Links – October 10, 2016

There’s a lot going on in the world that isn’t Donald Trump. Unfortunately, we have to pay attention to a bullying ignoramus who might become President of the United States. Here are some of the other things, and a few background pieces on continuing issues.

Inside the Iran Deal – A French Perspective. Laurent Fabius was the Foreign Minister of France during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Records have been released of the use of depleted uranium ammunition in Iraq by the United States in March and April of 2003. This data might be used to identify health effects of depleted uranium. That will be difficult, though. People have moved around a lot since then, and determining how much they have been exposed will be very uncertain.

A thoughtful analysis of Syria and America’s role in the world. Another analysis that invokes some of the same points. 

North Korea tested its first nuclear device ten years ago today. Probably not going to test one today, although there has been activity at the test site. “Probably not” because they usually test around 10 am their time, which has passed. How close are they to a deliverable weapon? Bottom line is that we don’t know, but what we see of their tests definitely indicates they are getting closer. Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, guides the test-firing of a new multiple launch rocket system in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on March 4, 2016.

China is developing a transportation network across Asia to make friends and influence trade. Maybe the United States should encourage that.

Soviet nuclear submarine carrying nuclear weapons sank north of Bermuda in 1986. Wonder if the US managed to raise any nuclear weapons from the wreck.

 

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