Title Title
Briefing: Trump brinksmanship on budget, Kim Jong-un on missiles Briefing: Trump brinksmanship on budget, Kim Jong-un on missiles
Summary Summary
What WikiTribune's tracking: Trump deepens brinksmanship over a U.S. government shut down, and criticises his own party leaders, North Korea brandishes new missile ambitions. What WikiTribune's tracking: Trump deepens brinksmanship over a U.S. government shut down, and criticises his own party leaders, North Korea brandishes new missile ambitions.
Highlights Highlights
Content Content
The WikiTribune team is tracking these stories and more. To contribute, please sign up and add to this briefing, submit your own report or collaborate on news with us. The WikiTribune team is tracking these stories and more. To contribute, please sign up and add to this briefing, submit your own report or collaborate on news with us.
<h1>Update</h1> <h1>Update</h1>
<ul> <ul>
   <li>In <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-idUSKCN1B507K?il=0">Myanmar</a>, at least five police officers and seven Rohingya insurgents were killed during clashes in Rakhine State, a western province of the country.</li>
<li>President Donald J. Trump <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/24/escalating-feud-trump-blames-mcconnell-and-ryan-for-upcoming-mess-on-debt-ceiling/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumptweet-920a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&amp;utm_term=.5c778202f06b">turned up the rhetoric </a>on provoking a shutdown of the U.S. government to push his campaign agenda to build a wall with Mexico and turned on his political partners threatening to blame the "mess" on them.</li>  <li>President Donald J. Trump <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/24/escalating-feud-trump-blames-mcconnell-and-ryan-for-upcoming-mess-on-debt-ceiling/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumptweet-920a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&amp;utm_term=.5c778202f06b">turned up the rhetoric </a>on provoking a shutdown of the U.S. government to push his campaign agenda to build a wall with Mexico and turned on his political partners threatening to blame the "mess" on them.</li>
<li>Speaking of upping the ante, North Korea, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-icbm-idUKKCN1B415X">released new pictures</a> of leader Kim Jong-un which appeared to show him with designs for a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.</li>  <li>Speaking of upping the ante, North Korea, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-icbm-idUKKCN1B415X">released new pictures</a> of leader Kim Jong-un which appeared to show him with designs for a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.</li>
<li>Wikileaks released a <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/quicktake-wikileaks-release/">new batch of secrets</a> it says are part of a CIA toolkit used to monitor other security agencies in the United States. Release of the latest leaks coincided with a <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/julian-assange-the-cia-director-is-waging-war-on-truth-tellers-like-wikileaks/2017/04/25/b8aa5cfc-29c7-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html?utm_term=.9ad7eaf6ae02">guest comment</a> by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Washington Post in which he criticised attempts to brand what he called a media organization a "non-state hostile intelligence service".</li>  <li>Wikileaks released a <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/quicktake-wikileaks-release/">new batch of secrets</a> it says are part of a CIA toolkit used to monitor other security agencies in the United States. Release of the latest leaks coincided with a <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/julian-assange-the-cia-director-is-waging-war-on-truth-tellers-like-wikileaks/2017/04/25/b8aa5cfc-29c7-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html?utm_term=.9ad7eaf6ae02">guest comment</a> by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Washington Post in which he criticised attempts to brand what he called a media organization a "non-state hostile intelligence service".</li>
</ul> </ul>
Earlier Earlier
<ul> <ul>
<li>India's <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-court-privacy-idUSKCN1B40CE">Supreme Court unanimously ruled</a> that personal privacy is a fundamental right for the country's citizens in a landmark ruling. This is a major setback to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi">Narendra Modi</a>-led government, which previously argued people don't have a right to privacy.</li>  <li>India's <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-court-privacy-idUSKCN1B40CE">Supreme Court unanimously ruled</a> that personal privacy is a fundamental right for the country's citizens in a landmark ruling. This is a major setback to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi">Narendra Modi</a>-led government, which previously argued people don't have a right to privacy.</li>
