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The Curious Case of the Missing Ship

The Curious Case of the Missing Ship

The Arctic Sea, officially carrying a cargo of timber worth $2m, disappeared en route from Finland to Algeria on July 24.  The vessel vanished into thin air after sailing through the English Channel, a curious case that engaged the attention of Finnish police, Swedish investigators, Interpol, and the Russian Navy.  Before people could really jump […]

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Is Chavez's Influence in Decline? (and Lessons for US Policy with Potential Adversaries)

In an editorial within today’s Washington Post, Edward Schumacher-Matos presents a nice summary of what might be considered a waning in the power of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez. As Schumacher-Matos describes, on a number of fronts other South American nations have been acting counter to Chávez’s wishes. Ecuador, though considered an ally, has reached out […]

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Top Avoids Death,San Suu Kyi Sentenced, And Other News

Top Avoids Death,San Suu Kyi Sentenced, And Other News

– South East Asia Times is reporting that the man killed in the Indonesian government’s  raid in central Java is not Noordin Mohammed Top.  The government will compare the DNA of the corpses of the man suspected of being Top to one of Top’s children, which may take up to two weeks.  This may be […]

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Freedom of the Press Coup

The past couple of days, there has been a frenzy of media coverage about the two jailed American journalists who were freed from North Korea. And rightly so. Rarely has such a dramatic set of circumstances come into play at the same time, then ended in a moral, political, and humanitarian coup. Yet the biggest […]

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Sore Losers, Hated Heads of State, and Kim Jong Il's BFF in the News

Sore Losers, Hated Heads of State, and Kim Jong Il's BFF in the News

– Two of the runner-ups in July’s Indonesian presidential election, Megawati Sukarnoputri and Jusuf Kall, will challenge the election results before the nine judges of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia.  They claim the voter list contained up to 23 million duplicate names, but neither has provided any evidence to support their claims.   Although there […]

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North Korea Sentences American Journalists

North Korea officials sentenced American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 years of hard labor on Monday. The women were working for Current TV along the China-North Korea border when they were taken by North Korean government officials. They have been in jail since March. Numerous journalist advocacy organizations have called for their […]

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Branding Journalism as Espionage

In the past few months, there have been three very high-profile cases of journalists being captured, imprisoned, and accused of espionage. They include two Americans who are now trapped in North Korea, and one Iranian-American who is being held in a notorious Iranian prison. Roxana Saberi has been charged with espionage by the Iranian government. […]

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Is China the key to North Korea?

Is China the key to North Korea?

It’s no secret that North Korea and China are close.  Of all Pyongyang’s neighbors, it has the most intricate and rosy relationship with Beijing.  Today Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao welcomed North Korean Prime Minister Kim Yong-Il (not to be confused with Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il) to Beijing.  The two men held a very cordial conversation […]

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