Korea Defector Says Elite Turning Their Backs On Kim Jong Un

North Korean elites have turned their backs on leader Kim Jong Un and dissent is on the rise, according to a recent defector who was formerly Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador to the U.K.<p>“Kim Jong Un’s days are numbered,” Thae Yong Ho told a press conference in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on …

Trump Is Expected To Sign An Executive Order To Start Building His Border Wall And Restrict Access For Refugees

One of Donald Trump’s most controversial and impractical campaign promises is his “great wall’ that will span the southern border of the United States. The wall is meant to be a block on illegal immigrants and drugs making their way into the country, but the road to this point paints it more as a …

Immigration

The Netherlands 'counters' Trump with international abortion fund

The Dutch Government is planning to launch an international fund to finance access to birth control and abortion in developing countries, in order to …

Orwell, Hitler And Trump

Hitler was the first to describe the technique of telling a lie so often that people believed it. He called it the "Big Lie."<p>Last week, I reached for my Philip Roth ― his splendid novel, <i>The Plot Against America</i>. This week, I reached for my George Orwell.<p>In 1946, as Europe was digging out from the …

Donald Trump

Trump poised to take executive action on immigration

President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump greets 3 American detainees freed by North Korea Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: …