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20 Jun 19
Foreign Policy
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Xi Jinping begins a state visit to North Korea, national leaders meet over top jobs in the European Union, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to the White House. We welcome your feedback at morningbrief@foreignpolicy.com. Xi Jinping Makes First Trip to North Korea Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a state visit to North Korea today, the first trip by a Chinese leader in 13 years. He is expected to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today and Friday. Xi’s visit comes amid resumed tensions on the Korean peninsula—and the ongoing disputes between both leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump. The two leaders will likely discuss the security situation on the Korean peninsula as well as economic cooperation between North Korea and China, which enforces U.N. sanctions. North Korea’s sanctions-bound economy is suffering, and the country needs food aid amid a drought. Why now? The visit coincides with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea. “The [anniversary] is a reminder that they are historically allies, even though there’s deep animosity,” said Michael J. Green, the vice president for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Xi’s trip sends a signal—in the face of continued tariff threats from Trump—that China and the United States are not working together. “Chinese leaders are fed up with Donald Trump,” Green said. No longer a pariah. That China would use Kim to antagonize the United States shows how politics have changed, Katie Stallard-Blanchette argues for FP. “Increasingly, Kim is someone the leaders of the major global powers want to show they have a relationship with, and perhaps some influence over, rather than going out of their way to avoid,” she writes. “North Korea has become politically useful once again.” Will the meeting affect U.S.-North Korea relations? Talks between Trump and Kim broke down earlier this year in Hanoi over U.S. sanctions and North Korea’s nuclear weapons. (The two sides disagree over the definition of denuclearization, Elias Groll reports.) Xi’s visit could embolden North Korea: “The most likely scenario is that it gives Kim Jong Un the confidence to continue defying the U.S. negotiators,” Green said. Still, China’s mistrust of Kim remains, he added: “I don’t think they are saying, ‘No matter what we will back North Korea.’” What We’re Following Today EU summit opens in Brussels. Today national leaders from across the European Union begin talks in Brussels to decide on the EU’s top jobs. They are unlikely to reach many conclusions this week, as France and Germany have yet to agree over the head of the executive EU Commission, to replace Jean-Claude Juncker. The European Parliament has not unified behind a candidate. Meanwhile, nationalist European leaders already met over their future in the bloc earlier this month, Kimberly Dozier reports for FP. Trudeau goes to Washington. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet U.S. President Donald Trump today at the White House. Ahead of national election, Trudeau walks a fine line: maintaining a relationship—and trade partnership—with Trump and distancing himself from the U.S. president’s unpopular politics. Trudeau is also expected to speak with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the new North American trade deal comes up for a vote in Congress. Hong Kong government ignores activists’ deadline. Protesters in Hong Kong gave the city government until today to fully retract its controversial extradition bill, but Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam disregarded the ultimatum. In messages circulating anonymously online, the protesters have threatened to “escalate their actions” if the government doesn’t meet their demands. Joshua Wong, the student activist released from jail on Monday, says that the demonstrations have “radicalized a whole generation of young people,” the Guardian reports. British Conservative leadership race narrows to two. Voting among Conservative lawmakers in Britain today will bring the field of candidates vying to replace Prime Minister Theresa May from four to two, with Boris Johnson extending his lead. The last two will head to a mail-in runoff. There is no question that they will both be men—and that could have consequences for gender equality after Brexit, Sarah Donilon argues for FP. Keep an Eye On Romania’s 5G networks. Romania will begin auctioning the frequency for its 5G wireless networks later this year, with bidding open to all companies—including those with equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei. In neighboring Serbia, Huawei technology has been used to set up a facial-recognition surveillance system that confirms the West’s fears about the company, Bojan Stojkovski reports for FP. Turkey’s president. Days before Istanbul’s mayoral runoff, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has resumed campaigning for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate—breaking with official strategy. The AKP lost the first time around and appealed. Most polls indicate that the opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu will win on Sunday—suggesting a pro-democratic wave in Turkey, Murat Somer argues for FP. Press freedom in Australia. Police raided the Australia’s national broadcaster earlier this month over the publication of classified documents. The raid is one of many on journalists since the conservative government’s victory in the federal election. It could prompt a debate about enshrining the freedom of the press as a legal right in Australia, C. August Elliot writes for FP. The global gag rule. Organizations around the world lost crucial funding two years ago when the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump expanded a policy that blocks U.S. aid for groups that perform or promote abortion. Women’s rights advocates say the policy has led to a rise in unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions—killing women, Alia Dharssi reports for FP. Odds and Ends Sightings of an unauthorized drone at Singapore’s main airport have shut down one of its two runways this week, delaying and diverting a few dozen flights. Drone flying has disrupted several airports over the last year: In December, drone sightings wreaked havoc at London’s Gatwick airport for three straight days, costing more than $63 million. Foreign Policy Recommends The BBC was granted a rare but highly stage-managed view of life inside one of China’s so-called “re-education” camps, where it is estimated that between one and three million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are detained in Xinjiang province. The camera crew were shown saccharine scenes of detainees painting, dancing and singing patriotic songs. But despite Chinese officials attempts to control the visit, every so often there is a glimpse of the chilling reality of China’s mass incarceration. Amy Mackinnon, staff writer That’s it for today. For more from FP, subscribe here or sign-up for our other newsletters. Send your tips, comments, questions, or typos to morningbrief@foreignpolicy.com.  
20 Jun 19
The Adventures of Gemini J

