After handing them their suicide capsules, Norwegian Royal Army Colonel Leif Tronstad informed his soldiers, “I cannot tell you why this mission is so important, but if you succeed, it will live in Norway’s memory for a hundred years.” These commandos did know, however, that an earlier attempt at the same mission by British soldiers … Continue reading Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian attack on heavy water that deprived the Nazis of the atomic bomb
The White House welcomed Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. It was the second time the two have met, the first time taking place in Saudi Arabia during Trump’s visit there last May. This was the first working visit by the head of state from a … Continue reading Why Trump’s Meeting With Kazakhstan President Was So Important
2:15 p.m. EST MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody.QUESTION: Hello. MS NAUERT: How are you today? Hi, Nick. QUESTION: Hi. MS NAUERT: I saw some very old pictures of you the other day. QUESTION: Uh-oh. MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm. (Laughter.) Yeah. From you in Afghanistan. QUESTION: Uh-oh. MS NAUERT: Yes, very old. You looked like a little boy. (Laughter.) Still do, for that matter. … Continue reading State Department Press Briefing – January 18, 2018
2:39 p.m. EST MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. QUESTION: Hello. MS NAUERT: Not as many here today, but it’s great to see you all again. I know one of the areas that you’re all very interested in, as are we, is Yemen and the humanitarian situation there. We have an update to bring you. I have … Continue reading State Department Press Briefing – January 16, 2018
Trump just backed down to Kim Jong Un. He agreed to delay joint military drills with ROK so DPRK can hold talks. This is a mistake. The "talks" are just a propaganda exercise by Kim. DRPK has no interest in or intent to scale back its nuclear weapons program or "reunification" plans … Continue reading Trump just backed down to Kim Jong Un
James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles The recent attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan once again compels us to ask: Why do people pledge allegiance to the Islamic State? Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack, isn’t a devout Muslim. He cursed and came late to prayers, according to acquaintances who … Continue reading What draws ‘lone wolves’ to the Islamic State?
Katharine H.S. Moon, Wellesley College Those who want to end North Korea’s nuclear threats often point to China as the sole actor who could save the day by making Kim Jong-Un and his regime stand down. Beijing provides about 90 percent of imports that North Koreans rely on, mainly food and oil. So, the argument … Continue reading Don’t rely on China: North Korea won’t kowtow to Beijing