After Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the deal, Iran has abandoned all those limits. Experts now believe Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make at least two nuclear weapons if it chose to pursue the bomb. Meanwhile, an advanced centrifuge assembly plant at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility exploded in July in what Tehran now calls a sabotage attack. … [Read more...] about Iran’s Supreme Leader Vows Revenge Over Slain Scientist
Afghanistan was saved by a 2009-2012 troop surge, which tripled the number of troops in the country, conveyed a message of strength to the tribes, and saved the south and east from a Taliban conquest. Since then, a tentative stalemate has reigned. The insurgents control roughly half of the country, mainly in the countryside, but cannot overrun major provincial towns or the half the government controls. Today, numerous tribes are clearly on the fence, waiting and watching for a sign of weakness from either the Taliban or the Americans. In this unstable land, where perceptions of weakness galvanize ancient tribes to switch allegiance, the first side that blinks in this war of perceptions will be considered weak. … [Read more...] about The perils of a US troop drawdown to the Afghan army and tribes
Abe's proposals, however, would allow them to apply for an additional five years. But there's a catch. To do so they would have to apply from their home countries, denying them the right to seek permanent residency -- which requires 10 years of continuous living in Japan. … [Read more...] about Japan needs immigrants, but do immigrants need Japan?