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Comment Re:Fake movie (Score 5, Informative) 478

Erdogan did not run as a dictator. During his initial rise to power he was actually a very moderate politician. He called for EU membership for Turkey, and under his direction the country did enter negotiations with the aim of getting that membership. He pushed major labor reforms too, giving employees substantially greater protections than ever before in the country and introducing non-discrimination law. He changed later on, slowly, over the course of the 2000s at 2010s, depending increasingly upon tighter control of the media and repression of opposition to stay in power and growing steadily more conservative and Islamist in his social policies.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 296

Seems overcomplicated. A NK nuclear deterrent doesn't need to reach the US, just any US ally. South Korea is easiest. Japan would do. Besides, they wanted to get a nuke the US, the easiest way might well be to stick it in a shipping container and bribe/threaten someone to smuggle it onto a shop exporting goods from a South Korean port to somewhere in the US.

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 2) 296

China is sensible. They plan long-term. They wouldn't want to sully their reputation by supporting NK in a war that could only end one way. They'd be more concerned with controlling the aftermath: Making sure that most of NK ends up under de facto Chinese control, rather than as a puppet-state of the US or being slowly reabsorbed into the US-allied south. I imagine this would be best achieved by largely sitting out the fighting, then launching a massive humanitarian aid and reconstruction program. China can afford it, is reduces the amount of refugees fleeing into China, and it ingratiates them to the newly-liberated population.

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 3, Interesting) 296

North Korea has an understandable desire for nukes as a deterrent. They fear, and for good reason, that some future US president will decide he wants to 'spread freedom and democracy' and launch an invasion. It's happened before, it may happen again. The problem we have is the apparent unpredictability of North Korea: Their government frequently displays intense hostility towards just about the entire world and minor outbreaks of hostility are commonplace between them and South Korea. Between that and having almost all power centralised in the hands of just a handful of people, it raises the uncomfortable prospect that a nuclear-armed North Korea might just be one bad day away from believing their own propaganda and launching a preemptive strike.

Comment Re:Vetting is time and money (Score 1) 63

The "wild west" was always moving. Westwards. Frontier never stays as frontier - after a while towns would get bigger, sheriffs would get access to more resources, and it would no longer be possible for an outlaw to shoot a few people in the middle of town then ride out again in safety. The internet, too, is always moving - the havens of copyright infringement get closed down, and occasionally a whole distribution system may get wiped out, but there is always somewhere new they can go. Bulletin boards gave way to usenet binaries, gave way to FTP dumps, gave way to websites, gave way to the first crude p2p file sharing in Napster, gave way to the fully- or partially-distributed services that followed.

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