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Peter Apps

Unfettered by advisers, Trump's presidency gets less predictable: Peter Apps

08 Oct 2019

LONDON On Monday, having effectively and unexpectedly given the green light to a Turkish military incursion against America's sometime Syrian Kurdish allies, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again. If Turkey took any action that he in his "great and unmatched wisdom", considered to be off-limits, he would "totally destroy and obliterate" its economy.

COLUMN-Beset by Hong Kong protests, China's Xi showcases missiles: Peter Apps

04 Oct 2019

LONDON, Oct 4 As Hong Kong recovered from its most violent day of protests so far, Beijing's English-language "Global Times" newspaper led on the celebrations of 70 years of Communist rule. The celebrations, it argued, showed the peaceful intent and unity of Chinese society - illustrating the article with a picture of a new ballistic missile it said could drop nuclear warheads on any place on earth.

COLUMN-When politicians lie, should Facebook promote them?: Peter Apps

26 Sep 2019

LONDON, Sept 26 During the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook says it did not do enough to enforce its standards as rumour and untruth spread. In the three years since, it says it has hired up to 30,000 people to take down inappropriate or extremist content, clamp down on fake accounts and reduce interactions with so-called "fake news" by almost two thirds.

Column: Saudi oil attack shows how Iran sees new Mideast game

21 Sep 2019

LONDON If Iran's government was truly behind last weekend's cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure, it has put its potential foes across the Middle East in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

COLUMN-Conspiracy theories risk becoming new currency of post-truth politics: Peter Apps

22 Aug 2019

LONDON, Aug 22 On Wednesday, as wildfires ripped across the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian president took to Facebook to accuse nongovernmental organizations of setting light to the trees.

As arms treaty fails, big powers risk new missile race

09 Aug 2019

LONDON For those who worried about the risk of the Cold War ending in catastrophe, the early- to mid-1980s were the most alarming period since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

COLUMN- As arms treaty fails, big powers risk new missile race

09 Aug 2019

LONDON, Aug 9 For those who worried about the risk of the Cold War ending in catastrophe, the early- to mid-1980s were the most alarming period since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Column: Western democracies face problems, but so do Russia and China

02 Aug 2019

LONDON It has not been the easiest year for democracies in the West, with storm clouds gathering over Brexit and also now over next year's U.S. presidential election. But it is not just Western democracies that face problems. Protests in Hong Kong and Russia show the limits of what many see in the West as autocratic power.

COLUMN-With joint patrol, Russia and China divide U.S. allies: Peter Apps

25 Jul 2019

LONDON, July 25 As bloodless encounters go, Tuesday's face-off between a Russian surveillance plane and South Korean fighter jets was as vicious as they come.

COLUMN-New international moon race could define humanity's future: Peter Apps

17 Jul 2019

LONDON, July 17 Fifty years after Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off for the moon, a new space race is on. It is one that may affect the future of humanity even more than its Cold War predecessor, both on earth and in the wider cosmos.

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