Comparison of open-source photos of Iranian and North Korean missiles suggests that the two are not collaborating on missile designs. Top graphic from here. Read More
From April: South Korea considers its nuclear options. From last week: South Korea says it will flatten Pyongyang if North Korea moves toward using nukes. The point of threatening Pyongyang is to threaten Kim Jong Un directly. The downside is that it could motivate North Korea toward building a doomsday machine. The reality is that any war on the Korean Peninsula would be extremely damaging to both sides. Read More
This morning in North Korea, last night here, North Korea tested another nuclear device underground at its test site. The yield appears to be larger than the last test, but determining that depends on how deep the test was and other factors that we don’t know. US planes are flying in the area to collect isotopes that may have been released in the test, but the North Koreans have been very skilled at containing their tests, so that may not give much information. Read More
It seems like there is a competition for worldwide attention. Donald Trump has it wrapped up at the moment, but Vladimir Putin is making a strong attempt. We can expect Kim Jong Un to weigh in soon, especially since his deputy ambassador to the UK has defected to South Korea (photo of North Korean embassy in London from here).
Here’s some of the news about Russia. Read More
The rest of the world keeps going, even though Donald Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of the coverage. And I’m as guilty as anyone. It’s hard to know how much to say about the ignorant and bigoted comments that appear daily. There does need to be pushback, but not at all clear how much. Read More
The last couple of weeks have been difficult. I’ve written some things but felt they weren’t appropriate for right now. I’ll publish them as I think the time is right. For now, here are some other people’s writing. Read More
Today is the 227th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. It is the French national day.
It is also the first anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Read More
Last night I had a conversation about North Korea on Twitter with Laura Rozen, reporter for al-Monitor. It starts here, and most of the conversation (but not all) is connected. You can find the rest by looking at my timeline, which you can do even if you’re not on Twitter. I’m not fond of long strings of tweets pretending to be blog posts, so I’ll summarize in sentences and paragraphs and add a few more thoughts. Read More
Vladimir Putin gave a long speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week. Here’s a summary (photo from here). Some of what he said sounded like he would like to be friendlier with Europe and the United States, but he has said that sort of thing before. One of the problems developing for Putin is that he has said so many things and contradicted them with his actions that it is hard for people to believe what he says. Full transcript of the speech.
Broadening the areas of interest today for weekend reading.
Why young Americans are giving up on capitalism. It’s important to think about the different worlds that constitute our pasts. The world that millennials have grown up in was shaped by Ronald Reagan and the conservatives who cut taxes and government. Good job, guys!
The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them. The opposite of what those conservatives predicted. Read More