Recent issues surrounding the Astute class submarines of the Royal Navy have wide implications for Scotland. Firstly, twenty-five miles west of Glasgow, in Argyle and Bute, four Vanguard class submarines store the entirety of Britain’s nuclear capacity. The submarines were built and introduced in the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War; their launch [...]
Sometimes fantasy makes more sense than fiction. When looking at the latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between Iran and several Western nations, the words of Gandalf in that epic Lord of The Rings trailer spring to mind. “The board is set”, murmured the White Wizard. “The pieces are moving”.
There are three things worth bearing in mind about North Korea:
1. Never believe media reports about the “crazy” and “irrational” North Korean leader. Kim Jong Il might be bad and dangerous but he is not mad.
2. North Korea is not about to get rid of its nuclear weapons, because they are perceived by Pyongyang as guaranteeing [...]
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