The Evening: Venezuelan Exodus, Korean Unification, Do Right Woman and More
August 20, 2018
It's Monday, August 20th.
The exodus of Venezuelans gained pace as the government’s plans to address the collapsing economy fueled anxiety, while tensions grew in neighboring countries that have strained to absorb refugees, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kejal Vyas and Ryan Dube report.
Dive Deeper: “The Maduro Diet: Food v. Freedom in Venezuela,” by CSIS’s Moises Rendon.
“The Manny Faces of Venezuelan Migration: Challenges and Solutions,” by the Interamerican Dialogue.
About 90 families from North and South Korea wept and embraced today as the neighbors held their first reunion events in three years for relatives wrenched apart by the Korean War for more than six decades, as Reuters' Hyonhee Shin reports.
Dive Deeper: Visit CSIS’s interactive micro website, “Beyond Parallel: Bringing Transparency and Understanding to Korean Unification.”
More Turkey Talk
Turkish President Erdogan today cast a recent currency crisis as an attack on Turkey's economy, no different from a strike against the flag or call to prayer, as CNBC reports.
Dive Deeper: “Can the US and Turkey mend fences in Manbij?” by the Middle East Institute.
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In That Number
Venezuela today devalued its currency, the bolívar, by 95%.
Source: Business Insider.
“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try and prevent it.”
— National Security Adviser John Bolton on meddling in U.S. elections.
In Yemen, where scarce food and fuel boost prices and money is in short supply, aid invariably becomes part of the equation of the conflict. Read a new brief produced as part of the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda, Aid and Conflict: Pitfalls in Yemen.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung via Getty Images). German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at Schloss Meseberg palace, the German government retreat, at Meseberg on August 18, 2018 in Gransee, Germany.
“Electric cars: the race to replace cobalt,” by the FT’s Henry Sanderson.
This Town Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) will host the Army Science and Technology Symposium and Showcase on "Empowering a Soldier's Success.”
And at 1:00 p.m., the Global Policy Institute (GPI) will host a panel discussion on "U.S. Turkey Relations: Current Challenges and Opportunities.”
Today, CSIS welcomed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green to celebrate World Humanitarian Day, and discuss evolving challenges in the aid community and the future of humanitarian assistance. Watch the full event here.
North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week, join the people who know the most about North Korea—CSIS’s Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insiders discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority.
Listen on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts.
I haven’t been able to stop listening to Aretha. As a songwriter, she was one of the all-time greats: “Think,” “Rock Steady” and “Dr. Feelgood” to name a few.
When she covered or sang songs that others wrote she made them hers without dispute.
To me, Aretha’s best album of the 40 she recorded was the Jerry Wexler produced “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You.” That record was recorded in 1967 at the iconic Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals with one of the greatest bands ever assembled: Spooner Oldham on keyboards/piano, Jimmy Johnson and Chips Moman on guitar, Tommy Cogbill on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums. And then their was the horn section: Melvin Lastie on trumpet, Charles Chalmers and King Curtis on tenor sax. Of course Aretha’s sisters Erma and Carolyn sang backup with Cissy Houston.
The album contains one smash after another. It opens with “Respect.” It closes with “A Change is Gonna Come.” The title track is a mind blowing, blistering, rocking anthem with a vocal performance that alone would have cemented Aretha’s place in history. And then there is the Dan Penn/Chips Moman penned “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” As with Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” and Ronnie Shannon’s “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,” Aretha makes “Do Right Woman” positively her own.