Weekly World News Update, August 23, 2017

WACA WWNUAfghanistan on the Brink; Options on North Korea; Terror in the Philippines; Oppression in Hong Kong; Angola’s Historic Election; Our Pale Blue Dot

Quote of the Week:

“You have to be able to both fight and talk. And you have to be able to prove that you’re willing to do both for a long time. That’s been lacking in our policy. I think we’re now maybe correcting that.”

— Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, speaking Aug. 22 on NPR’s All Things Considered.


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Afghanistan on the Brink

In Pivot, Trump Vows to ‘Win’ in Afghanistan” Alex Simendinger and James Arkin — RealClearPolitics, August 22, 2017

America’s Former Envoy to Afghanistan: The War Can’t Be Won” Sean Illing — Vox, August 22, 2017

Trump’s Welcome Self-Correction” Editorial Board — The Washington Post, August 23, 2017

America Is Out of Ideas in Afghanistan” Susan B. Glasser — Politico, August 22, 2017

Trump’s Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan” James Fallows — The Atlantic, August 21, 2017

Pakistan Exasperated by Wavering U.S. Afghan Policy” Kiran Stacey and Farhan Bokhari — Financial Times, August 22, 2017


North Korea: Weighing the Options

Take Preventative War with North Korea off the Table” John Delury — Foreign Affairs, August 22, 2017

A Second Korean War Could Quickly Spread Across All of Asia” Brendan Scott and Adrian Leung — Bloomberg, August 21, 2017

Don’t Count Japan Out in the North Korea Crisis” Grant Newsham — The National Interest, August 22, 2017
Understanding North Korea” Doug Irving — RAND, August 18, 2017


Terror in the Philippines

One Too Many Killings in the Philippines” George Amurao — Asia Times, August 23, 2017

Duterte, the Philippines, and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror” — Asia Sentinel, August 22, 2017

Duterte Faces Nationwide Revolt over Drugs War After Killing of Schoolboy Sparks Outrage” Nicola Smith — The Telegraph, August 22, 2017


Rain on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Legal Terrorism? Hong Kong’s All-Out Attack on Pro-Democracy Parties” Kong Tsung-Gan — Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017

Is This the End of Hong Kong’s Fight for Democracy?” Lee Lian Kong — Asian Correspondent, August 22, 2017

Hong Kong’s Rapid Descent into Authoritarianism” Editorial Board — The Washington Post, August 19, 2017


Angola’s Historic Vote

Dos Santos: Angola’s Secretive Leader Heads Towards Exit” — The Guardian, August 23, 2017

Angola Votes for First New President in Nearly Four Decades” Christopher Torchia — U.S. News & World Report, August 23, 2017

Oil Is Angola’s Trump Card for International Success, and the New President Must Bring About Reform” Alex Vines — Newsweek, August 23, 2017


Our Pale Blue Dot

Everyone’s Eclipse: America Comes Together in the Moon’s Shadow” Amanda Paulson and Eva Botkin-Kowacki — Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 2017
People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated” Umair Irfan — Scientific American, August 22, 2017

World Has Missed Chance to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming – Unless We Start Geo-Engineering the Planet” Ian Johnston — The Independent, August 22, 2017