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*****Global Peace Index 2017 (Story Map) *****Global peace index 2017. #Scandinavia top. #Africa bottom. #USA ranks 114 out of 163. *****A Tangled Web of Alliances (military pacts e.g. NATO) In his farewell address, George Washington warned, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”

*****A Tangled Web of Alliances (military pacts e.g. NATO)

Thomas Jefferson echoed the same sentiment at his inauguration: “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” Since then (really, since WWII), the U.S. has done just the opposite, accumulating defense pacts with 64 other countries, representing about 25% of the world’s population. If one of those 64 countries is attacked, the U.S. may be obligated to provide active military support.

Trump's refusal to commit to Nato's Article 5 is an invitation to Putin to try it on with the Baltic States. People killed in terrorist attacks in Western Europe, 1970-2015. Who sells weapons to who? This puts US in an awkward position: @USNavy 5th Fleet based at #Bahrain while @CENTCOM has thousands of personnel in #Qatar. Visualizing the global reach of US sanctions. List of phrases a refugee in a camp in Greece asked me to translate to Greek / most tragic found poetry #refugeesGr. .@saryghadi returns to Mosul to see how areas recaptured from IS have been damaged, seek to return to normality. #dataviz WIP The Length of American Participation in Wars.

The UK's terror threat level is at 'critical' for the first time in a decade. Our analysis. This is what terrorism does to your brain. "If you’re going through hell, keep going." They are from the Blackburn interfaith forum. They travelled to Manchester together this morning to see the flowers and to pray. This is incredible. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai lit with the Union Jack in solidarity with #Manchester. The number of deaths in UK terrorism attacks is relatively low now compared to the 70s and 80s.

How to Make Maps and Influence People. Geoff McGhee is a journalist and data visualizer at Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West.

How to Make Maps and Influence People

Data Points is a new series where we explore the world of data visualization, information graphics, and cartography. We depend on maps every day—to navigate, to check the weather, to understand the world. Perhaps because maps typically depict the real world, they are one of the most trusted forms of visual communication. "Maps have inherent credibility. Melting the Ice Curtain: islands on the Russia/US border. Two islands, divided by an international border and separated by geopolitics, are on the verge of being reunited.

Melting the Ice Curtain: islands on the Russia/US border

But will fractured US-Russian relations stand in the way? Between eastern Russia and the western edge of Alaska sit two small islands: Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Thou shalt kill? Soldiers pay moving tribute to 8 million horses, donkeys, and mules who died during the First World War. The largest gun ever, ''Gustav'', occupied 2 parallel railway tracks and fired shells over 10 ft long. Twitter. *****U.S. missile defense assets, mapped (cold war / war / nuclear / defence) Take A Look Inside This Luxurious $17.5M Nuclear Bunker Which Can Withstand A 20-Kiloton Nuclear Blast. West Germans stare down the East after a young woman made it across the line.

*****Opening of the first McDonald's in the Soviet Union, Moscow, 1991. Traffic Jam near the Brandenburg Gate as East Germans move into West Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. 1989. Berlin - 1989. Britain's 'big bang' in Heligoland, 70 years on. Media playback is unsupported on your device Brexit may have triggered a political earthquake in Europe, but 70 years ago the UK sent real shockwaves across the seas with the largest non-nuclear explosion of that era.

Britain's 'big bang' in Heligoland, 70 years on

As one of the four victorious allied powers after World War Two, Britain was governing a large area of occupied Germany. The British sector included the tiny island of Heligoland, which had long been a source of diplomatic tension between the two countries. So, when in 1947 the British needed a safe place to dispose of thousands of tonnes of unexploded ammunition, Heligoland must have seemed an obvious choice. The code-name for the plan combined the British flair for understatement with the military taste for the literal-minded; it was to be called Operation Big Bang. This animated map shows how World War I changed Europe's borders. Newest progress map from @TheStudyofWar on #Iraqi #Mosul liberation, Special Thanks! to @JennyCafarella and #ISW #DefeatDaesh. *****What's Really at Stake for America in Yemen's Conflict - The Atlantic. What the hell is going on in Yemen?

