Latest from Michael E. Miller

China launches first astronauts to its new space station, as race with U.S. heats up

A trio of Chinese astronauts will spend three months in space testing equipment, conducting experiments and preparing the station for future expansions.
  • Jun 17, 2021

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza in retaliation for incendiary balloons, in first flare-up since May truce

The exchange highlights the fragility of a cease fire in the region and poses a first test to Israel’s new government.
  • Jun 16, 2021

A New Zealand chapter of Greta Thunberg-linked climate movement disbands itself for being ‘racist’

The announcement by an arm of “School Strike 4 Climate” comes at a time of increased scrutiny on how ethnic minorities are treated within environmentalist groups.
  • Jun 15, 2021

J&J to scrap about 60 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration cleared 10 million doses made at the problem-plagued Emergent BioSolutions plant for use.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Op-eds in a Chinese state tabloid slammed U.S. policy. The author works at the Pentagon.

Franz Gayl, a celebrated whistleblower and former Marine, is being investigated after attacking American policy on Taiwan in a Chinese government mouthpiece.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Kim Jong Un appears to have lost some weight — and that could have geopolitical consequences

Intelligence agencies have long pored over what little information escapes North Korea for hints of life inside the Hermit Kingdom.
  • Jun 10, 2021

In the race between variants and vaccines, rich Asia-Pacific countries finally start their sprint

Amid fears of new coronavirus variants, Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand have begun vaccinating residents about as quickly as the United States and the European Union.
  • Jun 4, 2021

Ecological disaster looms as ship with ‘dangerous goods’ aboard sinks off Sri Lankan coast

Sri Lanka had warned of severe pollution if the MV X-Press Pearl, which had already scattered plastic debris on beaches, were to go down just outside Colombo.
  • Jun 2, 2021

A burning ship covered beautiful beaches in plastic ‘snow.’ Now Sri Lanka faces an environmental disaster.

Scientists fear the plastic pellets could travel as far as the other side of Sri Lanka, killing wildlife and damaging sensitive ecosystems.
  • Jun 1, 2021

Doctors prepare to ration care as covid surge leaves Malaysia in ‘total lockdown’

A top health official warned of a lack of intensive-care beds as the number of new coronavirus infections per million people overtakes that of India.
  • May 31, 2021