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Special Dispatch, 12.10.16

[The Editorial Board is once again pleased to publish a piece by its Cultural Correspondent, Casanova Bedlam. The following article was submitted in the early hours of Saturday morning from an undisclosed location, as is common with all of Mr. 798 more words

Dispatch

Abe and Putin May Finally End World War II Next Week

If all goes according to plan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will slip into a steaming bath next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a hot spring in Abe’s hometown of Nagato, which faces Russia across the Sea of Japan. 2,517 more words

Diplomacy

Taking Selfies With Duterte’s Chief Executioner

MANILA — The women are always the first to start closing in. Stifling giggles, they elbow each other and slide up to his side to have their photo taken with the shaven-headed, cherub-cheeked man. 2,325 more words

Dispatch

Someone Is Smuggling Desperate Civilians Out of Mosul. It Might Be ISIS.

QAYYARAH, Iraq — It was after sunset when the smuggler finally arrived. The man’s face was concealed with a scarf, and he wielded a rifle. 1,421 more words

Iraq

A Nervous Cuba Awaits the Trump Presidency

HAVANALuis Reyes and his son stood as a human memorial to their fallen leader Fidel Castro in the churning Plaza de la Revolución last week. 1,447 more words

U.S. Foreign Policy

Taiwan's President Says She Just Really Wanted to Congratulate Trump

After days of frenzied speculation, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said the historic phone call she shared with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump does not augur a change in the island’s policy toward mainland China. 1,147 more words

China

Holiday Dispatch from the Homestead

The holidays are upon us! St. Nicholas Day is tomorrow and I’ve stocked up on clementines and speculoos for the day. We bought our tree for the year and got it partially decorated. 301 more words

Homesteading