The Evening: U.S. Soldier Killed in Somalia, French Election, Jazz Fest and More
May 5, 2017
It's Friday, May 5th.
U.S. Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia
A U.S. Navy SEAL has been killed while fighting an al Qaeda–affiliated militant group in Somalia, defense officials said, as the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Kesling, Gordon Lubold and Matina Stevis report.
Dive Deeper: See the Rand Corporation study “Al Shabaab Weakened but Not Defeated in Somalia.”
French Election: Final Countdown
Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said today she believes she can pull off a surprise victory in France’s high-stakes runoff election Sunday, while centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron accused of her of exploiting voter fears, as the AP’s Elaine Ganley and Nadine Achoui-Lesage report.
Meanwhile, France 24 reports that Macron has extended his lead over Le Pen.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s French Election Breakdown visualized.
And, CSIS’s Heather Conley has a new commentary: “The Final Countdown in France.”
North Korea Accuses U.S. and ROK
North Korea today accused the South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies of plotting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un, and it warned of an unspecified counterattack, as the New York Times’ Choe Sang-Hun reports.
The AP’s Kim Rong-Hyung and Foster Klug report that North Korea has a long history of odd accusations.
Dive Deeper: Meanwhile, South Korea faces an unprecedented early election on May 9. See CFR’s Scott Snyder for “Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election.”
In That Number
The unemployment rate in the United States, according to new data released by the Labor Department. Unemployment is now at a 10-year low. Source: New York Times ’ Patricia Cohen.
“Turnbull can play a role in convincing President Trump that alliances are a valuable source of negotiating leverage rather than a costly liability.”
—CSIS’s Andrew Shearer on the Trump-Turnbull summit being held in New York today. Source: FT ’s Demetri Sevastopulo and Jamie Smyth.
From our new European Election Watch series: See how French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen compare on major issues.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images.)
French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron gives a television broadcast interview following a campaign meeting at the Place du Vigan in Albi, France.
“Finance will create new alliances across Asia,” by the Financial Times’ James Kynge (using CSIS’s Reconnecting Asia mapping).
This Town Monday
Join the Atlantic Council at 4:00 p.m. for “Russia’s Dissident Press: Stories from Exile.”
And join John Hopkins SAIS at 4:30 p.m. for a discussion on how cultural diplomacy can help better address today's most pressing global challenges.
Last month, CSIS’s Middle East Program hosted “Vision 2030: One Year into Saudi Arabia's Economic Reforms,” featuring Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi, Saudi Arabia’s minister of commerce and investment.
CSIS’s Take as Directed podcast highlights critical issues in global health policy, particularly in infectious disease, health security, and maternal, newborn, and child health. This week, Take as Directed released new episodes featuring the CSIS Task Force on Women’s and Family Health.
My buddy Bill and I are in the midst of an enjoyable discussion about the “top 5 big venue and top 5 small venue concerts” that we’ve attended. Bill sent me his the other day and it blew me away.
Just to give you a taste: one of Bill’s top 5 small venues is “Boz Scaggs w Elvin Bishop, Greek Theater, Berkeley, 1973,” and one of his big venues is “Bob Dylan and the Band, Capital Center, 1974.”
I haven’t come up with my top 5 lists yet—this requires serious thought!
But I can say unequivocally, that one of my all-time favorite “big venue concerts” was Stevie Ray Vaughan performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Fairgrounds on June 6, 1990. That breezy afternoon as the clouds rolled in, Vaughn, his brother Jimmy and his band Double Trouble completely mesmerized those of us who were there. I will never forget it. Just three months later, SRV was taken from us in a tragic helicopter accident.
Fortunately, long before cell phone video existed, some brilliant soul captured most of SRV’s set at the 14th annual Jazz Fest on what we used to call “homemade video.” Enjoy this treasure, be mesmerized, see why it’s is one of my top 5 and smile.