Japan and Australia must cooperate with US on North Korea, Building public trust in science, Arresting WikiLeaks founder would set ‘dangerous precedent,’ Better Holocaust education needed everywhere, Combating climate change through citizen action

The Japan News / Tokyo

JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA MUST COOPERATE WITH US ON NORTH KOREA 

“It is crucial that both Japan and Australia support the United States, which is urging China to wield Beijing’s influence over Pyongyang while intensifying its military pressure on North Korea…,” states an editorial. “With the United States – an ally of both Japan and Australia – at the core, expanding multilayered cooperative relations between Japan and Australia, which have common values, would bring about various synergistic effects…. There is the possibility that trilateral cooperation among Japan, the United States and Australia will advance further in the future. Thus, it is important to actively explore the realization of joint military drills and security dialogue with India, South Korea and Southeast Asian countries.”

The New Zealand Herald / Auckland, New Zealand

BUILDING PUBLIC TRUST IN SCIENCE 

“In a time when alternative facts are peddled as legitimate, a pall has been cast over scientific knowledge…,” writes Jarrod Gilbert. “But [President] Trump is not the creator of the problem, he is a symptom of a much wider one; the evidence for which is most stark in America, but is just as obvious in New Zealand…. If the side of truth is losing, it is a signal something is wrong…. And here we find the crux of the broader issue, that being less about the quality of science and more about the quality of scientific communication. Academics need to be more successful in communicating findings and data. When demonstrably false issues are being peddled there is a responsibility, nay, an absolute imperative, to fight back. But fighting these reactive battles is not enough; scientists need to focus on broader public education outside of the classroom.”

Deutsche Welle / Berlin

ARRESTING WIKILEAKS FOUNDER WOULD SET A ‘DANGEROUS PRECEDENT’ 

“Wikileaks is inconvenient,” writes Matthias von Hein. “Especially for organizations with a lot of power that like to do their business…

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