from MacroScope:

A turning point?

By Mike Peacock
July 18, 2014

Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region

Could the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine be a fundamental turning point in the crisis that has pitted Russia against the West? And if so which way – towards rapprochement or a further escalation?

from The Great Debate:

The case for sea-based drones

By David Axe
May 14, 2013

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 13, 2013. CREDIT: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter

from UK News:

Can Britain still afford nuclear weapons ?

September 16, 2009

BRITAIN-NUCLEAR/As the public spending axe starts swinging, attention inevitably turns northwards to the chilly waters of the Clyde where Britain's nuclear deterrent is based.

from The Great Debate UK:

Can Britain still afford nuclear weapons ?

September 16, 2009

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BRITAIN-NUCLEAR/As the public spending axe starts swinging, attention inevitably turns northwards to the chilly waters of the Clyde where Britain's nuclear deterrent is based.

from Raw Japan:

Pyongyang back in black?

June 8, 2009

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North Korea hasn't yet rejoined the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, but weekend comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the nation was mulling the possibility were replayed by Japanese media with the same gusto they gave reports on Japan qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

from Raw Japan:

Cherry blossoms come rain, shine or rocket launch

April 13, 2009

Nothing can get in the way of a cherry blossom party in Japan, not even North Korea's test-launch of a rocket.

from Raw Japan:

North Korean golf shot?

April 3, 2009

An anonymous Japanese official has raised eyebrows with off-the-cuff comments as the country prepares for an expected rocket launch by neighbouring North Korea.

from Raw Japan:

Japan on edge as North Korean rocket launch date nears

March 30, 2009

The Japanese and U.S. military are deploying land and sea-based missile interceptors and ships with high-tech radar, Japanese local authorities are holding drills and a Tokyo resident is dreaming of missiles as the date nears for a rocket launch by Japan's secretive neighbour North Korea.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Obama calls Pakistan’s Zardari, assures support

November 9, 2008

 U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has assured Pakistani President Asif Al Zardari of his support for democracy in the frontline nation during a telephone call on Friday, Pakistan's official state agency said.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

What does showdown over Iran mean for Pakistan?

June 27, 2008

File photo of Iranian President Mahmoud AhmedinejadIt's early days yet, but people are already trying to work out what any Israeli attack on Iran would mean for Pakistan. (The idea that Israel might attack Iran to damage or destroy its nuclear programme gained currency this week when former U.S. ambassador John Bolton predicted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that it would do so after the November U.S. presidential election but before the next president is sworn in.)