Links – December 30, 2016

Obituaries of General Leia Organa here and here. Photo from the first.

A reminiscense of Thomas Schelling. 

Vera Rubin, who discovered the universe’s dark matter.

Material released by the United States government on Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the election campaign.

New York Times article about the response.

It remains impossible to predict Donald Trump’s actions as president or which of his advisors he is likely to listen to. James Mattis seems to disagree with Trump’s tweets on nuclear weapons.

Why it’s not a good idea to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Good summary of John Kerry’s talk on Israel and Palestine by David Remnick, along with a nice illustration of how to deal with Trump’s tweets.

More crazy stuff from/about Carter Page, former Trump advisor. Russian news outlets say that he sent a letter to John McCain that seems to threaten war if new approaches to Russia are rejected. Given that Page has written some incoherent stuff for Russian outlets and that it is an unreliable Russian outlet reporting this, caution is advised. But I don’t recall any of Hillary Clinton’s advisors being wrapped up in this sort of thing.

Journalism under Trump – by Jay Rosen (part 2) and Tom Rosensteil.

Long read – Mark Galeotti: Heavy Metal Diplomacy: Russia’s Political Use of its Military in Europe since 2014.

Long read – How the US and Russia might negotiate conventional arms control.

Russia between Europe and Asia by Dmitri Trenin.

More documents are being made available on the Iran nuclear agreement, by consent of all the parties, through the IAEA.This has been lost in all the other news, but it is an important step to neutralize critics of the agreement.

North Korean diplomat defects, says that information will undermine Kim regime.

BBC interview with Sig Hecker on the plutonium cleanup at Semipalatinsk, back when we were working with Russia to control fissile materials. More here. One of the best things I ever helped to do.


  1. The Blog Fodder · January 1, 2017

    Cheryl, you were involved in the Semipalatinsk cleanup? Good for you and good for the world. From everything I have read, that place was and still is terribly polluted. People for miles around have suffered from radiation.


  2. Cheryl Rofer · January 1, 2017

    Long story. I wrote up some of it on the old not-working-so-well site, here and here. I’ll do a better job of writing it up one of these days.


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