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Daily Dump: China Dominates, The FARC, The Importance of France, 23,000-Year-Old Foot Prints and More – September 24, 2021

Daily Dump: China Dominates, The FARC, The Importance of France, 23,000-Year-Old Foot Prints and More – September 24, 2021

China dominates our headlines as reporters and environmental activists track down the nearly 300-ship Chinese fishing fleet off of the coast of Darwin, South America. The must-read article of the day goes to the AP’s Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep. With more than 3,000 vessels, the Chinese fleet is the largest in the world and has sparked outrage as they push further and further from their home waters. The illegal Chinese harvesting of natural resources is not limited to the ocean either. A recent article from War on the Rocks, Al-Shabaab and Chinese Trade Practices in Mozambique, details the illegal harvesting of lumber in Africa and other places around the world. While not explicitly proven, China has leveraged the civil war in Mozambique to the benefit of Al-Shabaab. Maybe it is time to weaponize environmental activism in the great power competition and do a little good along the way? Speaking of weaponizing, Reuters reports: Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns. Lithuania is leading the way. For our next story we will turn back to Afghanistan but not really change our focus as Afghan Uyghurs Fear Deportation as Taliban Cozy Up to China from The New York Times. This quote says it all, “Since 2017, the Chinese government has locked up close to a million Uyghurs in camps and subjected those outside to constant surveillance. China says the camps are necessary to weed out extremism and to “re-educate” the Uyghurs.”

Two stories to prove I don’t just cherry pick anti-China articles. For the first we go to Columbia where Reuters reports, FARC dissidents say they carried out Colombia bombing, target was U.S. advisors. Although the bombing took place in June, the FARC is just now claiming responsibility for the incident which wounded two U.S. military advisors. And while we are talking terrorism, why not revisit, France says drone strike killed leader of Islamic State in Sahara, from the Long War Journal just to remind folks how important France has been, particularly in Africa, in the fight against terrorism. I know the French have received a lot of press lately but it is good to remember how important of a partner they are. For something completely different today, how about 23,000-year-old footprints suggest people reached the Americas early from Ars Technica. It’s a fascinating article in the ‘search for the first Americans’ as they find ‘evidence for extraordinary claims!’ All of this and more in Today’s Daily Dump!!

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September 24, 2021

How China’s Massive Fishing Fleet Is Transforming the World’s Oceans – Slate (2020)

WELCOME BACK TO THE PENTAGON…. – WAR ROOM

Podcast: Episode 65: Katarzyna Zysk: Russian Creativity and Risk-Taking – Western Way of War

North Korean Sanctions Evasion Techniques – RAND

What Instability at the Top Means for Japan’s Alliance with the United States – RAND

France says drone strike killed leader of Islamic State in Sahara – Long War Journal

Senate Commission to Fix Defense Budgeting Is Right on the Mark – War on the Rocks

Al-Shabaab and Chinese Trade Practices in Mozambique – War on the Rocks

The Cave – Honourable Mention | ADC Sci-Fi Writing Competition – The Forge

NATO Is in a Cyberwar with Russia and Must Expand Article 5 to Include Cyberwarfare or Risk Losing and Diminishment – Small Wars Journal

U.S. Strategy and Foreign Policy throughout the Balkans – Small Wars Journal

Outweighing Communism: The Role of the Military in Land Reform – Small Wars Journal

9/23/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal

Podcast: Sub Deal with Aus-UK – The Truth of the Matter

Where Does Russian Discontent Go from Here? Russia’s 2021 Election Considered – Center for Strategic and International Studies

Watch, Read and Listen: Afghanistan Aftershocks – Center for Strategic and International Studies

Can coups be removed from Guinea’s political culture? – Institute for Security Studies

The Future of Conquest: Fights Over Small Places Could Spark the Next Big War – Foreign Affairs

Private Eyes in the Sky: How Commercial Satellites Are Transforming Intelligence – Foreign Affairs

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns – Reuters

Taiwan blasts ‘arch criminal’ China for Pacific trade pact threats – Reuters

FARC dissidents say they carried out Colombia bombing, target was U.S. advisors – Reuters

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep – AP

Takeaways from AP and Univision China Fishing Investigation – AP

Biden hosts Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow – AP

Clashes between Yemen’s rebels, government forces kill 35 – AP

    1. Korea offers talks, likely trying to get sanctions relief – AP

UN chief urges food systems change amid climate change threat – DW

Afghans fleeing conflict and drought in urgent need of aid – DW

North Korea rejects calls for declaration to end 1950s Korean War – DW

Egypt uses ‘radio diplomacy’ in Africa to influence Nile dam dispute – Al Monitor

Podcast: Vivian Salama previews the Biden administration’s Middle East priorities at the UN General Assembly – On the Middle East

Iran says ‘remarkable progress’ made in Saudi Arabia talks – Al Monitor

Iraq conducts airstrikes against ‘terrorists’ near Kirkuk – Al Monitor

Is NATO good for Asia or is Asia good for NATO? – Asia Times

France’s loss is not China’s gain in Indo-Pacific – Asia Times

Hong Kong Is Holding Elections. It Wants Them to Look Real. – The New York Times

Afghan Uyghurs Fear Deportation as Taliban Cozy Up to China – The New York Times

Thousands of Boko Haram Members Surrendered. They Moved In Next Door. – The New York Times

An Uncomfortable Question in France: Are We Still a Great Power? – The New York Times

Tajik President Warns UN Of ‘Serious Threats’ Emanating From Afghanistan – Radio Free Europe

U.S., Russia Should Explore Ways To Increase Military Contacts, Top U.S. General Says – Radio Free Europe

Malian authorities ready to create war college – Africa News

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot – Foreign Policy

NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’ – Foreign Policy

Watch an Australian C-17 weave between skyscrapers in ‘insane’ video – Task and Purpose

Why the head of the IMF should resign: A scandal over data and China has undermined her credibility – The Economist

France’s humiliation by America will have lasting effects – The Economist

Huge Alligator Ate Louisiana Man After Hurricane Ida, Officials Confirm – Forbes

China, Climate Change, Credibility: Why It’s (Finally) Time for the US to Join the Law of the Sea Convention – Just Security

Prioritize Building Resilience at this Year’s U.N. General Assembly – The United States Institute of Peace

Reported Coup Attempt Complicates an Already-Tenuous Transition in Sudan – The United States Institute of Peace

E-7 Wedgetail Radar Jets Eyed As A Bridge To A Space-Based System By The Air Force – The Drive

20 Weird Facts About Earth To Remind You Why It’s The Best – Popular Mechanics

China’s Newest Drone Looks and Swims like a Manta Ray – Popular Mechanics

The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees – Wired

Rocket Report: Analyst dings Virgin Galactic, Astranis moves to Falcon Heavy – Ars Technica

23,000-year-old footprints suggest people reached the Americas early – Ars Technica

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