Links – May 26, 2016

Demonstrations have been taking place across Kazakhstan. The government has been becoming more repressive; President Nursultan Nazarbaev has been in office since before the Soviet Union collapsed. The society is closed enough that it’s hard to know exactly what is going on. From Eurasianet and RFE/RL. Photo from BBC, where there is more discussion.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are raising the question of whether South Korea and Japan should acquire nuclear weapons. Not much has changed in South Korea’s non-nuclear stand.

A couple of minutes video of decommissioning at the Ignalina, Lithuania, nuclear power plant. The plant has two reactors of the RBMK type, the same type as at Chernobyl. They were taken out of service as part of Lithuania’s accession to the European Union.

Pakistan wants to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group without having signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Some suggestions for how this might happen.

The Hiroshima mushroom cloud that wasn’t. Still a good photo.

No, Russia isn’t trying to make nuclear war easier.

Long read on what Russia’s domestic situation and foreign policy might look like in 2030 if current trends continue.

Transforming German Königsberg into Soviet Kaliningrad.


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