*****What's Really at Stake for America in Yemen's Conflict - The Atlantic

That’s a question a lot of people have been asking themselves ever since a Navy SEAL was lost in a raid on al-Qaeda in Yemen and the Trump administration authorized a furious barrage of strikes against targets there. Now, The Washington Post reports, the Trump administration is considering further escalating U.S. involvement in the country even as the United States weighs whether additional intervention in Syria is warranted. Because there are actually three conflicts playing out in Yemen—all of which grew out of a civil war that began in 2015—it’s easy to get confused by what the administration may be doing. First, there is the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, now in its third bloody year.

*****Hope in a picture. #Aleppo. Emmeline public feed. National Geographic Australia - National Geographic. By the time the United States entered World War I, 100 years ago today, the conflict had been raging in Europe for nearly three years.

National Geographic Australia - National Geographic

It was to become one of the deadliest wars in human history, claiming more than 15 million lives. Advances in military technology—including more lethal artillery and rapid-fire machine guns— contributed to the heavy toll. Here's @amnesty @AmnestyUK on #Sur #Diyarbakır and here's full report @AIUK_Turkey. Oh the sweet charming innocent island nation of England. 2 April 1989. An editorial in the "New York Times" declared that the Cold War was over. #OTD 1978: In the event of a nuclear attack, Hinton pub landlord Mike Cunningham was Britain's first line of defence. Little Islands Big Trouble Mapping The South China Seas’ Maritime Disputes.

Amazing bit of evidence for students doing Cold War abt Reagan's atittude. The Other WWII American-Internment Atrocity : Code Switch. Pribilof Island residents evacuated on U.S.

The Other WWII American-Internment Atrocity : Code Switch

Army Transport Delarof, in June 1942. National Archives, General Records of the Department of the Navy hide caption. "If you think nationalism is a welcome breath of fresh air, think again: It is the road to war." - Frans Timmermans. Is this the end of the West, asks Joschka Fischer. BERLIN – Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, the end of what was heretofore termed the “West” has become all but certain.

Is this the end of the West, asks Joschka Fischer

That term described a transatlantic world that emerged from the twentieth century’s two world wars, redefined the international order during the four-decade Cold War, and dominated the globe – until now. The West shouldn’t be confused with the “Occident.” While the West’s culture, norms, and predominant religion are broadly Occidental in origin, it evolved into something different over time. The Occident’s basic character was shaped over centuries by the Mediterranean region (though parts of Europe north of the Alps made many important contributions to its development). China hits back at US over South China Sea claims. The growth & scale of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. @dwnews chart. Fragility in Europe is on the rise, and we’re not doing enough to respond.

European security has entered a period of intense fragility.

Fragility in Europe is on the rise, and we’re not doing enough to respond

Three broad factors are now at play. Taken together, they make it all the more difficult to implement coherent responses. A Russian rejection of the West First, the Russian government has become bolder in its rejection of the West. It has declared war on the eastward spread of norms and structures of the Western liberal order, represented by the European Union and NATO. The Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists. The Doomsday Clock is now at 2 minutes 30 seconds to midnight.

The Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists

Business Insider; Shutterstock A group of eminent scientists behind the "Doomsday Clock" has symbolically moved its time 30 seconds closer to midnight. The clock, a symbol created at the dawn of the Cold War in 1945, comes from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group founded by researchers who helped build the first nuclear weapons during the Manhattan Project. The Bulletin began publicly adjusting the clock to reflect shifting threats to the world since 1947. My latest hotspot just out @GeographicalMag contemporary dogs, Cold War era whales and a Russian president #geopolitics #animals. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists keeps a #DoomsdayClock. Here's a look at some of its movements.

Percentage of Europeans who are willing to fight a war for their country. 1. We're seeing a grand experiment in what happens to different parts of the world when the withdrawal of US power suddenly seems possible. Travel advice from the Norwegian foreign department (2017 vs 2015) #Norway #Travel. This is how Russia could sweep NATO from the Baltic Sea. If the Baltics are a flashpoint where a war between Russia and NATO breaks out, it might be the Baltic Sea where those first shots are fired. Things are so tense that during his Senate confirmation hearings, retired Marine General James Mattis indicated he supported a permanent U.S. military presence in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. A paratrooper assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, launches a missile from a Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided missile system at a live-fire training exercise in Drawkso Pomorskie, Poland, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve Aug. 19.

