When word spreads in Max Brooks's 2006 dystopian novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War that zombies are infesting the world, North Korea acts decisively, sealing its borders and hustling its people into mysterious bunkers. "No country was better prepared to repel the infestation than North Korea," says Hyungchol Choi, the fictional deputy director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. "Rivers to the north, oceans to the east and west, and to the south … the most heavily fortified border on Earth."
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Speaking to his nation Wednesday night, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper blamed a deadly shooting at parliament that killed a Canadian soldier and wounded three others hours earlier on terrorism. The prime minister did not ascribe motive to the Parliament Hill attack, but he did tie the shooting to an "ISIL-inspired" incident in Quebec on Monday where one soldier was killed and another injured when they were run down by a man with declared sympathies for Islamic extremism.
Earlier today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video of himself speaking Mandarin in Beijing. Since then, I've gotten several emails asking about how Zuckerberg's Mandarin is. In a word, terrible.
The filmmaker Laura Poitras is concerned with the human effects of surveillance. She wants to understand what pervasive and sometimes aggressive American intelligence gathering does to people. And she wants to understand the human beings who have created it, run it, and become disillusioned by it -- men who now find themselves at war with the system. In her new film, Citizenfour, we get unprecedentedly close to the human source -- Edward Snowden -- of revelations that have rewritten the way that large parts of the world understand the nature of American intelligence, surveillance, and power.
Cluster bombs inflict heavy civilian casualties, giving the weapons a reputation as an indiscriminate killer that should be outlawed. But according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday, Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in the city of Donetsk in early October. That, the report warns, may constitute a war crime.