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South China Sea After the Tribunal Ruling: Where Do We Go From Here?

On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague handed down perhaps the most long awaited finding in its history. After nearly four years of deliberation, the Court ruled on several South China Sea issues, based on a case filed by the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China (PRC). On issue after issue, the Court came down overwhelmingly in favor of the Philippine position.

Military Snipers: Dallas Shooter NO "Sniper"

An angry man with a grudge and a rifle takes an open position on the third floor of a parking garage and shoots close to a dozen policemen pulling duty at a peaceful demonstration. The police and the media call him a sniper. But combat tested military snipers say "HELL NO, Micah Johnson is NOT a sniper."

A deranged former Army private takes an open position on the third floor of a parking garage in Dallas and shoots several policemen in an ambush.

Democracy is Sustained in Turkey—Sort Of

Before this week it had come to be broadly accepted conventional wisdom that the days of Turkish military coups were over. After a post-World War II history in which the military had taken over the government about once every ten years, in the last couple of decades the return to the barracks appeared to be final. One of the most successful and powerful civilian politicians that modern Turkey has produced, current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seemed to have stared down the generals enough to keep them out of politics.

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