Russia steps into North Korea/China split

Discord between China and North Korea has provided fertile ground for Moscow, itself increasingly isolated over Ukraine, writes International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe in a new column, Jilted Putin courts Kim Jong-un for comfort. Excerpt: The ripples set in motion by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and

Jilted Putin courts Kim Jong-un for comfort

JONATHAN MANTHORPE  July 30, 2014 The ripples set in motion by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s ever more blatant involvement in fighting in eastern Ukraine have reached the other side of the world, and are lapping on the shores of the hermit

America’s Race-relations Agony

Six decades ago this year, the United States Supreme Court outlawed “separate but equal” schools. Fifty years ago this summer, hundreds of black and white volunteers converged on Mississippi in an effort to — as they put it — make Mississippi a part

Libya’s potential new dictator, with CIA links

Libya, already rife with  political, tribal and religious divisions, is threatened by yet another coup, warns International Affairs analyst Jonathan Manthorpe. Excerpt of today’s column: A renegade Libyan general, reputedly with links to Washington’s Central Intelligence Agency, is well on his way to filling

Libya finds its new Qaddafi

JONATHAN MANTHORPE July 25, 2014  A renegade Libyan general, reputedly with links to Washington’s Central Intelligence Agency, is well on his way to filling the political vacuum left by the ouster and killing of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. Since late May, Khalifa

Man Booker Longlist goes Global

Organizers of  the Man Booker Prize released their first long list in a competition open to the wide world — or at least to titles written originally in English, and published in the United Kingdom. Read the column Judging the Man Booker Prize by

Jon Stewart Learns What Happens When You Criticize Israel

Article 19, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of

Online Tracking That’s Virtually Impossible to Block

  by Julia Angwin, ProPublica A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this

Environmental Assessments Include Climate

By Chris Wood,  Natural Security columnist How wide to cast the net when examining the environmental damage a proposed industrial development might do, is a contested issue. In Canada, panels weighing the impacts of proposed oil pipelines from Alberta to the Pacific

Summertime … and the fans are jumping

The weather can be capricious, but entertainment expands and lightens up in the long summer days of the Northern Hemisphere, with a music or theatre festival most weekends. The most unusual is perhaps the arctic Great Northern Arts Festival each July in Inuvik,

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