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    • This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you
      This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a lot of really big bombs. Matthew Kroenig has witnessed firsthand the growing fear that nuclear war is imminent. A professor at Georgetown University, he’s taught an undergraduate course on nuclear weapons and world politics for the past decade. He always asks the same question on the last day: How many of his students think they’ll see nuclear weapons used in their lifetime? For many years, no more than one student would raise their hand. That made sense, he told me, because in those days, “talking ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-19By Alex Ward
    • From “Mad Dog” to “Democrat”: How Defense Secretary Mattis lost Trump
      Mattis is the anti-Trump. That finally caught up to him. It’s looking more and more likely that Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s days in the Trump administration are numbered. If he leaves, experts say it could make an already shambolic presidency even more chaotic. The greatest sign of Mattis’s ouster is an interview President Donald Trump gave to CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, in which he insulted his defense chief and left the door open for the secretary’s departure. “I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you wanna know the truth,” Trump told Lesley Stahl. “But General Mattis ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-15By Alex Ward
    • Turkey releases US Pastor Andrew Brunson in a big win for Trump
      President Trump’s focus on bringing hostages home is one of the more successful parts of his foreign policy. After years of imprisonment that sparked an international furor, Turkey has released North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson from imprisonment. His return to America is now expected within the next 48 hours, some experts say. Brunson was held by Turkish authorities for two years, charged with unproven crimes that he was involved in espionage. But after months of trying, the Trump administration struck a deal with Turkish officials to bring the pastor home. Thus ends a saga that became deeply personal for ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-12By Alex Ward
    • Trump just literally put a price tag on Jamal Khashoggi’s life
      If you thought Trump was serious about punishing Saudi Arabia, think again. If you thought President Donald Trump was serious about punishing Saudi Arabia for the the shocking disappearance — and potential murder — of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi last week, think again. In brief comments to reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday, Trump insinuated that he was unhappy Khashoggi may have been killed in Istanbul’s Saudi consulate on October 2 — an operation possibly ordered by Riyadh’s powerful de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But Trump made sure to note that he doesn’t ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-11By Alex Ward
    • South Korea wants to lift sanctions on North Korea. That could kill Trump’s nuclear plan.
      What’s worse, South Korea could hurt ties with America — and help North Korea in the process. For years, South Korea has imposed punishing economic sanctions on its neighbor, North Korea. But on Wednesday, South Korea signaled it’s willing to lift some of those sanctions. If it does so, it’s a growing sign that the US-led campaign to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear arsenal is falling apart. According to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Seoul may consider lifting some sanctions to incentivize North Korea to stop developing its nuclear program. South Korea has placed financial ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-10By Alex Ward
    • The paradox of Nikki Haley
      “I think she’s been as close to a traditional Republican UN ambassador as you can have in a very untraditional Republican administration.” When Nikki Haley’s time as America’s ambassador to the United Nations ends later this year, her defining legacy will be both as a staunch enforcer of Trumpism and as someone who simultaneously executed traditional Republican foreign policy. Haley showed over her two years on the job that she could toe President Donald Trump’s line when needed, which was most evident when it came to Middle East issues. She openly vowed to punish countries that wouldn’t support the move ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-09By Alex Ward
    • Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned
      This was very unexpected. Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the United Nations, has just announced that she will officially resign at the end of the year — leaving the US administration devoid of one of its more hawkish and mainstream Republican voices. The move came as quite a surprise to many both in the administration and outside it, and it’s still unclear why exactly she decided to resign. “I‘m a believer in term limits,” Haley told reporters at the White House, signaling why she will leave after two years as UN ambassador. “I think you have to be selfless enough ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-09By Alex Ward
    • Why North Korea’s latest nuclear concession isn’t one at all
      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants you to believe North Korea just gave up something big. It didn’t. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” over the weekend toward dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The problem is it’s not clear what advancement he’s pointing to. The two met for a nearly three-hour summit in Pyongyang on Sunday to discuss a way to break the impasse in discussions. Speaking after the meeting on Monday, Pompeo told reporters that North Korea has agreed to let international inspectors visit Punggye-ri, the ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-08By Alex Ward
    • Another US-North Korea summit is coming, South Korea says
      The announcement comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea. It appears as though a Trump-Kim summit 2.0 might be on the horizon. How far out on the horizon, though, is still unclear. The office of South Korean President Moon-Jae in said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un during Pompeo’s trip to North Korea on Sunday agreed to hold a new summit between Kim and United States President Donald Trump “at the earliest date possible.” Moon had been briefed by Pompeo on his North Korea trip. A spokesman ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-07By Emily Stewart
    • Trump’s wildly unpopular foreign policy, in 2 polls
      People in 25 countries have more confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin than the American leader. President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy is wildly unpopular both at home and abroad, according to two polls released over the last two days. On Monday, the Pew Research Center released a survey of people in 25 countries who were asked what they thought about the US and Trump. It turns out that 70 percent of foreigners surveyed have no confidence in the American president — and he got a lower rating than Chinese President Xi ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-10-02By Alex Ward
    • Trump says he and Kim Jong Un “fell in love” over denuclearization letters
      The president’s public admiration of brutal dictators and strongmen continued at a rally in West Virginia. President Donald Trump says he and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love” over letters he and the brutal dictator have exchanged in recent months. Really. Trump made the remarks while speaking at a Make America Great Again rally in Wheeling, West Virginia on Saturday. At first, the audience laughed when he said it, but then he reiterated the point — and acknowledged it would probably raise some eyebrows. Here’s what Trump said: I was really being tough, and so was he. ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-09-30By Emily Stewart
    • Trump accuses China of 2018 election interference: “They do not want me or us to win”
      It’s a big escalation in the growing row between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump just publicly accused China of interfering in the 2018 US midterm elections in front of more than a dozen world leaders at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration,” Trump said on Wednesday. “They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.“ Trump notably failed to mention Russia’s meddling in ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-09-26By Alex Ward
    • Trump’s UN speech: America First with a side of patriotic word salad
      “We will find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us,” Trump said. President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday came down to one theme: It’s still America First. The US president eschewed talk of global bodies and argued that independence and sovereignty should take precedence in front of world leaders at the annual gathering in New York City. “That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance [and] control,” Trump said. “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-09-25By Jen Kirby
    • Read Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly
      “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the ideology of patriotism.” President Donald Trump’s second address to the United Nations reiterated the same point he made last year: His America is a sovereign one, and every nation is on its own. “America is governed by Americans,” he said to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in one his highest-profile speeches of the year. “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the ideology of patriotism.” He also used the opportunity to breeze through America’s national security concerns, such as nuclear talks with North Korea, tensions with Iran, and his ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-09-25By Alex Ward
    • Trump’s new trade deal with South Korea, explained
      The trade agreement with Seoul is supposed to boost US car sales. That’s unlikely. President Donald Trump just signed his first trade deal. At a meeting in New York on Monday, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a revised version of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. To be clear, the deal is not brand new — KORUS has been around since 2012. But the new version removes a few regulatory burdens for US automakers to export cars, extends a 25 percent US tariff on imported Korean trucks, and lifts a cap on ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-09-24By Alexia Fernández Campbell