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Paul K. DiCostanzo

Paul K. DiCostanzo

Managing Editor at TGNR, Co-Host of the A.D. History Podcast

Managing Editor for TGNR (tgnreview.com), Co-Host of the A.D. History Podcast, noted public speaker, interviewer and emerging historian of the Second World War.

  • The fact his story has ended up in the Australian media makes this a much messier situation, certainly more than most nations would prefer in dealing with a defection from a human intelligence asset. It is further complicated due to the delicate nature of the bi-lateral relationship between Australia

    The fact his story has ended up in the Australian media makes this a much messier situation, certainly more than most nations would prefer in dealing with a defection from a human intelligence asset. It is further complicated due to the delicate nature of the bi-lateral relationship between Australia and the PRC. Australia has been a major beneficiary of China economically. In addition to how they’re also a frequent target of protracted covert campaigns to influence Australian policy.

    Wang Liqiang’s claims on its face - without the benefit of additional available intelligence publicly - sounds credible based on known similar PRC operations. One thing is certain, he and his family can never return to China. Moreover since this is now world news, it will make an already intransigent China more keen to take draconian action to save face. Undoubtedly, he is very worried about the fallout regarding his greater family, who may well pay the price for his defection.

  • The app’s functionality and aesthetics are first class. However the major overhaul of the Quartz community dynamics have left much to be desired. The ability to follow individual people, as well as the deluge of news pieces I wouldn’t find elsewhere is sorely missed. I very much enjoyed being able to

    The app’s functionality and aesthetics are first class. However the major overhaul of the Quartz community dynamics have left much to be desired. The ability to follow individual people, as well as the deluge of news pieces I wouldn’t find elsewhere is sorely missed. I very much enjoyed being able to lock in, and follow individuals in numerous fields, while also finding it to be of great benefit. Both in the professional realm, as well as on subjects I take significant interest in.

    Much has been lost in the Quartz experience for me personally due to that. With those connections and the community dynamic as it existed prior, I considered the Quartz/NewsPicks format experience at the time to have succeeded where LinkedIn tried and failed. As well as the Twitter-like experience, but with rational and capable professionals putting their best foot forward in print.

  • Can’t hold a second referendum, won’t hold a general election, won’t vote on the current deal. I haven’t exactly been indulgent or forgiving of the EU’s role in all of this, but at this point they would be totally justified in not granting an extension. What is happening in Westminster right now is purely

    Can’t hold a second referendum, won’t hold a general election, won’t vote on the current deal. I haven’t exactly been indulgent or forgiving of the EU’s role in all of this, but at this point they would be totally justified in not granting an extension. What is happening in Westminster right now is purely a political game of chicken, despite the fact no one has a better idea or alternative to what the government actually negotiated. Count Bercow chief among them.

  • Funny, you’d figure the CCP would have co-opted Weibo to do exactly the same thing - but with a great many more users. Of course, there is nothing that says it hasn’t done that also. More of the same from China’s all glorious, just and far seeing Communist Party.

  • I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune

    I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune of millions - trying to curb the epidemic. With raising pigs as one of the few ways North Korean’s can feed themselves or earn money, it makes a devastating problem worse.

    China is suffering from this on a catastrophic level as well, with China accounting for the vast lion share of total pork consumption world wide. Despite the aforementioned efforts to halt the epidemic, it presses forward.

    Not to change the general tone of the story, however if you’ve ever dealt with pigs first hand, they’re clearly very intelligent and emotionally complex animals. They’re smarter and more cagey than most often realize. “Because China” did an excellent documentary short speaking with a large Chinese pig rancher operating in mainland China. When speaking about his having to kill his pigs en mass for this reason, it brought him to tears, and it definitely wasn’t just because of his investment losses in that otherwise very lucrative domestic Chinese pork market.

  • “U.S. forces were at risk of being isolated and there was increased risk of confrontation between Turkish forces and U.S. troops, said an official who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly.”

    Increased risk of military confrontation between two NATO allies on the

    “U.S. forces were at risk of being isolated and there was increased risk of confrontation between Turkish forces and U.S. troops, said an official who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly.”

    Increased risk of military confrontation between two NATO allies on the ground? That is at best deeply troublesome. In addition to the piece mentioning that American officials also believe one of the aims for Turkey in their offensive is driving away the US.

    Lest one forget that the US has a storage of nuclear weapons in Turkey, now a nation in which there is a fear of confrontation occurring on the ground. There has been very recent news that the US is considering removing that cache of nuclear missiles in Turkey. Perhaps the sooner such a move happens, the better.

  • The universal thought for millions of players after the shock of the singularity wore off: “Wow, feels good to blink.”

    A gutsy and creative move. For an already ravenous base of players, it only raises the appetite and desire for the next iteration. Not many can get away with a play like that, but Fortnite can.

  • There is a political cost for doing business with any nation, and doing so with the PRC is always notably high. This has borne out a great deal with respect to Belt and Road, and Chinese ambitions to create its own international power infrastructure. Nepal as a small buffer state between two highly ambitious

    There is a political cost for doing business with any nation, and doing so with the PRC is always notably high. This has borne out a great deal with respect to Belt and Road, and Chinese ambitions to create its own international power infrastructure. Nepal as a small buffer state between two highly ambitious Asian juggernauts must strike a politically workable relationship with both.

    The extradition treaty in general has to be a politically sensitive issue, and would be a decision that doesn’t sit well with many larger players internationally. It is not the science of the rocket to realize most of those China extradition requests would be for those guilty of committing no actual crime. Thus selling out such people has a very high political cost for Nepal. Xi knows this, and it will be interesting/disturbing to see the final price to acquire Nepalese cooperation should it come to pass.

    Moreover, any matters regarding extradition agreements to mainland China specifically is a hot button issue now, as that is what kicked off the continuous Hong Kong protests.

    In this piece’s final segment, it spoke of this meeting as coming off the heels of an informal summit with Modi. As well as Modi commenting recently on a new friendship between China and India. Such a friendship can only go so far, as both parties have significant competing interests overall. Moreover the modern Indian state and Communist China have a very sour history, much of which are due to military conflicts in the 1960’s over issues that remain unresolved today.

    Modi publicly making reference to a new friendship with China certainly has an additional aim, the interested audience of nations like the US. Part of current US policy in the region aims to bring India on side against China. India appears a logical and powerful partner in the great powers struggle. Yet Modi in being courted by both sides is making clear his price for that kind of strategic partnership will be considerable.

  • Aesthetically, the newest incarnation of the app is outwardly stellar. That is certainly an achievement in and of itself, and to that I say a job well done.

    Regarding substance, Edward has some highly valid points, and they’re sentiments I share. The changes enacted are a radical departure from the

    Aesthetically, the newest incarnation of the app is outwardly stellar. That is certainly an achievement in and of itself, and to that I say a job well done.

    Regarding substance, Edward has some highly valid points, and they’re sentiments I share. The changes enacted are a radical departure from the NewsPicks I first encountered in July 2018, or the Quartz app I saw on Tuesday morning.

    Given the sweeping changes, it would be extremely insightful for the powers that be to publish something for members, providing a greater look regarding the impetus for this overhaul, and the general thinking behind it.

    On the whole, I will certainly reserve judgement on my personal user experience. Naturally such changes are always a work in progress. Yet on the whole, I have had nothing but positive experiences with NewsPicks/Quartz, and that counts for a lot.

  • Clearly there need be more information as to the substance of this partial deal. If pulled off, it’s baby steps toward the desired end. Though one must start somewhere.