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70 years after end of World War 2 - Okinawa protests new US military base

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Polls consistently show Okinawans and, increasingly, mainland Japanese are opposed to replacing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, a sprawling military base in the south of the island, with a new facility in the rural Henoko district of Nago in northern Okinawa.

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ISIS has "fun" with chemistry

The Guardian published a report yesterday on the mounting evidence that ISIS used mustard gas in an attack on the Syrian town of Marea, near Aleppo: 686 more words


Here is your primer on the pending resumption of the Korean War

North Korean dictator The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Kim Jong-un has put his country’s military in a “wartime state” and has given South Korea until 5 PM local time tomorrow (4:30 AM on the US east coast) to stop broadcasting propaganda into North Korea or face military action. 523 more words


Beautiful Books: Born 1925

I walked into Powell’s Books with no real agenda, a dangerous decision on the pocketbook, but what can I say? I live on the edge. I have been trying to broaden my fiction horizons recently though, so I decided that was a good place to start. 1,111 more words


South Sudan's Kiir finally appears to opt for peace

After dithering about it for a couple of days, yesterday South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir reportedly told US Secretary of State John Kerry that he was prepared to sign an agreement to end that country’s 20+ month long civil war. 402 more words


Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine looks worrisome

Fighting in Ukraine has been escalating again over the past ~10 days:

Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated sharply in recent days, with each side blaming the other for the violence.

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ISIS's war on heritage claims a human victim

Yesterday, Syria’s Antiquities Director Maamoun Abdulkarim announced that ISIS has executed the 82 year old head of antiquities in Palmyra:

Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Tuesday.

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