Without Edward Snowden’s revelations, would we have seen a global debate on mass surveillance? Would the United States have put a (admittedly limited) stop to the National Security Agency’s access to information for the first time in decades? Would we have seen the European Union’s Court of Justice invalidate a [Read more]
The injury and loss caused by these incidents cannot be compared, and the nature of these incidents are noticeably different. However, they both have evoked keen public interest in their respective countries. How to implement rules in modern society that help bring about people’s safety is a global problem.
Climate change, not terrorism, is without any exaggeration the main threat to the survival of mankind. So say many of the most renowned scientists, politicians and most clear thinking intellectuals, as well as, the aspiring U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and even the Pentagon and the CIA.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s real aim is to be able to provide unhindered support in U.S.-led military conflicts, following the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. He has been pushing for Japan to become a “normal” country that actively makes military contributions and participates in war.
It is well worth remembering that thousands of nuclear weapons still exist.
The evidence of a competition between sovereign states absolutely does not signify that the alliance between the two states is collapsing, nor does it reveal hostile intentions.
Our alliance with the U.S. does not exist in isolation from wider geopolitical currents in our Indo-Pacific region.
Though this new law will partially reduce the NSA’s ability to collect this metadata, it will not significantly hinder the vast majority of the U.S. agency's large-scale surveillance activities.