Stanislav Petrov, 1939-2017 -- Stanislav Petrov is hardly a household name. It should be. Every man, woman and child alive today owes his or her life to him. Despite all the data he had coming to him one September night in 1983, he decided he USSR was not under nuclear attack, and he didn't pass on information he thought was wrong to his superiors. He wasn't the only man during the Cold War to provide human judgment that stopped atomic folly (Leonard Perroots of the USAF is another), but his passing deserves notice, albeit months late. One man can, must, make a difference. 19 September]
Foreign Secretary Johnson Making Play for Number 10? -- The only world in which Boris Johnson could be Her Majesty's Foreign Secretary is the same dystopian one in which Donald Trump is President of the United States. Mr. Johnson issued a 4,000 word diatribe in the Telegraph a few days ago in which he promised Â£350 million per week to be spent on the British rather than Brussels, a lie used during the referendum campaign. However, this has very little to do with Britain's departure from the EU and almost everything to do with Mr. Johnson's ambition to be Prime Minister. [18 September]
North Korean Missile Launch Invites Japanese Re-Armament -- Overnight, reports came in saying that North Korea has launched yet another missile. This is the second-in-a-row that has traveled over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The reaction of the Japanese, thus far, has been one of nervous restraint. However, the political dynamics of the region have changed a great deal in recent years. Japan's position has also changed. It is time to seriously consider Japanese re-armament in light of North Korea's new aggressive stance and China's territorial ambitions. [15 September]
Trump, Dems Closer on DACA Legislation -- Last night, President Donald Trump hosted a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). During the affair, they appear to have found some common ground on the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals situation. The kids who came here without papers years ago face deportation thanks to the president's decision to lift the Obama administration's executive order that lets them stay safely. Congress may now act to settle their situation permanently. While the deal announced by the Democrats doesn't appear to be a deal as the White House tells it, there is reason to believe its just a matter of time before there is one.[14 September]
Tory Minority Government Seizes Control of Brexit Committees -- The negotiations on Britain's departure from the EU are a slow-motion disaster. However, Britain's internal preparations for the separation are even worse, undermining the foundations of the British constitution. Since thousands of laws and regulations will have to be imported, changed and/or amended, the EU Withdrawal Bill allows them to be addressed by way of statutory instruments. SIs are the purview of standing committees, and Parliament needn't pass new Acts as a result. However, the minority government of Theresa May has just awarded itself a majority on the Brexit standing committees. If this doesn't reverse with will of the people, it certainly isn't in keeping with it. [13 September]
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