In The News

Robert Fife and Steven Chase September 13, 2017
China used a research icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, to check if Chinese cargo ships could rely on Canada’s Northwest Passage rather than the Panama Canal, reducing delivery time by 20 percent. The report came from Xinhau News Agency, which “also reported that China sent six merchant ships through Russia's Northeast Passage this summer as the world's second-largest economy hopes to take...
Kim Oi-hyun September 13, 2017
The United States views China’s support for North Korea as key to ending the rogue nation’s nuclear-weapons program. After the North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions. China accounts for the bulk of trade with North Korea. The sanctions boost enforcement and toughen restrictions on North Korea's oil imports, textile exports,...
September 12, 2017
The protracted hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Arab allies may be cooling. The Economist observes that historically “the [Saudi] kingdom has been [on the] front of Sunni Islam’s anti-Shia dogma.” Following his ascension to the throne in 2015, “King Salman bin Abdelaziz and his young son and defence minister, Muhammad, set their sights on rolling back Iran’s influence from the region by...
Scott Shane September 12, 2017
Cybersecurity analysts suspect that Russian hackers created a large numbers of fictional social media accounts posing as US voters. This was followed by DCLeaks, a website designed to selectively target US candidate to channel outrage about candidates, particularly presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of...
Stephanie Nebehay and Simon Lewis September 11, 2017
At least 300, 000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh away from Myanmar and the military’s brutal crackdown since August 25, and “The United Nations’ top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a ‘cruel military operation’ against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,’” reports Reuters. Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein “said...
September 10, 2017
French Artist JR erected a huge photo of an amused toddler gripping the top of the US border wall with Mexico and surveying the territory below, “leaving the impression the entire thing could be toppled with a giggle,” according to the Associated Press. The artwork prompts discussion about proposals to extend the wall the full length of the border, about 2000 miles, and was unveiled the same week...
Simon Barnes September 8, 2017
Biodiversity is under threat. The Red Data Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature suggests that one third of wild-animal species are in danger; the Living Planet Index from the World Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London predicts that numbers of wild animals could decline by two-thirds before 2020. Writing for New Statesman, Simon Barnes reminds that a sixth...

Pages