• After the summit: No new cold war, but no warming of ties either
  • July 18, 2018

    Remember when a sudden burst of Russian intervention from Ukraine to Syria, efforts to undermine Western democracies, and above all, Moscow’s chosen role as chief global opponent of the US-led liberal international order, all spurred predictions of an impending second cold war? After President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Russian ...
  • Overturning Roe might be simple; the politics that follow won't be
  • July 18, 2018

    Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the US, has been at the heart of a heated culture war that’s split the nation largely along partisan lines. Would America be flung back into an age of back alleys – or forward into a “Handmaid’s Tale” dystopia – as ...
  • A Sumatran fishing town's message for Rohingya refugees: Welcome
  • July 18, 2018

    The plan was to go to Malaysia. Nur might have made it there if it weren’t for the two Thai Navy ships that intercepted the wooden boat he shared with 78 fellow Rohingya refugees. Instead, the Navy escorted the boat toward the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  • South Africa revives a Mandela legacy
  • July 18, 2018

     All this year, South Africa is using the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birthday to take stock of his legacy. Under a new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, the government hinted earlier this month that it might reverse a controversial decision in 2016 to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, a body set ...


Fire service took 2 hours to arrive at Manchester bombing

Guardian – The fire service played “no meaningful role” in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing because they arrived two hours late, a review of the response to the attack has found. FULL ARTICLE

March 28, 2018

What happens when ISIS goes underground?

Brookings Institute – The Islamic State is on the ropes, yet the group may make a comeback. The U.S.-led coalition has driven it from much of its territory in Iraq and Syria, while most of its so-called “provinces” elsewhere in the Muslim world also have lost territory or stagnated. Despite these impressive gains, the United States is not well prepared for the group’s defeat. FULL ARTICLE

March 28, 2018

French Officer Slain After Swapping Places With Hostage

NY Times – Swapping places with a woman being held hostage, the French police officer entered the supermarket where a gunman, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, had already shot and killed two people on Friday. FULL ARTICLE

March 28, 2018

Attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California

CBS News – A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates. In video posted on an Air Force forum on Facebook, firefighters are seen attempting to put out the flames. VIDEO & FULL ARTICLE

March 28, 2018

World Health Organization gets ready for ‘Disease X’

CNN – The World Health Organization included “Disease X” in its most recent global plan for accelerating research and development during health emergencies like the Ebola, SARS or Zika epidemics. So what, exactly, is Disease X? FULL ARTICLE

March 28, 2018



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