Weekly World News Update- August 23

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Afghanistan on the Brink; Options on North Korea; Terror in the Philippines; Oppression in Hong Kong; Angola's Historic Election; Our Pale Blue Dot

Quote of the Week:

"You have to be able to both fight and talk. And you have to be able to prove that you're willing to do both for a long time. That's been lacking in our policy. I think we're now maybe correcting that."

-- Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, speaking Aug. 22 on NPR's All Things Considered.

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Afghanistan on the Brink

"In Pivot, Trump Vows to 'Win' in Afghanistan" Alex Simendinger and James Arkin -- RealClearPolitics, August 22, 2017

"America's Former Envoy to Afghanistan: The War Can't Be Won" Sean Illing -- Vox, August 22, 2017

"Trump's Welcome Self-Correction" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 23, 2017

"America Is Out of Ideas in Afghanistan" Susan B. Glasser -- Politico, August 22, 2017

"Trump's Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan" James Fallows -- The Atlantic, August 21, 2017

"Pakistan Exasperated by Wavering U.S. Afghan Policy" Kiran Stacey and Farhan Bokhari -- Financial Times, August 22, 2017

North Korea: Weighing the Options

"Take Preventative War with North Korea off the Table" John Delury -- Foreign Affairs, August 22, 2017

"A Second Korean War Could Quickly Spread Across All of Asia" Brendan Scott and Adrian Leung -- Bloomberg, August 21, 2017

"Don't Count Japan Out in the North Korea Crisis" Grant Newsham -- The National Interest, August 22, 2017

"Understanding North Korea" Doug Irving -- RAND, August 18, 2017

Terror in the Philippines

"One Too Many Killings in the Philippines" George Amurao -- Asia Times, August 23, 2017

"Duterte, the Philippines, and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror" -- Asia Sentinel, August 22, 2017

"Duterte Faces Nationwide Revolt over Drugs War After Killing of Schoolboy Sparks Outrage" Nicola Smith -- The Telegraph, August 22, 2017

Rain on Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

"Legal Terrorism? Hong Kong's All-Out Attack on Pro-Democracy Parties" Kong Tsung-Gan -- Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017

"Is This the End of Hong Kong's Fight for Democracy?" Lee Lian Kong -- Asian Correspondent, August 22, 2017

"Hong Kong's Rapid Descent into Authoritarianism" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 19, 2017

Angola's Historic Vote

"Dos Santos: Angola's Secretive Leader Heads Towards Exit" -- The Guardian, August 23, 2017

"Angola Votes for First New President in Nearly Four Decades" Christopher Torchia -- U.S. News & World Report, August 23, 2017

"Oil Is Angola's Trump Card for International Success, and the New President Must Bring About Reform" Alex Vines -- Newsweek, August 23, 2017

Our Pale Blue Dot

"Everyone's Eclipse: America Comes Together in the Moon's Shadow" Amanda Paulson and Eva Botkin-Kowacki -- Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 2017

"People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated" Umair Irfan -- Scientific American, August 22, 2017

"World Has Missed Chance to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming - Unless We Start Geo-Engineering the Planet" Ian Johnston -- The Independent, August 22, 2017

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