<li>A <a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa815f/meta#erlaa815fs5">peer-reviewed Harvard University study</a> of oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil found the company's advertisements were misleading about climate change. Though, the study found, the company acknowledged the dangers of climate change internally, ExxonMobil's advertorials emphasised uncertainties and "promoted a narrative inconsistent" with climate scientists' views.</li>  <li>A <a href="http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa815f/meta#erlaa815fs5">peer-reviewed Harvard University study</a> of oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil found the company's advertisements were misleading about climate change. Though, the study found, the company acknowledged the dangers of climate change internally, ExxonMobil's advertorials emphasised uncertainties and "promoted a narrative inconsistent" with climate scientists' views.</li>
<li>Global financial markets were unsettled by <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-budget-idUKKCN1B320Y">fresh rhetoric from President Donald J. Trump</a> tying the possibility of a shutdown of the U.S. government to his plans for a wall with Mexico.</li>  <li>Global financial markets were unsettled by <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-budget-idUKKCN1B320Y">fresh rhetoric from President Donald J. Trump</a> tying the possibility of a shutdown of the U.S. government to his plans for a wall with Mexico.</li>
<li>Russia sent <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-southkorea-bombers-idUKKCN1B40MK">nuclear-capable bombers</a> on missions near the Korean Peninsula in what appeared to be a ratcheting up of its engagement in the area.</li>  <li>Russia sent <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-southkorea-bombers-idUKKCN1B40MK">nuclear-capable bombers</a> on missions near the Korean Peninsula in what appeared to be a ratcheting up of its engagement in the area.</li>
<li>As<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/russia-military-exercises-tensions-west-zapad"> reported by the </a><em>Guardian, </em>Russia is preparing what could be its biggest military exercise since the Cold War. Russian troops have started arriving in Belarus and Kalliningrad ahead of a demonstration on NATO's doorstep including 100,000 troops next month.</li>  <li>As<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/russia-military-exercises-tensions-west-zapad"> reported by the </a><em>Guardian, </em>Russia is preparing what could be its biggest military exercise since the Cold War. Russian troops have started arriving in Belarus and Kalliningrad ahead of a demonstration on NATO's doorstep including 100,000 troops next month.</li>
<li>Brazil opened up <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41033228">an area of protected rainforest</a> -- said to be the size of Denmark -- to mining. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the importance of <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/deforestation-risks-wiping-out-future-medical-cures/">tropical forests</a> to medical discoveries.</li>  <li>Brazil opened up <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41033228">an area of protected rainforest</a> -- said to be the size of Denmark -- to mining. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the importance of <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/deforestation-risks-wiping-out-future-medical-cures/">tropical forests</a> to medical discoveries.</li>
<li>Venezuela's exiled attorney general says she has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41031469">evidence of corruption</a> in the Maduro regime as the country slips further into crisis. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the prospect of Venezuela becoming <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/venezuela-slides-toward-biggest-dictatorship-in-latin-america/">"the next Libya"</a>.</li>  <li>Venezuela's exiled attorney general says she has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41031469">evidence of corruption</a> in the Maduro regime as the country slips further into crisis. <em>WikiTribune</em> reports on the prospect of Venezuela becoming <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/stories/venezuela-slides-toward-biggest-dictatorship-in-latin-america/">"the next Libya"</a>.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h1>What we’re reading and watching:</h1> <h1>What we’re reading and watching:</h1>
<ul> <ul>
<li>Nikkei Asian Review explains possible reasons for why <a href="https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/Tea-Leaves/Populism-fails-to-catch-fire-in-Japan">populism </a>has never penetrated political discourse in Japan, despite the country facing similar "economic malaise" as the rest of the country.</li>  <li>Nikkei Asian Review explains possible reasons for why <a href="https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/Tea-Leaves/Populism-fails-to-catch-fire-in-Japan">populism </a>has never penetrated political discourse in Japan, despite the country facing similar "economic malaise" as the rest of the country.</li>
