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My Picks for Top Tweets: 16 September 2017

With the way the world and social media work today, there are all sorts of major events dominating the tweets. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico are still suffering the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The devastation left in their wake means it will be years before many recover. Of course, it will be those that were already at the lower end of the socio-economic... read more

The North Korea Crisis: A Donald Trump Creation

Originally, this post was a fuller analysis of the North Korea crisis. However, it became extremely long, so I’m chopping it into smaller posts. One section of the main post was a look at the way President Trump is handling the affair personally. It’s clear that Trump simply doesn’t have the ability to handle a situation as complex as North Korea. The complexities and nuances of... read more

Soccer Fans Are Funding the North Korean Nuclear Programme

Qatar is building a series of amazing venues for both the 2022 Soccer World Cup and their country in general (i.e. not specifically for the World Cup). As hosts of the cup they naturally want their country to look its best when it’s on display to the world. And on the surface, everything is beautiful. Dig a little deeper though, and there’s a lot of ugliness. People are suffering and dying... read more

Trump has Exceeded Himself in Stupidity

The recent meeting of the G7 in Sicily saw Donald Trump lose what little respect other world leaders had left for him. Today’s announcement that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Accord was in effect his confirmation that he was resigning as world leader. In his first speech to Congress on 28 March Trump said: My administration wants to work with members in both parties … to... read more

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

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