Why Asia Matters to the U. S.

The shift in U.S. strategic attention toward Asia has even some astute commentators wondering why Americans should care about Asian security. It's about keeping Asia divided.

What's the Latest Development?

The shift in U.S. strategic attention toward Asia–it has already moved the bulk of its naval deployments towards the Asia-Pacific–has even some astute commentators wondering why Americans should care about Asian security. The answer lies in the fact that it's in the strategic interests of the U. S. to help prevent any single power from establishing the same sort of regional hegemony it has long enjoyed in the Western hemisphere.

What's the Big Idea?

Stephen M. Walt says the point "isn't a moral or ethical one: it is straightforward realpolitik." While it remains the only great power in the Western hemisphere, the U. S. is safer. And as long as Eurasia is divided among many contending powers, these states will naturally tend to worry mostly about each other and not about North America.

22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

Strange Maps
  • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
  • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
  • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
Keep reading Show less

Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

The Sarco assisted suicide pod
Technology & Innovation

Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

Keep reading Show less

How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.

  • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
Keep reading Show less