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The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Has No Urinals

July 25, 2017 The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, which can carry about 5,000, is the first new US aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. Of course, a lot has changed in 40 years. For one thing, it’s not uncommon to find women serving aboard such carriers these days. Women account for...

A Hawaii Judge Is Loosening The Restrictions On Trump’s Travel Ban, Citing 'Common Sense'

July 14, 2017 A judge in Hawaii has struck again, and Donald Trump will not be pleased. On Thursday (July 13) evening in Honolulu, federal judge Derrick Watson ruled that a broader group of relatives of people in the US are exempt from Trump’s temporary travel ban than what the US president had...

North Korea Is Helping China in the South China Sea—Whether It Knows It or Not

May 30, 2017 Like most of the world, China is fed up with North Korea, which yesterday (May 29), in defiance of international pressure, conducted its third missile test in three weeks. The unpleasant neighbor is steadily progressing toward its goal: the ability to hit much of the world, including the US mainland,...

Syria’s War Has Been a ‘Goldmine’ for North Korea—and Don’t Expect It to Change Anytime Soon

April 20, 2017 The civil war in Syria, which began in 2011, has been a tragedy for millions of people, including refugees fleeing the violence and residents caught in the crossfire. But for North Korea’s ruling elite, the conflict has in many ways been a good thing. Since the 1960s, North Korea has...

Duterte Seems Alarmingly Resigned to Beijing's New Building in the South China Sea

March 21, 2017 In the mid-1990s Beijing reassured Manila that structures it was building atop Mischief Reef, near the Philippines in the South China Sea, were merely fishermen’s shelters. Today China has a militarized island at that “shelter,” complete with a runway and large anti-aircraft guns. A similar progression could begin this year...

Now China Wants All Subs in the South China Sea to Ask Permission, Surface, Show Flag

February 21, 2017 Submarines are designed with one primary aim: to travel underwater. But when it comes to foreign vessels operating in the vast waters it claims, China doesn’t much like that idea. According to state media reports posted last week, Beijing is drafting a revision to the nation’s maritime “traffic safety” law....

Duterte's Forces Are Secretly Being Paid Per-Kill Bonuses, Says Watchdog

February 1, 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines has created incentives to kill and “an economy of murder,” according to a new report by Amnesty International. More than 7,000 drug-related killings have taken place in the nation since Duterte came to power seven months ago. According to an officer...

For $1 Million, Donors to Trump’s Inauguration Will Get an 'Intimate' Dinner With Mike Pence

November 30, 2016 A fancy US presidential inauguration doesn’t come cheap. Fortunately for incoming presidents, plenty of companies and individuals have historically eagerly contributed to the effort through wildly overpriced luncheons, dinners, and other activities surrounding the big day. In the case of Donald Trump’s inauguration, they’ll cough up $1 million for the...

The Philippines Is About to Give Up the South China Sea to China

October 13, 2016 Next week Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who took power in late June, will make his first state visit to China. Of course he’s hoping for a bonanza of loans and trade deals. What he’s not expecting or demanding: the return of Scarborough Shoal, which China seized from the Philippines in...

Maritime Tensions Grow Between Rising China and Rearming Japan

September 23, 2016 Last month, Japan’s defense ministry requested a record budget of about $51 billion for fiscal 2017. At the top of its security worries: China’s maritime aggression. Japan has reason to worry. In both the East China Sea and South China Sea, Tokyo faces an increasingly assertive China that looks determined...