Assessing the North Korean threat, soldiers patrol the streets of Rio, South Africa's 'blesser' culture
August 10, 2017
A reality check on the threat posed by North Korea. Also, a Native tribe fears being split by President Donald Trump's border wall. And a young Japanese writer breaks through the silence on autism.
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North Korea says it will finalize a plan to fire four missiles into the waters off the Pacific island of Guam by mid-August. That threat is supported by intelligence reports that indicate that North Korea has been advancing its offensive nuclear capabilities.
Author David Mitchell has translated a new book by Naoki Higashida, a young author from Japan who writes about living with non-verbal autism.
The Trump administration wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. And it has threatened a military response if North Korea launches missiles toward Guam. But what can the US and its allies really do? Col. Sam Gardiner has a bleak outlook.
“Reading books is a human right,” says bookseller Bijan Khalili, who runs Ketab Corporation, a Persian bookstore in Los Angeles. It started as a simple service to exiles who had fled the Iranian Revolution, leaving their books behind.
One of the legacies of the Rio Olympics was supposed to be a safer city. A year later, that promise hasn't been kept and soldiers are patrolling Rio's streets.
"The blessers are high, high-risk men, because these are men who are probably married, and they’ve got multiple partners."