The operation includes combined training exercises with U.S., Polish, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian military forces to foster cohesive relationships and demonstrate a commitment to NATO obligations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. *Syria is complicated: Getting this off my chest #Aleppo #Syria. As Allied forces advance in Europe west, south & east, Soviet poster exults: "The hour approaches! The German monster will face retribution"

Areas under Allied and Japanese control at the time of Japan's surrender on August 15, 1945 - Who Has Embassies in North Korea - Is this the end of the West, asks Joschka Fischer. Richmond Golf Club Rules, 1940. Excellent map illustrating the number of #troops #Russia keeps near #NATO borders and within #occupied territories. Areas in the U.S. closed to travel for USSR citizens. Ohhhh @seatsixtyone. Britain to send hundreds more troops close to Russia border in largest deployment since Cold War. Anger as Spain lets Russian warships refuel on way to back Aleppo bombing. Spain is facing criticism for reportedly preparing to allow the refuelling of Russian warships en route to bolstering the bombing campaign against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

Warships led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov are expected to take on fuel and supplies at the Spanish port of Ceuta after passing through the Straits of Gibraltar on Wednesday morning. Spanish media reported that two Spanish vessels, the frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón and logistical ship Cantabria, were shadowing the warships as they passed through international waters, and that the Admiral Kuznetsov, along with other Russian vessels and submarines, would dock at Ceuta to restock after 10 days at sea.

Late on Tuesday night, El País reported that the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs was reviewing the permit issued to the Russian flotilla to stop at Ceuta. TV Review of the Week: HyperNormalisation. REVIEWING the week’s television for The National isn’t a jammy gig. It’s a job like any other – except I have no-one to speak to and am developing nasty back pain from being curled on the sofa all day while trying to balance a laptop on my knee. Yes, it’s a job like any other which means I still get to moan at the various tasks which need to be worked through, but instead of grumbling at spreadsheets or clients, I’ll grumble at having to devote an hour to the latest weak and watery drama, or 30 minutes to a very poor comedy.

I’ll moan at having to stick with them long after most viewers will have surely switched off. When you’re watching something tedious, you become acutely aware of Einstein’s theory of relativity because an hour stretches into infinity and the hands on the clock simply refuse to budge. So I’ll admit I winced when I saw that Hypernormalisation (BBC iPlayer) ran for two hours and 45 minutes. Live Russian fleet off Ramsgate en route to Syria 21 Oct 2016. Pizza Hut Gorbachev TV Spot Commercial :60 International version. A Jewish woman and a Palestinian woman protesting together in 1973, 1992, and 2001. Japan-based Peace Boat, in London as part of a three-month "global peace voyage", turns in the Thames near Tilbury. Arctic nations square up as clamour for resources grows. Kristian Jensen, Denmark’s foreign minister, gave a precise response last week to a request by Russia for the nations to enter bilateral talks over the ownership of the north pole. He flatly rejected the move.

“We need to apply the international rules,” he told reporters. The Russian request and the swift Danish response are intriguing. Cold war: Iceland (the country) may sue Iceland (the chain) over name. The Icelandic government has confirmed it is considering launching a lawsuit against British supermarket Iceland over its name.

Iceland’s ministry of foreign affairs said that it is contemplating filing a suit against the frozen foods giant 45 years after it was founded. “I can confirm that this is being looked into, but no decision has been made,” a spokesman for the ministry told the Press Association. A statement from the government of Iceland explained that a group of Icelandic parties, including the government, are looking at filing a “cancellation action” against the supermarket’s Europe-wide trademark registration for the name Iceland. Promote Iceland, an agency linked to the Icelandic foreign ministry, stressed that it has no intention of forcing Iceland Foods to give up its brand, but wants to ensure that the supermarket does not prevent Icelandic firms from registering the name Iceland across the UK or EU.

Interactive map - Uppsala Conflict Data Program UCDP. Military Spending - Our World In Data. BRL Radiac Calculators 1 and 2. In Tikrit, there's a monument of the shoe that Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi hurled at George W Bush during a press conference. China's Artificial Islands Are Bigger (And a Bigger Deal) Than You Think. How Google Maps Alters Borders Based on the Country You’re Viewing From #maps.