The conditions were even calmer than the day before for our “sail” back into Cartagena. We enjoyed the sunrise over breakfast and then cast off for hopefully the last time this trip. We motored out past the stunning Aguilas coastline, picking our way through the fishing boats of all shapes and sizes, including a chap […]

20 Jun 19
The Case for Global Film

Kore-eda Hirokazu’s second fiction feature came after he had returned to his documentary roots to make the feature length TV documentary Without Memory in 1996. This featured a study of a man with a condition which prevented him from creating any new memories. It was caused by a failure of hospital procedures following an operation (actually […]

20 Jun 19
Plastic Reviews

Zhang Ruihe and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (editors), In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel, Math Paper Press, 2016. 324 pgs. Let’s get straight to the point. It seems that in this book, Malays either don’t get to fly or don’t get to write about it. There are only a couple of Malay characters […]

20 Jun 19
Sound Books

https://soundcloud.com/yunngdrake/fortnite Shout out to my crew and my lads Yung Kebab, Big N and White J.

20 Jun 19
The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

National Business Oil shippers boost security after mysterious attacks in Gulf By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press June 19, 2019 11:12 PM ORDER REPRINT → FILE – In this Thursday, June 13, 2019 file photo, an oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman. A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian […]

20 Jun 19
Tasmanian photographer | Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923)

“The Flying Squadron arrived at Hobart Town on Sunday 2nd January. The Squadron consists of H.M.S. Liverpool, 30 gun steam, frigate, 2,056 tons; -H.M.S. Endymion, 21-gun steam frigate, 2,480 tons; H.M.S Scylla, 10-gun steam- corvette 1,467 tons; H.M.S. Liffey, 30-gun steam frigate, 2,654 tons; H.M.S. Barrosa, 17-gun steam corvette, 1,700 tons; H.M.S. Pheobe, 30-gun steam frigate, 2,800 tons. Large numbers of spectators assembled in various spots to watch the little fleet coming up the harbour under full sail. His Excellency the Governor and suite paid a visit to Rear-Admiral Hornby on board the Liverpool. During the stay of the Squadron, the vessels were thrown open for public inspection and thousands of persons availed themselves of the opportunity. The Liverpool was of course the ship which attracted the greatest number of visitors. The officers had a gay time of it during their eight days stay. They were entertained by the Governor to several dinner parties, to a grand ball at Government House, to a lawn party at the same place, followed by an old colonists’ ball, a regatta, a cricket match, in which both the Governor and Admiral Hornby took part, concerts theatrical entertainments, a picnic at Fern Tree Gully, &c., so that time did not by any means hang heavily on their hands, and they must have left the “tight little island” with the impression that they had a jolly time of it, and had been exceedingly well treated….”

20 Jun 19
Douglas County Herald

25 years ago Top company officials with Rawlings Sporting Goods were in Ava last week to formally announce to plant employees re-organizational plans in the company’s structure.  Company officials told Rawlings employees “the sale of the company will bring positive change.”  Dr. Robert Rathun, principal here for the past four years, resigned to accept an […]

20 Jun 19
Laura Johnston

So its official. The Mountain to Surf marathon and New Plymouth half marathon have been cancelled, with possibly more local events to follow. Check out the article HERE. This is such a blow for the local running community and it saddens me that the main reason they can no longer go ahead is due to […]

20 Jun 19
The Gish Film Theater

More than 50 actors, artists ask for Gish name to be restored at BGSU Sentinel-Tribune Staff | Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:23 pm More than 50 artists, writers and film scholars are supporting the immediate restoration of the names of the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian, to the film theater that was established more […]

20 Jun 19
Social News XYZ

Watch SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home Cast & Crew Junket Soundbites Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that have changed forever. Release date: July 2, 2019 (USA) Trending Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, […]

20 Jun 19
Social News XYZ

Watch SPIDER-MAN: Far From Home BTS Cast & Crew Soundbites Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Release date: July 2, 2019 (USA) Trending Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, […]

20 Jun 19
Bjjonesmylife. Book 2

Tuesday quickly became Wednesday and then Thursday, almost as fast as a blink of an eye. Thursday I spent the morning with Vicky reviewing embassy issues. Thursday afternoon I was back with Ching Lee reviewing the progress at Oklahoma State. A few things had been done this week but by end of next week a […]