The left and open borders…

If you wanted to ensure the eventual triumph of immigration restrictionism in the United States, you couldn’t devise a surer path to that goal than getting the Democratic Party to explicitly embrace a policy of de facto open borders.


Unfortunately, this is precisely where the liberal reaction to President Trump’s viciously harsh immigration policies is headed.

Many interesting observations by Damon Linker can be read throughout the piece published in The Week.

Police apologise after viral picture shows victim being ‘dragged’ in cops’ presence.

A picture of the incident, wherein a mob lynched a Muslim man and injured another in Bajhera village of Pilakhua area in Hapur district on Monday evening, has triggered a fresh controversy.


The picture, which was widely circulated on social media, shows villagers dragging injured Kasim (who died later) in the presence of three cops.

This is from the worlds largest democracy. You can read more at the Hindustan Times.

Germany set to increase military spending by 80 percent.

Germany announced earlier this month that it will increase its defense spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024, but will fail to meet its NATO spending obligation of 2 percent of GDP.

Of course, the devil is in the details. This increase could go to all sorts of insincere projects that are not intended to defend continental Europe but create domestic jobs.

And a lot can happen in German domestic politics before 2024.

Yet this is “a step in the right direction.”

The article can be read here.

Spanish immigration.

Between 2002 and 2014, Spain received an accumulated immigration inflow of 7.3 million and a net flow of 4.1 million, making it the second-largest recipient of immigrants in absolute terms among OECD countries, following the United States.

And yet no populism.

The rest can be read here.

India looks west….

To start with, India’s maritime strategic orientation is toward the rimlands of Eurasia, which is reflected in it giving greater strategic importance to the littoral areas in the greater Indo-Pacific region (such as the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and South China Sea). Therefore, the region of the Pacific Islands in Oceania had long been neglected in India’s maritime strategic thinking.


However, this is about to change. India’s maritime disposition seems to envisage having command of the sea in the Indo-Pacific, apart from securing its interests in the coastal areas.


Geostrategically, the Pacific Islands are getting increased attention from India as it connects Australasia to the Latin American subcontinent. Further, the region will face increased maritime traffic once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is finalized.

Here is another piece.

As China is contemplating a naval base in Vanuatu, India’s maritime presence in the Pacific Islands may be welcomed by countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Indonesia, and even France.

Most of the article is speculation, but it is expected considering the behavior of China post financial crisis.

The details of this expansion can be read at the Diplomat, here.

The perils of arming local forces

In 2014, the Islamic State captured weapons from Syrian rebels armed by the United States. In 2015, the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Kataib Hezbollah acquired several M1 Abrams tanks sold to the Iraqi Security Forces by the U.S. This problem has spread as far as Afghanistan, where much of the Taliban’s armory comes from American equipment given to the Afghan military and police.

How do the transfers occur?

“The Taliban gets its hands on most of the equipment, particularly vehicles, through raids, but there are quite a few reports of the Afghan military selling weapons,” said Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and editor of The Long War Journal. “The insurgents use this equipment tactically — to impersonate Afghan and Western soldiers. Considering how often they’re deploying it, they must have figured out a way to maintain the vehicles and weapons too.”

The title of the article is “How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban” and the rest can be read at the Diplomat, here.

Obstacles of unifying the Korean peninsula.

Once they are relocated they have to do everything themselves. It’s up to their ability to stand alone — that’s life in a democratic society. But in North Korea with their culture of a communist society, they’re used to their basic needs coming from the government. They’re not used to a competitive society.


We have programs that provide them with benefits and jobs and some educational programs. NGOs help take care of their family and children. But it’s like they dropped from heaven.


There is also discrimination — I have to acknowledge this. They have North Korean accents, so we know immediately that they are either from North Korea or from the Chinese border.

That is from Nikki Asian Review and the rest can be read here.

Keeping Chinese students honest.

Commonly deployed as well will be facial and fingerprint recognition systems, metal detectors that keep mobile phones and other electronic devices out of the exam room, detectors that can find wireless earphones, vehicles and drones that block signals around a school, and location monitoring that determines the whereabouts of test papers.

This is from SCMP and the rest can be read here.

European options for managing a rising China.

Abstract How should Europe respond to China’s growing economic and military capabilities, and to the more assertive foreign policy behavior it has generated? Should it seek to check or even resist China’s rise, or should it instead rely on a strategy of engagement and accommodation? Three distinct and coherent strategic visions exist that could guide Europe’s policy and strategy toward China and the Asia Pacific over the next 10 or 15 years. These range from narrow commitments to Europe’s own security and material prosperity to more ambitious and expansive efforts to shape and influence events in the Asia Pacific. These three strategic visions are (1) balancing, (2) engagement, and (3) retrenchment. After outlining and evaluating each strategic vision, this article then offers a brief review and analysis of Europe’s current approach toward China, which is a hodgepodge of engagement and retrenchment. The article concludes by examining what might cause Europe to pursue a clearer and more consistent strategic approach toward China in the years ahead.

The title is Europe’s response to China’s rise: competing strategic visions and the author is Richard Maher.

You can download the paper below.

Europe’s response to China’s rise.