Links – November 2, 2016

Problems for the next president: North Korea. Assad’s phony farewell to chemical arms. Interview with Assad; hard to tell if he is self-deceived or trying to sell his line.

Attention Donald Trump: Strategic reasons for publicizing military offensives.

Estonia trains citizens for insurgency operations in case Russia decides to invade. The tactics recall those of the Forest Brothers who resisted both the Nazis and the Soviets. Photo from this article; I love seeing Estonia’s forests and countryside, hate seeing the idea of war there.

This is pretty close to my  view of Russia.

Want to learn more about nuclear south Asia? Here’s an online course from people who really know their stuff.

The United Nations voted to consider a ban on nuclear weapons. Such bans exist on chemical and biological weapons. Most nations possessing nuclear weapons – the major powers – voted against the ban, but North Korea voted for it. If you didn’t hear about it, it was because US news was busy covering our election. Here’s something to bring you more up to speed. More here. I hope to write more on it when something like sanity returns to the land. I am already looking longingly at the Twitter accounts I will unfollow after the election.

A report on the role and value of nuclear weapons, 1989 – today.  One of those fancy-format reports.

Budapest 60 years after the uprising against Communist rule. Compare the photos then and now.

The case for a nuclear energy investment bank.

Added November 3, 2016: 

More about that apparent connection between a Trump server and a Russian one.

Ukrainian hackers release emails of top Putin aide. 

When the United States and the Soviet Union collaborated to persuade South Africa out of its nuclear program.

The NUMEC Affair: Did Highly Enriched Uranium from the U.S. Aid Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program? Spoiler: Probably.