A computer class in North Korea. (Stephan) photo via Flickr Podcast — everything you know about cybersecurity is wrong by MATTHEW GAULT Guccifer 2.0, a hacker allegedly linked to the Russian government, released a treasure trove of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party’s convention. Set the politics... Read more
A pro-Erdogan rally in Istanbul on July 24, 2016. Mike Norton photo via Flickr All signs point to secular military officers being largely responsible by MOHAMMED AYOOB It is a whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie. Several theories have been floated as to who was responsible for the failed Turkish coup of... Read more
The sight of the Paris shootings in November 2015. Colville-Anderson photo via Flickr Terror attacks are explicitly aimed at exploiting divisions in pluralistic societies by KEVIN KNODELL The leaders of the self-proclaimed Islamic State say they are at war with the entire world. In their view, all must submit or die.... Read more
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35 crosses the Atlantic in June 2016. U.S. Air Force photo Americans rarely talk about their country’s weapons sales by WILLIAM HARTUNG When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms... Read more
Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office in June 2016. Photo via Wikipedia 400 die as Rodrigo Duterte’s rhetoric escalates by JOANNE LU The Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t need official policy to incite a deadly war on drugs. This “kill list” is proof. Since May 9, 2016, when “Rody”... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo America won’t get stronger by withdrawing from the world by MICHAEL HUNZEKER & ALEXANDER LANOSZKA In a recent interview with The New York Times, Donald Trump suggested that the United States can continue to deter aggression even if it withdraw from its overseas bases and reduces its... Read more
A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber returns from a mission over Syria in April 2016. Air Force photo Pondering the world after me by TOM ENGELHARDT I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue... Read more
A nuclear-generated EMP wouldn’t look like this, but it’s a nice image. Bureau of Land Management photo EMPS are scary, but not as scary as the nukes that precede them by MATTHEW GAULT Few weapons are as scary as those that exist only in our minds. The Republican Party released its platform... Read more
Russian troops training in chemical warfare suits. The Kremlin fears Western values, courts and sanctions more than a military confrontation by MARK GALEOTTI Russia is a declining power, a part-reformed, part-stagnant fragment of a shattered and spent empire. Vladimir Putin, though, has perfected a foreign policy built on equal parts chutzpah,... Read more
A man in a Make America Great Again hat at a Donald Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Gage Skidmore/Flickr photo In the real-estate billionaire’s telling, America and the world are in the worst shape they’ve ever been by ROBERT BECKHUSEN There’s a shared feeling among many observers of Donald Trump — the... Read more
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