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When hostility to media becomes assault
Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:03 -0400

When hostility to media becomes assaultLots of politicians aren’t happy to see reporters. Lots of politicians have demeaned reporters for partisan purposes over the years. It’s been almost five decades since Vice President Spiro Agnew roused GOP voters by calling the media “nattering nabobs of negativism” (words penned, perhaps ironically, by future New York Times columnist William Safire).


Paradise found
Thu, 25 May 2017 17:00:03 -0400

Paradise foundIt was 6 in the morning, and the only sound I could hear was the rhythmic dip ... dip ... dip of the heart-shaped paddle of our guide, Lasa, into the murky waters of Dal Lake in Kashmir. As a journalist, I was here to learn and write about that conflict.


US patrol sends signal to Beijing's claims in South China Sea – but how strong?
Thu, 25 May 2017 16:28:58 -0400

US patrol sends signal to Beijing's claims in South China Sea – but how strong?Fifteen years ago, when China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations committed to establishing a code of conduct to govern actions in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands were little more than a collection of rocks 138 miles off the coast of Vietnam. Last year, Beijing deployed anti-aircraft missiles to the archipelago. China’s militarization of the South China Sea, a vast waterway through which more than $5 trillion in trade passes each year, faced sharp criticism from the Obama administration, which regularly ordered freedom-of-navigation patrols to challenge Beijing’s territorial claims in the area.


All in the family? NATO newcomers Trump and Macron a study in contrasts.
Thu, 25 May 2017 15:59:06 -0400

All in the family? NATO newcomers Trump and Macron a study in contrasts.The “family photo” of leaders attending the NATO meeting in the Belgian capital Thursday included an unusually large number of first-timers to the transatlantic alliance’s premier stage. Among the newcomers pictured in the traditional summit souvenir was the president of tiny Montenegro, whose country only acceded to NATO membership in April. Recommended: How much do you know about NATO?



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