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Political news and world politics from a different perspective.

World War III: The Permanent War by Zack Breslin

If you followed the news last week, you may have come across three stories that reveal the state of war and peace in the world today. The first was Donald Trump’s announcement that he would now seek to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan, having previously indicated he favoured complete withdrawal. The second was that the recent terrorist attackers in Spain had been planning an attack much larger in scale than the one actually carried out. The third news story appears somewhat unrelated to the first two; the Russian military’s plan to conduct large-scale military exercises in Eastern Europe.

Each of these stories reveals something about the political/military situation that the world finds itself in and are worth highlighting to illuminate the world of war we live in and the catastrophic war we may be heading towards.

On Monday night, Donald Trump delivered a speech that set out his policy on the war in Afghanistan. Although characteristically vague...

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North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Analysis by Trevor Duncan

North Korea is a sort of misshapen political science experiment wherein a peninsula was divided between capitalism and communism. The South enjoying the patronage of the West while the North “enjoyed” the regional hospitality of the Communist regimes in China and the Soviet Union.

The totalitarian left did what it normally did, and culminated in the rule of a dictator with a personality cult at the ready in North Korea. The moderate capitalist forces did what they normally do: they turned the South into a high-end economic power featuring manufacturing as its main focus but will probably turn out to be somewhat unsustainable.

There was a war where the two sides were separated by a demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the 39th parallel. Millions of mines being seeded into the no-man’s-land in between the two, and armoured forts rose up like the type that Roman Legions used to build on the Danube and the Rhine...

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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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