<li>The <em>Financial Times</em> extends a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/92f4e036-6b69-11e5-aca9-d87542bf8673">long-running investigation</a> into the funding of so-called Islamic State with <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/b2f616d4-8656-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7">fresh reporting</a> on the organization moving currency and assets out of Iraq and Syria as its physical presence is threatened. <em>[These links may be behind the FT.com paywall.]</em></li>  <li>The <em>Financial Times</em> extends a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/92f4e036-6b69-11e5-aca9-d87542bf8673">long-running investigation</a> into the funding of so-called Islamic State with <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/b2f616d4-8656-11e7-8bb1-5ba57d47eff7">fresh reporting</a> on the organization moving currency and assets out of Iraq and Syria as its physical presence is threatened. <em>[These links may be behind the FT.com paywall.]</em></li>
<li>The <em>New Yorker</em> carries a detailed interview with and investigation of Wikileaks founder <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country">Julian Assange</a> from his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The report raises important questions about Russia's links to some of the leaks.</li>  <li>The <em>New Yorker</em> carries a detailed interview with and investigation of Wikileaks founder <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country">Julian Assange</a> from his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The report raises important questions about Russia's links to some of the leaks.</li>
<li><em>Reuters </em>reports that The White House is to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgender-idUSKCN1B4052">send a memo</a> to the Pentagon on Trump's transgender military ban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is to consider the "deployability" of those who can serve in war zones.</li>  <li><em>Reuters </em>reports that The White House is to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-transgender-idUSKCN1B4052">send a memo</a> to the Pentagon on Trump's transgender military ban. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is to consider the "deployability" of those who can serve in war zones.</li>
<li>An interesting<a href="https://harpers.org/archive/2017/09/the-rise-of-the-valkyries/"> piece</a> in <em>Harper's </em>magazine on women in the Alt-Right which offers one of the clearest explanations of what the movement is: an internet phenomenon which attracts neo-Nazis, white nationalists, paleo-conservatives, and Men's Rights Activists. And how women who are dissatisfied with modern, liberal western society are managing to carve a niche in the movement.</li>  <li>An interesting<a href="https://harpers.org/archive/2017/09/the-rise-of-the-valkyries/"> piece</a> in <em>Harper's </em>magazine on women in the Alt-Right which offers one of the clearest explanations of what the movement is: an internet phenomenon which attracts neo-Nazis, white nationalists, paleo-conservatives, and Men's Rights Activists. And how women who are dissatisfied with modern, liberal western society are managing to carve a niche in the movement.</li>
<li>Jon Snow, a British broadcaster and veteran journalist,  spoke and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">wrote in the </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">Guardian</a> </em>about the lack of diversity in the mainstream media and "dangerous" lack of connection between the "elite" and those not of the elite. His words are prompted by coverage of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire">Grenfell Tower Fire</a>, in which at least 80 died when a public housing tower block caught fire after evidently sub-standard repairs.  <li>Jon Snow, a British broadcaster and veteran journalist,  spoke and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">wrote in the </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/23/grenfell-british-media-divide">Guardian</a> </em>about the lack of diversity in the mainstream media and "dangerous" lack of connection between the "elite" and those not of the elite. His words are prompted by coverage of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire">Grenfell Tower Fire</a>, in which at least 80 died when a public housing tower block caught fire after evidently sub-standard repairs.
- More on Grenfell Tower from the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/europe/grenfell-tower-london-fire.html?mcubz=0">New York Times</a>.</em></li> - More on Grenfell Tower from the <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/europe/grenfell-tower-london-fire.html?mcubz=0">New York Times</a>.</em></li>
</ul> </ul>
<em>– Peter Bale is the launch editor of WikiTribune. He is a former Reuters news agency correspondent and has held senior roles in news organisations from CNN to The Times and investigative news service, The Center for Public Integrity</em> <em>– Peter Bale is the launch editor of WikiTribune. He is a former Reuters news agency correspondent and has held senior roles in news organisations from CNN to The Times and investigative news service, The Center for Public Integrity</em>
Categories Categories
Article type Article type
Tags Tags
Author byline Author byline
No No
Has hero Has hero
No No
Hero Alignment Hero Alignment
Hero Image URL Hero Image URL
None None
Featured Image URL Featured Image URL
Sources Sources

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to collaborate on our developing articles

WikiTribune Open menu Close Search Like Back Next Open menu Close menu Play video RSS Feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Connect with us on Linkedin Connect with us on Discord Email us