The Evening: London Underground, Kurdish Referendum, Sweet Jane and More
September 15, 2017
It's Friday, September 15th.
Police in London were searching for the assailant who detonated a homemade bomb Friday that sent a scorching blast of smoke and flame through a London subway car, injuring at least 22 rush-hour commuters and sending panicked crowds scrambling for safety in what police called a terrorist incident, as the Washington Post’s William Booth, Karla Adam and Rick Noack report.
Dive Deeper: See CSIS’s interactive report Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism.
Multiple top Trump advisers said Friday there are military options available for dealing with the North Korea crisis, despite some experts and former Trump allies saying there are no good options for the region, as CNN reports.
And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused North Korea today of threatening the entire world, as Reuters reports.
Dive Deeper: North Korea’s missile test over Japan shows it has the capability to reach Guam. Our two-minute video shows what it would take to intercept a NK missile shot at Guam.
The Iraqi Kurdish Parliament has voted to back a planned referendum in the face of opposition from across the globe, as the BBC reports.
And, as the AP reports earlier Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said his country plans to hold a high-level security meeting on September 22 to decide what response to take over the Kurdish referendum.
In That Number
Due to Hurricane Irma, for the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda.
Source: USA Today.
“I think North Korea is attempting to play us here.”
—CSIS’s Thomas Karako via CBS This Morning.
The New Barbarianism , a documentary film from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center on the violence against health workers, patients, and facilities worldwide, will premiere worldwide on Monday. Watch a preview of the film here.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo Credit: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images.) A Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia cries as he offers prayers during a protest against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, in Kuala Lumpur on September 8, 2017.
“Some in Congress are pushing for a ‘Space Corps,’ dedicated to fighting wars in the cosmos,” by the Washington Post ’s Christian Davenport.
This Town Monday
CSIS will premiere The New Barbarianism at the Newseum’s Annenberg Theater at 6:30 p.m. You can RSVP here.
And on Monday morning, join CSIS at 11:00 a.m. for a keynote address from Robert Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative. Ambassador Lighthizer will discuss U.S. trade policy priorities.
Plus, Taiwan’s minister of environmental protection, Lee Ying-yuan, will also be at CSIS on Monday morning for a discussion on Taiwan’s environmental leadership.
Today at the White House Press Briefing, CSIS’s Jon Alterman got a shout out for his input on the UN General Assembly ahead of President Trump’s visit next week. Watch Fox News’ John Roberts quote Alterman, and see Ambassador Nikki Haley’s response.
370,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar in the past month alone. Today’s new CSIS Podcast episode focuses on the crisis in Myanmar and the choices facing Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
I got a bit of flak from Evening readers for putting up Harry Styles as a new “rocker” yesterday. I apologize. Young Harry is clearly no rocker—I guess I’m just optimistic and don’t want this great thing we know as rock and roll to ever die. But, I really did like Harry’s cover of the Big Mac.
Look, rock and roll will probably never have the attitude, swagger and originality that it once had. This rap-obsessed generation has their own thing. And maybe we should leave them to it. While we do, we can stick to what we find authentic about rock. Like this incomparable performance by Lou Reed.