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  • The Koreas’ Olympic Unity Could Be Fleeting
    It looked like a breakthrough, and in a way it was. North and South Korea announced Wednesday they would not only march together under one flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang, but also, for the first time at the games, field a joint women’s ice-hockey team. This announcement came after a year of high anxiety on the Korean peninsula, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accelerated his testing of missiles and nuclear weapons, and presented a dramatic possibility of union between two countries, who share a small patch of land that both claim in ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-17
  • The Specter of a Chinese Mole in America
    The arrest of former CIA case officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee sheds light on a shadowy counterintelligence drama that has been playing out for nearly eight years. Starting around 2010, the Central Intelligence Agency saw some of its most valuable spies inside China go down. And I don’t mean “going down” in a perp-walk-to-the-courthouse sort of way. This is China: They were executed. One was reportedly shot right outside the government building where he worked, just to make sure his coworkers got the message. The lucky ones were imprisoned. According to The New York Times, 18 to 20 CIA sources ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Gorgeous Images of the Planet Jupiter
    NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran Launched in 2011, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter arrived in mid-2016, and the spacecraft maneuvered into a 53-day orbit around the gas giant. The JunoCam imaging instrument, one of nine scientific instruments on board, has been returning red, green, and blue filtered images of Jupiter to Earth, and NASA is encouraging anyone to download, process, and share them. Citizen scientists like Seán Doran and Gerald Eichstädt have been finessing these images,—enhancing the existing contrasts and boosting the colors to create really amazing views of our solar system’s largest planet. ..... READ MORE
    Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2018-01-16
  • Diphtheria’s Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure
    03 January 2018 Dr Michael Edelstein Consultant Research Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security With stronger, more resilient healthcare systems accessible to all, there would be less need for emergency response to disease outbreaks such as diphtheria. Makeshift shelters at the Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Poor living conditions makes the transmission of disease more likely. Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images. Dr Gayatri AmirthalingamConsultant Epidemiologist, Public Health England What do a failed South American state, a war-torn Middle Eastern country and a South Asian country with a large refugee population have in common? Not much at ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-03
  • Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order
    Project: Middle East and North Africa Programme, Yemen: Reconstruction and DialogueRead online20 December 2017 Peter Salisbury Twitter Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Download PDF Yemen has become a ‘chaos state’ – a nominal entity that exists largely as lines on a map and as a concept in newspaper reports and policymaker briefings. A Yemeni boy checks damage following a mortar attack in the city of Taiz, February 2016. Photo: Getty Images. SummaryFlawed perspectivesPopular depictions of Yemen’s three-year-old civil war suggest a chaotic, fractured and polarized country in which the differences between ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Libya: Can the UN-Led Process Succeed?
    Members 24 Jan 2018 - 13:00 to 14:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which concluded in December 2015, sought to create a unity government to bring an end to Libya’s governance crisis. However, the LPA has not been recognized by the House of Representatives while others, most notably General Khalifa Hafter, commander of the Libyan National Army, also have political aspirations.In seeking ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-11
  • France looks to speed up wind power projects
    France will announce steps this week to accelerate the installation of wind turbines. To date, only half of the authorized French onshore wind projects have been installed due to legal opposition from activists.  ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Spy suspect’s arrest: What motivates turncoats?
    The FBI has charged Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA officer, with passing secrets that helped Beijing brutally dismantle US espionage operations in China. Along with raising questions about why Mr. Lee would betray America, the arrest also points to the growing Chinese intelligence threat. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Democrats watch Pennsylvania special election race for anti-Trump sentiment
    A moderate Democrat and a Trump supporter face off in conservative Pennsylvania in a special congressional election race as Democrats hope for a political renaissance on the heels of sweeping wins in Virginia and a surprise upset in Alabama.  ..... READ MORE
    Source: Christian Science MonitorPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital – What Does It Mean?
    Question: On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump made a statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declaring that his administration will immediately begin the process of building an embassy in Jerusalem. What does Trump's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-11
  • Dhimmis No More
    A new strain of thought has developed in Sunni Muslim thinking: ethnic cleansing. It's not genocide, but it involves expelling non-Sunni populations. Its spread means that non-Muslim minorities have a grim future in Muslim-majority countries; and some ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-07
  • The Dubai Miracle Has Become Real
    The Great Recession of 2008-09 convinced me, like many other observers, that the city-state of Dubai's razzmatazz – Go skiing in the boiling heat! Gawk at the world's tallest building! – was but a desert mirage. I lambasted Dubai in a 2009 article for ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2017-12-07