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The Jehoshua Novels


Cheryl Rofer’s Nuclear Diner:

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Panama says North Korean arms shipment a matter for UN

(AFP) – Panama called Tuesday for UN investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week.

The Secret War

INFILTRATION. SABOTAGE. MAYHEM. FOR YEARS, FOUR-STAR GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER HAS BEEN BUILDING A SECRET ARMY CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS. NOW IT’S READY TO UNLEASH HELL.

Wired Threat Level, June 12

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles. Tens of thousands of people move through more than 50 buildings—the city has its own post [...]

Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges

(The Guardian) – Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons, say critics

Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading nuclear bombs stored in Europe to make the weapons more [...]

President Obama Needs to Tell the Truth

The word truth often signifies an expression of profound belief. Opponent of higher taxes insist that low tax rates promote new jobs and an expanding gross domestic product. Proponents of higher taxes insist that historical data shows just the opposite. Who knows the truth of these assertions or if there is any true answer? The [...]

It’s Still Five Minutes To Midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board recently announced its decision to keep the Doomsday Clock at five minutes to midnight. Today, the Bulletin reprinted the Board’s open letter to President Obama explaining why and calling upon him to take concrete steps to address the three big problems that kept the [...]

A Schmear With Your Hagel?

OK, now that things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to take on what I think will be the key issue over the next few weeks: filling Obama’s Cabinet. John Kerry should be a slam-dunk for Secretary of State. Yes, the Swift Boaters are rearing their ugly heads again, but now that John Corsi [...]

Pakistans Tac-Nuke Love

Shashank Joshi, of the Royal United Services Institute, examines Pakistan’s new strategy of developing tactical nuclear weapons and a doctrine of battlefield use for them, in an attempt to close the growing conventional warfare capability gap with India. Worth a read, scary in its future implications.

Ka-Chinggg!!!

Reuters Analysis: U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific “pivot”.

The pivot “will result in growing opportunities for our industry to help equip our friends,” said Fred Downey, vice president for national security at the Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group that includes top U.S. arms makers.

Demand for big-ticket U.S. weapons [...]

“Meaningful Contributions”

What an interesting turn of phrase the NRA has resorted to, after nearly five days of utter silence with regard to the Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter:

After days of silence, the National Rifle Association released a statement Tuesday on the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it will make “meaningful contributions to help make [...]

North Korea Rocket Launch: Long-Range Missile Fired

Reuters – North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents.

The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labelled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as [...]

Beltway Wonkdom: Where Clever Words Disguise Odious Arguments

Dr. Christopher A. Ford is a Senior Fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute, and regarded by the Beltway set as something of a conservative expert on matters nuclear and on nonproliferation. He and i have locked horns a few times – on one occasion he called me an “opportunistic listserve dilletante”, a badge I wear [...]

In-depth series: The global race to bear arms

Global Post, December 3

From Mexico’s drug violence to conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the global trade in small arms is helping fuel violence around the world. Legal sales alone have more than doubled in the past six years to an annual $8.5 billion, according to one study. GlobalPost looks at the sources [...]

South Korea says North is preparing for new rocket launch

Washington Post, By Chico Harlan

SEOUL — With fresh satellite images showing increasing activity at its launch site, North Korea could be ready to fire a long-range rocket within several weeks, South Korean officials said Tuesday.

“There is a high possibility” of a launch between December and January, a senior military official told South Korea’s [...]

Today In Crappy Defense Procurement Decisions

An F-22 has crashed in South California – $190m that US taxpayers won’t see again, in a $71.6 billion program to build an aircraft that can’t even reliably deliver oxygen to the pilot.

The US Air Force has at least scrapped its Enterprise Resource Planning software project after spending US$1 billion, concluding that finishing it [...]