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The Problem of North Korea

On Saturday morning New Zealand time, North Korea carried out its latest missile test – a modified mobile Scud which it launched towards the Sea of Japan. The test was a failure – the missile blew up over North Korean territory. The fact there was a test, and the type of missile, is highly significant. It came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lead the UN Security Council in a... read more

Europe Benefits from the Trump Administration

Yes, you read that correctly: I’m saying something good is coming from the Trump presidency. Before you start questioning my sanity though, read a bit further. For some time Europe has seen a rise in ultra-right-wing nationalist political parties. Now this is Europe so while they often have religious links, they’re largely secular. Therefore, I’m not talking about groups like Family... read more

Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists made this significant and serious move last week. However, there’s so much going on at the moment I didn’t find time to write about it. Then, the first thing I saw on CNN today was: Breaking News: Trump Administration Puts Iran on  Notice. General Michael Flynn, the US national security advisor said, “As of today, we’re officially putting Iran... read more

The Israeli Settlements

This morning I started writing a post about how Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been outraging me lately. The tipping point came with his call for the pardon of an Israeli soldier who killed an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist. The military’s moral example in convicting the soldier of manslaughter was ruined by the reaction of their prime minister. However, the post got very... read more

The North Korea Problem and Why We Need China

Last Thursday United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon announced a new set of sanctions against North Korea. The 15-member UN Security Council unanimously recommended the sanctions, which the United States drafted. They are an attempt to starve the Kim regime of foreign cash to try and slow down their nuclear programme. The resolution mainly focuses on North Korean coal exports, which is their biggest... read more

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