One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City’s tallest building. With the addition of a steel column, the unfinished frame of the building stands at more than 1,250 feet high. When completed it is expected to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world.
Spy games: Pentagon to set up Defense Clandestine Service to focus on North Korea, Iran, China and regions in Africa
Don’t sound the alarm buttons just yet over the shake up at the Pentagon. This week, a senior defense official said that a reorganization was coming to the Defense Intelligence Agency with the creation of the Defense Clandestine Service. The new service will expand the agency’s espionage operation beyond war zones and step up its engagement in human intelligence — an arena dominated for years by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun’s military affairs reporter, writes “that the officers — some military, some civilian — will work alongside CIA counterparts in places such as Africa, where al-Qaida has grown more active, and Asia, where Chinese military expansion and North Korean and Iranian weapons ambitions are drawing increasing U.S. concern.”
Here’s a look at some hotspots that the Pentagon’s new spy agency will likely keep an eye on. We’ll continue to look at intelligence and military trends in upcoming posts on The Darkroom.
The direct environmental implications of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will not be known for some time, if at all. Those potentially exposed to the small amounts of radiation that escaped during the long struggle to contain the melting nuclear cores have only a few points of reference to draw from. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, many are looking toward the people of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as they continue to monitor the health and well-being of their loved ones with increasing concern.
On Sunday, we saw Donald Trump fire Penn Jillette on Celebrity Apprentice, and today he blasted wind energy in Scotland.
The Los Angeles Times published controversial photos today showing U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of dead Afghan insurgents. The images were given to The Times by an American soldier, who provided a series of 18 photos on condition of anonymity.
On Sunday, Kabul was rocked by intense gunfire and explosions as part of a “spring offensive” claimed by the Taliban that lasted into Monday. According to reports, the attacks were focused on targets including the parliament building, the NATO force’s headquarters, and Western embassies.
Below are photos and reporting from war photographers in Kabul: Sabawoon Amarkhil, Johannes Eisele, Bay Ismoyo, Massoud Hossaini, Shah Marai, all of AFP/Getty Images, and Parwiz and Omar Sobhani of Reuters.
Over the weekend, North Korea celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung.The event marked the first public speech of current leader Kim Jong-Un, Il-sung’s grandson and son of late leader Kim Jong-il. Jong-Un in his speech vowed to push for “final victory” for his impoverished state, despite a failed missile launch. The launch has been condemned by the UN Security Council, which has concerns about North Korea’s capabilities in missile technology and nuclear weapons.
Here’s a look at the art of the march at a military parade as part of celebrations in Pyongyang on April 15.