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Mutually Assured Destruction: a Game for Mad Men by Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott

The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, and Pakistan. These countries have all detonated nukes in the last century. North Korea and Israel likely have arms too, perhaps homebuilt or perhaps imported. All but two of these detonations were on unpopulated testing sites.

Fission weapons are, to leap into technicality, like 20,000 tonnes of TNT when dropped. The US showed our world as much over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, killing, by the most conservative possible metric, 129,000 people with two bombs. If they were dropped on a 21st century-dense population, the loss of life would be orders worse.

Consider such imprecision. Some years ago, I asked Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program, what nuclear weapons can do:

“If cities are attacked, large fires would result, sending enormous amounts of soot into the upper atmosphere...

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Understanding the Terrorist? by Zack Breslin

On the 22nd of May, a man walked into the lobby of a concert arena where the departing crowd had just watched Ariana Grande in concert. Prior to this, he had strapped to himself a bomb designed to kill and maim as many people as possible. Once inside he detonated this bomb, sending shrapnel flying, in the process destroying himself and killing twenty-two others. Salman Abedi’s actions appears to be one of unimaginable evil, incomprehensible to normal society. But comprehend we must, for if we are ever to end this wave of brutal, random violence then we must first understand it.

In seeking to understand the terrorist we must decide between two possibilities. The first is that the external environment of the individual made him become a terrorist. The second is that something within the individual predestined him to do what he did and external influences...

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France Election: Can Le Pen Trump Macron? - Political News and Reporting by Zack Breslin

The first round of the French Presidential Election on Sunday proceeded more or less as predicted. The two mainstream parties were defeated and Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will now go on to contest the presidential run off, having finished first and second respectively. There are echoes of 2002 when Marine Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie defeated the Socialist Party’s Lionel Jospin into second place to qualify for the run off against Jacques Chirac. Then, as now, there were calls from across the political spectrum for French people to rally around the establishment candidate and keep the far-right Front National out of office. In 2002, this is exactly what French voters did. Jacques Chirac won a landslide victory...

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Fifty-Nine Tomahawks by trevor Duncan

On Thursday, April 6th, President of the United States Donald Trump waved a hand or muttered a command and the world didn’t change. Instead, as is the way of such things, it got even worse. Sides polarised, divisions grew, and, ironically, nothing at all changed in the Middle-East.

The first thing we have to do when we’re looking at the big picture is to try to figure out whatexactly it was that President Trump actually did. We know that he blew holes in a runway called al-Shayrat, in the Homs province of Syria. We know he did it because he thought that al-Shayrat airfield was where a chemical weapons strike had been carried out...

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